Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Boy leaving prison from Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens (died 1870)

We cannot forget the boy. He descended the steps with a dogged look, shaking his head with an air of bravado and obstinate determination. They walked a few paces and paused. The woman put her hand upon his shoulder in an agony of entreaty, and the boy sullenly raised his head as if in refusal. It was a brilliant morning, and every object looked fresh and happy in the broad, gay sunlight. He gazed round him for a few moments, bewildered with the brightness of the scene, for it was long since he had beheld anything save the gloomy walls of a prison. Perhaps the wretchedness of his mother made some impression on the boy’s heart. Perhaps some undefined recollection of the time when he was a happy child and she his only friend and best companion crowded on him. He burst into tears and, covering his face with one hand and hurriedly placing the other in his mother’s, walked away with her.

1. The boy is trying to be
A. useful.
B. helpful.
C. apologetic.
D. brave.
2. The boy and his mother were
A. hopeful.
B. out of touch.
C. loving.
D. antagonistic.
3. Bravado is
A. true bravery.
B. a pretense of courage.
C. noisiness.
D. rudeness.
4. The author contrasts the situation with
A. the beauty of the day.
B. the wretchedness of the mother.
C. happy childhood.
D. the bewilderment of the boy.
The complete "Sketches by Boz" can be downloaded from Project Gutenberg as an file: Sketches by Boz.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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