Directions (1-5): Read the following passage carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the five given alternatives.
The desire to be contemporary is, of course, new only in degree; it has existed to some extent in all previous periods that believed themselves to be progressive. The Renaissance had contempt for the Gothic centuries that had preceded it; the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries covered priceless mosaics with whitewash; the Romantic movement despised the age of the heroic couplet. Our age is the most parochial since Homer. We imagine ourselves at the apex of intelligence and cannot believe that the quaint clothes and cumbrous phrases can have invested people with thoughts that are still worthy of our attention.
The modern-minded man, although he believes profoundly in the wisdom of his period, must be presumed to be very modest about his personal powers.
Q1. The desire to be contemporary was there in the previous periods that were