Reading Comprehension Quiz




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From "Sketches by Boz" by Charles Dickens (died 1870)

The old lady is very fond of flowers, as the hyacinth glasses in the parlour window and geranium pots in the little front court testify. She takes great pride in the garden, too, and, when one of the four fruit trees produces rather a larger gooseberry than usual, it is carefully preserved under a wine glass on the sideboard for the edification of visitors, who are duly informed that Mr. So-and-so planted the tree which produced it with his own hands. On a summer’s evening, when the large watering pot has been filled and emptied some fourteen times and the old couple have quite exhausted themselves by trotting about, you will see them sitting happily together in the little summerhouse enjoying the calm and peace of the twilight and watching the shadows as they fall upon the garden and, gradually growing thicker and more sombre, obscure the tints of their gayest flowers, no bad emblem of the years that have silently rolled over their heads, deadening in their course the brightest hues of early hopes and feelings which have long since faded away. These are their only recreations, and they require no more. They have within themselves the materials of comfort and content, and the only anxiety of each is to die before the other.

1. Growing thicker and more sombre are
A. the years.
B. the shadows.
C. the gayest flowers.
D. the brightest hues.
2. What "obscure the tints of their gayest flowers"?
A. the shadows.
B. the twilight.
C. the gayest flowers.
D. the brightest hues.
3. "Long since faded away" were
A. the years.
B. the materials of comfort and content.
C. early hopes and feelings.
D. recreations.
4. Responsible for "deadening in their course the brightest hues" were
A. the materials of comfort and content.
B. the shadows.
C. early hopes and feelings.
D. the years.
The entire book can be downloaded from the Internet: Sketches by Boz.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.


























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

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