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 1.

Rafting on the Neckar River - from A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain (died 1910)

Germany, in the summer, is the perfection of the beautiful, but nobody has understood and realized and enjoyed the utmost possibilities of this soft and peaceful beauty unless he has voyaged down the Neckar on a raft. The motion of a raft is the needful motion. It is gentle and gliding and smooth and noiseless. It calms down all feverish activities, it soothes to sleep all nervous hurry and impatience. Under its restful influence all the troubles and vexations and sorrows that harass the mind vanish away, and existence becomes a dream, a charm, a deep and tranquil ecstasy. How it contrasts with hot and perspiring pedestrianism and dusty and deafening railroad rush and tedious jolting behind tired horses over blinding white roads!

1. "Gentle and gliding" refer to
A. Germany.
B. a motion.
C. a raft.
D. the Neckar.
2. Existence becomes a dream under the influence of
A. the Neckar.
B. Germany.
C. the motion of a raft.
D. a raft.
3. The Latin origin of pedestrian meant
A. one who goes on foot.
B. traveler.
C. city dweller.
D. country dweller.
4. To vex is
A. to announce.
B. to replace.
C. to refuse.
D. to annoy.
The entire book can be downloaded as an HTML file from Project Gutenberg: A Tramp Abroad.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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

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