Reading Comprehension Quiz

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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 October 1.

Selection from "A Pig is Paid For" from Cross Creek (Chapter 11) by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (died 1953)

Psychologists might say, trying me before a jury of my peers, that murder lay ready in my heart. The act was not premeditated, yet the will to kill was waiting. I know only that I pulled the trigger with joy and looked down at my fallen foe with delight and triumph. There would be no more battening of outlaw stock on feed and flowers. I wondered to whom the pigs belonged. They were none of my immediate neighbors'. I looked again at the red menace. He was appallingly fat and succulent. I picked him up by his curly tail, put him in my car, and drove to Citra. I arranged to have Mr. Hogan dress him and Ward the storekeeper to store him in his refrigerator. I sent a wire to my friend Norton in Ocala, "Bring ten or twelve Saturday night for whole roast pig barbecue."

1. To batten is to
A. ruin.
B. dig.
C. overeat.
D. scratch.
2. Outlaw stock is
A. stolen livestock.
B. farm animals out of their pens.
C. illegal stores of provisions.
D. stolen pigs.
3. The red menace was
A. a pig.
B. a snake.
C. a person.
D. a dog.
4. (See meditate in Word Origins.) The Latin origin of premeditate meant
A. skip ahead.
B. figure out an argument.
C. sit quietly.
D. think about beforehand.
Read the entire marvelous short story "A Pig is Paid For" - Chapter 11: Cross Creek.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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

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