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 22.

Selection from Cross Creek by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (died 1953)

[Jib the cat] prowled the marsh and hammock as though he had known them always. He returned home with shining eyes, bearing some trophy unutterably strange, a lizard or small snake. We use the expression here "poor as a lizard-eating cat," and I think Jib learned they were not the healthiest of foods, for as the years passed I would see him lying in the shade, watching a lizard with no attempt to catch it. He must once have been bitten by a snake, for he disappeared for two days and came in with his head swollen to twice its size and very wobbly on his legs. He refused food for two days more and then was himself again but with a holy fear of anything resembling the serpent. I have seen him jump three feet in the air, like a released spring, at the sudden sight of a curving stick or a ribbon on the floor.

1. The curving stick resembled
A. a snake.
B. a ribbon.
C. a spring.
D. a lizard.
2. To prowl is
A. to threaten.
B. to go about stealthily.
C. to travel.
D. to hunt.
3. Shining eyes are a symptom of
A. fear.
B. shame.
C. exhaustion.
D. pride.
4. Jib did not each lizards any more because
A. they tasted bad.
B. they were tough.
C. they were not good for him.
D. they escaped too easily.
The entire book can be read online: Cross Creek.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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

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