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 27.

Nicolaus Copernicus (1473 1543) was the first astronomer to formulate a scientifically based heliocentric cosmology that displaced the Earth from the center of the universe. His epochal book, On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres, is often regarded as the starting point of modern astronomy and the defining epiphany that began the Scientific Revolution.

Although Greek, Indian, and Muslim savants had published heliocentric hypotheses centuries before Copernicus, his publication of a scientific theory of heliocentrism, demonstrating that the motions of celestial objects can be explained without putting the Earth at rest in the center of the universe, stimulated further scientific investigations and became a landmark in the history of modern science that is known as the Copernican Revolution.

1. (Use the dictionary.) The Greek word origin of helio- meant
A. star.
B. Earth.
C. sun.
D. solar system.
2. A savant is
A. a learned person.
B. a student.
C. a teacher.
D. a ruler's astronomer.
3. A cosmology is
A. an explanation of the structure of the universe.
B. an explanation of the solar system.
C. an explanation of the position of the Earth.
D. a study of the Earth.
4. An epiphany is
A. a religious discovery.
B. a stiking grasp of reality.
C. gift-giving of visitors.
D. a conclusion of an era.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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