Reading Comprehension Quiz

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From "The Story of an Eyewitness: The San Francisco Earthquake [1906]" by Jack London (died 1916)

On Wednesday morning at a quarter past five came the earthquake. A minute later the flames were leaping upward. In a dozen different quarters south of Market Street, in the working-class ghetto and in the factories, fires started. There was no opposing the flames. There was no organization, no communication. All the cunning adjustments of a twentieth century city had been smashed by the earthquake. The streets were humped into ridges and depressions and piled with the debris of fallen walls. The steel rails were twisted into perpendicular and horizontal angles. The telephone and telegraph systems were disrupted. And the great water-mains had burst. All the shrewd contrivances and safeguards of man had been thrown out of gear by thirty seconds' twitching of the earth's crust.

1. "Cunning adjustments" are similar to
A. organization.
B. systems.
C. shrewd contrivances.
D. communication.
2. The earthquake lasted
A. a day.
B. a night.
C. a second or two.
D. thirty seconds.
3. The flames
A. leaped.
B. burrowed.
C. smashed.
D. humped.
4. The OF (Old French) origin of debris meant
A. to lump together.
B. to break.
C. to fall.
D. to clutter.
The entire essay can be found at San Francisco Earthquake.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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

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