Reading Comprehension Quiz

Use the dictionary, the acronym finder, and the word origins dictionary (links above) as needed. A new quiz is available each Monday through Thursday. This is the quiz for April 14.

It was Mary Leakey's 1959 discovery of a cranium at Olduvai Gorge in Africa that captured worldwide attention and made the Leakeys a household name. Building on this find, Louis and Mary attracted a multidisciplinary team of specialists to work at Olduvai and launched the modern science of paleoanthropology, the study of human origins.

In 1978 Mary made what may have been her greatest find. Her team was exploring a site in Tanzania when they discovered a trail of remarkably clear ancient hominid footprints preserved in volcanic ash. It was a stunning glimpse of the world 3.6 million years ago.

1. The word paleo (as in paleoanthropology) means
A. stone.
B. layers.
C. ancient.
D. scientific.
2. Anthropology is the scientific study of
A. people around the world.
B. mankind.
C. skeletons.
D. the origins and social relationships of human beings.
3. Hominid means
A. homo sapiens.
B. primate.
C. primitive man.
D. the primate family that includes modern human beings.
4. The Leakeys launched the study of
A. human beings.
B. bones in the earth.
C. paleoanthropology.
D. traces in volcanic ash.

The information comes from an article by Donald Johanson at Time Magazine Most Important People of the Century.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

Answer Key: 1-C..........2-D..........3-D..........4-C
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