17 pages 34 minutes read

Percy Bysshe Shelley


Fiction | Poem | Adult | Published in 1818

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Reading Comprehension Questions

1. Who gives the description of the statue in the desert?

A) the speaker

B) a traveler

C) the poet

D) the sculptor

2. Who is credited with rendering the statue’s lifelike features?

A) Ozymandias

B) the speaker

C) a traveler

D) the sculptor

3. Where are Ozymadias’s words found?

A) on the statue’s legs

B) on the statue’s face

C) on the statue’s trunk

D) on the statue’s base

4. What can be found in the area surrounding the statue?

A) remains of a city

B) ancient pyramids

C) nothing but sand

D) additional monuments to the pharaoh

5. What expression does the statue’s face bear?

A) a warm smile

B) a cold sneer

C) a wince of pain

D) an angry grimace

Reading Comprehension Answers

1. B. Lines 1-2 reveal that the speaker is hearing the account of the statue secondhand, from a traveler.

2. D. Line 6 credits the lifelike expression of the monument to the sculptor’s skill.