Reading Comprehension Quiz

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From "Doctors' Commons" in "Sketches by Boz" by Charles Dickens (died 1870)

A little further on, a hard-featured old man with a deeply-wrinkled face was intently perusing a lengthy will with the aid of a pair of horn spectacles, occasionally pausing from his task and slily noting down some brief memorandum of the bequests contained in it. Every wrinkle about his toothless mouth and sharp keen eyes told of avarice and cunning. His clothes were nearly threadbare, but it was easy to see that he wore them from choice and not from necessity. All his looks and gestures down to the very small pinches of snuff, which he every now and then took from a little tin canister, told of wealth and penury and avarice.

1. "Wealth" and "penury" are
A. synonyms.
B. somewhat similar.
C. opposites.
D. unrelated.
2. Snuff is made from
A. opium.
B. marijuana.
C. gum.
D. tobacco.
3. The clothes were threadbare because the old man was
A. stingy.
B. poor.
C. grasping.
D. a taker of snuff.
4. The old man had poor
A. hearing.
B. eyesight.
C. appetite.
D. sense of smell.
The complete sketches can be downloaded from Project Gutenberg: Sketches by Boz.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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

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