Reading Comprehension Quiz

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The opening of Charles Lamb's A Masque of Days

Charles Lamb's A Masque of Days

Charles Lamb's A Masque of Days
(Too hard to read? See below.)

1. wh: is Lamb's abbreviation for
A. who
B. why
C. which
D. when
2. The "old gentleman" is
A. Lamb himself.
B. Christmas Day.
C. winter.
D. the year gone by.
3. (See A spark is
A. an elegant young man.
B. a delinquent.
C. a rash person.
D. a suitor.
4. The lean, starved guests are
A. the Festivals.
B. the Fasts.
C. the year gone by.
D. the stewards.
(The OLD YEAR being dead, and the NEW YEAR coming of age, wh: he does by Calendar Law, as soon as the breath is out of the old gentleman's body, nothing would serve the young spark but that he must give a dinner upon the occasion, to wh: all the Days in the year were invited. The Festivals, whom he deputed as his stewards, were mightily taken with the notion. They had been engaged time out of mind, they said, in providing mirth and good cheer for mortals below, and it was time they should have a taste of their own bounty. It was stiffly debated among them whether the Fasts should be admitted. Some said, the appearance of such lean, starved guests, with their mortified faces, would pervert the ends of the meeting. But the objection was overruled by Christmas Day, who had a design upon Ash Wednesday.)

The information comes from a Project Gutenberg eBook (free download of html zip file - Charles Lamb's A Masque of Days  ).

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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