Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Jean Piaget spent much of his professional life listening to children. He found that children don't think like grownups. Piaget began to suspect that behind the seemingly illogical utterances of children are thought processes that have their own kind of order. Einstein called it a discovery "so simple that only a genius could have thought of it."

Piaget's insight opened a new window into the inner workings of the mind. By the end of his career he had developed several new fields of science - developmental psychology, cognitive theory, and what came to be called genetic epistemology. He championed a way of thinking about children that provided the foundation for today's education-reform movements. One might say that Piaget was the first to take children's thinking seriously.

1. Piaget's "simple" discovery was that
A. children's utterances are illogical.
B. children are not like adults.
C. children's thoughts are disorderly.
D. children think differently from adults.
2. The Latin word origin of "cognition" (adjective: cognitive) means
A. to know.
B. recognition.
C. to see.
D. to recognize.
3. "Genetic epistemology" refers to
A. the theory of how knowledge is naturally acquired.
B. the working of genes.
C. how genes work.
D. the acquisition of knowledge.
4. Piaget is credited with the scientific study of
A. epistemology.
B. children's thinking.
C. genetics.
D. illogical thought processes.
The information comes from an article by Seymour Papert at Time Magazine Most Important People of the Century.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

Answer Key: 1-D..........2-A..........3-A..........4-B
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