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 3.

The book that made Sigmund Freud's reputation in the medical profession was "The Interpretation of Dreams" (1900) part dream analysis, part autobiography, part theory of the mind, and part history of contemporary Vienna. The principle that underlay this work was that mental experiences, like physical ones, are part of nature. The most nonsensical notion, the most casual slip of the tongue, and the most fantastic dream must have a meaning and can be used to unriddle the often incomprehensible maneuvers we call thinking.

1. The word origin of "analysis" is
A. psychological investigation.
B. interpreting dreams.
C. a breaking up.
D. chemical investigation.
2. In essence, Freud was investigating
A. thinking.
B. physical experiences.
C. medicine.
D. nonsensical notions.
3. The word origin of "fantastic" is
A. dream life.
B. able to imagine.
C. fairy stories.
D. imaginative drama.
4. The word origin of "maneuver" is
A. military operation.
B. clever manipulation.
C. man's work.
D. work with the hands.

The information comes from an article by Peter Gay 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-D
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