Reading Comprehension Quiz

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To say that Pablo Picasso dominated Western art in the 20th century is, by now, a commonplace. Before his 50th birthday, the Spaniard from Malaga had become the very prototype of the modern artist as public figure. No painter before him had had a mass audience in his own lifetime. The total public for Titian in the 16th century or Velazquez in the 17th century was probably no more than a few thousand people, although that number included most of the crowned heads, nobility, and intelligentsia of Europe. Picasso's audience meaning people who had heard of him and seen his work, at least in reproduction was in the tens, possibly hundreds, of millions. He and his work were the subjects of unending analysis, gossip, dislike, adoration, and rumor.

1. A prototype is
A. an odd type.
B. a standard or typical example.
C. a famous person.
D. an artist.
2. Compared with the audiences of Titian and Velasquez, Picasso's audience was
A. similar.
B. unknown.
C. huge.
D. outrageous.
3. The Gk. word origin of prototype means
A. first impression.
B. replacement.
C. early man.
D. most important.
4. Intelligentsia are
A. an educated and intellectual elite.
B. aristocrats.
C. the wealthy.
D. customers of art.

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

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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