Reading Comprehension Quiz

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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 17.

From the letters of Charles Lamb (died 1834)

Tell Lloyd I have had thoughts of turning Quaker and have been reading, or am rather just beginning to read, a most capital book, good thoughts in good language, William Penn's "No Cross, no Crown." I like it immensely. Unluckily, I went to one of his Meetings in St. John Street yesterday and saw a man under all the agitations and workings of a fanatic, who believed himself under the influence of some "inevitable presence." This cured me of Quakerism. I love it in the books of Penn and Woolman, but I detest the vanity of a man thinking he speaks by the Spirit, when what he says an ordinary man might say without all that quaking and trembling.

1. A capital book is
A. an excellent book.
B. an influential book.
C. a memorable book.
D. a political book.
2. One of his Meetings was one of Penn's Meetings because
A. Penn recommended St. John Street Meeting.
B. Penn trembled.
C. Penn was a Quaker.
D. Penn was a member of St. John Street Meeting.
3. The OE origin of quake meant
A. disrupt.
B. tremble or chatter.
C. declare.
D. scream.
4. OE means
A. Original English.
B. Ordered English.
C. Objective English.
D. Old English.
The letters can be downloaded from Project Gutenberg: Best Letters of Charles Lamb.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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

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