Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Pope Leo X (died 1521, son of Lorenzo de' Medici) offered indulgences for those who gave alms to rebuild St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The aggressive marketing practices of Johann Tetzel in promoting this cause provoked Martin Luther to write his Ninety-Five Theses, protesting against what he saw as the purchase and sale of salvation. In Thesis 28 Luther objected to a saying attributed to Tetzel: "As soon as a coin in the coffer rings, a soul from purgatory springs." The Ninety-Five Theses not only denounced such transactions as worldly but denied the Pope's right to grant pardons on God's behalf in the first place. The only thing indulgences guaranteed, Luther said, was an increase in profit and greed, because the pardon of the Church was in God's power alone.

Luther made it clear that preachers who claimed that indulgences absolved buyers from all punishments in the hereafter were in error.

1. The hereafter is
A. prison.
B. life after death.
C. reincarnation.
D. another world.
2. The Pope's indulgences were
A. kind acts.
B. a friendly reaching out.
C. a canceling of punishment after death.
D. written agreements not to sin again.
3. Luther claimed that the pardon of the Church could only be granted by
A. the Pope.
B. clergy.
C. a person himself or herself.
D. God.
4. A coffer is
A. a chest for storing valuables.
B. a fountain in a church.
C. a pile of coins.
D. a purse.

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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