Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Sir Richard Arkwright (died 1792) was an Englishman credited for inventing the spinning frame, later renamed the water frame following the transition to water power. This machine was a significant improvement over the spinning jenny for creating yarn from cotton. His greatest achievement, though, was to combine power, machinery, semi-skilled labor, and a new raw material (cotton) to create, more than a century before Henry Ford, mass production. His mechanical abilities and, above all, his genius for organization made him, more than anyone else, the creator of the modern factory system.

The water frame made it possible to produce inexpensive yarns for the manufacture of cheap calicoes, on which the subsequent great expansion of the cotton industry was based. In 1771 Arkwright and his partners built the world's first water-powered mill. By 1774 his firm employed 600 workers.

Much of his fortune derived from licensing his intellectual rights. About 30,000 people were employed in 1785 in factories using Arkwright's patents.

1. Arkwright was
A. the inventor of the spinning jenny.
B. the inventor of cotton cloth.
C. the inventor of calico.
D. the creator of the modern factory system.
2. Intellectual rights are
A. products of a person's mind.
B. courtesies extended to inventors.
C. a kind of legal protections.
D. rights of property owners.
3. The article mentions that Arkwright's mills were powered by
A. water.
B. electricity.
C. human labor.
D. steam.
4. The new raw material was
A. linen.
B. cotton.
C. leather.
D. water power.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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