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 2.

The struggle to get votes for women, led by Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughter Christabel, convulsed Britain from 1905 to 1914.

The government's opposition to women's suffrage provoked furious and passionate protests among all classes of women. The actions of the police, the courts, and sometimes angry crowds still make shocking reading. Women were battered when demonstrating, and, when they went on hunger strike in prison, they were brutally force-fed. When these measures endangered their lives, the infamous Cat & Mouse Act was passed so that a dangerously weakened hunger striker would be released and then rearrested when strong enough to continue her sentence. Under its terms, Mrs. Pankhurst, age 54 at the time, went to prison 12 times in 1912. No wonder she railed, "The militancy of men, through all the centuries, has drenched the world with blood. The militancy of women has harmed no human life."

1. Infamous means
A. well-known.
B. hated.
C. having an exceedingly bad reputation.
D. outrageous.
2. Pankhurst was not
A. courageous.
B. timid.
C. outspoken.
D. convinced of her rights.
3. The L.L. word origin of railed means
A. roared.
B. railroaded.
C. urged.
D. requested.
4. L.L. means
A. Late Linguist.
B. Lofty Latin.
C. Least Loved.
D. Late Latin.

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

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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