Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Justinian I (died 565) was ruler of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine Empire), based in Constantinople. He is considered a saint amongst Eastern Orthodox Christians and is also commemorated by the Lutheran Church.

He was one of the most important figures of Late Antiquity. The impact of his administration extended far beyond the boundaries of his time and empire. His reign is marked by the ambitious but ultimately failed renovatio imperii or "restoration of the empire." This ambition was expressed in the partial recovery of the territories of the Western Roman Empire, including the city of Rome itself. A still more resonant aspect of his legacy was the uniform rewriting of Roman law, the Corpus Juris Civilis, which is still the basis of civil law in many modern states. His reign is also marked by a blossoming of Byzantine culture, and his building program yielded such a masterpiece as the still-standing church of Hagia Sophia, which was to be the center of Eastern Orthodox Christianity for many centuries.

A devastating outbreak of bubonic plague in the early 540's marked the end of an age of splendor. The empire entered a period of territorial decline not to be reversed until the ninth century.

1. "Late Antiquity" refers to
A. Greek culture.
B. Mediterranean culture.
C. the Roman Empire.
D. Roman culture just before the Dark Ages.
2. Corpus juris civilis (Latin) means
A. rights of citizens.
B. rule of autocrats.
C. body of civil law.
D. manners of citizens.
3. The Hagia Sophia (Church of Holy Wisdom) in Istanbul was built in
A. the ninth century.
B. the sixth century.
C. the third century.
D. the twelfth century.
4. Justinian wanted to win back
A. the Roman Empire.
B. Byzantine culture.
C. Alexander's empire.
D. the Hagia Sophia.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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