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 6.

Helen Keller proved how language could liberate the blind and the deaf. She wrote, "Literature is my utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised." In her book "Midstream," she wrote about how she was frustrated by the speed with which her teacher spelled things out for her on her palm. Her teacher's scribbling on her hand would never be as fast, she thought, as the people who could read the words with their eyes. With language, Keller, who could not hear and could not see, proved she could communicate in the world of sight and sound and was able to speak to it and live in it. Because of her example, the world has learned how much we can owe to handicapped persons.

1. Disenfranchised in this context means
A. deprived of rights.
B. dissatisfied.
C. deprived of voting.
D. encumbered.
2. Helen Keller was frustrated by
A. language.
B. the slowness of scribbling on her palm.
C. the language of her teacher.
D. sights and sounds in the world.
3. The Latin word origin of liberate is
A. overcome an enemy.
B. run on a horse.
C. become drunk.
D. set free.
4. Which of these did Helen Keller not show us?
A. courage.
B. impatience.
C. achievement.
D. timidity.

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

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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