How Do You Do at Literature?
By Roz Ashley
Do you read to fall asleep, or do you read
for stimulation? What kind of stimulation? Do you think the Great Books are the
greatest, or that bestsellers are the best?
Do you read the newspaper for news, or
just to follow the adventures of Mary
How well-read are you? To find out this
author's opinion, finish and score the following quiz. Circle the answer that most
truthfully completes each numbered sentence. Skip items that do not apply to you; it
will ruin your score, but who's looking?
Answers follow the last question.
I. My library is full of: a) records; b)
hardcover books; c) other people's books.
2.1 read to get to the core of things, such
as: a) serious nonfiction; b) soft core; c)
3. Your new book purchase starts out:
"Norbert's brown eyes were feverish with
longing, and he sighed deeply, enticed by
his lover's smile. He was inflammed, despairing of triumph over this haughty
beauty's indifference." You decide to: a)
read it now; b) return it for credit; c) burn it.
4. You read the book reviews so that you
can: a) select the best books; b) avoid difficult books; c) discuss the latest books without having to read them.
5. You've just started James Joyce's
Ulysses, and you: a) skip to the sexy parts;
b) need help and get it; c) need help, but
• 6. You enjoy poetry: a) and read it; b) and
read it aloud; c) as long as it rhymes.
7. You buy current magazines and you
read: a) most of the articles; b) the recipes
and the ads; c) everything but the silly
8. You select a book because: a) it's a
bestseller; b) it's been recommended; c)it's
easy to borrow.
9. You've finally started Moby Dick and:
a) Captain Ahab makes you nervous; b)
the whole book makes you nervous; c) you
decide to read Jaws instead.
10. You're reading a book with a lot of
long words, so you: a) look up most of
them; b) look up every other one; c) forget it
and look for the latest copy of Mandate.
II. For current news each day, you consult: a) at least one newspaper; b) the news
show with the cutest anchorperson; c) the
crowd at the bar.
12. You're taking a Great Books course,
and you find: a) it's dull, but good discipline; b) it's difficult, but exciting; c) it's
boring and you quit.
13. You've finally found the time to read
just one book. Which would you choose? a)
a Jacqueline Suzanne novel; b) a good
mystery; c) My Secret Garden.
14. Your favorite mysteries have a lot of:
a) well-drawn characters; b) hidden clues;
c) blood and guts.
15. Which title most appeals to you? a)
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter; b) The Devil's Desire; c) Tea Room Trade.
Now, get your score by adding the points
for the answers you've chosen: (1) a-2, b-5,
Drunks Forced to
Scientists are working on a new way to
deal with alcoholism: making drunks
remember the experience, reports Omni.
Researchers at the National Institute
for Mental Health say a drug called zimel-
dine prevents memory blackout and
causes drinkers to recall their experiences
in embarrassing detail.
But Dr. Herbert Weingartner is cautious
about its role in treating alcohol abuse. "A
number of drugs have already been tried,"
he says, "and none has been particularly
c-1; (2) a-5, b-2, c-0; (3) a-2, b-5, c-0; (4) a-5,
b-3, c-0; (5) a-1, b-5, c-2; (6) a-5, b-5, c-0; (7)
a-5, b-1, c-5; (8) a-1, b-5, c-0; (9) a-5, b-3, c-0;
(10) a-5, b-3, c-0; (11) a-5, b-3, c-0; (12) a-3,
b-5, c-0; (13) a-1, b-5, c-5; (14) a-5, b-3, c-0;
(15) a-5, b-0, c-0.
Reading Your Score
(4-27) Your low score may indicate that
you don't read enough, or that you don't
care about what you read .As long as you
read, though, don't let it bother you.
(28-51) You're reading, and that's good.
Your choices may not have snob appeal,
but what do you care?
(52-75) With all your taste and brains,
how did you find time to take this test?
Ashley is a personal counselor.
Stonewall Features Syndicate.
Dec. 2,1983 / Montrose voice 15
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