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Mark Twain's account in Roughing It of going through the Rocky Mountains in a stage coach
We were perched upon the extreme summit of the great range of the Rocky Mountains, toward which we had been climbing, patiently climbing, ceaselessly climbing for days and nights together, and about us was gathered a convention of Nature's kings that stood ten, twelve, and even thirteen thousand feet high - grand old fellows who would have to stoop to see Mount Washington, in the twilight. We were in such an airy elevation above the creeping populations of the earth that now and then, when the obstructing crags stood out of the way, it seemed that we could look around and abroad and contemplate the whole great globe, with its dissolving views of mountains, seas, and continents, stretching away through the mystery of the summer haze.
1. The convention of kings wasA. tall mountains.2. The author mentioned Mt. Washington because
B. populations of the earth.
C. obstructing crags.
D. continents.A. it is the equal of the Rocky Mountains.3. (See dictionary.com.) The Latin origin of convention meant
B. it is comparatively small.
C. it is nearby.
D. it is just as proud.A. appointing a meeting place.4. The stage coach was
B. easy to acquire.
C. coming together.
D. agreeable.A. in a valley.The complete text of Roughing It is available from Project Gutenberg as a downloadable html.zip file: Roughing It.
B. on its way downward.
C. on its way up.
D. at the top.
Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.
Answer Key: 1-A..........2-B..........3-C..........4-D
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