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 6.

Figures throughout Chinese history have drawn on the authority of non-Confucian sages, especially Laozi (or Lao Tzu) and Zhuangzi (both lived before the Christian era), to deny serving any ruler at any time. Both Laozi and Zhuangzi have had a great deal of influence on Chinese culture. Zhuangzi is a central authority on eremitism, a variation of monasticism sacrificing social aspects in favor of religious aspects of life. Zhuangzi considered eremitism the highest ideal.

Some scholars have postulated that Zhuangzi advocated a hermit immersed in society.

Political theorists influenced by Laozi have advocated humility in leadership and a restrained approach to statecraft. Various anti-authoritarian movements have embraced the Laozi teachings on the power of the weak. Some theorists say that Laozi was the first libertarian.

1. The Greek origin of eremite (or hermit) meant
A. crab-like.
B. living in poverty.
C. a person of the desert.
D. member of a church.
2. A libertarian is a person who
A. advocates individual liberty.
B. rejects all political parties.
C. refuses to mix with other people.
D. seeks to rule other people.
3. Laozi advocated
A. a strong central government.
B. obedience to rulers.
C. civil disobedience.
D. humility in leadership.
4. Laozi lived
A. a few hundred years ago.
B. before the Christian era.
C. at the time of the Renaissance.
D. at the beginning of the Christian era.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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