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 4.

Even after the Supreme Court struck down segregation in 1954, what the world now calls human-rights offenses were both law and custom in much of America. Before King and his movement, a tired and thoroughly respectable Negro seamstress like Rosa Parks could be thrown into jail and fined simply because she refused to give up her seat on an Alabama bus to a white man. A six-year-old black girl like Ruby Bridges could be hectored and spit on by a white New Orleans mob simply because she wanted to go to the same school as white children. A 14-year-old black boy like Emmett Till could be hunted down and murdered by a Mississippi gang simply because he had supposedly made suggestive remarks to a white woman. Even highly educated blacks were routinely denied the right to vote or serve on juries. They could not eat at lunch counters, register in motels, or use whites-only rest rooms. They could not buy or rent a home wherever they chose. In some rural enclaves in the South, they were even compelled to get off the sidewalk and stand in the street if a Caucasian walked by.

The movement that King led swept all that away. Its victory was so complete that, even though those outrages took place within the living memory of the baby boomers, they seem like ancient history, and, though this revolution was the product of two centuries of agitation by thousands upon thousands of courageous men and women, King was its culmination. It is impossible to think of the movement unfolding as it did without him at its helm. He was, as the cliche has it, the right man at the right time.

1. Hector (as in hectored) means
A. criticize.
B. talk in a bullying and intimidating way.
C. question.
D. protest.
2. King was
A. the leader of a movement.
B. wrong-headed.
C. a follower.
D. a politician.
3. A cliche is
A. a wise saying.
B. a proverb.
C. an insulting remark.
D. a trite or obvious remark.
4. King's civil rights revolution
A. was years in the making.
B. began and ended with him.
C. was a failure.
D. will be forgotten.

The information comes from an article by Jack E. White at Time Magazine Most Important People of the Century.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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