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Question of the Day: TOEFL

The following is an excerpt from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813):

“There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or sense.” 

We may infer that the purpose of this passage is to __________.

argue for the speaker's superiority in comparison to the rest of society

convey the speaker's distaste for bad sense

convey the speaker's general discontent with the people they know

argue in favor of creating a new society based solely upon merit and good sense

convey the speaker's general satisfaction with the people they know

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