Soal Latihan dan Jawaban Reading Comprehension 59

Monday, March 26th, 2012 - reading comprehension

In colonial America, people generally covered their beds with decorative quilts

resembling those of the lands from which the quitters had come. Wealthy and socially

prominent settlers made quilts of the English type, cut from large lengths of cloth of

the same color and texture rather than stitched together from smaller pieces. They made

(5)  these until the advent of the Revolutionary War in I 775, when everything English

came to be frowned upon.

 

Among the whole-cloth quilts made by these wealthy settlers during the early period

are those now called linsey-woolseys. This term was usually applied to a fabric of wool

and linen used in heavy clothing and quilted petticoats worn in the wintertime. Despite

(10)  the name, linsey-woolsey bedcovers did not often contain linen. Rather, they were

made of a top layer of woolen or glazed worsted wool fabric, consisting of smooth,

compact yarn from long wool fiber dyed dark blue, green, or brown with a bottom

layer of a coarser woolen material, either natural or a shade of yellow. The filling was

a soft layer of wool which had been cleaned and separated and the three layers were

(15)  held together with decorative stitching done with homespun linen thread. Later, cotton

thread was used for this purpose. The design of the stitching was often a simple one

composed of interlocking circles or crossed diagonal lines giving a diamond pattern.

This type of heavy, warm, quilted bedcover was so large that it hung to the floor.

The corners are cut out at the foot of the cover so that the quilt fit snugly around the tall

(20)  four-poster, beds of the 1700′s, which differed from those of today in that they were

shorter and wider; they were short because people slept in a semi-sitting position with

many bolsters or pillows, and wide, because each bed often slept three or more. The

linsey-woolsey covering was found in the colder regions of the country because of the

warmth it afforded. There was no central heating and most bedrooms did not have

(25)  fireplaces.

 

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Question 1
What does this passage mainly discuss?
A
The processing of wool
B
Quilts made in England
C
Linsey-woolsey bedcovers
D
Sleeping habits of colonial Americans
Question 2
The word "prominent" in line 3 is closest in meaning to
A
distinguished
B
isolated
C
concerned
D
generous
Question 3
The author mention the Revolutionary War as a time period when
A
quills were supplied to the army
B
quills imported from England became harder to find
C
people's attitudes toward England changed.
D
more immigrants arrived from England
Question 4
The phrase "applied to" in line 8 is closest in meaning 10
A
written down on
B
used for
C
compared to
D
sewn onto
Question 5
The term "linsey-woolsey" originally meant fabric used primarily in
A
clothing
B
quilts
C
sheets
D
pillows
Question 6
The word "coarser" in line 13 is closest in meaning to
A
more attractive
B
rougher
C
less heavy
D
older
Question 7
The quilts described in the second and third paragraphs were made primarily of
A
a mixture of fabrics
B
cotton
C
linen
D
wool
Question 8
It can be inferred from the third paragraph that the sleeping habits of most Americans have changed since the 1700's in all the following ways EXCEPT
A
the number of people who sleep in one bed
B
the length of time people sleep
C
the numbers of bolsters or pillows people sleep on
D
the position in which people sleep
Question 9
The word "afforded" in line 24 is closest in meaning to
A
spent
B
absorbed
C
avoided
D
provided
Question 10
Which of the following was most likely to be found in a bedroom in the colder areas of the American colonies?
A
A linsey-woolsey
B
A fireplace
C
A vent from a central healing system
D
A wood stove
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