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 2.

Views from the Neckar River, Germany - from A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain (died 1910)

We went slipping silently along between the green and fragrant banks with a sense of pleasure and contentment that grew and grew all the time. Sometimes the banks were overhung with thick masses of willows that wholly hid the ground behind. Sometimes we had noble hills on one hand, clothed densely with foliage to their tops, and on the other hand open levels blazing with poppies or clothed in the rich blue of the corn flower. Sometimes we drifted in the shadow of forests and sometimes along the margin of long stretches of velvety grass, fresh and green and bright, a tireless charm to the eye. And the birds! - they were everywhere. They swept back and forth across the river constantly, and their jubilant music was never stilled.

1. The willows hid the ground behind because
A. they were green.
B. they were on banks.
C. they were on hills.
D. they were in thick masses.
2. The "tops" mentioned were
A. the tops of hills.
B. the tops of trees.
C. the tops of banks.
D. the tops of forests.
3. The Latin origin of jubilant meant
A. tuneful.
B. a (wild) shout or call.
C. loud.
D. religious.
4. Another name for corn flower is
A. poppy.
B. dandelion.
C. bachelor's button
D. tassel.
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-D . . . . . . . . . . 2-A . . . . . . . . . . 3-B . . . . . . . . . . 4-C

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