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 21.

From "The Innocents Abroad" by Mark Twain (died 1910)

Day after day and night after night we have wandered among the crumbling wonders of Rome; day after day and night after night we have fed upon the dust and decay of five-and-twenty centuries, have brooded over them by day and dreampt of them by night till sometimes we seemed moldering away ourselves and growing defaced and cornerless and liable at any moment to fall a prey to some antiquary and be patched in the legs and "restored" with an unseemly nose and labeled wrong and dated wrong and set up in the Vatican for poets to drivel about and vandals to scribble their names on forever and forevermore.

1. Twain feels in this selection that
A. he enjoys seeing antiquities.
B. he admires the past.
C. he has become an antiquity.
D. he enjoys being different from the antiquities.
2. An antiquary is
A. a bookish person.
B. an antique.
C. a scholar.
D. an expert on antiquities.
3. To molder away is to
A. crumble to dust.
B. become sick.
C. lose one's mind.
D. become rotten.
4. To be cornerless is
A. to be clueless.
B. to have the corners knocked off in being moved.
C. to hide away.
D. to be unprotected.
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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