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 18.

From the early fifteenth century, Henry the Navigator and his followers had been increasing Portuguese knowledge of the African coastline. From the 1460's, it was Portugal's goal to round the southern tip of Africa to gain access totally by sea to the riches of India (mainly black pepper and other spices).

The Republic of Venice had gained control over much of the trade routes between Europe and Asia. These trade routes were a mixture of land routes and sea routes. Portugal hoped to break the Venetian trading monopoly by establishing a route totally by sea.

It remained for a Portugese explorer, Vasco da Gama (died 1524), to discover a trade route totally by sea into the Indian Ocean.

Following Vasco da Gama's initial voyage, the Portuguese crown took steps to secure military outposts on the eastern coast of Africa to protect their shipping. These outposts provided a foothold for subsequent colonization.

1. Vasco da Gama's goal was
A. to provide for subsequent colonization.
B. to learn about the African coastline.
C. to establish military outposts.
D. to reach India by sea.
2. The Republic of Venice had been in control of
A. trade routes to the East.
B. the eastern Mediterranean.
C. military outposts.
D. explorers.
3. The Greek origin of monopoly meant
A. powerful country.
B. to sell singly/alone.
C. single trade route.
D. crowd out competitors.
4. Subsequent means
A. fateful.
B. important.
C. coming later.
D. ruling.

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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