Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Description of an old field from Cross Creek by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (died 1953)

The field has lost its fertility, and I have struggled with successive optimistic plantings of beans and squash and cucumbers and even, hopeful folly on that neglected soil, young orange trees. But the field is through with the bother of cultivation and will have none of it, and everything withers on its arid and cynical and weary breast. It nourishes only a thick cluster of persimmon trees and wild grapevines and a spindling grapefruit tree at the edge of the hammock and a great sweet seedling orange tree among the hickories. The squirrels and raccoons and birds and foxes make a good living there, where a human fails.

1. Successful on this old field are
A. beans
B. squash.
C. wild grapevines.
D. young orange trees.
2. A plant that withers there is
A. wild grapevine.
B. a spindling grapefruit tree.
C. hickory.
D. cucumber.
3. An unsuccessful animal there is
A. human beings.
B. squirrels.
C. raccoons.
D. foxes.
4. The author probably
A. will test out other vegetables.
B. has given up.
C. will rent the land to someone else.
D. will chase away the squirrels and raccoons and birds and foxes.
The entire book can be read online: Cross Creek.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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

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