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 27.

Julius Caesar (died 44 BCE) was a Roman military and political leader. He played a critical role in the transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire. His conquest of Gaul extended the Roman world to the Atlantic Ocean, and in 55 BCE he also conducted the first Roman invasion of Britain.

In 49 BC, leading his legions across the Rubicon, Caesar began a civil war from which he emerged the undisputed master of the Roman world.

He began extensive reforms of Roman society and government. He heavily centralised the bureaucracy of the Republic. On the Ides of March (March 15) 44 BCE, hoping to restore the normal running of the Republic, a group of senators, led by Caesar's former friend Marcus Junius Brutus, assassinated him. The result was another Roman civil war, which ultimately led to the establishment of a permanent autocracy, the Roman Empire, by Caesar's adopted heir, who was later called Caesar Augustus.

1. The Rubicon in ancient times was
A. a river in Italy.
B. a river in Gaul.
C. the stream separating Italy from Gaul.
D. a country adjoining Italy.
2. Gaul in ancient times was
A. what is now northern Italy, France, Belgium, and parts of Germany and the Netherlands
B. a country annoying to Rome.
C. Switzerland.
D. England.
3. (See Wikipedia for "res publica.") The Latin origin of republic meant
A. a political party.
B. the Roman Empire.
C. the Roman Senate.
D. a thing of the people.
4. An autocracy is
A. a democracy.
B. governance by a single person.
C. fascism.
D. hereditary government.

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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