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 28.

After dominating much of the past two millenniums in science and philosophy, the Chinese instead have spent the past 100 years being invaded, split apart, and patronizingly lectured by the West.

But in 1959 a short, skinny, bespectacled 18-year-old kid from Hong Kong traveled to America and declared himself to be John Wayne, James Dean, Charles Atlas, and the guy who kicked your butt in junior high school. In an America where the Chinese were still stereotyped as meek house servants and railroad workers, Bruce Lee was all steely sinew, threatening stare, and cocky, pointed finger.

1. The Latin word origin of patron (as in patronizing) means
A. customer.
B. bestower of gifts.
C. father.
D. contributor.
2. The Latin word origin of millennium means
A. milled.
B. turned on a wheel.
C. a rich time.
D. a thousand years.
3. Bruce Lee was unlike the stereotype of the Chinese because he was not
A. cocky.
B. strong.
C. meek.
D. a worker.
4. Bruce Lee was like John Wayne because he was
A. short.
B. cocky.
C. skinny.
D. bespectacled.

The information comes from an article by Joel Stein 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-C..........4-B
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