Reading Comprehension Quiz

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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 9.

Mark Twain (died 1910) hiking in the Alps - from A Tramp Abroad

We went on climbing, higher and higher, and curving hither and thither, in the shade of noble woods, with a rich variety and profusion of wild flowers all about us and glimpses of rounded grassy backbones below us occupied by trim chalets and nibbling sheep and other glimpses of far lower altitudes, where distance diminished the chalets to toys and obliterated the sheep altogether, and every now and then some ermined monarch of the Alps swung magnificently into view for a moment, then drifted past an intervening spur and disappeared again.

1. The "backbones" are
A. the tops of hills.
B. trails of rocks.
C. animal skeletons.
D. tall peaks.
2. A spur is
A. a mountain trail.
B. a loop in a mountain trail.
C. a ridge projecting from a mountain.
D. a sharp rock.
3. The monarch is ermined because
A. it is covered with forest.
B. it shelters wild animals.
C. is is owned by royalty.
D. it is covered with snow.
4. The chalets were toys because
A. they were so poorly constructed.
B. they were so far away.
C. they belonged to farms.
D. they were colorful.
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-A . . . . . . . . . . 2-C . . . . . . . . . . 3-D . . . . . . . . . . . 4-B

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