Reading Comprehension Quiz

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American music, like America itself, seems too democratic for any title to endure. Ask almost any rapper or alternative rocker if Elvis is the King of Rock, and all you'll get is a sneer. Michael Jackson likes to call himself the King of Pop, but we all know the true king of pop is whoever has the No. 1 album in any given week. All told, there's only one monarch in music whose title has never rung false and still holds up, and that's Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul.

1. The star of this paragraph is
A. Elvis Presley.
B. Michael Jackson.
C. Aretha Franklin.
D. democratic American music.
2. Soul in this context means
A. a secular form of gospel music.
B. the immaterial part of a person.
C. a Biblical term.
D. strong feeling.
3. Aretha Franklin is
A. a rapper.
B. America itself.
C. a monarch.
D. an alternative rapper.
4. "Rung false" refers to
A. a ring for the finger.
B. a boxing ring.
C. a signal to a friend.
D. being inappropriate.

The information comes from an article by Christopher John Farley 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-C..........4-D
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