Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Richard Rodgers is possibly the 20th century's greatest tune writer. This is not to deny Oscar Hammerstein's enormous contribution. The simplicity of his lyrics is truly deceptive. Take People Will Say We're in Love. Thousands of songs, even well-known songs, make the few rhymes for "love" sound contrived. "Don't start collecting things / Give me my rose and my glove./ Sweetheart, they're suspecting things / People will say we're in love!" does no such thing.

On March 31, 1943, Oklahoma! opened in triumph on Broadway. A show that began with a lone woman churning butter onstage to the strains of an offstage voice singing Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' captivated its first-night audience. This revolutionary, naturalistic musical also changed the mainstream of the genre forever.

1. Naturalistic means
A. outdoorsy.
B. back to Nature.
C. representing what is real (not abstract or ideal).
D. primitive.
2. Lyrics are
A. the words of a song.
B. poetry.
C. bird song.
D. rhymed words.
3. Contrived means
A. imagined.
B. convincing.
C. easy.
D. not natural and spontaneous.
4. The genre that Oklahoma! belongs to is
A. plays.
B. operettas.
C. musicals.
D. popular songs.

The information comes from an article by Andrew Lloyd Webber 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-D..........4-C
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