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    plain living and hard work

    Plain living and hard work are the fine ______ of the people there.
    A. qualities B. quantities C. habits D. customs

    The given answer is A.

    My questions:
    Is this a good question? To my understanding, hard work is not a person's quality; it is something difficult to do. And plain living is a way of living, not a quality either.

    What do you think of this test item? Thank you in advance.

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    Re: plain living and hard work

    Your English must be good (!) that you quite correctly query the validity of the suggested answers to this question.

    Perhaps:"Plain living and hard work are attributes strongly associated with Amish daily life."

    From the choice of answers, I would have gone with 'habits'

    habit : a settled or regular tendency or practice

    Less so with 'customs':
    custom: a traditional and widely accepted way of behaving that is specific to a particular society or time. (Hard work and plain living are really too widespread to be regarded as 'specific' to a society: in the West, there is the Protestant work ethic; and in China, in rural peasant regions, hard work is a necessity, and plain living a consequence of having little income.)

    Puritanical religions impress on believers the virtues of hard work and plain living.

    virtue: a quality considered morally good or desirable in a person
    Last edited by Excalibur; 11-Nov-2009 at 11:21.

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