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 14.

Church bells in Switzerland - from A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain (died 1910)

We did not oversleep at St. Nicholas. The church-bell began to ring at four-thirty in the morning, and from the length of time it continued to ring I judged that it takes the Swiss sinner a good while to get the invitation through his head. Most church-bells in the world are of poor quality and have a harsh and rasping sound, which upsets the temper and produces much sin, but the St. Nicholas bell is a good deal the worst one that has been contrived yet and is peculiarly maddening in its operation. Still, it may have its right and its excuse to exist, for the community is poor and not every citizen can afford a clock, perhaps, but there cannot be any excuse for our church-bells at home, for there is no family in America without a clock, and consequently there is no fair pretext for the usual Sunday medley of dreadful sounds that issues from our steeples. There is much more profanity in America on Sunday than in all in the other six days of the week put together, and it is of a more bitter and malignant character than the week-day profanity, too. It is produced by the cracked-pot clangor of the cheap church-bells.

1. Some bells produce sin because
A. they invite it.
B. they awaken people early.
C. they ring for too long a time.
D. they are harsh and rasping
2. The most profanity in America occurs
A. in a steeple.
B. in church.
C. on Sunday.
D. every day of the week.
3. Cheap church-bells sound like
A. profanity.
B. a cracked pot.
C. an invitation.
D. a Swiss sinner.
4. The Latin origin of clangor meant
A. loud sound.
B. confusion.
C. rudeness.
D. inconsiderateness.
The entire book can be downloaded as an HTML zip file from the Internet: A Tramp Abroad.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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

Corrections? Questions? Comments? E-mail Robert Jackson at