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 25.

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

In fine weather the old gentleman is almost constantly in the garden, and, when it is too wet to go into it, he will look out of the window at it by the hour together. He has always something to do there, and you will see him digging and sweeping and cutting and planting with manifest delight. In springtime there is no end to the sowing of seeds and sticking little bits of wood over them, with labels, which look like epitaphs to their memory, and in the evening, when the sun has gone down, the perseverance with which he lugs a great watering pot about is perfectly astonishing. The only other recreation he has is the newspaper, which he peruses every day from beginning to end, generally reading the most interesting pieces of intelligence to his wife during breakfast.

1. The "most interesting pieces of intelligence" are
A. his wife.
B. recreation.
C. newspaper.
D. news.
2. The bits of wood look like
A. epitaphs.
B. labels.
C. gravestones.
D. watering pots.
3. The Latin origin of epitaph referred to
A. bits of wood.
B. a funeral.
C. writing.
D. remembering.
4. When something is manifest it is
A. obvious/apparent.
B. joyful.
C. hidden.
D. annoying.
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-D..........2-C..........3-B..........4-A

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