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 January 1.


The ancient Greeks saw Zoroaster (Zarathustra) as the inventor of both magic and astrology. Deriving from that image, and reinforcing it, was a mass of literature attributed to him that circulated the Mediterranean world from the third century BCE to the end of antiquity and beyond. The Greeks considered the best wisdom to be exotic wisdom, and what better and more convenient authority could there be than the distant — temporally and geographically — Zoroaster?

Zoroaster was known as a sage, magician, and miracle-worker in post-Classical Western culture. Although almost nothing was known of his ideas until the late 18th century, by that time his name was already associated with lost ancient wisdom. Zoroaster appears as “Sarastro” in Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute, where he represents moral order (cf. Asha) in opposition to the Queen of the Night.

Enlightenment writers such as Voltaire promoted research into Zoroastrianism in the belief that it was a form of rational Deism, preferable to Christianity.

In the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche's seminal work Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Nietzsche creates a characterization of Zarathustra as the mouthpiece for Nietzsche's own ideas against morality.

Richard Strauss’s Opus 30, inspired by Nietzsche’s book, is also called Also Sprach Zarathustra. Its opening theme was used to score the opening sequence of Stanley Kubrick’s movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.

1. (Use onelook.com) Cf in this context means
A. compact flash
B. cystic fibrosis
C. center field
D. compare with or see also
2. (Use dictionary.com) Asha was
A. a name of a star.
B. a female deity in ancient Greece.
C. the Zoroastrian cosmic principle of order, justice, righteousness, and truth.
D. another name for Zoroaster.
3. (See wikipedia.com for "Classical Greece") Post-Classical means
A. subsequent to the time of Julius Caesar.
B. subsequent to the time of Alexander the Great.
C. subsequent to the time of Caesar Augustus.
D. subsequent to the time of Pericles.
4. The Latin origin of temporal meant
A. time.
B. a part of the head.
C. a pattern.
D. ancient.


The information comes from Wikipedia.

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