Reading Comprehension Quiz

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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 16.

Upon visiting a painting displayed by itself in its own gallery from "The Innocents Abroad" by Mark Twain (died 1910)

Is it not possible that the reason I find such charms in this picture is because it is out of the crazy chaos of the galleries? If some of the others were set apart, might not they be beautiful? If this were set in the midst of the tempest of pictures one finds in the vast galleries of the Roman palaces, would I think it so handsome? If, up to this time, I had seen only one "old master" in each palace, instead of acres and acres of walls and ceilings fairly papered with them, might I not have a more civilized opinion of the old masters than I have now? I think so. When I was a school-boy and was to have a new knife, I could not make up my mind as to which was the prettiest in the showcase, and I did not think any of them was particularly pretty, and so I chose with a heavy heart. But when I looked at my purchase at home, where no glittering blades came into competition with it, I was astonished to see how handsome it was.

1. Twain compares pictures with
A. galleries.
B. palaces.
C. knives.
D. old masters.
2. Crazy chaos refers to
A. throngs of people.
B. many, many rooms.
C. knives.
D. pictures.
3. Twain thinks that the crazy chaos is similar to
A. a tempest.
B. knives.
C. old masters.
D. acres and acres of walls.
4. Twain had a heavy heart because
A. he had to choose one knife.
B. none of the knives seemed to be very pretty.
C. all of the knives were beautiful.
D. the blades glittered.
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-D..........3-A..........4-B

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