Reading Comprehension Quiz

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From a life of Charles Lamb (died 1834) by Edward Gilpin Johnson

No writer, perhaps, since the days of Dr. Johnson has been oftener brought before us in biographies, essays, letters, etc., than Charles Lamb. His stammering speech, his gaiter-clad legs ("almost immaterial legs," Hood called them), his frail wisp of a body topped by a head "worthy of Aristotle," his love of punning, of the Indian weed [tobacco], and - alas! - of the kindly production of the juniper-berry [gin] (he was not, he owned, "constellated under Aquarius" [born under the influence of the Water Carrier]), his antiquarianism of taste, and relish of the crotchets and whimsies of authorship are as familiar to us almost as they were to the group he gathered round him Wednesdays at No. 4, Inner Temple Lane, where "a clear fire, a clean hearth, and the rigor of the game [whist]" awaited them.

1. "Almost immaterial legs" are legs that are
A. thick.
B. crooked.
C. skinny.
D. short.
2. Crotchets are
A. insults.
B. rights.
C. improvements.
D. oddities.
3. Antiquarianism is
A. dealing with old books.
B. dealing with antiques.
C. up-to-date interests.
D. argumentative style.
4. A gaiter is
A. a woolen wrapping.
B. an overshoe.
C. a splint.
D. an assist in walking.
The information comes from Life of Lamb.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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