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 17.

A place of enchantment - from Cross Creek by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (died 1953)

I do not understand how any one can live without some small place of enchantment to turn to. In the lakeside hammock there is a constant stirring in the tree-tops, as though on the stillest days the breathing of the earth is yet audible. The Spanish moss sways a little always. The heavy forest thins into occasional great trees, live oaks and palms and pines. In spring, the yellow jessamine is heavy on the air, in summer the red trumpet vine shouts from the gray trunks, and in autumn and winter the holly berries are small bright lamps in the half-light. The squirrels are unafraid, and here I saw my first fox-squirrel, a huge fellow made of black shining plush. Here a skunk prowled close to me, digging industrious small holes for grubs. I sat as still as a stump, and if he saw me, as I suspect, he was a gentleman and went on steadily with his business, then loped away with a graceful rocking motion . . . It is impossible to be among the woods animals on their own ground without a feeling of expanding one's own world, as when any foreign country is visited.

1. The Latin origin of audible meant
A. noticeable.
B. peculiar.
C. at a distance.
D. to hear.
2. A fox-squirrel is actually
A. a fox.
B. a squirrel.
C. neither fox nor squirrel.
3. A graceful rocking motion belonged to
A. a skunk.
B. a fox-squirrel.
C. trees.
D. grubs.
4. Another name for jessamine is
A. jessup.
B. jessa.
C. jasmine.
D. jesmine.
The entire book can be read online: Cross Creek.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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

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