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 14.

Bob Dylan, a rock-'n'-roll American kid who first heard Woody Guthrie while enrolled at the University of Minnesota, took up folk. Got a ride to New York and settled in Greenwich Village. Took any gig he could get. Within two years turned folk inside out and then abandoned it - subsumed it, really, inside the raucous, unyielding, cataclysmic rock-'n'-roll that he let loose on an audience that didn't like to be reminded how hidebound it was. What had been music of comment and protest became songs of unprecedented personal testament, delivered with a savage electricity.

1. Cataclysmic means
A. earth-shaking.
B. torrential.
C. severely destructive.
D. very large.
2. Hidebound means
A. narrow-minded.
B. self-contained.
C. conceited.
D. restricted.
3. The word origin of hidebound referred to
A. people with thick skin.
B. fearful animals.
C. thin-skinned animals.
D. cattle whose skin stuck to their backbones and ribs.
4. Raucous means
A. unreasonable.
B. rude.
C. rebellious.
D. loud and rough.

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

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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