A Great Book

By | March 5, 2017
Reading-Comprehension

A Great Book

The test of a great book is whether we want to read it only once or more than once. Any really great book we want to read the second time even more than we wanted to read it the first time and every additional time that we read it, we find new meanings and new beauties in it. A book that a person of education and good taste does not care to read more than once is very probably not worth much. But we cannot consider the judgment of a single individual infallible. The opinion that makes a book great must be the opinion of many. For even the greatest critics are apt to have certain dullness, certain in appreciation. A man must be many-sided to utter a trustworthy estimate of many books. We may doubt the judgment of a single critic at times. But there is no doubt possible in regard to the judgment of generations.

 Questions:

(a) What is the test of a great book?

(b) What do we find when we read a great book again?

(c) Which book is not of much worth?

(d) When is doubt not possible about the value of a book?

(e) What kind of man can utter a trustworthy estimate of many books?

(f) What makes a book really great?

 

Answers:

(a) The test of a great book is whether we want to read it only once or more than once.

(b) We find new meanings and new beauties in it.

(c) A book that a person of education and good taste does not care to read more than once is not worth much.

(d) Doubt is not possible when generations like a book.

(e) A many-sided map can utter a trustworthy estimate of many books.

(f) The opinion of many people makes, a book great.

 

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