Reading Comprehension Quiz

[A new interlinear poem will be available each Monday: Weekly Interlinear Poem .]

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 7.

Long John Silver looks at the treasure map from Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (died 1894)

"Yes, sir," said he, "this is the spot, to be sure, and very prettily drawed out. Who might have done that, I wonder? The pirates were too ignorant, I reckon. Aye, here it is: 'Capt. Kidd's Anchorage [harbor where a ship can anchor]'— just the name my shipmate called it. There's a strong current runs along the south and then away nor'ard [northward] up the west coast. Right you was, sir," says he, "to haul your wind [almost point the ship toward the oncoming wind] and keep the weather of the island [keep the island on the side from which the wind (weather) is blowing], leastways, if such was your intention as to enter [that is, enter the Anchorage] and careen [tilt the ship to one side], and there ain't no better place for that in these waters."

1. Silver is probably talking to
A. Jim.
B. the ship's captain.
C. his shipmates.
D. the doctor.
2. The pirates couldn't have drawn the map because
A. they lacked the right supplies.
B. they hadn't been there.
C. they didn't follow orders.
D. they were too ignorant.
3. The weather side is the same as
A. the side of the oncoming wind.
B. the bow.
C. the stern.
D. the side away from the oncoming wind.
4. The anchorage is the same as
A. a coast.
B. open ocean.
C. a harbor.
D. a river.
The entire book can be downloaded as an HTML zip file from Treasure Island.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

Answer Key: 1-B..........2-D..........3-A..........4-C

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