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 May 12.

Coco Chanel would not have defined herself as a feminist (in fact, she consistently spoke of femininity rather than of feminism), yet her work is unquestionably part of the liberation of women. She not only appropriated styles, fabrics and articles of clothing that were worn by men but also appropriated sports clothes as part of the language of fashion. One can see how her style evolved out of necessity and defiance. Initially, she couldn't afford the fashionable clothes of the period, so she made her own, using, say, the sports jackets and ties that were everyday male attire around the racetrack.

1. The word feminism usually implies
A. femininity.
B. equal rights for women.
C. socialism.
D. sociability.
2. Sports jackets are mentioned because
A. they are feminine.
B. they are stylish.
C. they were initially worn by men.
D. they have interesting fabrics.
3. Appropriated means
A. took possession of.
B. assigned.
C. made stylish.
D. made interesting.
4. Chanel made these fashionable:
A. feminist attire.
B. feminine attire.
C. women's clothing at the racetrack.
D. sports clothes.

The information comes from an article by Ingrid Sischy at Time Magazine Most Important People of the Century.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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