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 11.

Steven Spielberg's first films were made at a time when directors were the most important people in Hollywood. His more recent ones were made at a time when marketing controlled the industry. That he has remained the most powerful filmmaker in the world during both periods says something for his talent and his flexibility. No one else has put together a more popular body of work. Yet, within the entertainer there is also an artist. When entertainer and artist came fully together, the result was E.T., a remarkable fusion of mass appeal and stylistic mastery.

His most important contributions to modern movies came out of his insight that there was an enormous audience to be created if old-style B-movie stories could be made with A-level craftsmanship. The story lines were the stuff of Saturday serials, but the filmmaking was cutting edge and delivered what films have always promised: something amazing that we hadn't seen before.

1. Spielberg's most important contributions came from
A. marketing appeal.
B. style.
C. an insight.
D. an enormous audience.
2. The Latin origin of fusion meant
A. exploding.
B. atomic.
C. protecting.
D. melting.
3. (See Word Origins.) Serial first referred to
A. murderers.
B. numbers.
C. Dickens' novels.
D. sequences.
4. The article says that films promise
A. something amazing and new.
B. popularity.
C. cutting edge.
D. artistry.

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

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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