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 25.

The ship encounters a storm from "the Innocents Abroad" by Mark Twain (died 1910)

The last night of the seven was the stormiest of all. There was no thunder, no noise but the pounding bows of the ship, the keen whistling of the gale through the cordage, and the rush of the seething waters. But the vessel climbed aloft as if she would climb to heaven, then paused an instant that seemed a century and plunged headlong down again, as from a precipice. The sheeted sprays drenched the decks like rain. The blackness of darkness was everywhere. At long intervals a flash of lightning clove it with a quivering line of fire that revealed a heaving world of water where was nothing before, kindled the dusky cordage to glittering silver, and lit up the faces of the men with a ghastly luster!

1. The faces of the men were lit up by
A. a ghastly luster.
B. glittering silver.
C. lightning.
D. the seething waters.
2. The vessel climbed aloft because of
A. the gale.
B. the sheeted sprays.
C. the pounding bows of the ship.
D. the tall waves.
3. The word cordage reveals that this was
A. a sailing ship.
B. a steam ship.
C. a ship with lifeboats.
D. a ship with portholes.
4. The dusky cordage was kindled as if
A. hit by lightning.
B. set on fire.
C. turning to silver.
D. in a heaving world of water.
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-D..........3-A..........4-B
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