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 7.

Louis B. Mayer was a man for whom the words family values had real meaning. Motherhood, the Stars and Stripes, and God were equal parts of a lifelong strategy that would establish Metro Goldwyn Mayer as the industry's dominant film factory, from the silent era through the talkies revolution. While the other early moguls were simply trying to make the best movies they could, young Mayer was an ideologue intent on using the power of the new medium to exert what he considered the proper moral influence on the American public.

A major step up for Mayer was his appointment as commanding officer of a new company merging Metro and Goldwyn, with Mayer soon adding his big M to the mix. He raised the contract system to a state of the art, using it to rule over a stable of stars who were legally bound to the company for years. In L.B.'s studio, with frail, dedicated lieutenant Irving Thalberg at his side, L.B. worked hard to project himself as a father figure to his extended family of stars, directors, and producers.

1. A mogul is
A. an Indian.
B. a powerful person.
C. a large bird.
D. a business man.
2. An ideologue is a devotee of
A. a set of ideas.
B. a way of speaking.
C. intentions to do good.
D. neighborliness.
3. Louis B. Mayer thought of himself as
A. a director.
B. a producer.
C. a star.
D. a father figure.
4. The terms "contract system" and "stable of stars" are
A. compliments.
B. flat facts.
C. impersonal judgments.
D. uncomplimentary.

The information comes from an article by Budd Schulberg 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-D
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