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The following passage is adapted from Leo Tolstoy's 1873 novel, Anna Karenina (translated from the original Russian by Constance Garnett). Prior to this excerpt, one of the major characters, Levin, has realized that he is in love with his longtime friend Kitty Shtcherbatsky.
At four o'clock, conscious of his throbbing heart,Levin stepped out of a hired sledge at the ZoologicalGardens, and turned along the path to the frozenmounds and the skating ground, knowing that he05would certainly find her there, as he had seen theShtcherbatskys' carriage at the entrance.It was a bright, frosty day. Rows of carriages,sledges, drivers, and policemen were standing in theapproach. Crowds of well-dressed people, with hats10bright in the sun, swarmed about the entrance andalong the well-swept little paths between the littlehouses adorned with carving in the Russian style.The old curly birches of the gardens, all their twigsladen with snow, looked as though freshly decked in15sacred vestments.He walked along the path towards the skating-ground, and kept saying to himself—"You mustn'tbe excited, you must be calm. What's the matterwith you? What do you want? Be quiet, stupid," he20conjured his heart. And the more he tried to com-pose himself, the more breathless he found himself.An acquaintance met him and called him by hisname, but Levin did not even recognize him. Hewent towards the mounds, whence came the clank25of the chains of sledges as they slipped down orwere dragged up, the rumble of the sliding sledges,and the sounds of merry voices. He walked on a fewsteps, and the skating-ground lay open before hiseyes, and at once, amidst all the skaters, he knew her.30He knew she was there by the rapture and the ter-ror that seized on his heart. She was standing talkingto a lady at the opposite end of the ground. Therewas apparently nothing striking either in her dressor her attitude. But for Levin she was as easy to find35in that crowd as a rose among nettles. Everythingwas made bright by her. She was the smile that shedlight on all round her. "Is it possible I can go overthere on the ice, go up to her?" he thought. The placewhere she stood seemed to him a holy shrine, unap-40proachable, and there was one moment when hewas almost retreating, so overwhelmed was he withterror. He had to make an effort to master himself,and to remind himself that people of all sorts weremoving about her, and that he too might come there45to skate. He walked down, for a long while avoidinglooking at her as at the sun, but seeing her, as onedoes the sun, without looking.On that day of the week and at that time of daypeople of one set, all acquainted with one another,50used to meet on the ice. There were crack skatersthere, showing off their skill, and learners clinging tochairs with timid, awkward movements, boys, andelderly people skating with hygienic motives. Theyseemed to Levin an elect band of blissful beings55because they were here, near her. All the skaters, itseemed, with perfect self-possession, skated towardsher, skated by her, even spoke to her, and werehappy, quite apart from her, enjoying the capital iceand the fine weather.60Nikolay Shtcherbatsky, Kitty's cousin, in a shortjacket and tight trousers, was sitting on a gardenseat with his skates on. Seeing Levin, he shouted tohim:"Ah, the first skater in Russia! Been here long?65First-rate ice—do put your skates on."
1. According to the passage, how did Levin first know that Kitty was at the Zoological Gardens?
2. As used in line 10, "swarmed" most nearly means
3. The passage most strongly suggests that which of the following is true of Levin?
4. Which choice provides the best evidence for the answer to the previous question?
5. What theme does the passage communicate through the experiences of Levin?
6. The passage most strongly suggests that which of the following is true of how Levin appears to others?
7. Which choice provides the best evidence for the answer to the previous question?
8. As used in line 20, "conjured" most nearly means
9. The author's use of the word "throbbing" in line 1 implies that Levin
10. Based on the tone of this passage, what emotion does the author wish the reader to feel about Levin?
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