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 July 23.

When Eleanor Roosevelt journeyed to New York City a week after her husband's funeral in April, 1945, a cluster of reporters were waiting at the door of her Washington Square apartment. "The story is over," she said simply, assuming that her words and opinions would no longer be of interest, once her husband was dead and she was no longer First Lady. She could not have been more mistaken. As the years have passed, Eleanor Roosevelt's influence and stature have continued to grow. Today she remains a powerful inspiration to leaders in both the civil rights and women's movements.

Eleanor shattered the ceremonial mold in which the role of the First Lady had traditionally been fashioned and reshaped it around her own skills and her deep commitment to social reform. She gave a voice to people who did not have access to power. She was the first woman to speak in front of a national convention, to write a syndicated column, to earn money as a lecturer, to be a radio commentator, and to hold regular press conferences.

1. Syndicated in this context means
A. public.
B. published simultaneously in many newspapers.
C. widespread.
D. supported by a corporation.
2. Eleanor's successes after FDR's death were probably
A. expected by her.
B. unwelcome by her.
C. foreseen by her.
D. a surprise to her.
3. Before Eleanor, women
A. were equal to men in most ways.
B. were totally without rights.
C. were less in the public eye.
D. were satisfied with their lot.
4. The Latin word origin of inspire (as in inspiration) meant
A. blow into.
B. take from God.
C. fill with hope.
D. change.

The information comes from an article by Doris Kearns Goodwin at Time Magazine Most Important People of the Century.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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