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 September 10.

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

All about us rose gigantic masses, crags, and ramparts of bare and dreary rock, with not a vestige or semblance of plant or tree or flower anywhere or glimpse of any creature that had life. The frost and the tempests of unnumbered ages had battered and hacked at these cliffs with a deathless energy, destroying them piecemeal, so all the region about their bases was a tumbled chaos of great fragments that had been split off and hurled to the ground. Soiled and aged banks of snow lay close about our path. The ghastly desolation of the place was as tremendously complete as if Doré had furnished the working plans for it. But every now and then, through the stern gateways around us, we caught a view of some neighboring majestic dome, sheathed with glittering ice and displaying its white purity at an elevation compared to which ours was groveling and plebeian, and this spectacle always chained one's interest and admiration at once and made him forget there was anything ugly in the world.

1. Dore was
A. a Renaissance painter.
B. an architect.
C. an artist specializing in engravings.
D. a city planner.
2. "Ours" refers to
A. our gateway.
B. our white purity.
C. our desolation.
D. our elevation.
3. Ramparts are
A. mounds of earth.
B. parade grounds.
C. wooden fortifications.
D. gun emplacements.
4. To make one forget ugliness there was
A. desolation.
B. a dome.
C. elevation.
D. snow.
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Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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

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