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 8.

The improvements that James Watt (died 1819) made to the steam engine initiated a series of improvements in generating and applying power that transformed the world of work and was a key innovation of the Industrial Revolution. The importance of the invention can hardly be overstated--it gave us the modern world. A key feature of it was that it brought the engine out of the remote coal fields into factories, where many mechanics, engineers, and even tinkerers were exposed to its virtues and limitations. It was a platform for generations of inventors to make improvements. It was clear to many that higher pressures produced in improved boilers would produce engines having even higher efficiency and would lead to the revolution in transportation that was soon embodied in the locomotive and steamboat. It made possible the construction of new factories that, since they were not dependent on water power, could work the year round and could be placed almost anywhere. Work was moved out of the cottages, resulting in economies of scale. Capital could work more efficiently, and manufacturing productivity greatly improved.

1. The Latin word origin of virtue meant
A. abstinence.
B. manliness.
C. kindliness.
D. generosity.
2. The Latin word origin of locomotive meant
A. powerful engine.
B. impelled to move.
C. insane power.
D. moving from a place.
3. Which of the following is not a feature of the Industrial Revolution?
A. cottage industries.
B. factories did not depend on water power.
C. improved productivity.
D. more efficient use of capital.
4. Before improvements, the steam engine was found mostly in
A. cottage industries.
B. cities.
C. coal fields.
D. riverside locations.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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