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Directions: Read the passage and choose the best answer to each question that follows.
Which of the following words best describes the narrator's feelings about the "ignorance" of Sherlock Holmes?
Why does Holmes want to forget the Copernican Theory?
He doesn't believe that it's true
His brain is too jumbled to remember it
He thinks it is relevant to his work
It will take up space in his brain, but won't help him with his work
What is Holmes referring to when he mentions "lumber of every sort?"
A large assortment of tools
All types of knowledge
How did the narrator find out that Holmes was unaware of the Copernican Theory?
He was questioning him to test his knowledge of science
It was mentioned by Thomas Carlyle
It came up in a debate
Read this sentence from paragraph 6.
What can the reader infer from this sentence?
Holmes is angry that the narrator keeps interrupting him.
Holmes is not as smart as he believes he is.
Holmes does not believe that the Earth revolves around the sun.
Holmes only keeps knowledge that he deems valuable.
What is the overall purpose of this passage?
To contrast the intelligent narrator and the foolish Holmes
To show that Holmes is an unusual man who is focused on his work
To show that Holmes is naive
To demonstrate the importance of a well-rounded education
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