Reading Comprehension Quiz

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

At six o'clock every evening all Naples turns out to drive on the Riviera di Chiaia (whatever that may mean), and for two hours one may stand there and see the motliest [most varied] and the worst mixed procession go by that ever eyes beheld. Princes (there are more princes than policemen in Naples - the city is infested with them) who live up seven flights of stairs and don't own any principalities will keep a carriage and go hungry, and clerks, mechanics, milliners, and strumpets will go without their dinners and squander the money on a hack-ride in the Chiaja. The rag-tag and rubbish of the city stack themselves up, to the number of twenty or thirty, on a rickety little go-cart hauled by a donkey not much bigger than a cat, and they drive in the Chiaia. Dukes and bankers, in sumptuous carriages and with gorgeous drivers and footmen, turn out, also, and so the furious procession goes. For two hours rank and wealth and obscurity and poverty clatter along side by side in the wild procession and then go home serene, happy, covered with glory!

1. A principality is a state ruled by
A. a duke.
B. an earl.
C. a prince.
D. a king.
2. The word infested shows Twain's
A. respect.
B. disdain.
C. confusion.
D. nobility.
3. Princes prefer riding on the Chiaia to
A. spending money on a dinner.
B. keeping a carriage.
C. owning a principality.
D. living up seven flights of stairs.
4. Riding side by side are
A. dukes and bankers.
B. milliners and mechanics.
C. drivers and footmen.
D. wealth and poverty.
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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