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 25.

Euclid, fl. 300 BCE, also known as Euclid of Alexandria, is popularly known as the "Father of Geometry." He is believed to have been active in Alexandria during the reign of Ptolemy I (323 BCE–283 BCE). His Elements is the most successful textbook in the history of mathematics. In it, the principles of what is now called Euclidean geometry are deduced from a small set of axioms.

Although many of the results in Elements originated with earlier mathematicians, one of Euclid's accomplishments was to present them in a single, logically coherent framework, which is easy to use and easy to reference. His system of rigorous mathematical proofs remains even now, twenty-three centuries later, the basis of mathematics.

1. (Use to find the meaning of fl.) Fl. in this context means
A. forward looking.
B. flashed.
C. found last.
D. flourished.
2. The basis of mathematics is
A. Euclid's proofs.
B. the Father of Geometry.
C. earlier mathematicians.
D. a logically coherent framework.
3. Ptolemy I was a ruler of
A. Greece.
B. Egypt.
C. Macedonia.
D. Rome.
4. An axiom is
A. a step in a logical deduction.
B. a proposition originated by Aristotle.
C. a proposition that is widely accepted on its own merits (without proof).
D. an object of the senses.

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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