Reading Comprehension Quiz


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Galen (died 200 CE) was a prominent Roman physician who was probably the most accomplished medical researcher of the Roman period. His theories dominated Western medical science for well over a millennium.

Galen produced more work than any author in antiquity. It has been reported that he employed 20 scribes to write down his words. In 191 CE, a fire in the Temple of Peace destroyed many of his works. Others were lost in the destruction of the Library at Alexandria and in the general chaos associated with the collapse of the Roman Empire.

In the 1530's, Belgian anatomist and physician Andreas Vesalius took on a project to translate many of Galen's Greek texts into Latin. Vesalius turned to human cadaver dissection as a means of verification. Galen's writings were frequently disproved by Vesalius. Such challenges often came at a price, as Michael Servetus found, when he was burnt at the stake in 1593 for suggesting that blood actually passes from the right heart to the left heart via the lungs. The most convincing demonstration of Galen's weakness came from the demonstrations of the nature of the circulation of blood, culminating in the discoveries of William Harvey. Some Galenic teaching, such as his emphasis on bloodletting as a remedy for almost any ailment, remained influential until well into the 1800's.

1. The Latin origin of millennium meant
A. ancient time.
B. rule on earth.
C. era of prosperity.
D. thousand years.
2. Michael Servetus died because
A. he proclaimed false teaching.
B. he opposed Galen's teaching.
C. he believed in bloodletting.
D. he supported Galen's teaching.
3. (Use dictionary.com.) CE means
A. Christian era.
B. common epoch.
C. common era.
D. Christian epoch.
4. Galen's writings are
A. a mixture of truth and error.
B. unimportant in the history of medicine.
C. incorrect.
D. small in output.


The information comes from Wikipedia.

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