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 8.

Marlon Brando's performance as Stanley Kowalski, later repeated on film, provided one of our age's emblematic images, the defining portrait of mass man shrewd, vulgar, ignorant, and a rapacious threat to all that is gentle and civilized in our culture. He gave us something else, too, this virtually unknown 23-year-old actor. For when the curtain came down at the Ethel Barrymore theater on Dec. 3, 1947, our standards for performance and our expectations of what an actor should offer us in the way of psychological truth and behavioral honesty were forever changed.

1. Emblematic means
A. serving as an illustration of a type.
B. deserving a medal.
C. showy.
D. objectionable.
2. Marlon Brando dared to be
A. vulgar.
B. expected.
C. civilized.
D. a definition.
3. The Latin word origin of rapacity (and rapacious) means
A. seizing.
B. raping.
C. repelling.
D. hurting.
4. Brando changed
A. psychology.
B. behavior.
C. honesty.
D. our standards and our expectations.

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

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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