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 October 5.

A valley in the Alps - from A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain (died 1910)

Toward sunset we entered a beautiful green valley dotted with chalets, a cozy little domain hidden away from the busy world in a cloistered nook among giant precipices topped with snowy peaks that seemed to float like islands above the curling surf of the sea of vapor that severed them from the lower world. Down from vague and vaporous heights, little ruffled zigzag milky currents came crawling and found their way to the verge of one of those tremendous overhanging walls, whence they plunged, a shaft of silver shivered to atoms in mid-descent and turned to an air puff of luminous dust.

1. The Latin origin of cloister meant
A. a group of rooms.
B. frozen place.
C. a place shut in.
D. hidden place.
2. These are compared to islands:
A. peaks.
B. precipices.
C. nooks.
D. chalets.
3. This is compared to the sea:
A. the lower world..
B. the green valley.
C. an overhanging wall.
D. vapor in clouds.
4. This is compared to luminous dust:
A. a shaft of silver.
B. the spray of a waterfall.
C. luminous heights.
D. zigzag currents.
The entire book can be downloaded as an HTML zip file from Project Gutenberg: A Tramp Abroad. Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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

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