Reading Comprehension Quiz

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1700-year-old review of entertainment at the Coliseum that Mark Twain "found"

Upon the whole, last night's performances shed honor not only upon the management but upon the city that encourages and sustains such wholesome and instructive entertainments. We would simply suggest that the practice of vulgar young boys in the gallery of shying peanuts and paper pellets at the tigers and saying "Hi-yi!" and manifesting approbation or dissatisfaction by such observations as "Bully for the lion!" "Go it, Gladdy!" "Boots!" "Speech!" "Take a walk round the block!" and so on are extremely reprehensible when the Emperor is present and ought to be stopped by the police. Several times last night, when the supernumeraries entered the arena to drag out the bodies, the young ruffians in the gallery shouted, "Supe! supe!" and also, "Oh, what a coat!" and "Why don't you pad them shanks?" and made use of various other remarks expressive of derision. These things are very annoying to the audience.

1. The Latin origin of supernumerary meant
A. very excellent.
B. beyond the number.
C. actor in a play.
D. lucky number.
2. "Supe!" refers to
A. taking care.
B. superintendents.
C. supernumeraries.
D. taking a bow.
3. The wholesome entertainments referred to are
A. sword fights and animal fights.
B. stage plays.
C. political speeches.
D. choral performances.
4. To shy peanuts is to
A. eat peanuts.
B. share peanuts.
C. crush peanuts.
D. throw peanuts.
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Answer Key: 1-B..........2-C..........3-A..........4-D

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