Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Nelson Mandela was at one time the most famous prisoner in the world.

Early in life, he joined a law firm in Johannesburg as an apprentice, where he was exposed daily to the inhumanities of apartheid.

Instead of choosing an easy life as a lawyer, he joined the Youth League of the African National Congress and became involved in programs of passive resistance.

His activities landed him in prison. Instead of being crushed, he embarked on a system of self-education. The prison came to be known as "Island University." Previously barren recreation hours were filled with cultural activities.

After more than two decades in prison, he was escorted to the State President's office, where he negotiated not only his own release but also the nation's transition from apartheid to democracy.

1. Apartheid means
A. a social policy of racial segregation.
B. passive resistance.
C. an apprenticeship.
D. negotiation.
2. The Youth League was involved in
A. the transition to democracy.
B. self-education.
C. cultural activities.
D. passive resistance.
3. The "Island University" was
A. part of the National Congress.
B. a prison.
C. part of the Youth League.
D. a victim of apartheid.
4. Nelson Mandela was largely responsible for
A. a transition.
B. the National Congress.
C. the Youth League.
D. apartheid.
The information comes from an article by Andre Brink at TIME - The Most Important People of the Century.
Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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