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 16.

From "Women and Wives" by Joseph Addison (died 1719)

True happiness is of a retired nature and an enemy to pomp and noise. It arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one’s self and, in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions. It loves shade and solitude and naturally haunts groves and fountains, fields and meadows. In short, it feels everything it wants within itself and receives no addition from multitudes of witnesses and spectators. On the contrary, false happiness loves to be in a crowd and to draw the eyes of the world upon her. She does not receive any satisfaction from the applauses which she gives herself but from the admiration she raises in others. She flourishes in courts and palaces, theaters and assemblies, and has no existence but when she is looked upon.

1. Addison approves of
A. being looked upon.
B. applauses which you give yourself.
C. the admiration of the crowd.
D. courts and palaces.
2. True happiness, says Addison, loves
A. fields and meadows.
B. courts and palaces.
C. the admiration of others.
D. being looked upon.
3. The Latin origin of flourish meant
A. to brag.
B. to speak loudly.
C. to attract attention.
D. to bloom.
4. False happiness flourishes in
A. fields and meadows.
B. groves and fountains.
C. theaters and assemblies.
D. the conversation of a few select companions.
The complete essay can be downloaded as an html zip file at Women and Wives.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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

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