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 21.

Selection from Hinchliff's SUMMER MONTHS AMONG THE ALPS (published 1857), quoted by Mark Twain (died 1910) in A Tramp Abroad

"The whole sky was blazing with stars, larger and brighter than they appear through the dense atmosphere breathed by inhabitants of the lower parts of the earth. They seemed actually suspended from the dark vault of heaven, and their gentle light shed a fairylike gleam over the snow-fields around the foot of the Matterhorn, which raised its stupendous pinnacle on high, penetrating to the heart of the Great Bear and crowning itself with a diadem of his magnificent stars. Not a sound disturbed the deep tranquillity of the night except the distant roar of streams that rush from the high plateau of the St. Theodule glacier and fall headlong over precipitous rocks till they lose themselves in the mazes of the Gorner glacier."

1. "The lower parts of the earth" refers to
A. lower altitudes.
B. people with poorer vision.
C. the underworld.
D. plains.
2. A vault is
A. a place for safekeeping.
B. a jumping-off place.
C. an arched structure.
D. a welcoming place.
3. The Great Bear is
A. a rock formation.
B. a constellation of stars.
C. a mountain in the Alps.
D. a wild animal.
4. A maze is
A. a corn field.
B. a remarkable place.
C. a river.
D. a confusing network of paths.
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-A . . . . . . . . . . 2-C . . . . . . . . . . 3-B . . . . . . . . . . 4-D

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