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 December 11.

Alexander Hamilton's policies as Secretary of the Treasury have had a huge influence on the United States government and still continue to influence it. In 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the U.S. Navy was still using intership communication protocols written by Hamilton for the original U.S. Coast Guard. His interpretations of the U.S. Constitution set precedents for federal authority that are still used by the courts. The prominent French diplomat Talleyrand, who spent 1794 in the United States, wrote, "I consider Napoleon, Fox [Charles James Fox], and Hamilton the three greatest men of our epoch, and, if I were forced to decide among the three, I would give without hesitation the first place to Hamilton."

Opinions of Hamilton have run the gamut. Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson viewed him as unprincipled and dangerously aristocratic. He was sufficiently admired by the time of the American Civil War that his portrait began to appear on U.S. currency and now appears on the $10 bill. After the Civil War, a time of high tariffs, he was highly praised. Herbert Croly, Henry Cabot Lodge, and Theodore Roosevelt directed attention to him at the end of the nineteenth century in the interest of an active federal government, whether or not supported by tariffs.

1. Protocols means
A. gracious behavior.
B. rules of correct conduct.
C. business management.
D. church dogma.
2. (Use origins.) Gamut originally referred to
A. the musical scale.
B. mathematics.
C. perspective.
D. colors.
3. Hamilton was in favor of
A. a weak federal government.
B. the power of villages.
C. an active federal government.
D. weakening cities.
4. Hamilton's portrait appears on the American
A. $1 bill.
B. $5 bill.
C. $20 bill.
D. $10 bill.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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