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 23.

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

I think we have seen all of Venice. We have seen, in these old churches, a profusion of costly and elaborate sepulchre ornamentation such as we never dreampt of before. We have stood in the dim religious light of these hoary sanctuaries, in the midst of long ranks of dusty monuments and effigies of the great dead of Venice, until we seemed drifting back, back, back, into the solemn past, and looking upon the scenes and mingling with the peoples of a remote antiquity. We have been in a half-waking sort of dream all the time. I do not know how else to describe the feeling. A part of our being has remained still in the nineteenth century, while another part of it has seemed in some unaccountable way walking among the phantoms of the tenth.

1. The Latin origin of sepulchre meant
A. marble box.
B. graveyard.
C. burial place.
D. church interior.
2. A hoary sanctuary is
A. a dusty part of a church.
B. a Venetian canal.
C. an ancient building.
D. a holy part of a church grey with age.
3. "The tenth" refers to
A. a century.
B. a particular picture.
C. a ranking of experience.
D. a section of a church.
4. An effigy is
A. a figure of straw.
B. an image of someone.
C. a keepsake.
D. a burial place.
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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