Reading Comprehension Quiz

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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 November 12.

Gregory Pincus (died 1967) made his first breakthrough early, when he was able to produce rabbits through in-vitro fertilization. He also produced rabbits from unfertilized eggs (parthenogenesis). A rabbit produced this way appeared on the cover of Look Magazine in 1937.

In 1951, Margaret Sanger met Pincus at a dinner and procured a small grant for Pincus to begin hormonal contraceptive research. Pincus confirmed earlier research that progesterone would act as an inhibitor to ovulation. In 1952, Sanger told her friend Katharine McCormick about Pincus. In 1953 McCormick and Sanger met with Pincus to dramatically expand the scope of the research with a 50-fold increase in funding from McCormick.

In order to prove the safety of "the pill," human trials had to be conducted. These were initiated on patients of Dr. John Rock in Brookline, Massachusetts, using progesterone in 1953 and then three different progestins in 1954. Trials of the pill as a contraceptive could not be performed in Massachusetts, because dispensing contraception there was a felony. Puerto Rico was selected as a trial site in 1955, in part because there was an existing network of 67 birth control clinics servicing low-income women on the island. Trials began there in 1956. The trials were expanded to Haiti, Mexico, and Los Angeles.

Pincus's successes led to the first widely available oral contraceptive ("the pill"). His discoveries also led to the burgeoning sciences of steroidal hormone research, sex hormone research, and new forms of oncology. Pincus's work may be some of the most influential science of the twentieth century.

1. The Greek origin of parthenogenesis meant
A. virgin creation.
B. rabbit reproduction.
C. written about in the Bible.
D. made in a test tube.
2. Pincus' work was
A. unimportant in the long run.
B. highly influential.
C. of little interest to scientists.
D. forgotten in modern times.
3. The Greek origin of oncology meant
A. balanced studies.
B. science of medicine.
C. study of tumors.
D. study of relatives.
4. Early in Pincus' career, dispensing contraceptives in Massachusetts was
A. promoted in universities.
B. supported by government.
C. denounced by Sanger.
D. a felony.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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