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 30.

A view in the Alps of the Jungfrau - from A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain (died 1910)

The mighty dome of the Jungfrau [was] softly outlined against the sky and faintly silvered by the starlight. There was something subduing in the influence of that silent and solemn and awful presence. One seemed to meet the immutable, the indestructible, the eternal, face to face, and to feel the trivial and fleeting nature of his own existence the more sharply by the contrast. One had the sense of being under the brooding contemplation of a spirit, not an inert mass of rocks and ice, a spirit which had looked down, through the slow drift of the ages, upon a million vanished races of men and judged them and would judge a million more and still be there, watching, unchanged and unchangeable, after all life should be gone and the earth have become a vacant desolation.

1. The vacant desolation will be vacant of
A. animals.
B. people.
C. life.
D. mountains.
2. The Latin origin of immutable meant
A. in a wall.
B. silent.
C. uncontested.
D. not change.
3. Twain's own life seemed to him to be
A. trivial.
B. equal.
C. superior.
D. awful.
4. Twain felt that
A. the Jungfrau was indifferent.
B. he was being looked at.
C. he was being criticized.
D. he was being applauded.
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Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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

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