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It is safe to say that no class of women in the civilized world is subjected to such incessant trials of temper, and such temptations to be fretful, as the American housekeeper. The reasons for this state of things are legion and, if in the beginning we take ground from which the whole field may be clearly surveyed, we may be able to secure a better understanding of what housekeeping means, and to guard against some of the dangers accompanying it.

One difficulty associated with housekeeping lies in taking for granted that successful housekeeping is as much an instinct as that which leads the young bird to nest-building, and that no specific training is required. The man who undertakes a business, passes always through some form of apprenticeship, and must know every detail involved in the management, but to a large proportion of women, housekeeping is a combination of accidental forces from whose working it is hoped breakfasts and dinners and suppers will be evolved at regular periods, other necessities finding place where they can. The new home, prettily furnished, seems a lovely toy, and is surrounded by a halo, which, as facts assert themselves, quickly fades away. Moth and rust and dust invade the most secret recesses. Breakage and general disaster attend the progress of Bridget or Chloe. The kitchen seems the headquarters of extraordinary smells, and the stove an abyss in its consumption of coal or wood. Food is wasted by bad cooking, or ignorance as to needed amounts, or methods of using left-over portions, and, as bills pile up, a hopeless discouragement often settles upon both wife and husband, and reproaches and bitterness and alienation are guests in the home, to which they need never have come had a little knowledge barred them out.
Q1) What is implied by the lines - ‗if in the beginning we take ground from which the whole field may be clearly surveyed’ in the passage?
A. The American housekeeper‘s job is one of the most difficult jobs in the world
B. A survey should be conducted of American housekeepers to identify the more difficult areas of their job
C. It might be a good idea to have a broad understanding of a housekeeper‘s job before taking it on
D. The job of a housekeeper in America should generally be avoided
E. An American housekeeper‘s job might have several dangers associated with it


Q2) From the information in the passage, it can be concluded that each of the following
may be part of an American housekeeper‘s job EXCEPT:
A. To control the amount of food cooked
B. To keep the house free from certain insects
C. To keep the house dust free
D. To prepare breakfast & supper
E. To purchase groceries


Q3) Which of the following would the author of the passage most likely agree with?
A. Housekeeping skills can be improved through training
B. Housekeeping can make one short-tempered
C. Housekeeping is for the most part an instinctive task
D. In some aspects, housekeeping is similar to nest-building
E. Housekeeping tasks can be done by both men and women


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The passage states that the job of an American housekeeper is a difficult one and describes one difficulty associated with this job

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Para 1 states that the American housekeeper‘s job is one of the most difficult ones for a woman and that it would become easier if one took some time to acquaint oneself with the more important aspects of the same
Para 2 describes one difficulty associated with the job of a housekeeper – taking it for granted that one requires natural instinct for this job and that training would not be of much help
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Q1) What is implied by the lines - ‗if in the beginning we take ground from which the whole field may be clearly surveyed’ in the passage?
A. The American housekeeper‘s job is one of the most difficult jobs in the world
B. A survey should be conducted of American housekeepers to identify the more difficult areas of their job
C. It might be a good idea to have a broad understanding of a housekeeper’s job before taking it on
D. The job of a housekeeper in America should generally be avoided
E. An American housekeeper‘s job might have several dangers associated with it
In context of the passage, the purpose of the quoted lines is to state that one could avoid the dangers associated with a housekeeper‘s job if one has a good understanding of the same beforehand.
(C) states this best and should be the correct answer.

Q2) From the information in the passage, it can be concluded that each of the following may be part of an American housekeeper‘s job EXCEPT:
A. To control the amount of food cooked
B. To keep the house free from certain insects
C. To keep the house dust free
D. To prepare breakfast & supper
E. To purchase groceries
The passage does not mention that a housekeeper needs to buy groceries, so (E) should
be the best answer.A - The 2nd para states that food is wasted by ignorance about the needed amount of food
B - ‗Moth infestation‘ is mentioned as a problem in the 2nd para
C - Again mentioned in the 2nd para
D - Clearly implied in the 2nd para

Q3) Which of the following would the author of the passage most likely agree with?
A. Housekeeping skills can be improved through training
B. Housekeeping can make one short-tempered
C. Housekeeping is for the most part an instinctive task
D. In some aspects, housekeeping is similar to nest-building
E. Housekeeping tasks can be done by both men and women
The opening lines of the 2nd para compare housekeeping with any other skill and state that it can be improved through training. Hence (A) should be the best answer.
B - The 1st para states that housekeeping can be a test of one‘s temper but this does not necessarily imply that it can make one short-tempered
C - The first lines of the 2nd para state the opposite
D - Opposite as described in C above
E - The passage does not mention this anywhere. In fact the passage mostly ascribes housekeeping tasks to women

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