Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Gandhi, and Gandhi alone, made it possible for a demand for independence to become a nationwide mass movement. Nevertheless, the free India that came into being, with its program of modernization and industrialization, was not the India of his dreams. His sometime disciple, Nehru, was the archproponent of modernization, and it was Nehru's vision, not Gandhi's, that was eventually-- and perhaps inevitably preferred.

During recent elections, Gandhi and his ideas have scarcely been mentioned. A former governor-general of India has said, "The glamour of modern technology, money, and power is so seductive that no one I mean no one can resist it. The handful of Gandhians who still believe in his philosophy of a simple life in a simple society are mostly cranks."

1. In modern India Gandhi's philosophy has
A. triumphed.
B. been ignored.
C. become the basis of Indian society.
D. been changed.
2. Modern India can be characterized by
A. Gandhi's philosophy.
B. Gandhi's vision.
C. modernization.
D. simple living.
3. The Greek origin of arch, as in archproponent, means
A. rising above.
B. narrow.
C. chief.
D. agreeable.
4. Nehru
A. always promoted Gandhi's ideas.
B. was a life-long disciple of Gandhi.
C. made India in Gandhi's image.
D. abandoned Gandhi's ideas.

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

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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