Reading Comprehension Questions

Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension is a very common component on standardized tests, including College EntranceArmed forces entranceNursing EntranceHigh School Proficiency and Catholic High School tests.

Reading Comprehension Practice Questions

Directions: Read the following paragraphs and answer the questions that accompany them. Circle the correct answer, which you believe most accurately satisfies the requirements of each question. The answer key is located at the end of this test.

Passage 1 – Was Dr. Seuss A Real Doctor?


A favorite author for over 100 years, Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1902. Today, we celebrate the birthday of the famous “Dr. Seuss” by hosting Read Across America events throughout the month of March. School children around the country celebrate the “Doctor’s” birthday by making hats, giving presentations and holding read aloud circles featuring some of Dr. Seuss’ most famous books.

But who was Dr. Seuss? Did he go to medical school? Where was his office? You may be surprised to know that Theodor Seuss Geisel was not a medical doctor at all. He took on the nickname Dr. Seuss when he became a noted children’s book author. He earned the nickname because people said his books were “as good as medicine”. All these years later, his nickname has lasted and he is known as Dr. Seuss all across the world.

Think back to when you were a young child. Did you ever want to try “green eggs and ham.”? Did you try to “Hop on Pop”? Do you remember learning about the environment from a creature called The Lorax? Of course, you must recall one of Seuss’ most famous characters; that green Grinch who stole Christmas. These stories were all written by Dr. Seuss and featured his signature rhyming words and letters. They also featured made up words in order to enhance his rhyme scheme and even though many of his characters were made up, they sure seem real to us today.

And what of his “signature” book, The Cat in the Hat? You must remember that cat and Thing One and Thing Two from your childhood. Did you know that in the early 1950’s there was a growing concern in America that children were not becoming avid readers? This was, book publishers thought, because children found books dull and uninteresting. An intelligent publisher sent Dr. Seuss a book of words that he thought all children should learn as young readers. Dr. Seuss wrote his famous story The Cat in the Hat, using those words.  We can see, over the decades, just how much influence his writing has had on very young children. That is why we celebrate this doctor’s birthday each March.

Passage 1 – Questions

1. What does the word “avid” mean in the last paragraph?

a. Good
b. Interested
c. Slow
d. Fast

2. What can we infer from the statement “ His books were like medicine”?

a. His books made people feel better
b. His books were in doctor’s office waiting rooms
c. His books took away fevers
d. His books left a funny taste in readers’ mouths.

3. Why is the publisher in the last paragraph referred to as “intelligent?”

a. The publisher knew how to read.
b. The publisher knew kids did not like to read.
c. The publisher knew Dr. Seuss would be able to create a book that sold well.
d. The publisher knew that Dr. Seuss would be able to write a book that would get young children interested in reading.

4. The theme of this passage is

a. Dr. Seuss was not a doctor.
b. Dr. Seuss influenced the lives of generations of young children.
c. Dr. Seuss wrote rhyming books.
d. Dr. Suess’ birthday is a good day to read a book.

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Answer Key

1. B
When someone is avid about something that means they are highly interested in the subject. The context clues are dull and boring, because they define the opposite of avid.

2. A
The author is using a simile to compare the books to medicine. Medicine is what you take when you want to feel better. They are suggesting that if you want to feel good, they should read Dr. Seuss’ books.
Choice B is incorrect because there is no mention of a doctor’s office. Choice C is incorrect because it is using the literal meaning of medicine and the author is using medicine in a figurative way. Choice D is incorrect because it makes no sense.

3. D
The publisher is described as intelligent because he knew to get in touch with a famous author to develop a book that children would be interested in reading.
Choice A is incorrect because we can assume that all book publishers must know how to read. Choice B is incorrect because it says in the article that more than one publisher was concerned whether children liked to read. Choice D is incorrect because there is no mention in the article about how well The Cat in the Hat sold when it was first published.

4. B
The passage describes in detail how Dr. Seuss had a great effect on the lives of children through his writing. It names several of his books, tells how he helped children become avid readers and explains his style of writing. Choice A is incorrect because that is just one single fact about the passage. Choice C is incorrect because that is just one single fact about the passage. Choice D is incorrect because that is just one single fact about the passage. Again, choice B is correct because it encompasses ALL the facts in the passage, not just one single fact.


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  1. Mike
    January 22, 2013

    great articles! thanks

  2. jay
    January 21, 2015

    this is great stuff thanks

  3. David G Oxford
    September 15, 2016

    I seem to have noted a mistake. It says that the attack on Fort Sumter was on April 12,1861 and then it goes on to say that Lincoln declared war on April 14, 1862, which is incorrect, right?

    • Brian
      September 15, 2016

      No, #6 choice B is correct – the first shots were fired and THEN war was declared.

    • britany allwood
      April 18, 2019

      the war was declared on April 14 because of the shot that was fired on April 12

    May 13, 2018

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  5. John Larron
    July 18, 2018

    First of all, #8 is wrong. Abolish means to destroy, not ban.

    • Brian
      July 18, 2018

      Below is a DEFINITION and SYNONYMS – a definition is not the same as a synonym

      formally put an end to (a system, practice, or institution).
      “the tax was abolished in 1977”
      synonyms: put an end to · do away with · get rid of · scrap · end · stop · terminate · eradicate · eliminate · exterminate · destroy · annihilate · stamp out · obliterate · wipe out · extinguish

    • April Johnson
      August 30, 2018

      But its right just in the determination of meaning accurately in that particular passage.

    September 24, 2018

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    • Jonathan
      October 11, 2018

      This is really helpful to those who don’t know how to go back to the passage and reread.

  7. Eva
    October 27, 2018

    thanks it is helpful.

  8. kedir sherefudin
    November 11, 2018


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    November 13, 2018

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    • Brian
      November 14, 2018

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  10. Robert L Hill Jr
    December 4, 2018

    6. The answer is “B” however; The Civil War began on April 12, 1861. He had Congress declare war on the Confederacy on April 14, 1862. Please take notice of the dates. This I believe is a typo. The years are different.

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