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 5.

The failure to conclude a political agreement with the king eventually led to the outbreak of the Second English Civil War in 1648. At Preston, Oliver Cromwell, in sole command for the first time with an army of 9,000, won a brilliant victory against an army twice that size.

During 1648, Cromwell's letters and speeches started to become heavily based on Biblical imagery. For Cromwell, the army was now God's chosen instrument. Cromwell had a firm belief in "providentialism" - that God was actively directing the affairs of the world through the actions of "chosen people," of whom Cromwell was one. He interpreted victories as indications of God's approval of his actions, and he interpreted defeats as signs that God was directing him in another direction.

In December, 1648, the parliament agreed that King Charles should be tried on a charge of treason. Cromwell became a determined supporter of those pushing for the king's trial and execution. He believed that killing Charles was the only way to bring the civil wars to an end. The death warrant for Charles was eventually signed, and Charles was executed on January 30, 1649.

1. A civil war is
A. class war.
B. a war between factions in the same country.
C. a war between gentlemen.
D. a just war.
2. The Old French origin of parliament meant
A. actions in courts.
B. administrative actions.
C. speaking, talk.
D. bargaining.
3. Providentialism allows people to
A. find support in the Bible.
B. convince everybody of their superiority.
C. hear the word of God.
D. justify their actions, good or bad.
4. Treason means
A. betraying one's country.
B. killing a head of state.
C. conscientious opposition.
D. anger with one's country.

Information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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