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 12.

On May 29, 1913, Paris' Théâtre des Champs-Elysées was the setting of the most notorious event in the musical history of the 20th century — the world premiere of The Rite of Spring. Trouble began with the playing of the first notes, in the ultrahigh register of the bassoon, as the renowned composer Camille Saint-Saens conspicuously walked out, complaining loudly of the misuse of the instrument. Soon other protests became so loud that the dancers could barely hear their cues. Fights broke out in the audience. Thus Modernism arrived in music, its calling card delivered by the 30-year-old Russian composer Igor Stravinsky.

1. Notorious means
A. famous for something bad.
B. causing anger.
C. known world-wide.
D. daring.
2. Modernism in this article refers to
A. contemporary thought.
B. a scientific approach.
C. musical styles that broke with the past.
D. being up to date.
3. Saint-Saens was
A. a supporter of Modernism.
B. an opponent of Modernism.
C. on the cutting edge of music.
D. a tolerant person.
4. A bassoon's register is its
A. range.
B. tones.
C. volume.
D. uniqueness.

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

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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