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 1.

Elizabeth I was the fifth and last monarch of the Tudor dynasty. The daughter of Henry VIII, she was born a princess, but her mother, Anne Boleyn, was executed three years after her birth, and Elizabeth was declared illegitimate. Her brother, Edward VI, cut her out of the succession. His will, however, was set aside, and in 1558 Elizabeth succeeded her half-sister, the Catholic Mary, during whose reign she had been imprisoned for nearly a year on suspicion of supporting Protestant rebels.

One of her first moves as queen was to support the establishment of an English Protestant church. This Elizabethan Religious Settlement held firm throughout her reign and later evolved into today's Church of England. As she grew older, Elizabeth became famous for her virginity, and a cult grew up around her which was celebrated in the portraits, pageants, and literature of the day.

In government, Elizabeth was more moderate than her father and siblings. One of her mottoes was video et taceo: "I see, and I say nothing." This strategy often saved her from political and marital misalliances. Although Elizabeth was cautious in foreign affairs, it was the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 that associated her name forever with military victory.

Within 20 years of her death, she was being celebrated as the ruler of a golden age. Her reign is known as the Elizabethan era, famous for playwrights such as William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe and for the seafaring prowess of adventurers such as Francis Drake and John Hawkins.

1. Video (Latin) means
A. I see.
B. I touch.
C. I rule.
D. I hear.
2. The defeat of the Spanish Armada was
A. one of many of Elizabeth's military victories.
B. an exception to Elizabeth's usual caution.
C. a victory for the Spanish.
D. a victory of Elizabeth's father.
3. The Elizabethan Religious Settlement
A. had little influence.
B. encouraged Catholicism.
C. was established by Catholic Mary.
D. evolved into the Church of England.
4. The Latin origin of literature meant
A. books.
B. libraries.
C. writing formed with letters.
D. novels.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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