English Test 118
Directions for Questions from 1 to 5:
The passage given below is followed by a question. Choose the most appropriate answer to each question.
When I was little, children were bought two kinds of ice cream, sold from those white wagons with canopies made of silvery metal: either the two-
cent cone or the four-cent ice-cream pie. The two-cent cone was very small, in fact it could fit comfortably into a child's hand, and it was made by
taking the ice cream from its container with a special scoop and piling it on the cone. Granny always suggested I eat only a part of the cone, then
throw away the pointed end, because it had been touched by the vendor's hand (though that was the best part, nice and crunchy, and it was
regularly eaten in secret, after a pretence of discarding it).
The four-cent pie was made by a special little machine, also silvery, which pressed two disks of sweet biscuit against a cylindrical section of ice
cream. First you had to thrust your tongue into the gap between the biscuits until it touched the central nucleus of ice cream; then, gradually, you
ate the whole thing, the biscuit surfaces softening as they became soaked in creamy nectar. Granny had no advice to give here: in theory the pies
had been touched only by the machine; in practice, the vendor had held them in his hand while giving them to us, but it was impossible to isolate
the contaminated area.
I was fascinated, however, by some of my peers, whose parents bought them not a four-cent pie but two two-cent cones. These privileged children
advanced proudly with one cone in their right hand and one in their left; and expertly moving their head from side to side, they licked first one, then
the other. This liturgy seemed to me so sumptuously enviable, that many times I asked to be allowed to celebrate it. In vain. My elders were
inflexible: a four-cent ice, yes; but two two-cent ones, absolutely no.
As anyone can see, neither mathematics nor economy nor dietetics justified this refusal. Nor did hygiene, assu