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 12.

George Washington presided over the Philadelphia Convention that drafted the United States Constitution in 1787. He became President of the United States in 1789 and established many of the customs and usages of the new government's executive department. He sought to create a great nation capable of surviving in a world that was torn asunder by war between Britain and France. His unilateral Proclamation of Neutrality of 1793 provided a basis for avoiding any involvement in foreign conflicts. He supported plans to build a strong central government by funding the national debt, initiating an effective tax system, and creating a national bank. Washington avoided the temptation of war and began a decade of peace with Britain in 1795 via the Jay Treaty, which was ratified over intense opposition from the Jeffersonians. Washington's farewell address was a primer on republican virtue and a stern warning against partisanship, sectionalism, and involvement in foreign wars.

Washington is seen as a symbol of the United States and republicanism in practice. His devotion to civic virtue made him an exemplary figure among early American politicians. He died in 1799. In his funeral oration Henry Lee said that, of all Americans, Washington was "first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen."

1. The Latin word origin of republic (res public) means
A. party of the people.
B. thing/possession of the people.
C. public studies.
D. matters of state.
2. The Jay Treaty
A. achieved peace with Britain.
B. sided with France.
C. interfered in foreign conflicts.
D. isolated the United States.
3. "First in war and first in peace" referred to
A. John Jay.
B. Henry Lee.
C. George Washington.
D. Britain.
4. Ratified means
A. brought before a governing body.
B. given tentative status.
C. sent back.
D. formally approved/made official.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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