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 14.

Not long after the Bolsheviks had seized power in 1917, Vladimir Lenin filled out a bureaucratic questionnaire. For occupation, he wrote "man of letters." So it was that a son of the Russian intelligentsia, a radical who came straight from the pages of Dostoyevsky's novel The Possessed, became the author of mass terror and also the author of the first concentration camps ever built on the European Continent.

Lenin was the initiator of the central drama the tragedy of our era, the rise of totalitarian states. A bookish man with a scholar's habits and a general's tactical instincts, Lenin introduced to the 20th century the practice of taking an all-embracing ideology and imposing it on an entire society. He created a regime that erased politics, erased historical memory, and erased opposition. In his short career in power from 1917 until his death in 1924, Lenin created a model, not merely for his successor, Stalin, but for Mao, for Hitler, and for Pol Pot.

1. Intelligentsia are
A. intelligent people.
B. bookish people.
C. university people.
D. intellectuals or highly educated people.
2. Lenin was the author of
A. an ideology.
B. mass terror.
C. a scholar's habits.
D. Russian politics.
3. The word origin of bureau, as in bureaucratic, meant
A. a cloth, used to cover desks.
B. a desk.
C. a government official.
D. a government department.
4. The model that Lenin created
A. influenced other leaders.
B. influenced the intelligentsia.
C. influenced dramatists.
D. influenced historians.

The information comes from an article by David Remnick at Time Magazine Most Important People of the Century. The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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