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 18.

Johannes Gutenberg (1400 - 1468) was a German goldsmith and printer who is credited with inventing movable type printing.

Once invented, the printing technologies spread quickly, and news and books began to travel across Europe much faster than before. It fed the growing Renaissance, and, since it greatly facilitated scientific publishing, it was a major catalyst for the later scientific revolution.

The capital of printing in Europe shifted from Germany to Venice, where visionary printers ensured widespread availability of the major Greek and Latin texts. Italy's economy was growing rapidly at the time, facilitating the spread of literacy.

Printing was also a factor in the Reformation. Martin Luther saw to it that the 95 Theses, which he posted on the door of his church, were printed and circulated widely. Subsequently, he also issued broadsheets outlining his anti-indulgences position. The broadsheet evolved into newspapers.

In the decades after Gutenberg, many conservative patrons looked down on cheap printed books. Books produced by hand were considered more desirable.

1. In movable type the letters are
A. moved up and down on the paper.
B. struck onto a roller.
C. each cast in a separate piece of metal.
D. carried from printer to printer.
2. An indulgence by the Pope
A. reduced a person's punishment after death.
B. gave favors to a church-goer.
C. was a favor such as a kindly uncle would give.
D. gave money to relieve a church-goer's distress.
3. The broadsheet was a forerunner of
A. the Renaissance.
B. the Reformation.
C. Luther's 95 Theses.
D. newspapers.
4. A catalyst in this context is
A. a chemical in a chemical reaction.
B. something that causes an important event to happen.
C. a kind of military revolution.
D. a type of honor.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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