Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Mark Twain (died 1910) visits the Hawaiian Islands (from Roughing It)

Near by is an interesting ruin, the meagre remains of an ancient heathen temple, a place where human sacrifices were offered up in those old bygone days when the simple child of nature, yielding momentarily to sin when sorely tempted, acknowledged his error when calm reflection had shown it him and came forward with noble frankness and offered up his grandmother as an atoning sacrifice, in those old days when the luckless sinner could keep on cleansing his conscience and achieving periodical happiness as long as his relations held out, long, long before the missionaries braved a thousand privations to come and make them permanently miserable by telling them how beautiful and how blissful a place heaven is and how nearly impossible it is to get there.

1. "His relations held out" refers to
A. human sacrifices.
B. armed resistance.
C. insistence on one's own way of life.
D. Hawaiian intermarriage.
2. The Hawaiians became permanently miserable because
A. they were afflicted with sickness.
B. they were living in poverty.
C. they didn't realize they were already in heaven.
D. they were forced to listen to the missionaries.
3. To atone is
A. to sing.
B. to make amends/to make up for an offense.
C. to prove.
D. to insist.
4. The atoning sacrifice was
A. a missionary.
B. the promise of heaven.
C. a simple child.
D. a grandmother.
The complete text of Roughing It is available from Project Gutenberg as a downloadable file: Roughing It.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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

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