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 March 5.

Selection from The American Scholar by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Is it not the chief disgrace in the world not to be a unit, not to be reckoned one character, not to yield that peculiar fruit which each man was created to bear but [instead] to be reckoned in the gross, in the hundred, or the thousand, of the party, the section, to which we belong and our opinion predicted geographically as the North or the South? Not so, brothers and friends. Please God, ours shall not be so. We will walk on our own feet; we will work with our own hands; we will speak our own minds.

1. A gross is
A. 12 dozen (144).
B. 20.
C. 12.
D. 100.
2. "Peculiar" here means
A. eccentric.
B. tasty.
C. distinctive.
D. antisocial.
3. Emerson was a champion of
A. subordinating personal characteristics.
B. the importance of the individual.
C. the importance of membership.
D. self-sacrifice.
4. He was also a champion of
A. relying on the group.
B. relying on the leader.
C. relying on friends and family.
D. self-reliance.
The full text can be found at The American Scholar.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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