Reading Comprehension Quiz

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From "Sketches by Boz" by Charles Dickens (died 1870)

A well-contested rowing match on the Thames is a very lively and interesting scene. The water is studded [ornamented, as with studs] with boats of all sorts, kinds, and descriptions. Places in the coal barges at the different wharfs are let to crowds of spectators; beer and tobacco flow freely about; men, women, and children wait for the start in breathless expectation; cutters of six and eight oars glide gently up and down, waiting to accompany their protégés during the race; bands of music add to the animation, if not to the harmony of the scene; groups of watermen are assembled at the different stairs, discussing the merits of the respective candidates; and the prize wherry [one-man rowboat], which is rowed slowly about by a pair of sculls [oars], is an object of general interest.

1. Spectators on the coal barges
A. have paid for their places.
B. were allowed on free.
C. were held back.
D. were turned away.
2. Cutters are
A. the racing boats.
B. boats alongside the racers.
C. referees.
D. boats for judges.
3. Mention is made of the people's interest in
A. the sculls.
B. the bands.
C. the watermen.
D. the wherry.
4. The bands were
A. harmonious.
B. too loud.
C. discordant.
D. too soft.
The entire book can be downloaded from the Internet: Sketches by Boz.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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

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