Reading Comprehension Quiz

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In a 1995 survey of film critics, Charlie Chaplin was voted the greatest actor in movie history. He was the first person to control every aspect of the filmmaking process founding his own studio and also producing, casting, directing, writing, scoring, and editing the movies he starred in. In the first decades of the 20th century, when weekly moviegoing was a national habit, Chaplin more or less invented global recognizability and helped turn an industry into an art. By 1920, "Chaplinitis," accompanied by a flood of Chaplin dances, songs, dolls, comic books, and cocktails, was rampant. Filmmaker Mack Sennett thought him "just the greatest artist who ever lived."

1. Global recognizability means
A. recognizing the globe.
B. known everywhere.
C. great knowledge.
D. global ambition.
2. The suffix -itis (as in Chaplinitis) in this context means
A. excessive interest in.
B. inflammation or disease.
C. itch.
D. annoyance.
3. Moviegoing early in the 20th century was
A. globally recognizable.
B. an art.
C. an industry.
D. a national habit.
4. Chaplin was admired by
A. Mack Sennett.
B. dances, songs, and dolls.
C. an industry.
D. the greatest artist.

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

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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