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 16.

Women, especially, listen to Oprah Winfrey because they feel as if she's a friend. Although Phil Donahue pioneered the format she uses, his show was mostly "report-talk," which often typifies men's conversation. The focus is on information. Winfrey transformed the format into "rapport-talk," the back-and-forth conversation that is the basis of female friendship. She turned the focus from experts to ordinary people talking about personal issues. Girls' and women's friendships are often built on trading secrets. Winfrey's power is that she tells her own. With Winfrey, the talk show became more immediate, more confessional, more personal. When a guest's story moves her, she cries and spreads her arms for a hug.

1. With "report talk" the focus is on
A. friendliness.
B. conversation.
C. information.
D. revealing personal issues.
2. Rapport means
A. sympathetic compatibility.
B. reporting.
C. conversation.
D. revealing.
3. The Latin word origin of confess means
A. tell to a priest.
B. admit a wrongdoing.
C. speak (or admit) together.
D. speak up for one's beliefs.
4. Oprah's point of view is
A. a guest's.
B. a woman's.
C. a man's.
D. a priest's.

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

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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