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 7.

While president of Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson (twenty-eighth president of the United States, died 1924) discouraged blacks from even applying for admission, preferring keeping the peace among white students to having black students admitted. Princeton would not admit its first black student until the 1940's.

As President, Wilson allowed many of his cabinet officials to establish official segregation in their offices, in some departments for the first time since 1863. Wilson and his cabinet members fired many black Republican office holders in political appointee positions but also appointed a few black Democrats to such posts. When a delegation of blacks protested the discriminatory actions, Wilson told them that "segregation is not a humiliation but a benefit and ought to be so regarded by you gentlemen."

Wilson was highly criticized by African Americans for his actions. He was also criticized by Southern hard-line racists, who believed Wilson did not go far enough in restricting black employment in the federal government.

The segregation introduced into the federal workforce by the Wilson administration was kept in place by the succeeding presidents and not officially ended until the Truman Administration.

1. The Truman Administration
A. continued segregation in the federal government.
B. opposed racial integration.
C. did nothing to end racial segregation in the federal workforce.
D. ended racial segregation in the federal workforce.
2. The Latin origin of discrimination means
A. to rank.
B. to divide.
C. to upset.
D. to impose.
3. Wilson supported
A. segregation.
B. integration.
C. protesters.
D. Southern hard-line racists.
4. Black students were not admitted to Princeton until
A. the 1930's.
B. the 1940's.
C. the 1960's.
D. the 1970's.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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