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 18.

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

For a long time I knew of Zamilla only that she was "the one what got shot." I pictured a leaf-brown hussy subject to brawling whose wild life finally caught up with her. I was never more mistaken. When Sam and Estelle cleared out in righteous indignation, Old Boss notified Martha that it was up to her to replace her delinquent offspring. Henry and Sissie appeared on the scene and took over the small cabin. Sissie, too, was gentle, bearing Henry's abuse when he was drunk and, absurdly, jealous. One day I discovered that Sissie was the wounded Zamilla, shot innocently in a jook [juke joint] from which she was trying to extricate her husband. The shot was probably intended for Henry.

1. It was absurd of Henry to be
A. abusive.
B. jealous.
C. drunk.
D. married to Sissie.
2. Another name for Sissie was
A. Martha.
B. a hussy.
C. Zamilla.
D. Estelle.
3. The delinquent offspring was/were
A. Henry and Sissie.
B. Henry and Zamilla.
C. Martha.
D. Sam and Estelle.
4. Zamilla was shot
A. by mistake.
B. intentionally.
C. in front of a jook.
D. in a cabin.
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

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