“Zeitoun” by Dave Eggers is an excellent high-interest nonfiction book that gives students an opportunity to practice reading comprehension. I wrote these four comprehension tests for an “Introduction to College Reading” course that I teach in a pre-college summer bridge program in which “Zeitoun” was the primary text. This book and these comprehension tests are also suitable for high school students and adult education.
My comprehension tests are designed to motivate students to read. Students who complete the reading will find the tests easy and are likely to earn high scores. Students who don’t do well on the first test (which covers only the first 34 pages of the book) quickly realize that they should have done the assigned reading. This creates an incentive to read.
On each test, the questions are chronological. This enables you to tell how far you students got – or didn’t get – in their reading, creating opportunity to address assignment completion with students. Each test is followed by an Answer Key that includes page references.
Test #1 covers pp. 1-34. It contains 18 multiple-choice questions: 15 literal comprehension, and three analytical comprehension.
Test #2 covers pp. 35-116. It contains 25 multiple-choice questions: 19 literal comprehension, and six analytical comprehension.
Test #3 covers pp. 116-217. It contains 23 multiple-choice questions: 16 literal comprehension, and seven analytical comprehension.
Test #4 covers pp. 217-325. It contains 19 multiple-choice questions: 13 literal comprehension, and six analytical comprehension. It also contains four short-answer questions, and students must answer any two.