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 22.

Theodore Roosevelt used the power of the White House to protect our environment. His earliest surviving letter, written at age 10, mourns the cutting down of a tree, and he went on to become America's first conservationist President, responsible for five new national parks, 18 national monuments, and untold millions of acres of national forest. Without a doubt, he would have reacted toward the great swaths of farmland that are now being carbuncled over with "development" as he did when told that no law allowed him to set aside a Florida nature preserve at will. "Is there any law that prevents me declaring Pelican Island a National Bird Sanctuary?" T.R. asked, not waiting long for an answer. "Very well, then," reaching for his pen, "I do declare it."

1. A "national monument" is
A. a grave of a famous person.
B. a place associated with a famous person.
C. a statue of a famous person.
D. a structure or natural landmark of historic interest.
2. Teddy Roosevelt was
A. timid.
B. wavering.
C. decisive.
D. unimportant.
3. "Carbuncled over" means
A. covered with boils.
B. covered with gem stones.
C. sold to relatives.
D. made into parks.
4. Roosevelt was
A. a developer at heart.
B. a do-nothing president.
C. America's first conservationist president.
D. stuck in Washington.

The information comes from an article by Edmund Morris in Time Magazine Most Important People of the Century.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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