Reading Comprehension Quiz

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

For years and years I have dreamed of the wonders of the Turkish bath; for years and years I have promised myself that I would yet enjoy one. Many and many a time, in fancy, I have lain in the marble bath and breathed the slumbrous fragrance of Eastern spices that filled the air, then passed through a weird and complicated system of pulling and hauling and drenching and scrubbing by a gang of naked savages who loomed vast and vaguely through the steaming mists, like demons, then rested for a while on a divan fit for a king, then passed through another complex ordeal and one more fearful than the first and, finally, swathed in soft fabrics, been conveyed to a princely saloon and laid on a bed of eider down, where eunuchs, gorgeous of costume, fanned me while I drowsed and dreamed or contentedly gazed at the rich hangings of the apartment, the soft carpets, the sumptuous furniture, the pictures, and drank delicious coffee, smoked the soothing narghile [water pipe], and dropped, at the last, into tranquil repose, lulled by sensuous odors from unseen censers, by the gentle influence of the narghile's Persian tobacco, and by the music of fountains that counterfeited the pattering of summer rain.

1. The actual Turkish bath was probably
A. better than Twain's fancy.
B. just like Twain's fancy.
C. nothing like Twain's fancy.
2. A censer is
A. a container for incense.
B. a fragrant candle.
C. a bottle of perfume.
D. a floral display.
3. The "complicated system of pulling and hauling" refers to
A. the plumbing.
B. massage.
C. transportation.
D. moving equipment.
4. Imitating the pattering of summer rain were
A. the water pipes.
B. the steam.
C. streaming mists.
D. fountains.
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-A..........3-B..........4-D

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