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 24.

Excerpt from "The Innocents Abroad" by Mark Twain (died 1910)

I wish to say one word about Michael Angelo Buonarotti. I used to worship the mighty genius of Michael Angelo--that man who was great in poetry, painting, sculpture, architecture--great in every thing he undertook. But I do not want Michael Angelo for breakfast--for luncheon--for dinner--for tea--for supper--for between meals. I like a change, occasionally. In Genoa, he designed every thing; in Milan he or his pupils designed every thing; he designed the Lake of Como; in Padua, Verona, Venice, Bologna, whom did we ever hear of, from guides, but Michael Angelo? . . . He designed St. Peter's; he designed the Pope; he designed the Pantheon, the uniform of the Pope's soldiers, the Tiber, the Vatican, the Coliseum, the Capitol, the Tarpeian Rock, the Barberini Palace, St. John Lateran, the Campagna, the Appian Way, the Seven Hills, the Baths of Caracalla, the Claudian Aqueduct, [and] the Cloaca Maxima.

1. The Cloaca Maxima was
A. the ancient Roman sewage system.
B. a pool in ancient Rome.
C. a marketplace.
D. a Roman palace.
2. The Tarpeian Rock was
A. a rock connected with the memory of Michael Angelo.
B. a monument in ancient Rome.
C. a rock in ancient Rome from which criminals were hurled.
D. an ancient Roman jewel.
3. Twain's humor comes from
A. timidity.
B. exaggeration.
C. gentle wit.
D. word play.
4. Twain's mood seems to be
A. serenity.
B. anger.
C. friendliness.
D. impatience or exasperation.
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-C..........3-B..........4-D

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