Reading Comprehension Quiz

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From "Doctors' Commons" in "Sketches by Boz" by Charles Dickens (died 1870)

Walking without any definite object through St. Paul’s Churchyard a little while ago, we happened to turn down a street entitled "Paul's Chain" and, keeping straight forward for a few hundred yards, found ourself, as a natural consequence, in Doctors’ Commons. Now Doctors’ Commons being familiar by name to everybody as the place where they grant marriage-licenses to love-sick couples and divorces to unfaithful ones, register the wills of people who have any property to leave, and punish hasty gentlemen who call ladies by unpleasant names, we no sooner discovered that we were really within its precincts than we felt a laudable desire to become better acquainted therewith, and as the first object of our curiosity was the Court, whose decrees can even unloose the bonds of matrimony, we procured a direction to it and bent our steps thither without delay.

1. The author was
A. strolling.
B. on his way somewhere.
C. delivering something.
D. looking for Doctors' Commons.
2. Being in Doctors' Commons was a natural consequence of
A. looking for Doctors' Commons.
B. taking a walk.
C. keeping straight forward.
D. going somewhere.
3. To procure a direction is
A. to find one's way.
B. to ask for directions.
C. to buy a map.
D. to look for the Court.
4. To unloose the bonds of matrimony is to
A. unwrap licenses.
B. argue against marriage.
C. counsel husbands and wives.
D. grant a divorce.
The complete sketches can be downloaded from Project Gutenberg: Sketches by Boz.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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