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 7.

Mark Twain (died 1910) looking down from high in the Alps - from A Tramp Abroad

We saw all this little world in unique circumstantiality of detail—saw it just as the birds see it—and all reduced to the smallest of scales and as sharply worked out and finished as a steel engraving. The numerous toy villages, with tiny spires projecting out of them, were just as the children might have left them when done with play the day before. The forest tracts were diminished to cushions of moss. One or two big lakes were dwarfed to ponds, the smaller ones to puddles, though they did not look like puddles but like blue teardrops which had fallen and lodged in slight depressions, conformable to their shapes, among the moss-beds and the smooth levels of dainty green farm-land. The microscopic steamboats glided along as in a city reservoir, taking a mighty time to cover the distance between ports which seemed only a yard apart, and the isthmus which separated two lakes looked as if one might stretch out on it and lie with both elbows in the water, yet we knew invisible wagons were toiling across it and finding the distance a tedious one.

1. Like teardrops were
A. ponds.
B. smaller lakes.
C. one or two big lakes.
D. puddles.
2. The toy villages
A. had been left by children at play.
B. were in a steel engraving.
C. only seemed small.
D. were the place of dwarves.
3. Seeming only a yard apart were
A. the isthmus.
B. toy villages.
C. wagons.
D. ports.
4. An isthmus is
A. a narrow strip of land connecting two larger bodies of land.
B. a peninsula.
C. a lake shore.
D. a road for wagons.
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-B . . . . . . . . . . 2-C . . . . . . . . . . 3-D . . . . . . . . . . 4-A

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