Reading Comprehension Quiz

A new interlinear poem will be available each Monday: Weekly Interlinear Poem 

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 July 2.

When the servicemen and servicewomen headed home from World War II, there wasn't much home for them to come to. Wartime shortages of everything had crippled the housing industry. Returning veterans found themselves doubled up with parents and in-laws.

There's no human impulse much older than the urge to find a nice, affordable house, something outside of town but not too far. Suburbia required cars, highways, and government-guaranteed mortgages. It also required William Levitt, who, after WWII, first applied a full panoply of assembly-line techniques to housing construction. That insight enabled him, and the many builders who copied him, to put up houses fast and cheap. Levitt's houses were so cheap (but still reasonably sturdy) that bus drivers, music teachers, and boilermakers could afford them, and the first place he offered them was Levittown, N.Y., a town that is as much an achievement of its cultural moment as Venice or Jerusalem.

1. A panoply is
A. an umbrella.
B. a complete and impressive array.
C. a table setting.
D. an arch.
2. Levitt was a leader in
A. the housing industry.
B. mortgages.
C. highways.
D. government.
3. The pressure on housing came
A. in ancient times.
B. in suburbia.
C. abroad.
D. after WWII.
4. The Latin word origin of impulse means
A. blood circulation.
B. insight.
C. a push against.
D. rudeness.

The information comes from an article by Richard Lacayo at Time Magazine Most Important People of the Century.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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