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 12.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. A noted polymath, he was a leading author, printer, politician, inventor, civic activist, and statesman. As a scientist he was a major figure in the history of physics for his discoveries regarding electricity. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove. He named and charted the Gulf Stream. He founded both the first public lending library in America and first fire department in Pennsylvania. He was an early proponent of colonial unity. As a political writer and activist he, more than anyone, invented the idea of an American nation. As a diplomat during the American Revolution, he secured the French alliance that helped to win America independence.

1. A polymath is
A. a person knowledgeable about several areas of mathematics.
B. a person of great and varied learning.
C. a balanced mathematician.
D. a well rounded person.
2. The Greek origin of polymath meant
A. much learning.
B. many mathematics.
C. many measurements.
D. many interests.
3. As a scientist, Franklin was known for his work in the field of
A. publishing.
B. fire fighting.
C. diplomacy with the French.
D. electricity.
4. Franklin was remarkably
A. narrow.
B. uninformed.
C. versatile.
D. withdrawn.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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