Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Description of university life in Heidelberg - from "A Tramp Abroad" by Mark Twain (died 1910)

There seems to be no chilly distance existing between the German students and the professor, but, on the contrary, a companionable intercourse, the opposite of chilliness and reserve. When the professor enters a beer hall in the evening where students are gathered together, these rise up and take off their caps and invite the old gentleman to sit with them and partake. He accepts, and the pleasant talk and the beer flow for an hour or two, and by and by the professor, properly charged and comfortable, gives a cordial good night, while the students stand bowing and uncovered, and then he moves on his happy way homeward with all his vast cargo of learning afloat in his hold. Nobody finds fault or feels outraged. No harm has been done.

1. Bowing and uncovered means
A. bowing, without their caps.
B. bowing, without their jackets.
C. bowing, outdoors.
D. bowing, without their shirts.
2. A hold in this context is
A. a grip.
B. a wrestling hold.
C. a sustained note in music.
D. the cargo space in the hull of a vessel.
3. To be charged in this context is to be
A. responsible for payment.
B. excited.
C. filled up.
D. excused.
4. Twain defends
A. the virtues of beer.
B. friendliness between professor and students.
C. bowing.
D. lecturing.
The entire book can be downloaded from the Internet: A Tramp Abroad.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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

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