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 June 11.

A visit to Florence from "The Innocents Abroad" by Mark Twain (died 1910)

I can not keep that Medici mausoleum out of my memory. It is as large as a church; its pavement is rich enough for the pavement of a king's palace; its great dome is gorgeous with frescoes; its walls are made of--what? marble?--plaster?--wood?--paper? No. Red porphyry--verde antique--jasper--oriental agate--alabaster--mother-of-pearl--chalcedony--red coral--lapis lazuli! All the vast walls are made wholly of these precious stones, worked in elaborate patterns and figures and polished till they glow, like great mirrors, with the pictured splendors reflected from the dome overhead. And before [in front of] a statue of one of those dead Medicis reposes a crown that blazes with diamonds and emeralds enough to buy a ship of the line.

1. Twain seems to think that the cost of the mausoleum was
A. extravagant.
B. modest.
C. justified.
2. A mausoleum is
A. a residence.
B. a tomb.
C. a government building.
D. a museum.
3. A ship of the line was
A. a passenger ship.
B. an escort.
C. a war ship.
D. a sailing ship.
4. The mausoleum was as large as
A. a palace.
B. a ship of the line.
C. a dome.
D. a church.
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-A..........2-B..........3-C..........4-D

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