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 5.

Isabella I (died 1504) was Queen of Castile and León. She and her husband, Ferdinand II of Aragon, laid the foundation for the political unification of Spain.

Isabella and Ferdinand established a highly effective coregency under equal terms. During their reign they supported each other effectively in accordance with their joint motto of equality: "Tanto monta or monta tanto, Isabel como Fernando" ("They amount to the same, Isabella and Ferdinand"). In addition to her sponsorship of Columbus, Isabella was the principal sponsor of Gonzalo de Córdoba, the greatest military genius and innovator of the age. Isabella and Ferdinand's achievements are remarkable - Spain was united, the crown power was centralized, the reconquista was successfully concluded, the groundwork for the most dominant military machine of the next century and a half was laid, a legal framework was created, and the church was reformed. Even without the benefit of the American expansion, Spain would have been a major European power. Columbus' discovery set the country on course to be the first modern world power.

1. The reconquista was
A. the unification of Spain and Portugal.
B. the process by which the Moorish-led countries in the Iberian Peninsula were "reconquered" by the Christians.
C. the expulsion on non-Christians from Spain and Portugal.
D. agreements between Spain and Portugal.
2. Gonzalo de Cordoba
A. made Spain the preeminent military power in Europe.
B. was a rival of Columbus.
C. reformed the Spanish government.
D. was responsible for joining Isabella and Ferdinand.
3. The first modern world power was
A. England.
B. Germany.
C. Italy.
D. Spain.
4. The Latin origin of regent (as in coregency) meant
A. stand-in for a king.
B. king.
C. ruler, governor.
D. autocrat.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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