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Thus the great house was built. Familiar as it stands in the writer's recollection,-for it has been an object of curiosity with him from boyhood, both as a specimen of the best and stateliest architecture of a longpast epoch, and as the scene of events more full of human interest, perhaps, than those of a gray feudal castle,-familiar as it stands, in its rusty old age, it is therefore only the more difficult to imagine the bright novelty with which it first caught the sunshine.
 
Which aspects of the house are most important to the writer mentioned in the text? 
 
  
A)Its early shine and recent rust
B)Its past and his memories
C)Its resemblance to a castle and its people
D)Its structure and social history
 
   I say B
  
Question 2
 
To the People of the State of New York:
 
IT IS not a new observation that the people of any country (if, like the Americans, intelligent and well informed) seldom adopt and steadily persevere for many years in an erroneous opinion respecting their interests. That consideration naturally tends to create great respect for the high opinion which the people of America have so long and uniformly entertained of the importance of their continuing firmly united under one federal government, vested with sufficient powers for all general and national purposes.
 
What does the author suggest that intelligent people tend to avoid? (
 
  
A)Governments that are poorly run
  
B)Ideas that do not help them
  
C)Sufficient federal power
  
D)Unity under one governmen
 
I say B

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Hi Daisy, I agree with you on both of the questions.
 
Question 1:  Options A, C, and D refer to details of the description, rather than the observation as a whole.  Option B appears to be the best choice because it alludes to the historical rich history of the house, which the author seems to be conveying here.
 
Question 2:  Options A, C, and D refer to the results of the correct opinions, not the notion that the collective intelligence leads to a correct opinion in the first place.  Option B seems to be the best choice.
 
Nice work!
 
Bill
 

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