Daily Reading Comprehension Quiz

Quiz for February 24, 2008

Until the 19th century, the main sources of information about ancient Egyptian medicine were writings from ancient Greeks and Romans. Homer c. 800 BC remarked in the Odyssey, "Egyptians were skilled in medicine more than any other art". The Greek historian Herodotus visited Egypt around 440 BC and wrote of his observations. Pliny the Elder also wrote favorably of them. Hippocrates, the "father of medicine," acknowledged the contribution of ancient Egyptian medicine to Greek medicine.

In 1822, the translation of the Rosetta stone finally allowed the translation of ancient Egyptian writings, including many related to medical matters. The resultant interest in Egyptology in the 19th century led to the discovery of several sets of ancient medical documents, including papyruses dating back as far as 3000 BC.

1. This selection is mainly about
A. ancient Egyptian medicine.
B. how we learned about ancient Egyptian medicine.
C. ancient Egyptian medicine and Greek medicine.
D. ancient Egyptian papyruses.
2. Homer and Herodotus were
A. ancient Egyptian doctors.
B. authors.
C. authors of papyruses.
D. visitors to Egypt.
3. From papyruses we have learned
A. about the Rosetta stone.
B. about the "father of medicine."
C. about Greek medicine.
D. about ancient Egyptian medicine.
4. Which of the following was a historian?
A. Herodotus.
B. Pliny the Elder.
C. Hippocrates.
D. Homer.
5. "Resultant" means
A. following as a result.
B. excited.
C. notable.
D. specific.
The information comes from Widipedia.
Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

Answer Key: 1-B 2-B 3-D 4-A 5-A
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