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 19.

As anyone who has ever suffered through a brutal summer can tell you, if it weren't for Willis Carrier, the father of air conditioning, the rates of drunkenness, divorce, brutality, and murder would be Lord knows how much higher. Productivity rates would plunge 40% over the world; the deep-sea fishing industry would be deep-sixed; Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel would deteriorate; rare books and manuscripts would fall apart; deep mining for gold, silver and other metals would be impossible; the world's largest telescope wouldn't work; many of our children wouldn't be able to learn; and in Silicon Valley, the computer industry would crash.

1. The author of the article gives Carrier credit for
A. keeping things cool.
B. the deterioration of manuscripts.
C. high productivity rates.
D. making telescopes.
2. Without air conditioning, we could expect more
A. frescoes.
B. deep mining.
C. health of the computer industry.
D. divorce.
3. A fresco is
A. a portrait.
B. a religious painting.
C. a watercolor.
D. a painting onto wet plaster.
4. The author's truth is mixed with
A. fear.
B. humorous exaggeration.
C. daring.
D. self-congratulation.

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

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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