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 4.

From Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens (died 1870)

The first of May! There is a merry freshness in the sound, calling to our minds a thousand thoughts of all that is pleasant in nature and beautiful in her most delightful form. What man is there over whose mind a bright spring morning does not exercise a magic influence, carrying him back to the days of his childish sports and conjuring up before him the old green field with its gently waving trees, where the birds sang as he has never heard them since, where the butterfly fluttered far more gaily than he ever sees him now in all his ramblings, where the sky seemed bluer and the sun shone more brightly, where the air blew more freshly over greener grass and sweeter-smelling flowers, where everything wore a richer and more brilliant hue than it is ever dressed in now! Such are the deep feelings of childhood, and such are the impressions which every lovely object stamps upon its heart!

1. The impressions are stamped upon the heart of
A. man.
B. childhood.
C. a rambler.
D. the old green field.
2. A bright spring morning
A. does not exercise a magic influence.
B. is more brilliant than in childhood.
C. carries a man back.
D. is stamped upon the heart.
3. The merry freshness is in
A. the sound "first of May".
B. the gently waving trees.
C. the fluttering butterfly.
D. greener grass.
4. (See The origin of flutter is related to
A. flute.
B. filibuster.
C. fluster.
D. float.
Sketches by Boz can be downloaded from the Internet: Sketches by Boz.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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