Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Andrew Carnegie (died 1919) made his fortune in the steel industry, controlling the most extensive integrated iron and steel operations ever owned by an individual in the United States. In the late 1880's, Carnegie Steel was the largest manufacturer of pig iron, steel rails, and coke in the world. In 1901 he formed the United States Steel Corporation. It was the first corporation in the world with a market capitalization in excess of $1 billion.

Among his many philanthropic efforts, the establishment of public libraries throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, and other English-speaking countries was especially prominent. Carnegie libraries, as they were commonly called, were built in many places. The first was opened in 1883 in Scotland, the place of his birth. His method was to build and equip but only on condition that the local authority matched that by providing a site and operating maintenance. In total, Carnegie funded some 3,000 libraries located in 47 states.

He gave $2 million in 1901 to start the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now a part of Carnegie Mellon University) at Pittsburgh and the same amount in 1902 to found the Carnegie Institution at Washington, D.C.

He also established large pension funds in 1901 for his former employees and for American college professors. One critical requirement was that church-related schools had to sever their religious connections to get his money.

His interest in music led him to fund construction of 7,000 church organs. He built and owned Carnegie Hall in New York City.

1. Pig iron is
A. steel.
B. cast iron.
C. wrought iron.
D. molded iron (pigs) tapped from a blast furnace (heat increased by a blast of air).
2. U.S. Steel was the first corporation with a market capitalization in excess of
A. $1 million.
B. $100 million.
C. $500 million.
D. $1 billion.
3. Carnegie was notably interested in
A. travel.
B. music.
C. history.
D. science.
4. He believed in
A. the separation of church and schools.
B. church-related schools.
C. religious ritual in schools.
D. religious education in schools.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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