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 21.

The voyages of Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) across the Atlantic Ocean led to general European awareness of the American continents. With his several hapless attempts at establishing a settlement on the island of Hispaniola, he personally initiated the process of Spanish colonization, which foreshadowed general European colonization of the New World.

His initial 1492 voyage came at a critical time of growing national imperialism and economic competition. Columbus's scheme won the attention of Queen Isabella of Spain. Greatly underestimating the circumference of the Earth, he hypothesized that a westward route from Spain to India would be shorter than the overland trade route through Arabia. If true, this new route would allow Spain entry into the lucrative spice trade. Following his plotted course, he instead landed in the Bahamas. Mistaking the North American island for the Indian mainland, he referred to its inhabitants as "Indians."

1. The island of Hispaniola is now home to
A. Cuba.
B. Grenada.
C. Barbados.
D. Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
2. The Old Norse word origin of hap (as in hapless) meant
A. good luck.
B. happy.
C. hopeful.
D. intelligent.
3. Columbus was looking for
A. the Bahamas.
B. India.
C. the Western continents.
D. Hispaniola.
4. Columbus' achievement was to
A. cross the Atlantic Ocean.
B. find the island of Hispaniola.
C. open the West to European settlement.
D. find a new trade route.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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