Reading Comprehension Quiz

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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 21.

From "Going Out for a Walk" by Max Beerbohm (died 1956)

Walking for walking's sake may be as highly laudable and exemplary a thing as it is held to be by those who practise it. My objection to it is that it stops the brain. Many a man has professed to me that his brain never works so well as when he is swinging along the high road or over hill and dale. This boast is not confirmed by my memory of anybody who on a Sunday morning has forced me to partake of his adventure. Experience teaches me that whatever a fellow-guest may have of power to instruct or to amuse when he is sitting on a chair or standing on a hearth-rug quickly leaves him when he takes one out for a walk. The ideas that came so thick and fast to him in any room, where are they now? Where that encyclopaedic knowledge which he bore so lightly? Where the kindling fancy that played like summer lightning over any topic that was started? The man's face that was so mobile is set now - gone is the light from his fine eyes.

1. The Latin origin of laudable (laud-) meant
A. to praise.
B. to sing.
C. to pray.
D. to speak.
2. Exemplary means
A. outstanding.
B. worthy of imitation.
C. important.
D. useful.
3. The author prefers to talk with people
A. while walking.
B. along a high road.
C. indoors.
D. over hill and dale.
4. One's fancy is compared to
A. fine eyes.
B. a man's face.
C. ideas.
D. lightning.
The essay can be found at Going Out for a Walk. Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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