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 4.

Celebrated pop and rock musicians have acknowledged that the young Elvis Presley (died 1977) inspired them. The Beatles were all big Presley fans. John Lennon said, "Nothing really affected me until I heard Elvis. If there hadn't been an Elvis, there wouldn't have been a Beatles." Deep Purple's Ian Gillan said, "For a young singer he was an absolute inspiration. I soaked up what he did like blotting paper... you learn by copying the maestro." Rod Stewart declared, "Elvis was the King. No doubt about it. People like myself, Mick Jagger, and all the others only followed in his footsteps." Cher recalls from seeing Presley live in 1956 that he made her "realize the tremendous effect a performer could have on an audience." Bob Dylan said, "When I first heard Elvis' voice, I just knew that I wasn't going to work for anybody, and nobody was going to be my boss. Hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail."

1. After hearing Elvis, Bob Dylan felt
A. angry.
B. unhappy.
C. free.
D. imprisoned.
2. Elvis was a necessity in the career of
A. Mick Jagger.
B. Cher.
C. Bob Dylan.
D. the Beatles.
3. The Latin origin of inspiration meant
A. breathe into.
B. climb higher.
C. act wisely.
D. have original ideas.
4. Deep Purple is
A. a town in England.
B. a group of performers of music.
C. a music publishing company.
D. a movie studio.
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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