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 5.

Mark Twain (died 1910) views the tomb of Adam (of Adam and Eve fame) in Jerusalem - from The Innocents Abroad

The tomb of Adam! How touching it was, here in a land of strangers, far away from home and friends and all who cared for me, thus to discover the grave of a blood relation. True, a distant one, but still a relation. The unerring instinct of nature thrilled its recognition. The fountain of my filial affection was stirred to its profoundest depths, and I gave way to tumultuous emotion. I leaned upon a pillar and burst into tears. I deem it no shame to have wept over the grave of my poor dead relative.

1. This passage is funny because
A. it is so heartfelt.
B. it is so honest.
C. it is so deep.
D. it is so silly.
2. Filial affection is the affection of
A. a brother.
B. a son.
C. a father.
D. a cousin.
3. Twain wept over the grave of
A. Adam.
B. a close relative.
C. a countryman.
D. a nobleman.
4. His tears were
A. shed in abundance.
B. tears of grief.
C. never really shed.
D. tears of a son.
The entire book can be downloaded as an html zip file from Project Gutenberg: The Innocents Abroad.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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

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