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 20.

Niccolo Machiavelli (died 1527) was an Italian diplomat, political philosopher, musician, poet, and playwright. He was a figure of the Italian Renaissance. In June of 1498, following the ouster and execution of Savonarola, the Great Council of Florence elected Machiavelli as the Secretary to the Second Chancery.

He is most famous — or notorious — for one of his shorter works, The Prince, sometimes described as a work of realist political theory. Both that text and other discourses were printed only after his death. In his own lifetime, while he circulated The Prince among friends, the only work Machiavelli promoted through printing was his dialogue on The Art of War, but generations from the sixteenth century onwards were most attracted and repelled by the cynical approach to power on display in The Prince. Whatever were Machiavelli's own intentions, his name became synonymous with ruthless politics, deceit, and the pursuit of power by any means.

1. A chancery is
A. a type of building.
B. a type of court involved with records/ownership.
C. a part of Florence.
D. a type of politics.
2. Cynical means
A. philosophical.
B. hopeful.
C. believing that selfishness motivates human actions.
D. limited.
3. The Prince is known for its
A. generosity.
B. hopefulness.
C. goodwill.
D. cynicism.
4. The Latin origin of notorious meant
A. known/well-known.
B. insulting.
C. unkind.
D. egotistical.

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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