Each Reading Comprehension Assessment worksheet, suitable for secondary and college level students, includes a short passage(s) from the excerpted text of 38 literary works for reading, at least five vocabulary words to define and use in a sentence, sentence completion exercises, and two comprehension questions assessing both understanding and critical thinking skills. List of excerpted works:
Aesop. "The Boy Who Cried Wolf"
Guy de Maupassant. "The Necklace"
Louisa May Alcott. Little Women. From Chapter One, "Playing Pilgrims"
James Joyce. From "The Dead"
Jules Verne. Around the World in 80 Days. From Chapter 9
Kate Chopin. The Awakening. From Chapter 3
Nathaniel Hawthorne. From "Young Goodman Brown"
Adam Smith. Wealth of Nations, From Chapter 5
Charlotte Bronte. Jane Eyre, From Chapter 2
Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice, From Chapter 3
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes, From "The Five Orange Pips"
Charles Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities, From Book, The First
The Brothers Grimm. Fairy Tales. "The Fox and the Cat"
Angela Brazil. The Girls of St. Cyprian's. From Chapter 1
H. G. Wells. The Invisible Man. From Chapter 1
Alexandre Dumas. The Count of Monte Cristo. From Chapter 102, "Valentine"
O. Henry. (William Sydney Porter). From "The Gift of the Magi"
Frederick Douglass. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. From Chapter 1
Nicolo Machiavelli. The Prince. From Chapter 17, "Concerning Cruelty and Clemency"
Mrs. Goddard Orpen. Stories About Famous Precious Stones. From Chapter 3, "La Peregrina" Herman Hesse. Siddhartha. From "With the Samanas"
Willa Cather. O Pioneers! From Part 1, Chapter 1, "The Wild Land"
Aesop. Fables. "The Fox and the Goat"
Benjamin Franklin. From his Autobiography.
Bram Stoker. Dracula From Chapter 1, "Jonathan Harker's Journal"
A.M. Allison. From San Francisco in Ruins: A Pictorial History
Abraham Lincoln. The Gettysburg Address
William J. Long. English Literature
William Sumner. Social Darwinism
W. E. B. Du Bois. Souls of Black Folk
Argentine Ornithology: A Descriptive Catalog
Harold Bindloss. Long Odds -- From Chapter 10, "Ormsgill Asks a Favor"
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens). The Adventures of Tom Sawyer -- From Chapter 3
Edgar Allan Poe. From "The Cask of Amontillado"
Edgar Rice Burroughs. Tarzan of the Apes -- From Chapter 5, The White Ape
Lewis Carroll. Alice in Wonderland -- From Chapter 8. "The Queen's Croquet-Ground"
Herman Melville. Moby Dick -- From Chapter 1. "Loomings"
Elisabeth Woodbridge Morris. "The Tyranny of Things"
Ida B. Wells. Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases
Eudora Welty. From "A Worn Path"
David and Marian Fairchild. The King Grasshopper, from Book of Monsters
Henry David Thoreau. Walden, From Chapter 1, Economy