Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that "all men are created equal."

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it as a final resting place for those who died here that the nation might live. This we may in all propriety do. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, while it can never forget what they did here.

It is rather for us, the living, [that] we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion, that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.

1. Four score are
A. 20 years.
B. 40 years.
C. 60 years.
D. 80 years.
2. (See Word Origins - hallow - and then Acronyms - P.Gmc) P.Gmc. (origin of hallow) means
A. holy.
B. proto-Germanic.
C. sacred.
D. post-Germanic.
3. "Last full measure of devotion" refers to
A. love of country.
B. the families of the dead.
C. the lives of those who died.
D. the dead on the battlefield.
4. The Civil War tested
A. the nation's ability to survive.
B. the right to fight.
C. the abilities of the fighters.
D. the worth of the nation.
Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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