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 7.

Looking back, it seems likely that the Beatles with their buoyant spirits, their bottomless charm, their unaccustomed and irrepressible wit could probably have boosted the mirth quotient at a clown convention. Their overflowing gifts for songcraft, harmony, and instrumental excitement, their spiffy suits and nifty haircuts, their bright quips and ready smiles made them appear almost otherworldly, as if they had just beamed down from some distant and far happier planet.

1. The word origin of buoyant means
A. masculine.
B. energetic.
C. high.
D. floating.
2. Du. is the abbreviation for
A. German.
B. Dutch.
C. Swiss.
D. Romanian.
3. "Mirth quotient" means
A. the division of merriment.
B. the mathematics of merriment.
C. the amount of merriment.
D. a person's portion of merriment.
4. The Beatles seemed as if they
A. had come from another planet.
B. had broken musical rules.
C. had been very worldly.
D. could have been happier.

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

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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