Reading Comprehension Quiz

[A new interlinear poem will be available each Monday: Weekly Interlinear Poem .]

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 31.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (died 1953) describing a magnolia tree in Cross Creek, Florida

The tree is beautiful the year around. It need not wait for a brief burst of blooming to justify itself, like the wild plum and the hawthorn. It is handsomer than most dressed only in its broad leaves, shining like dark polished jade, so that, when I am desperate for decoration, I break a few sprays for the house and find in them an ornament of which a Japanese artist would approve. The tree sheds some of its leaves just before it blooms, as though it shakes off old garments to be cleansed and ready for the new. There is a dry pattering to earth of the hard leaves, and for a brief time the tree is parched and drawn, the rosy-lichened trunk gray and anxious. Then pale green spires cover the boughs, unfolding into freshly lacquered leaves, and at their tips the blooms appear. When, in late April or early May, the pale buds unfold into great white waxy blossoms, sometimes eight or ten inches across, and the perfume is a delirious thing on the spring air, I would not trade one tree for a conservatory filled with orchids.

1. The pale green spires become
A. leaves.
B. boughs.
C. blossoms.
D. sprays.
2. The garments are
A. boughs.
B. leaves.
C. blossoms.
D. sprays.
3. Just before the new leaves appear the tree looks
A. delirious.
B. rosy.
C. lacquered.
D. sick.
4. The white, waxy blossoms are
A. small.
B. pale green.
C. huge.
D. without scent.
The entire book can be read online: Cross Creek.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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

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