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 27.

Selection from "The Innocents Abroad" by Mark Twain (died 1910)

The huge palaces of Genoa are each supposed to be occupied by one family, but they could accommodate a hundred, I should think. They are relics of the grandeur of Genoa's palmy days, the days when she was a great commercial and maritime power several centuries ago. These houses, solid marble palaces though they be, are in many cases of a dull pinkish color outside and, from pavement to eaves, are pictured with Genoese battle scenes, with monstrous Jupiters and Cupids and with familiar illustrations from Grecian mythology. Where the paint has yielded to age and exposure and is peeling off in flakes and patches, the effect is not happy.

Some of these painted walls reminded me somewhat of the tall van, plastered with fanciful bills and posters, that follows the bandwagon of a circus about a country village. I have not read or heard that the outsides of the houses of any other European city are frescoed in this way.

1. The painted walls are on
A. pavement.
B. country villages.
C. circus wagons.
D. palaces.
2. Twain complains about
A. Grecian mythology.
B. marble palaces.
C. peeling paint.
D. circus wagons.
3. A fresco is painted with
A. oils.
B. colors on moist plaster.
C. chalk.
D. charcoal.
4. The Latin origin of maritime meant
A. close association with the sea.
B. pertaining to sailors.
C. the Mediterranean.
D. astronomy.
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-D..........2-C..........3-B..........4-A

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