Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Confucius's works are widely studied by many scholars in many Asian countries, such as Korea, Japan, China, and Vietnam. Many of those countries still hold the traditional memorial ceremony every year.

The works of Confucius were translated into European languages through the agency of Jesuit scholars stationed in China. Matteo Ricci started to report on the thoughts of Confucius, and Father Prospero Intorcetta translated the life and works of Confucius into Latin in 1687. It is thought that such works influenced European thinkers of the period, particularly among philosophical groups of the Enlightenment, who were interested in combining the morality of Confucius with Christianity.

1. In which of these countries are the works of Confucius not widely studied?
A. Korea.
B. Japan.
C. Iran.
D. Vietnam.
2. The article mentions that Jesuits
A. had an influence on European thinkers.
B. combined the morality of Confucius with Christianity.
C. joined philosophical groups.
D. read the works of Confucius.
3. The article implies that Ricci
A. combined the morality of Confucius with Christianity.
B. was a Jesuit.
C. authored the life of Confucius.
D. was a native of China.
4. The memory of Confucius is alive in
A. Latin countries.
B. Christian countries.
C. Korea.
D. philosophical groups.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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