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 9.

Jim sees Long John Silver murder Tom - from "Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson (died 1894)

When I came again to myself the monster had pulled himself together, his crutch under his arm, his hat upon his head. Just before him Tom lay motionless upon the sward, but the murderer minded him not a whit, cleansing his blood-stained knife the while upon a wisp of grass. Everything else was unchanged, the sun still shining mercilessly on the steaming marsh and the tall pinnacle of the mountain, and I could scarce persuade myself that murder had been actually done and a human life cruelly cut short a moment since before my eyes.

1. The passage makes Long John seem
A. passive.
B. weak.
C. concerned.
D. heartless.
2. Long John cleaned his knife with
A. dirt.
B. a handkerchief.
C. grass.
D. his sleeve.
3. Jim is
A. amused.
B. horrified.
C. annoyed.
D. agreeable.
4. (See whit in origins.) The 12c "in na whit" meant
A. no amount.
B. not white.
C. no account.
D. unknown.
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Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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

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