Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Inspired by a friend who had stopped drinking, Bill Wilson went to meetings of the Oxford Group, an evangelical society in Britain. As he underwent a barbiturate-and-belladonna cure called "purge and puke," which was state-of-the-art alcoholism treatment at the time, his brain spun with phrases from Oxford Group meetings. Five sober months later, he went to Akron, Ohio, on business. The deal fell through, and he wanted a drink. He stood in the lobby of the Mayflower Hotel, entranced by the sounds of the bar across the hall. Suddenly he became convinced that, by helping another alcoholic, he could save himself.

Through a series of desperate telephone calls, he found Dr. Robert Smith, a drunk whose family persuaded him to give Wilson fifteen minutes. Their meeting lasted for hours. A month later, Dr. Smith had his last drink, and that date, June 10, 1935, is the official birth date of Alcoholics Anonymous.

1. Entranced means
A. entered.
B. put into a trance.
C. made available.
D. encouraged.
2. A.A. is based on Bill Wilson's belief that
A. you must purge-and-puke.
B. by helping someone else you help yourself.
C. you must belong to the Oxford Group.
D. alcoholics have to cure themselves.
3. Belladonna is
A. the extract of an herb.
B. a beautiful lady.
C. a food.
D. a soothing mixture.
4. The Mayflower Hotel in this article is in
A. Washington, D.C.
B. London, England.
C. Akron, Ohio.
D. Oxford, England.

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

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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