Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Selection from Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1848

He [man] has never permitted her [woman] to exercise her inalienable right to the elective franchise.

He has compelled her to submit to laws in the formation of which she had no voice.

He has withheld from her rights which are given to the most ignorant and degraded men, both native and foreigner.

Having deprived her of this first right of a citizen, the elective franchise, thereby leaving her without representation in the halls of legislation, he has oppressed her on all sides.

He has made her, if married, in the eye of the law, civilly dead.

He has taken from her all right in property, even to wages she earns.

In the covenant of marriage, she is compelled to promise obedience to her husband, he becoming, to all intents and purposes, her master, the law giving him power to deprive her of her liberty and to administer chastisement.

He has so framed the laws of divorce as to what shall be the proper causes and, in case of separation, to whom the guardianship of the children shall be given as to be wholly regardless of the happiness of women, the law, in all cases, going upon a false supposition of the supremacy of man, giving all power into his hands. . . . He allows her in Church, as well as State, but a subordinate position, claiming Apostolic authority for her exclusion from the ministry, and, with some exceptions, from any public participation in the affairs of the Church.

1. Inalienable means
A. important.
B. not available for purchase.
C. incapable of being repudiated or transferred.
D. not foreign.
2. The "elective franchise" is
A. the rights of a husband.
B. the privilege of voting in an election.
C. management of an election.
D. voting premises.
3. "Civilly dead" means
A. not recognized as a citizen.
B. unequal.
C. unimportant to the husband.
D. without marital rights.
4. The Latin origin of subordinate meant
A. insulting.
B. poor.
C. without rights.
D. below in an ordering.
Selected from Declaration of Sentiments by Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Classic Essays.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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