Reading Comprehension Quiz

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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 March 18.

In 1832, when he first recorded the experience, Joseph Smith (died 1844) said that, as a fourteen-year-old in 1820, he had received a theophany, an appearance of God to man, an event that Latter Day Saints commonly call the First Vision.

Later, Smith said he experienced a visitation from an angel named Moroni, who directed him to a long-buried book inscribed on golden plates. Along with the golden plates were two seer stones, the Urim and Thummim, which would be useful in interpreting the inscriptions on the golden plates. According to Smith's brother-in-law, "having placed the Urim and Thummim in his hat, Joseph placed the hat over his face and with prophetic eyes read the invisible symbols syllable by syllable and word by word." Later, the angel Moroni took the plates away.

Smith dictated this interpretation of the inscriptions on the golden plates - the Book of Mormon - to Oliver Cowdery in 1829.

In later years, both men testified that during this period they had been ordained by John the Baptist and then had baptized each other in the Susquehanna River.

1. (See The Greek origin of theophany meant
A. power of God.
B. unexpected surprise.
C. show God.
D. appearance of wise men.
2. The Book of Mormon is
A. a theophany.
B. the Urim and Thummim.
C. the words of an angel.
D. an interpretation of inscriptions on golden plates.
3. Moroni was
A. an angel.
B. a friend of Joseph Smith.
C. a character in the Book of Mormon.
D. a theophany.
4. Ordained means
A. baptised.
B. approved as ministers or priests.
C. accepted into church membership.
D. graduated from a Bible school.
The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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