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 16.


The key piece of research needed to find a polio vaccine was completed by Harvard's John Enders. It was his team that figured out how to grow polio in test tubes, suddenly giving vaccine hunters everywhere enough virus to work with.

Now the goal was truly in sight, and who got there first was largely a matter of speed and luck. "Jonas Salk was strictly a kitchen chemist," Albert Sabin used to gripe. "He never had an original idea in his life." However, imaginative people perennially underrate efficient ones, and, at the time, the kitchen chemist, who prepared his vaccine by marinating the virus in formalin, was just what the doctor ordered. Salk became the first person to develop a polio vaccine.

1. The "efficient" chemist was
A. Albert Sabin.
B. John Enders.
C. Jonas Salk.
D. None of these.
2. The "imaginative" chemist was
A. Albert Sabin.
B. John Enders.
C. Jonas Salk.
D. None of these.
3. The hero of this article is
A. Albert Sabin.
B. John Enders.
C. Jonas Salk.
D. None of these.
4. Formalin is
A. a formal preparation.
B. a solution of formaldehyde in water.
C. a relative of insulin.
D. a solution of spice.


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

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.


























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