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 3.

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

The road curves sharply, the vegetation thickens and, around the bend, masses into dense hammock [land thickly wooded with bushes and vines]. The hammock breaks, is pushed back on either side of the road, and set down in its brooding heart is the orange grove. Any grove or any wood is a fine thing to see, but the magic here, strangely, is not apparent from the road. It is necessary to leave the impersonal highway, to step inside the rusty gate and close it behind. By this, an act of faith is committed, through which one accepts blindly the communion cup of beauty. One is now inside the grove, out of one world and in the mysterious heart of another. Enchantment lies in different things for each of us. For me, it is in this: to step out of the bright sunlight into the shade of orange trees; to walk under the arched canopy of their jadelike leaves; to see the long aisles of lichened trunks stretch ahead in a geometric rhythm; to feel the mystery of a seclusion that yet has shafts of light striking through it. This is the essence of an ancient and secret magic.

1. The brooding heart is the heart of
A. the orange grove.
B. the hammock.
C. the bend of the road.
D. the highway.
2. One goes inside the rusty gate to enter
A. the orange grove.
B. the hammock.
C. the road.
D. the highway.
3. One accepts the communion cup of beauty by
A. seeing the orange grove.
B. leaving the hammock.
C. leaving the impersonal highway.
D. stepping inside the rusty gate and closing it.
4. The author finds enchantment in
A. the hammock.
B. the brooding heart.
C. being in an orange grove.
D. the rusty gate.
The entire book can be read online: Cross Creek.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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

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