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Reading Comprehension
Volume 4, Number 28, April 19, 1999

Word Meanings From Context

Use the context to help you choose the correct meaning of each underlined word.

Chad didn’t notice the baseball glove on the ground as he ran for the bus. He tripped over the glove and hit the ground with a force that almost drove all the air out of his lungs.
“My ankle! I think I broke my ankle!” he screamed.
Chad’s mother had seen the mishap from the window. She rushed outside to help him and to assess his injuries.
“I broke my ankle, Mom,” Chad lamented.
“Let me help you up and we’ll see if you can put any weight on it,” Mrs. Klein suggested.
Chad limped around in a small circle. “It’s feeling a little better. Maybe I didn’t break it,” he said.
“I’ll bet you’re going to be furious with the person who carelessly left that glove on the ground,” Mrs. Klein said with a little smile.
“I should be,” Chad replied. “But I’d have to be mad at myself!”

1. In the first paragraph, “drove” means __________.

a. moved a bus
b. breathed
c. bothered
d. pushed

2. In the third paragraph, “mishap” means __________.

a. comedy
b. ruined glove
c. school bus
d. accident

3. In the third paragraph, “assess” means __________.

a. to check out how something is
b. to help
c. to make something worse
d. to scold

4. In the fourth paragraph, “lamented” means __________.

a. complained sorrowfully
b. giggled
c. boasted
d. repaired with glue

5. In the sixth paragraph, “better” means __________.

a. completely cured
b. superior, higher quality than another
c. one who places a bet
d. improved

6. In the seventh paragraph, “furious” means __________.

a. very angry
b. very windy
c. very happy
d. very forgiving



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