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 October 15.

John Calvin (died 1564) was a French Protestant theologian during the Protestant Reformation. He made the city of Geneva a major force in the spread of Reformation theology.

Calvin wished to promote the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. For the first time, men's infidelity was punished as harshly as that of women, and there was no tolerance for spousal abuse.

Calvin, as well as other reformers and also Catholics in middle Europe, believed that they should not permit the practice of witchcraft, in accord with their understanding of passages such as Exodus 22:18 and Leviticus 20:27, and in 1545 twenty-three people were burned to death in Geneva under charges of practicing witchcraft.

While Reformers such as Martin Luther may be seen as somewhat original thinkers that began a movement, Calvin was a systematizer of that movement but not an innovator. Unlike Luther, who changed his ideas and sometimes contradicted his previous views, Calvin held essentially the same theology from his youth to his death.

1. Calvin is famous for being
A. an innovator.
B. a systematizer.
C. a burner of witches.
D. a native Swiss theologian.
2. (Enter the Bible reference in a search engine such as Google.) "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live" comes from
A. Exodus 22:18.
B. Leviticus 20:27.
C. New Testament.
D. Talmud.
3. Protestant Reformers sought to reform
A. Protestantism.
B. Judaism.
C. Catholicism.
D. Calvinism.
4. The Latin origin of contradiction meant
A. oppose.
B. undo.
C. insult.
D. speak against.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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