Reading Comprehension Quiz

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It is not likely that Martha Graham will be remembered as a dancer, and much of her choreography has failed to wear well. No more than half a dozen of her dances seem likely to stand the test of time. The rest are overwrought period pieces whose humorless, lapel-clutching intensity is less palatable now that their maker is no longer around to bring them to life.

Yet a theatrical legacy cannot always be measured by such seemingly objective yardsticks. Though there is no film of Nijinsky dancing, no one questions his place of honor in the history of 20th century ballet. Even if her beleaguered company should someday close its doors and her dances cease to be performed, Graham will doubtless be remembered in much the same way, for the shadow she cast was fully as long. Did she invent modern dance? No, but she came to embody it, arrogantly and spectacularly.

1. Beleaguered means
A. made to march.
B. in debt.
C. surrounded so as to be forced to give up.
D. honored.
2. Graham cast on modern dance
A. a long shadow.
B. a short shadow.
C. a yardstick.
D. a history of arrogance.
3. Graham's theatrical legacy can be compared to
A. Nijinsky's.
B. the history of 20th century ballet.
C. arrogance.
D. a place of honor.
4. Embody means to
A. develop a body of work.
B. make something real.
C. enhance the body.
D. represent (in bodily form).

The information comes from an article by Terry Teachout 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-A..........4-D
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