Reading Comprehension Quiz

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By 1824, the Democratic-Republican Party had become the only functioning national party. Its presidential candidates had been chosen by an informal Congressional nominating caucus, but this had become unpopular. In 1824, most of the Democratic-Republicans in Congress boycotted the caucus. A Pennsylvanian convention nominated Andrew Jackson (died 1845) for President, stating that the irregular caucus ignored the "voice of the people."

Secretary of State John Quincy Adams and House Speaker Henry Clay were also candidates. In the Electoral College, the votes were split four ways, with Jackson having a plurality. Since no candidate received a majority, the election was decided by the House of Representatives, which chose Adams. Jackson denounced this result as a "corrupt bargain," because Clay gave his support to Adams. Later, Adams appointed Clay as Secretary of State. Jackson's defeat burnished his political credentials, however, since many voters believed the "man of the people" had been robbed by the "corrupt aristocrats of the East."

1. A plurality is
A. more than half the votes.
B. the largest number of votes but fewer than half.
C. a small number.
D. a draw.
2. A caucus is
A. a political convention.
B. a political maneuver.
C. a closed political meeting.
D. voting by ballot.
3. The Germanic word origin of burnished meant
A. lightened.
B. sparkling.
C. beautiful.
D. brown, polished.
4. Adams was elected as President by
A. the House of Representatives.
B. the majority of the people.
C. the Democratic-Republican caucus.
D. the Electoral College.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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