Reading Comprehension Quiz

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The Pawnbroker's Shop from "Sketches by Boz" by Charles Dickens (died 1870)

The pawnbroker’s shop is situated near Drury-Lane, at the corner of a court, which affords a side entrance for the accommodation of such customers as may be desirous of avoiding the observation of the passers-by or the chance of recognition in the public street. It is a low, dirty-looking, dusty shop, the door of which stands always doubtfully a little way open, half inviting, half repelling the hesitating visitor who, if he be as yet uninitiated, examines one of the old garnet brooches in the window for a minute or two with affected eagerness, as if he contemplated making a purchase, and then, looking cautiously round to ascertain that no one watches him, hastily slinks in, the door closing of itself after him, to just its former width.

1. Once inside, the visitor will
A. buy a garnet brooch.
B. get a loan and leave something for security.
C. avoid the observation of passers-by.
D. close the door.
2. He examines a brooch because
A. he wants to judge the quality of the merchandise.
B. he wants to avoid recognition.
C. he is unfamiliar with how to proceed.
D. he would like to buy jewelry.
3. Affected eagerness is
A. pretended eagerness.
B. making a drama of the situation.
C. showing real eagerness.
D. boredom.
4. The visitor doesn't want to be recognized because
A. he is in an unfamiliar part of the city.
B. he dislikes the condition of the shop.
C. he doesn't want to socialize with anybody.
D. he is embarrassed to be short of cash.
Sketches by Boz can be downloaded from the Internet: Sketches by Boz.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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