Reading Comprehension Quiz

[A new interlinear poem will be available each Monday: Weekly Interlinear Poem .]

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 August 11.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (died 1953) in Cross Creek, Florida

When old Martha Mickens shall march at last through the walls of Jericho, shouting her Primitive Baptist hymns, a dark rock at the core of the Creek life will have been shattered to bits. She is nurse to any of us, black or white, who fall ill. She is midwife and layer out of the dead. She is the only one who gives advice to all of us impartially. She is a dusky Fate, spinning away at the threads of our Creek existence.

1. The walls of Jericho are in this context the same as
A. the Baptist church.
B. the gates of Heaven.
C. a revival meeting.
2. The rock is dark because
A. it is night time.
B. the rock is in a cave.
C. Martha is dark-skinned.
D. it cannot often be seen.
3. Martha is a Fate because
A. she is a nurse.
B. she gives advice.
C. she spins thread.
D. she is intertwined with others' lives.
4. A Fate is
A. an ancient goddess of destiny.
B. a helper in need.
C. a neighbor.
D. a leader.
5. Martha is a rock because
A. she is dark.
B. she is trustworthy and reliable.
C. she is hard and difficult to know.
D. she works hard.
The entire book can be read online: Cross Creek.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

Answer Key: 1-B..........2-C..........3-D..........4-A..........5-B

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