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My eyesight was fine when I was young, but it worsened in college.  I did not want to get contacs or glasses yet.   I was going to a large university in southwest Virginia. There was a large field with classes on one side and dormitories on the other.  Every day, I walked across this field. When it was raining hard, as it often did there, the middle of the field was soaking wet, so that we all needed boots for fall and winter.  When it was raining and I was clomping along in boots, myeyesight was no problem. When there was bright sunlight and I walked across, friends or acquaintances would stare and stare while I blindly approached.  They would shout at me if I didn't see them. Of course I sat in the first row in the classrooms.  At last, I had my eyesight checked.  I admit I did this more so that I could be social than so that I could see the blackboard, since my eyesight was still good enough for the first row seat.

Answer the questions (answers are at the bottom of the page).

1. It can be inferred from the passage that:

A. The author's eyesight had been fine when she was a child.
B. When the field was wet, the author did not go to class.
C. The author eventually had her vision corrected.
D. The author sat in the first row in her classrooms.
E. The author's social life did not improve when she got contacs.

2. The author would most likely agree with which of the following statements?

A. Eyesight can fade gradually, so that you do not know the condition is serious.
B. Eyesight requires annual visits to a licensed professional.
C. No one needs to see an eye doctor regularly--only when obviously needed.
D. Grades can drop when a person cannot see the blackboard, even in the first row.
E. Most people never see the eye doctor.

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Answers: 1. c, 2. a