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 30.

The crusading movement initiated by Pope Urban II (died 1099) took its first public shape in March 1095, when Urban II received an ambassador from the Byzantine emperor, a Christian, asking for help against the Muslims. At the Council of Clermont held in November of the same year, Urban II's sermon proved the most effective single speech in European history, as he summoned the attending nobility and the people to wrestle the Holy Land from the hands of the Seljuk Turks:
"I, or rather the Lord, beseech you as Christ's heralds to publish this everywhere and to persuade all people of whatever rank, foot-soldiers and knights, poor and rich, to carry aid promptly to those Christians [in the Holy Land] and to destroy that vile race from the lands of our friends. Although I say this to those who are present, it is meant also for those who are absent. Moreover, Christ commands it."

1. By vile race Urban II meant
A. Christian armies.
B. all Muslims.
C. residents of the Holy Land.
D. the Turks.
2. Seljuk, as in Seljuk Turks, refers to
A. Turkish rulers of the time.
B. a splinter group of Turks.
C. the Turkish people.
D. Turkish armies.
3. Pope Urban II's speech was important because
A. it was from a Pope.
B. it began the Crusades.
C. it helped unify Europe.
D. it was inflammatory oratory.
4. Byzantine refers to
A. residents of Constantinople.
B. the Eastern Orthodox Church.
C. the Byzantine Empire, based in Constantinople.
D. the Holy Land.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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