Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Christmas dinner from Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens (died 1870)

As to the dinner, it’s perfectly delightful - nothing goes wrong, and everybody is in the very best of spirits and disposed to please and be pleased. Grandpapa relates a circumstantial account of the purchase of the turkey, with a slight digression relative to the purchase of previous turkeys on former Christmas-days, which grandmamma corroborates in the minutest particular. Uncle George tells stories and carves poultry and takes wine and jokes with the children at the side-table and winks at the cousins that are making love or being made love to and exhilarates everybody with his good humour and hospitality, and when, at last, a stout servant staggers in with a gigantic pudding with a sprig of holly in the top, there is such a laughing and shouting and clapping of little chubby hands and kicking up of fat dumpy legs as can only be equalled by the applause with which the astonishing feat of pouring lighted brandy into mince pies is received by the younger visitors.

1. A circumstantial account is
A. a questionable account.
B. a detailed account.
C. an unimportant account.
D. a made-up account.
2. Corroborates means
A. disputes.
B. exaggerates.
C. confirms.
D. amplifies.
3. Dumpy legs are
A. red.
B. active.
C. long.
D. fat and short.
4. The lighted brandy brings on
A. applause.
B. clapping and kicking up of legs.
C. laughing and shouting.
D. a gigantic pudding.
The entire book can be downloaded from the Internet: Sketches by Boz. Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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

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