Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Use the dictionary, the acronym finder, and the word origins dictionary (links above) as needed. A new quiz is available each Monday through Thursday. This is the quiz for July 15.

Description of baker's boy from "The Innocents Abroad" by Mark Twain (died 1910)

The baker's boy is the famine-breeder of the ship. He is always hungry. They say he goes about the state rooms when the passengers are out and eats up all the soap. And they say he eats oakum [hemp fiber twisted off of old ropes, sometimes treated with tar]. They say he will eat any thing he can get between meals, but he prefers oakum. He does not like oakum for dinner, but he likes it for a lunch, at odd hours, or any thing that way. It makes him very disagreeable, because it makes his breath bad and keeps his teeth all stuck up with tar.

1. A famine-breeder
A. makes bread that no one likes.
B. is at odds with the baker.
C. takes all the food in sight.
D. makes you hungry to look at him.
2. Oakum is
A. a type of oatmeal.
B. a type of soap.
C. a dish served at meals.
D. a sort of cheap chewing gum.
3. The baker's boy is disagreeable because
A. his breath smells bad.
B. he is always hungry.
C. he steals soap.
D. he is a famine-breeder.
4. Tar is often a component of
A. a meal.
B. oakum.
C. ropes.
D. soap.
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-C..........2-D..........3-A..........4-B

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