Reading Comprehension Quiz

[A new interlinear poem will be available each Monday: Weekly Interlinear Poem .]

Use the dictionary, the acronym finder, and the word origins dictionary (links above) as needed. A new quiz is available each Monday through Thursday. This is the quiz for April 13.

Selection from On Dreams by Sir Thomas Browne (died 1682)

Half our days we pass in the shadow of the earth, and the brother of death exacts a third part of our lives. A good part of our sleep is peered out [seen] with visions and fantastic objects, wherein we are confessedly deceived. The day supplies us with truths, the night, with fictions and falsehoods, which uncomfortably divide the natural account [story] of our beings. And, therefore, having passed the day in sober labors and rational inquiries of truth, we are fain [willing] to betake ourselves unto such a state of being wherein the soberest heads have acted [enacted] all the monstrosities of melancholy and which unto open eyes are no better than folly and madness.

1. The brother of death is
A. nighttime.
B. visions.
C. sleep.
D. falsehoods.
2. A third part of our lives is
A. dreams.
B. day time.
C. nighttime.
D. eight hours.
3. Open eyes are
A. being awake.
B. memories of dreams.
C. folly and madness.
D. fictions and falsehoods.
4. A person is deceived by
A. rational inquiries.
B. dreams.
C. sober labors.
D. the shadow of the earth.
The complete, hard-to-read essay can be found at On Dreams.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

Answer Key: 1-C..........2-D..........3-A..........4-B
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