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The following passage is adapted from Charles Dickens's 1860 novel Great Expectations. In this scene, the narrator, a boy named Pip, eats breakfast with his older sister's acquaintance, Mr. Pumblechook. Pumblechook has agreed to take Pip to see Miss Havisham, a wealthy woman who has requested this visit, although Pip has never met her.
Mr. Pumblechook and I breakfasted at eighto'clock in the parlor behind the shop, while theshopman took his mug of tea and hunch of breadand butter on a sack of peas in the front premises.05I considered Mr. Pumblechook wretched company.Besides being possessed by my sister's idea that amortifying and penitential character ought to beimparted to my diet,1—besides giving me as muchcrumb as possible in combination with as little but-10ter, and putting such a quantity of warm water intomy milk that it would have been more candid tohave left the milk out altogether,—his conversationconsisted of nothing but arithmetic. On my politelybidding him Good morning, he said, pompously,15"Seven times nine, boy?" And how should I be ableto answer, dodged in that way, in a strange place,on an empty stomach! I was hungry, but before Ihad swallowed a morsel, he began a running sumthat lasted all through the breakfast. "Seven?" "And20four?" "And eight?" … And so on. And after eachfigure was disposed of, it was as much as I could doto get a bite or a sup, before the next came; while hesat at his ease guessing nothing, and eating baconand hot roll, in (if I may be allowed the expression)25a gorging and gormandizing manner.For such reasons, I was very glad when teno'clock came and we started for Miss Havisham's;though I was not at all at my ease regarding themanner in which I should acquit myself under that30lady's roof. Within a quarter of an hour we came toMiss Havisham's house, which was of old brick, anddismal, and had a great many iron bars to it. Someof the windows had been walled up; of those thatremained, all the lower were rustily barred. There35was a courtyard in front, and that was barred; sowe had to wait, after ringing the bell, until someone should come to open it. While we waited at thegate, I peeped in (even then Mr. Pumblechook said,"And fourteen?" but I pretended not to hear him),40and saw that at the side of the house there was alarge brewery. No brewing was going on in it, andnone seemed to have gone on for a long long time.A window was raised, and a clear voice demanded"What name?" To which my conductor replied,45"Pumblechook." The voice returned, "Quite right,"and the window was shut again, and a young ladycame across the court-yard, with keys in her hand."This," said Mr. Pumblechook, "is Pip.""This is Pip, is it?" returned the young lady, who50was very pretty and seemed very proud; "come in, Pip."Mr. Pumblechook was coming in also, when shestopped him with the gate."Oh!" she said. "Did you wish to see MissHavisham?"55"If Miss Havisham wished to see me," returnedMr. Pumblechook, discomfited."Ah!" said the girl; "but you see she don't."She said it so finally, and in such an undiscuss-ible way, that Mr. Pumblechook, though in a60condition of ruffled dignity, could not protest. Buthe eyed me severely,—as if I had done anything tohim!—and departed with the words reproachfullydelivered: "Boy! Let your behavior here be a creditunto them which brought you up by hand!"2 I was65not free from apprehension that he would comeback to propound through the gate, "And sixteen?"But he didn't.
1Pip's sister indicated to Pumblechook that Pip should be grateful, even penitent (unreasonably so) for his help.
2Pumblechook is speaking of Pip's sister, who often boasts that she raised him "by hand."
1. According to the first paragraph, Pip's breakfast with Mr. Pumblechook is
2. As used in line 5, "wretched" most nearly means
3. Based on the details in the passage, it can be inferred that Mr. Pumblechook
4. Which choice provides the best support for the answer to the previous question?
5. What theme does the passage communicate through the experiences of Pip, the narrator?
6. Which word best describes the young lady's demeanor when she approaches Pip and Mr. Pumblechook?
7. The passage strongly suggests that which of the following is true when Mr. Pumblechook leaves Pip at Miss Havisham's house?
8. Which choice provides the best support for the answer to the previous question?
9. As used in line 60, "condition" most nearly means
10. The author's use of the parenthetical comment in line 24 helps reveal that
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