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 May 19.

Arriving at Gibraltar from "The Innocents Abroad" by Mark Twain (died 1910)

Everybody was sent scampering to the deck at seven o'clock this lovely morning of the thirtieth of June with the glad news that land was in sight! It was a rare thing and a joyful, to see all the ship's family abroad once more, albeit the happiness that sat upon every countenance could only partly conceal the ravages which that long siege of storms had wrought there. But dull eyes soon sparkled with pleasure, pallid cheeks flushed again, and frames weakened by sickness gathered new life from the quickening influences of the bright, fresh morning. Yea, and from a still more potent influence: the worn castaways were to see the blessed land again! - and to see it was to bring back that motherland that was in all their thoughts.

1. The ravages were caused by
A. dull eyes.
B. pallid cheeks.
C. the storms.
D. sickness.
2. Quickening influences are
A. rapid influences.
B. life-giving influences.
C. influences from sunlight.
D. influences from the freshness of morning.
3. The most potent influence was
A. relief from sickness.
B. the disappearance of the storms.
C. being in the ship's family.
D. seeing land again.
4. The motherland was most likely
A. Europe.
B. Gibralter.
C. America.
D. Spain.
The entire book can be downloaded as an html zip file from Project Gutenberg: The Innocents Abroad.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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