Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Mark Twain (died 1910) describes the Czar of Russia - from "The Innocents Abroad"

It seemed strange - stranger than I can tell - to think that the central figure in the cluster of men and women, chatting here under the trees like the most ordinary individual in the land, was a man who could open his lips and ships would fly through the waves, locomotives would speed over the plains, couriers would hurry from village to village, a hundred telegraphs would flash the word to the four corners of an empire that stretches its vast proportions over a seventh part of the habitable globe, and a countless multitude of men would spring to do his bidding. I had a sort of vague desire to examine his hands and see if they were of flesh and blood, like other men's. Here was a man who could do this wonderful thing, and yet if I chose I could knock him down. The case was plain, but it seemed preposterous, nevertheless - as preposterous as trying to knock down a mountain or wipe out a continent. If this man sprained his ankle, a million miles of telegraph would carry the news over mountains, valleys, uninhabited deserts, under the trackless sea, and ten thousand newspapers would prate of it. If he were grievously ill, all the nations would know it before the sun rose again. If he dropped lifeless where he stood, his fall might shake the thrones of half a world!

1. The "tude" part of multitude meant
A. harmony.
B. old-fashioned.
C. a noun formed from an adjective.
D. many.
2. Twain could knock the Czar down, making the Czar seem
A. powerful.
B. vulnerable, like other men.
C. in command.
D. just.
3. Ten thousand newspapers would
A. announce an injury to the Czar.
B. shake the thrones of half the world.
C. carry news over the mountains.
D. do the bidding of the Czar.
4. The Russian Empire covered
A. 1/4 of the habitable globe.
B. 1/2.
C. 1/3.
D. 1/7.
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-B..........3-A..........4-D

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