Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Horses raised on mountain tops - from Roughing It by Mark Twain (died 1910)

We saw some horses that had been born and reared on top of the mountains, above the range of running water, and consequently they had never drunk that fluid in their lives but had been always accustomed to quenching their thirst by eating dew-laden or shower-wetted leaves. And now it was destructively funny to see them sniff suspiciously at a pail of water and then put in their noses and try to take a bite out of the fluid, as if it were a solid. Finding it liquid, they would snatch away their heads and fall to trembling, snorting, and showing other evidences of fright. When they became convinced at last that the water was friendly and harmless, they thrust in their noses up to their eyes, brought out a mouthful of water and proceeded to chew it complacently.

1. "Destructively funny" means
A. "I could have died laughing."
B. unexpectedly funny.
C. offensively funny.
D. aggressively funny.
2. The horses expected the water to be
A. hot.
B. cold.
C. solid.
D. tasty.
3. Finding the water to be liquid, the horses became
A. playful.
B. afraid.
C. angry.
D. suspicious.
4. The horses could not drink from streams because
A. they were not used to them.
B. they were afraid.
C. they were too young.
D. there was no running water.
The complete text of Roughing It is available from Project Gutenberg as a downloadable file: Roughing It.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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

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