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 March 26.

By the age of 21, Philo Farnsworth had found investors, a few assistants, and a loving wife, Pem, who assisted him in his research. He set up a laboratory in an empty loft. On Sept. 7, 1927, Farnsworth painted a square of glass black and scratched a straight line on the center. He gave the square of glass to Pem's brother, who took it to another room and dropped it between a camera tube and a carbon-arc lamp. Farnsworth watched the receiver. He saw the straight-line image and then, as Pem's brother turned the slide 90 degrees, he saw it move. He had seen the first all-electronic television picture ever transmitted.

1. This article is mostly about
A. Philo Farnsworth.
B. laboratory work.
C. the first TV picture ever transmitted.
D. Philo, Pem, and Pem's brother.
2. Farnsworth was in a room where
A. the image was transmitted.
B. the image was received.
C. there was a carbon arc lamp.
D. there was a slide.
3. The word origin of "transmit" is
A. to send.
B. to send across.
C. to broadcast.
D. to move from place to place.
4. Pem's brother
A. painted a square of glass.
B. watched the receiver.
C. watched in the room with Farnsworth.
D. dropped a slide between a camera and a lamp.

The information comes from an article by Neil Postman at Time 100 Most Important People of the Century.
Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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