Reading Comprehension Quiz

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From "Our Next-Door Neighbor" in "Sketches by Boz" by Charles Dickens (died 1870)

We are very fond of speculating, as we walk through a street, on the character and pursuits of the people who inhabit it, and nothing so materially assists us in these speculations as the appearance of the house doors. The various expressions of the human countenance afford a beautiful and interesting study, but there is something in the physiognomy of street-door knockers almost as characteristic and nearly as infallible. Whenever we visit a man for the first time, we contemplate the features of his knocker with the greatest curiosity, for we well know that, between the man and his knocker, there will inevitably be a greater or less degree of resemblance and sympathy.

For instance, there is one description of knocker that used to be common enough but which is fast passing away - a large round one with the jolly face of a convivial lion smiling blandly at you as you twist the sides of your hair into a curl or pull up your shirt-collar while you are waiting for the door to be opened. We never saw that knocker on the door of a churlish man. So far as our experience is concerned, it invariably bespoke hospitality and another bottle.

1. "Another bottle" is probably a second bottle of
A. wine.
B. milk.
C. perfume.
D. olive oil.
2. The lion used in the example was
A. churlish.
B. friendly.
C. aloof.
D. raging.
3. The man waiting for the door to be opened is
A. at ease.
B. not self-conscious.
C. nervous.
D. patient.
4. The idea of comparing a person with a door knocker is
A. insulting.
B. unrealistic.
C. stupid.
D. humorous.
The complete "Sketches by Boz" can be downloaded from Project Gutenberg as an file: Sketches by Boz.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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