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 February 4.

James Madison, Jr., (died 1836) was the fourth President of the United States and one of the Founding Fathers. He was the principal author of the Constitution. He wrote over a third of the Federalist Papers, still the most influential commentary on the Constitution. He was a leader in the 1st United States Congress, drafted many basic laws, and was responsible for the first ten amendments to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights.

As a political theorist, Madison's most distinctive belief was that the new republic needed checks and balances to protect individual rights from the tyranny of the majority.

As leader in the House of Representatives, Madison worked closely with President George Washington to organize the new federal government. As Jefferson's Secretary of State, Madison supervised the Louisiana Purchase, doubling the nation's size. As president, he led the nation into the War of 1812 against Great Britain in order to protect the United States' economic rights. By 1815, he supported the creation of the second National Bank, a strong military, and a high tariff to protect the new factories opened during the war.

1. The Latin origin of constitute (as in Constitution) meant
A. care for.
B. establish.
C. give medicine to.
D. improve the health of.
2. The Bill of Rights is
A. executive orders.
B. states' rights.
C. rights of Congress.
D. ten amendments to the Constitution.
3. An amendment is
A. a statement that revises or improves a document.
B. a grammar correction.
C. a canceling of a statement.
D. mending something that is wrong.
4. The Louisiana Purchase
A. became the state of Louisiana.
B. bought guns from France.
C. doubled the nation's size.
D. bought warships.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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