Reading Comprehension Quiz

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In Europe in the period from 300-600 CE there was a general decline in urban populations. Rome went from a population of 800,000 at the beginning of the period to a population of 30,000 by the end of the period. As a whole, the period of Late Antiquity was accompanied by a reversion to more of a subsistence economy. Markets disappeared, and there was a reversion to a greater degree of local production and consumption rather than webs of commerce and specialized production common in the earlier Roman Empire.

Earlier, the extensive system of Roman roads saw traffic not only of troops and officials but of traders and even tourists. There was an interchange of goods between the various provinces, which soon reached a scale unprecedented in previous history and not repeated until a few centuries ago. Metals mined in the uplands of Western Europe, hides, fleeces, and livestock from the pastoral districts of Britain, Spain, and the shores of the Black Sea, wine and oil from Provence and Aquitaine, timber, pitch, and wax from South Russia and northern Anatolia, dried fruits from Syria, marble from the Aegean coasts, and grain from the wheat-growing districts of North Africa, Egypt, and the Danube valley all, under the influence of a highly organized system of transport and marketing, moved freely from one corner of the Empire to the other.

1. A subsistence economy is an economy that
A. produces only as much as is currently needed.
B. hoards wealth.
C. barely survives.
D. limits production.
2. (Use The Latin origin of reversion meant
A. honoring old ways.
B. turning back.
C. choosing the familiar.
D. fighting progress.
3. The abundance of trade at the height of the Roman Empire
A. was limited to Italy and the Mediterranean coasts.
B. was limited to seafaring.
C. was limited to food products.
D. was not seen again for many hundreds of years.
4. Unprecedented means
A. illegal.
B. unimportant.
C. not known before.
D. major.

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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