Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Although Winston Churchill was a democrat, he was also a romantic. He had returned to the gold standard, for instance, because he cherished, for romantic reasons, Britain's status as a great financial power. He had opposed limited self-government for India because he cherished, for equally romantic reasons, Britain's imperial history. However, it was as a democrat that he was disgusted by the rise of totalitarian systems in Europe. By espousing anti-Nazi policies in his wilderness years between 1933 and 1939, he ensured that, when the moment of final confrontation between Britain and Hitler came in 1940, he stood out as the one man in whom the nation could place its trust. He had decried the prewar appeasement policies of the Conservative leaders Baldwin and Chamberlain. When Chamberlain lost the confidence of Parliament, Churchill was installed as Prime Minister.

1. Romantic in this context means
A. loving.
B. Italian in style.
C. 19th century.
D. expressing feeling rather than rationality.
2. Imperial means
A. kingly.
B. supreme.
C. relating to an empire.
D. courageous.
3. The nation
A. trusted Churchill.
B. admired Baldwin more.
C. was not involved much in politics.
D. preferred Chamberlain.
4. From 1933 to 1939 Churchill
A. was not heard from much.
B. spoke up against the Nazis.
C. defended totaliarian governments.
D. led the country.

The information comes from an article by John Keegan at 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-B
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