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 March 24.

Selection from "Street Haunting - a London Adventure" by Virginia Woolf (died 1941)

How beautiful a London street is, with its islands of light and its long groves of darkness and on one side of it, perhaps, some tree–sprinkled, grass–grown space where night is folding herself to sleep naturally, and, as one passes the iron railing, one hears those little cracklings and stirrings of leaf and twig which seem to suppose [presume] the silence of fields all round them, an owl hooting and far away the rattle of a train in the valley. But this is London, we are reminded. High among the bare trees are hung oblong frames of reddish yellow light - windows. There are points of brilliance burning steadily like low stars - lamps. This empty ground, which holds the country in it and its peace, is only a London square, set about [surrounded] by offices and houses where at this hour fierce lights burn over maps, over documents, over desks where clerks sit turning with wetted forefinger the files of endless correspondences.

1. The iron railing adjoins
A. a space.
B. a window.
C. a grove of darkness.
D. an office.
2. Cracklings and stirrings remind the author of
A. trees.
B. a train.
C. fields.
D. windows.
3. Windows are hung among
A. fields.
B. trees.
C. lamps.
D. a London square.
4. Fierce lights burn over
A. offices.
B. houses.
C. clerks.
D. desks.
The complete essay can be found at Street Hauntings - a London Adventure

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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