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The New Year is the time for resolution. Mentally, at least most of us could compile formidable lists of ‘do’s and
‘don’ts’. The same old favorites recur year in and year out with the children, do a thousand and one job about the
house, be nice to people we don’t like, drive carefully, and take the dog for a walk every day. Past experience has
taught us that certain accomplishments are beyond attainment. If we remain deep rooted liars, it is only because we
have so often experienced the frustration that results from failure.
Most of us fail in our efforts at self-improvement because our schemes are too ambitious and we never have time to
carry them out. We also make the fundamental error of announcing our resolution to everybody so that we look even
more foolish when we slip back into our bad old ways. Aware of these pitfalls, this year I attempted to keep my
resolution to myself. I limited myself to two modest ambitions, to do physical exercise every morning and to read more
in the evening. An overnight party on New Year’s Eve provided me with a good excuse for not carrying out either of
these new resolutions on the first day of the year, but on the second, I applied myself assiduously to the task.
The daily exercise lasted only eleven minutes and I proposed to do them early in the morning before anyone had got up.
The self-discipline required to drag myself out of bed eleven minutes earlier than usual was considerable. Nevertheless,
I managed to creep down into the living room for two days before anyone found me out. After jumping about in the
carpet and twisted the human frame into uncomfortable positions. I sat down at the breakfast table in an exhausted
condition. It was this that betrayed me. The next morning the whole family trooped into watch the performance. That
was really unsettling but I fended off the taunts and jibes of the family good humoredly and soon everybody got used to
the idea. However, my enthusiasm waned, the time I spent at exercises gradually diminished. Little by little the eleven
minutes fell to zero. By January10th I was back to where I had started from. I argued that if I spent less time exhausting
myself at exercises in the morning. I would keep my mind fresh for reading when I got home from work. Resisting the
hypnotizing effect of television, I sat in my room for a few evenings with my eyes glued to a book. One night, however,
feeling cold and lonely, I went downstairs and sat in front of the television pretending to read. That proved to be my
undoing, for I soon got back to the old bad habit of dozing off in front of the screen. I still haven’t given up my
resolution to do more reading. In fact, I have just bought a book entitled ‘How to Read a Thousand Words a Minute’.
Perhaps it will solve my problem, but I just have not had time to read it.
Questions: 1. Why most of us fail in our efforts for self-improvement? (5)
2. Why is it a basic mistake to announce our resolution to everybody? (5)
3. Why did the writer not carry out his resolution on New Year’s Day? (5)
4. Find out the words in the above passage which convey the similar meaning to the following:
(1) intimidating (2) peril (3) dwindle (4) repel (5) barb (5)

Answer No.1
Most of us fail in efforts of self-improvement because the plans made are excessively hard to bring into practice.

Answer No.2
The mistake in announcing the resolution to everybody is that one appears to be unwise to others in case of failure to stick to the resolution.

Answer No.3
The writer didn't carry out his resolution on the New Year's Day because he attended an overnight party and could not save time.

Answer No.4
Intimidating - Resisting
Peril - Pitfall
Dwindle - Waned
Repel - Fended off
Barb - Jibe
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The New Year is the time for resolution. Mentally, at least most of us could compile formidable lists of ‘do’s and
‘don’ts’. The same old favorites recur year in and year out with the children, do a thousand and one job about the
house, be nice to people we don’t like, drive carefully, and take the dog for a walk every day. Past experience has
taught us that certain accomplishments are beyond attainment. If we remain deep rooted liars, it is only because we
have so often experienced the frustration that results from failure.
Most of us fail in our efforts at self-improvement because our schemes are too ambitious and we never have time to
carry them out. We also make the fundamental error of announcing our resolution to everybody so that we look even
more foolish when we slip back into our bad old ways. Aware of these pitfalls, this year I attempted to keep my
resolution to myself. I limited myself to two modest ambitions, to do physical exercise every morning and to read more
in the evening. An overnight party on New Year’s Eve provided me with a good excuse for not carrying out either of
these new resolutions on the first day of the year, but on the second, I applied myself assiduously to the task.
The daily exercise lasted only eleven minutes and I proposed to do them early in the morning before anyone had got up.
The self-discipline required to drag myself out of bed eleven minutes earlier than usual was considerable. Nevertheless,
I managed to creep down into the living room for two days before anyone found me out. After jumping about in the
carpet and twisted the human frame into uncomfortable positions. I sat down at the breakfast table in an exhausted
condition. It was this that betrayed me. The next morning the whole family trooped into watch the performance. That
was really unsettling but I fended off the taunts and jibes of the family good humoredly and soon everybody got used to
the idea. However, my enthusiasm waned, the time I spent at exercises gradually diminished. Little by little the eleven
minutes fell to zero. By January10th I was back to where I had started from. I argued that if I spent less time exhausting
myself at exercises in the morning. I would keep my mind fresh for reading when I got home from work. Resisting the
hypnotizing effect of television, I sat in my room for a few evenings with my eyes glued to a book. One night, however,
feeling cold and lonely, I went downstairs and sat in front of the television pretending to read. That proved to be my
undoing, for I soon got back to the old bad habit of dozing off in front of the screen. I still haven’t given up my
resolution to do more reading. In fact, I have just bought a book entitled ‘How to Read a Thousand Words a Minute’.
Perhaps it will solve my problem, but I just have not had time to read it.
Questions: 1. Why most of us fail in our efforts for self-improvement? (5)
2. Why is it a basic mistake to announce our resolution to everybody? (5)
3. Why did the writer not carry out his resolution on New Year’s Day? (5)
4. Find out the words in the above passage which convey the similar meaning to the following:
(1) intimidating (2) peril (3) dwindle (4) repel (5) barb (5)

Answer No.1
Most of us fail in efforts of self-improvement because the plans made are excessively hard to bring into practice.

Answer No.2
The mistake in announcing the resolution to everybody is that one appears to be unwise to others in case of failure to stick to the resolution.

Answer No.3
The writer didn't carry out his resolution on the New Year's Day because he attended an overnight party and could not save time.

Answer No.4
Intimidating - Resisting
Peril - Pitfall
Dwindle - Waned
Repel - Fended off
Barb - Jibe
Sahal, formidable best suits intimidating
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