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 28.

Thomas Jefferson (died 1826) was the third President of the United States (18011809), the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), and one of the most influential Founding Fathers. Major events during his presidency include the Louisiana Purchase (1803) and the Lewis and Clark Expedition (18041806).

Jefferson was a man of the Enlightenment and knew many intellectual leaders in Britain and France. He idealized the independent yeoman farmer as exemplar of republican virtues, distrusted cities and financiers, and favored states' rights and a strictly limited federal government. Jefferson supported the separation of church and state and was the author of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom (1779, 1786). Jefferson served as the wartime Governor of Virginia (17791781), first United States Secretary of State (17891793), and second Vice President (17971801).

A polymath, Jefferson achieved distinction as, among other things, a horticulturist, statesman, architect, archaeologist, paleontologist, author, inventor, and founder of the University of Virginia. When President John F. Kennedy welcomed forty-nine Nobel Prize winners to the White House in 1962, he said, "I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent and of human knowledge that has ever been gathered together at the White House -- with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."

1. The Enlightenment was
A. a religious movement in the 18th century.
B. a movement in the 18th century that advocated the use of reason.
C. a New England philosophy.
D. an American institution.
2. The Greek origin of polymath meant
A. having learned much.
B. learned mathematician.
C. varied mathematics.
D. learned architect.
3. When Thomas Jefferson dined alone at the White House,
A. he was a forerunner in knowledge of John F. Kennedy.
B. he was its greatest statesman.
C. he represented many accomplishments.
D. he was extraordinary in ambition.
4. Jefferson stood for
A. religion in government.
B. favoritism toward a single church.
C. antagonism toward religion.
D. religious freedom.

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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