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 29.

Immediately after Lee's surrender, Grant (Ulysses S. Grant, died 1885) had the sad honor of serving as a pallbearer at the funeral of his greatest champion, Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln had been quoted after the massive losses at Shiloh as saying, "I can't spare this man. He fights." It was a two-sentence description that completely caught the essence of Ulysses S. Grant.

Grant's fighting style was what one fellow general called "that of a bulldog." The term accurately captures his tenacity, but it oversimplifies his considerable strategic and tactical capabilities. He was a master of combat by out-maneuvering his opponent. However, Grant was not afraid to order direct assaults. Such tactics often resulted in heavy casualties for Grant's men, but they wore down the Confederate forces proportionately more. Many in the North denounced Grant as a "butcher," an accusation made both by Northern civilians appalled at the losses and by Copperheads, who either favored the Confederacy or simply wanted an end to the war. Grant persevered, refusing to withdraw as had his predecessors, and Lincoln, despite public outrage and pressure within the government, stuck by Grant.

1. Maneuver means
A. planned movement of troops.
B. hand-to-hand combat.
C. tricky move.
D. reckless assault.
2. Grant was called a butcher because of
A. his lack of tactical skills.
B. lack of medical facilities.
C. his uncaring attitude.
D. heavy losses of troops.
3. A bulldog is known for
A. a sweet disposition.
B. holding on, regardless.
C. fearfulness.
D. playfulness.
4. The Latin origin of denounce meant
A. say proudly.
B. speak studiously.
C. announce downwards.
D. shout.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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