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 28.

Mark Twain in Turkey - excerpt from "The Innocents Abroad" by Mark Twain (died 1910)

Newspapers are not popular with the Sultan's government. They do not understand journalism. The proverb says, "The unknown is always great." To the court, the newspaper is a mysterious and rascally institution. They know what a pestilence is, because they have one occasionally that thins the people out at the rate of two thousand a day, and they regard a newspaper as a mild form of pestilence. When it goes astray, they suppress it - pounce upon it without warning and throttle it. When it doesn't go astray for a long time, they get suspicious and throttle it anyhow, because they think it is hatching deviltry. Imagine the Grand Vizier in solemn council with the magnates of the realm, spelling his way through the hated newspaper, and finally delivering his profound decision: "This thing means mischief - it is too darkly, too suspiciously inoffensive. Suppress it! Warn the publisher that we can not have this sort of thing. Put the editor in prison!"

1. The Latin origin of pestilence meant
A. attack.
B. evil.
C. plague.
D. lice.
2. The Grand Vizier as portrayed is
A. kindly.
B. shy.
C. generous.
D. suspicious.
3. Twain's attitude is one of
A. scorn.
B. kindliness.
C. generosity.
D. hope.
4. The O.Fr. (Old French) origin of journal meant
A. publication.
B. daily.
C. magazine.
D. newspaper.
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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