Reading Comprehension Quiz

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In April, 1626, Sir Francis Bacon came to Highgate near London and died at the empty (except for the staff) Arundel mansion. A famous and influential account of the circumstances of his death was given by John Aubrey in his "Brief Lives." Aubrey's account, which portrays Bacon as a martyr to experimental scientific method, has him journeying to Highgate through the snow with the King's physician when he is suddenly inspired by the possibility of using the snow to preserve meat. "They were resolved they would try the experiment presently. They alighted out of the coach and went into a poor woman's house at the bottom of Highgate Hill and bought a fowl and made the woman exenterate it." After stuffing the fowl with snow, he happened to contract a fatal case of pneumonia. He then attempted to extend his fading lifespan by consuming the fowl that had caused his illness. "The snow so chilled him that he immediately fell so extremely ill that he could not return to his lodging but went to the Earle of Arundel's house at Highgate, where they put him into a damp bed that had not been lain in ... which gave him such a cold that in two or three days he died of suffocation."

1. Exenterate means
A. cook.
B. cut into pieces.
C. freeze.
D. remove the insides.
2. Bacon is known for
A. experimental scientific method.
B. catching pneumonia and dying.
C. being a friend of the King's physician.
D. medical mistakes.
3. Bacon's medical care was
A. the best that could be provided.
B. possibly a cause of his death.
C. scientifically sound.
D. approved of by modern medicine.
4. The Latin origin of journey meant
A. foreign travel.
B. city travel.
C. of a day.
D. travel by horse.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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