Reading Comprehension Quiz

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 June 10.

Frank Sinatra this is both his gift and, on occasion, his downfall is always Sinatra. Beyond his technical prowess as a jazz-influenced pop singer, building on the innovations of Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby and Billie Holiday, there is the sheer force of conviction and feeling in his voice. In this, only Holiday is his rival, perhaps even his better. Both exemplify what is unique to rock 'n' roll - the immediacy, the idiosyncrasy, and the genuineness of expression. Sinatra is the century's musical equipoise, the pivot between the carefully crafted pop of its beginning and the looser, fiercer sounds of its end.

1. Sinatra shares with this singer what is unique to rock 'n' roll.
A. Louis Armstrong.
B. Billie Holiday.
C. Bing Crosby.
2. Equipoise means
A. at the top.
B. a balance between influences.
C. musical theater.
D. promoter.
3. The end of the 20th century saw
A. fiercer sounds.
B. a pivot.
C. an equipoise.
D. careful crafting.
4. The Gk. word origin of idiosyncrasy means
A. odd personality.
B. annoying characteristics.
C. out of the mainstream.
D. one's own personal characteristics.

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

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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