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 17.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (died 1968) was a prominent leader in the American civil rights movement. His main legacy was to secure progress on civil rights in the United States.

King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, serving as its first president.

King's efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. There, he raised public consciousness of the civil rights movement and established himself as one of the greatest orators in U.S. history.

In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other non-violent means. By the time of his death in 1968, he had refocused his efforts on ending poverty and opposing the Vietnam War, both from a religious perspective.

King was assassinated in 1968.

1. Civil rights are
A. rights to hold office.
B. rights to appear in the courts.
C. rights to bear arms.
D. rights to legal, social, and economic equality.
2. King died
A. by assassination.
B. of old age.
C. of an illness.
D. in an accident.
3. King was awarded a Nobel Prize for his work
A. to bring peace between nations.
B. to end racial discrimination.
C. to improve states' economies.
D. to end poverty.
4. The Latin origin of segregate meant
A. to fence in.
B. to oppose.
C. to separate from the flock.
D. to winter over.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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