Reading Comprehension Quiz

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From "Meditations in Monmouth Street" in Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens

The inhabitants of Monmouth Street are a distinct class, a peaceable and retiring race who immure themselves for the most part in deep cellars or small back parlours and who seldom come forth into the world except in the dusk and coolness of the evening, when they may be seen seated in chairs on the pavement, smoking their pipes or watching the gambols of their engaging children as they revel in the gutter, a happy troop of infantine scavengers. Their countenances bear a thoughtful and a dirty cast, certain indications of their love of traffic, and their habitations are distinguished by that disregard of outward appearance and neglect of personal comfort so common among people who are constantly immersed in profound speculations and deeply engaged in sedentary pursuits.

1. "Profound speculations" are
A. wide reading.
B. homework.
C. scientific pursuits.
D. Dickens' joke making the inhabitants out to be philosophers.
2. To immure oneself is to
A. hide oneself.
B. imprison oneself.
C. enclose oneself within walls.
D. burn oneself up.
3. The scavengers are
A. looking for food.
B. picking things up from the street.
C. sweeping and cleaning up.
D. making a game of walking in the gutter.
4. The inhabitants
A. are poor housekeepers.
B. enjoy shopping for new things.
C. have no time for housekeeping.
D. love to keep things clean.
The complete sketches can be downloaded from Project Gutenberg: Sketches by Boz.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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