Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Mark Twain (died 1910) enters the city of Damascus - from The Innocents Abroad

It was fairly dark a few minutes after we got within the wall, and we rode long distances through wonderfully crooked streets, eight to ten feet wide and shut in on either side by the high mud-walls of the gardens. At last we got to where lanterns could be seen flitting about here and there and knew we were in the midst of the curious old city. In a little narrow street, crowded with our pack mules and with a swarm of uncouth Arabs, we alighted and through a kind of a hole in the wall entered the hotel. We stood in a great flagged court with flowers and citron trees about us and a huge tank in the centre that was receiving the waters of many pipes. We crossed the court and entered the rooms prepared to receive four of us. In a large marble-paved recess between the two rooms was another tank of clear, cool water, which was kept running over all the time by the streams that were pouring into it from half a dozen pipes. Nothing, in this scorching, desolate land could look so refreshing as this pure water flashing in the lamp light, nothing could look so beautiful, nothing could sound so delicious as this mimic rain to ears long unaccustomed to sounds of such a nature.

1. A flagged court is a court
A. surrounded by flags.
B. on a slope.
C. with a roof.
D. paved with flagstones.
2. The falling water was like
A. a cistern.
B. rain.
C. a storm.
D. a cascade.
3. Citron resembles
A. a lemon.
B. a pineapple.
C. an apple.
D. an orange.
4. Curious in this context means
A. eager to learn.
B. prying.
C. strange.
D. inquiring.
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-D..........2-B..........3-A..........4-C

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