Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Regarding a shipmate who gathers mementos - from "The Innocents Abroad" by Mark Twain (died 1910)

This person gathers mementos with a perfect recklessness, now-a-days, mixes them all up together, and then serenely labels them without any regard to truth, propriety, or even plausibility. I have found him breaking a stone in two and labeling half of it "Chunk busted from the pulpit of Demosthenes" and the other half ". . . from the Tomb of Abelard and Heloise." I have known him to gather up a handful of pebbles by the roadside and bring them on board ship and label them as coming from twenty celebrated localities five hundred miles apart. I remonstrate against these outrages upon reason and truth, of course, but it does no good. I get the same tranquil, unanswerable reply every time: "It don't signify - the old woman won't know any different." . . . I notice that all travelers supply deficiencies in their collections in the same way. I shall never have any confidence in such things again while I live.

1. Demosthenes was famous for
A. traveling.
B. speaking.
C. leadership.
D. philosophy.
2. Demosthenes "pulpit" is a joke because
A. a pulpit would not be made of stone.
B. Demosthenes was not a religious person.
C. no "pulpit" of Demosthenes remains.
D. a pulpit is a modern invention.
3. Mark Twain
A. is skeptical of all mementos.
B. is skeptical of some mementos.
C. finds mementos always to be of interest.
D. doesn't complain about mementos.
4. The old woman was
A. the shipmate's mother.
B. the shipmate's sister.
C. another shipmate.
D. the shipmate's wife.
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-B..........2-C..........3-A..........4-D

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