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 17.

Charlemagne (died 814) was King of the Franks. He expanded the Frankish kingdoms into a Frankish empire that incorporated much of Western and Central Europe. During his reign, he conquered Italy. His rule is associated with a revival of art, religion, and culture through the medium of the Catholic Church. This revival is known as the Carolingian Renaissance. Through his foreign conquests and internal reforms, Charlemagne helped define both Western Europe and the Middle Ages. He is numbered as Charles I in the regnal lists of France, Germany, and the Holy Roman Empire.

By removing the Lombards from power in Italy, Charlemagne continued the policy of his father of protecting the papacy. It was during one of these campaigns that Charlemagne experienced the worst defeat of his life, at the Battle of Roncesvalles (778), which was memorialised in the Song of Roland.

Today he is regarded not only as the founding father of both French and German monarchies but also as the father of Europe. His empire united most of Western Europe for the first time since the Romans, and the Carolingian Renaissance contributed to the formation of a common European identity.

1. Regnal means
A. official.
B. pertaining to the reign of a monarch.
C. ancient.
D. powerful.
2. The Latin origin of renaissance meant
A. childish.
B. death of the old ways.
C. born again.
D. uprising.
3. The Song of Roland is
A. a medieval song about a lover.
B. a musical operetta about Roland.
C. a summary of writings of Charlemagne.
D. a poem about Roland's brave deeds and death at Roncesvalles.
4. The popes had reason to like Charlemagne because
A. he protected them.
B. he conquered Italy.
C. he was a religious person.
D. he fought wars on their behalf.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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