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 23.

The influence of the Alps - from A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain (died 1910)

I was groping, without knowing it, toward an understanding of what the spell is which people find in the Alps and in no other mountains, that strange, deep, nameless influence, which, once felt, cannot be forgotten, once felt, leaves always behind it a restless longing to feel it again, a longing which is like homesickness, a grieving, haunting yearning which will plead, implore, and persecute till it has its will. . . . Others . . . said they could find perfect rest and peace nowhere else when they were troubled. All frets and worries and chafings sank to sleep in the presence of the benignant serenity of the Alps. The Great Spirit of the Mountain breathed his own peace upon their hurt minds and sore hearts and healed them. They could not think base thoughts or do mean and sordid things here, before the visible throne of God.

1. The opposite of benignant is
A. beneficial.
B. helpful.
C. malignant.
D. gracious.
2. The Latin origin of chafe meant
A. dig.
B. make hot.
C. wear down.
D. annoy.
3. Minds were healed by
A. the Great Spirit of the Mountains.
B. homesickness.
C. chafings.
D. the Throne of God.
4. The influence of the Alps is
A. common to all mountains.
B. everywhere.
C. taught in schools.
D. unique.
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-C . . . . . . . . . . 2-B . . . . . . . . . . 3-A . . . . . . . . . . 4-D

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