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 24.

Peter the Great (died 1725) ruled Russia and later the Russian Empire from 1682 until his death. He carried out a policy of Westernization and expansion that transformed the Czardom of Russia into the 3-billion acre Russian Empire, a major European power. He is cited as one of the greatest rulers in the 17th century, ranking alongside Louis XIV of France.

In 1721, soon after peace was made with Sweden, Peter was acclaimed Emperor of All Russia. The State Chancellor was the first to add "the Great, Father of His Country, Emperor of All the Russias" to Peter's traditional title Czar.

Peter's imperial title was recognized by the kings of Poland, Prussia, and Sweden but not by the other European monarchs. In the minds of many, the word emperor connoted superiority or pre-eminence over "mere" kings. Several rulers feared that Peter would claim authority over them, just as the Holy Roman Emperor had once claimed suzerainty over all Christian nations.

1. The origin of Czar comes from
A. Augustus Caesar.
B. Julius Caesar.
C. the Greek word for ruler.
D. the Greek word for king.
2. Suzerainty means
A. power.
B. leadership.
C. autocracy.
D. dominance by one state of another state.
3. Peter transformed Russia into
A. a major European power.
B. a democracy.
C. an autocracy.
D. a subject state.
4. Peter is ranked with
A. the king of Poland.
B. the king of Sweden.
C. the king of France.
D. the king of Prussia.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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