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 28.

From "In the Catskills" by John Burroughs (died 1921)

Here on the top of the mountain we overtook [the season of] spring, which had been gone from the valley nearly a month. Red clover was opening in the valley below and wild strawberries just ripening, [whereas] on the summit the yellow birch was just hanging out its catkins, and the claytonia, or spring-beauty, was in bloom. The leaf-buds of the trees were just bursting, making a faint mist of green, which, as the eye swept downward, gradually deepened until it became a dense, massive cloud in the valleys. At the foot of the mountain the clintonia, or northern green lily, and the low shadbush were showing their berries, but long before the top was reached they were found in bloom. I had never before stood amid blooming claytonia, a flower of April, and looked down upon a field that held ripening strawberries.

1. In the valley the green was a massive cloud because
A. spring was just starting.
B. the hikers were so distant.
C. the tree leaves were fully grown.
D. of the clintonia.
2. On the mountain top the clintonia
A. was not yet in bloom.
B. was showing their berries.
C. was in the cloud of green.
D. was in flower.
3. The ripening strawberries were
A. in the valley.
B. at the mountain top.
C. in a cloud of green.
D. a sign of spring.
4. The hikers had started their hike in
A. winter.
B. summer.
C. spring.
D. fall.
A longer selection can be found at In the Catskills.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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

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