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 30.

In 1947 life in America was segregation. It was two worlds that were afraid of each other. There were separate schools for blacks and whites, separate restaurants, separate hotels, separate drinking fountains, and separate baseball leagues. Life was unkind to black people who tried to bring those worlds together. It could be hateful. But Jackie Robinson was bigger than all of that.

He had to be. He had to be bigger than the Brooklyn teammates who got up a petition to keep him off the ball club, bigger than the pitchers who threw at him or the base runners who dug their spikes into his shin, bigger than the bench jockeys who hollered for him to carry their bags and shine their shoes, bigger than the so-called fans who mocked him with mops on their heads and wrote him death threats.

1. The Latin word origin of segregate means
A. unmixed.
B. grieving.
C. harming.
D. apart from the flock.
2. A bench jockey is
A. someone always on the bench.
B. someone from another baseball team.
C. someone with a big mouth.
D. someone on the team who verbally annoys the other team.
3. Jackie Robinson had to have great
A. courage.
B. rudeness.
C. sarcasm.
D. anger.
4. The small people in this story succeeded in
A. making themselves look good.
B. defeating Jackie Robinson.
C. making themselves look bad.
D. reducing prejudice.

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

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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