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 23.

He created Mickey Mouse and produced the first full-length animated movie. He invented the theme park and originated the modern multimedia corporation. For better or worse, his innovations have shaped our world and the way we experience it. But the most significant thing Walt Disney made was a good name for himself.

It was, of course, long ago converted into a brand name, constantly fussed over, ferociously defended, first by Disney and latterly by his corporate heirs and assigns. Serving as a beacon for parents seeking clean, decent entertainment for their children, the Disney logo a stylized version of the founder's signature--more generally promises us that anything appearing beneath it will not veer too far from the safe, sound, and, above all, cheerful American mainstream, which it defines as much as serves.

1. A multimedia corporation's products are
A. several types of communications.
B. music and sound.
C. movies.
D. TV shows.
2. Significant in this context means
A. American.
B. cheerful.
C. innovative.
D. important.
3. Latterly means
A. slovenly.
B. importantly.
C. recently.
D. loosely.
4. The author of the article rates this trait highest:
A. safe.
B. sound.
C. cheerful.
D. mainstream.

The information comes from an article by Richard Schickel 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-C..........4-C
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