Reading Comprehension Quiz

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The influence of the writings of Ernest Hemingway (died 1961) on literature was considerable and continues today. James Joyce called "A Clean, Well Lighted Place" "one of the best stories ever written." (The same story also influenced several of Edward Hopper's best known paintings, most notably "Nighthawks.") Pulp fiction and "hard boiled" crime fiction, which flourished from the 1920s to the 1950s, often owed a strong debt to Hemingway.

During World War II, J. D. Salinger met and corresponded with Hemingway, whom he acknowledged as an influence. In one letter to Hemingway, Salinger wrote that their talks had given him his only hopeful minutes of the entire war and jokingly named himself national chairman of the Hemingway Fan Clubs.

Hunter S. Thompson often compared himself to Hemingway, and terse Hemingway-esque sentences can be found in his early novel, The Rum Diary.

Hemingway's terse prose style ("Nick stood up. He was all right.") is known to have inspired many writers. His style influenced Jack Kerouac and other Beat Generation writers. Hemingway also provided a role model to fellow author and hunter Robert Ruark, who is frequently referred to as "the poor man's Ernest Hemingway."

Popular novelist Elmore Leonard, who has authored scores of Western and crime-genre novels, cites Hemingway as his preeminent influence, and this is evident in his tightly written prose. Though Leonard has never claimed to write serious literature, he has said, "I learned by imitating Hemingway - until I realized that I didn't share his attitude about life. I didn't take myself or anything as seriously as he did."

1. Pulp fiction is
A. fiction often printed on rough, low-quality paper manufactured from wood pulp.
B. paperback books.
C. magazine fiction.
D. fiction of the South and West.
2. Nominating himself to be chairman of the Hemingway Fan Clubs was
A. Jack Kerouac.
B. Elmore Leonard.
C. J. D. Salinger.
D. James Joyce.
3. Terse means
A. insulting.
B. lengthy.
C. aristocratic.
D. brief and concise.
4. The author mentioned as most serious was
A. Salinger.
B. Hemingway.
C. Thompson.
D. Kerouac.
The information comes from an article in Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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