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 28.

The Arabian Peninsula in pre-Islamic times was largely arid and volcanic, making agriculture difficult except near oases or springs. Thus, the Arabian landscape was dotted with towns and cities, two of which were Mecca and Medina. Communal life was essential for survival in the desert conditions.

People of Arabia were either nomadic or sedentary, the former constantly traveling from one place to another seeking water and pasture for their flocks, while the latter settled and focused on trade and agriculture. Medina was a large flourishing agricultural settlement, while Mecca was an important financial center for many of the surrounding tribes.

In pre-Islamic Arabia gods or goddesses were viewed as protectors of individual tribes, and their spirits were associated with sacred trees, stones, springs, and wells. There was an important shrine in Mecca that housed statues of 360 idols of tribal patron deities and was the site of an annual pilgrimage. Aside from these tribal gods, Arabs shared a common belief in a supreme deity Allah, who was, however, remote from their everyday concerns and thus not the object of cult or ritual.

1. The Latin origin of peninsula meant
A. three-sided.
B. almost an island.
C. a cape.
D. surrounded by water.
2. The pilgrimage to Mecca began
A. in pre-Islamic times.
B. following the life of Mohammad.
C. in modern times.
D. at the time of Mohammad.
3. Financial centers
A. were unknown in pre-Islamic Arabia.
B. began in the Middle Ages.
C. are a modern invention.
D. were known in pre-Islamic Arabia.
4. The Latin word origin of rite (as in ritual) meant
A. religious observance.
B. reading from a book.
C. prayer.
D. chant.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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