Reading Comprehension Quiz

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn solidified Mark Twain (died 1910) as a noteworthy American writer. The book has become required reading in many schools throughout the United States. Huckleberry Finn was an offshoot from Tom Sawyer. The main premise behind it is the young boy's belief in the right thing to do, even though the majority of society believes that it is wrong. The last fifth of Huckleberry Finn is subject to much controversy. Some say that Twain experienced a "failure of nerve." Ernest Hemingway once said of Huckleberry Finn, “If you read it, you must stop where Jim is stolen from the boys. That is the real end. The rest is just cheating.”

Twain was an admirer of the remarkable deafblind girl Helen Keller. Twain introduced Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, to his wealthy friend Henry Rogers, who, with his wife, paid for Keller's education at Radcliffe College. It was Twain who is credited with labeling Sullivan a "miracle worker." His choice of words later became inspiration for the title of a play and a film adaptation, The Miracle Worker.

On cruises aboard the Rogers' yacht, Twain and Rogers were joined at frequent intervals by Booker T. Washington, the famed former slave who had become a leading educator.

1. Keller's education at Radcliffe College was paid for by
A. Anne Sullivan.
B. an unnamed admirer of Helen Keller.
C. Mark Twain.
D. Henry Rogers and his wife.
2. The Miracle Worker was
A. the wife of Henry Rogers.
B. Mark Twain.
C. Anne Sullivan.
D. Henry Rogers.
3. Solidified means
A. frozen.
B. strengthened.
C. hard to read.
D. difficult.
4. Critics have complained about
A. the last fifth of Huckleberry Finn.
B. the miracle worker.
C. Huckleberry's belief.
D. Twain's friendship with Helen Keller.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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