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 8.

View of Yalta from The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain (died 1910)

We anchored here at Yalta, Russia, two or three days ago. To me the place was a vision of the Sierras. The tall, gray mountains that back it, their sides bristling with pines - cloven with ravines - here and there a hoary rock towering into view - long, straight streaks sweeping down from the summit to the sea, marking the passage of some avalanche of former times - all these were as like what one sees in the Sierras as if the one were a portrait of the other. The little village of Yalta nestles at the foot of an amphitheater which slopes backward and upward to the wall of hills and looks as if it might have sunk quietly down to its present position from a higher elevation. This depression is covered with the great parks and gardens of noblemen, and through the mass of green foliage the bright colors of their palaces bud out here and there like flowers.

1. The straight streaks were left by
A. rocks.
B. pines.
C. avalanches.
D. rivers.
2. Yalta looks as if it
A. was in the sea.
B. had slipped down from above.
C. is bristling with pines.
D. is marked with avalanches.
3. The Greek origin of amphitheater meant
A. watch from all sides.
B. speak and dance.
C. perform in a theater.
D. listen in a theater.
4. The bright colors of palaces were like
A. the sea.
B. foliage.
C. parks and gardens.
D. flowers.
The entire book can be downloaded as an html zip file from Project Gutenberg: The Innocents 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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