Reading Comprehension Quiz

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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 August 11.

The man now called the Buddha died around 400 BCE at the age of about 80.

The prime sources of information regarding his life are the Buddhist texts. The Buddha and his monks spent four months each year discussing and rehearsing his teachings, and after his death his monks set about preserving them. A council was held shortly after his death, and another was held a century later. At these councils the monks attempted to authenticate the accounts of the life and teachings of the Buddha. They divided the teachings into distinct but overlapping bodies of material and assigned specific monks to memorize each one. The teaching was thus preserved orally. Three centuries after the Buddha's death, all information, both oral and written, was gathered together and recorded on palm-leaf scrolls. By this point, the monks had added or altered some material, in particular magnifying the figure of the Buddha.

1. BCE means
A. before the common (or Christian) era.
B. before common events.
C. before Christian events.
D. by common explanation.
2. For a space of three centuries after the Buddha's death, information about the Buddha was
A. lost.
B. saved without alteration.
C. written on palm-leaf scrolls.
D. oral.
3. Authenticate means
A. find the source for.
B. write an account of.
C. prove that something is real or true.
D. make available.
4. Oral accounts are apt to
A. remain as they first were.
B. change over time.
C. become confused.
D. lose their original importance.
The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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