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 15.

Le Corbusier was the most important architect of the 20th century. Frank Lloyd Wright was more prolific Le Corbusier's oeuvre comprises about 60 buildings and many would argue he was more gifted. But Wright was a maverick, while Le Corbusier dominated the architectural world, from that halcyon year of 1920, when he started publishing his magazine L'Esprit Nouveau, until his death in 1965. He inspired several generations of architects, not only in Europe but around the world. He was more than a mercurial innovator. Irascible, caustic, Calvinistic, Corbu was modern architecture's conscience.

1. Le Corbusier was most important because
A. he was an innovator.
B. he dominated the architectural world.
C. he built only 60 buildings.
D. he had a caustic personality.
2. Oeuvre means
A. total output of an artist (or writer).
B. over.
C. works of art.
D. work in progress.
3. The Gk. word origin of caustic meant
A. hurting.
B. sarcastic.
C. mean.
D. to burn.
4. Gk. is the abbreviation for
A. Guernsey.
B. Grand Knight.
C. Greek.
D. Global Key.

The information comes from an article by Witold Rybczynski 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-C
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