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 9.

Michelangelo (died 1564) was an Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet, and engineer.

When the sheer volume of correspondence, sketches, and reminiscences that survive is taken into account, he is the best-documented artist of the 16th century.

Two of his best-known works, the Pietą and the David, were sculpted before he turned thirty. Despite his low opinion of painting, he created two of the most influential works in the history of Western painting -- the scenes from Genesis on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome and The Last Judgment on its altar wall. Later in life he designed the dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

He was the first Western artist whose biography was published while he was alive. The biography by Giorgio Vasari proposed that he was the pinnacle of all artistic achievement since the beginning of the Renaissance, a viewpoint that continues to have currency in art history. In his lifetime he was often called Il Divino ("the divine one").

One of the qualities of his art most admired by his contemporaries is his terribilitą or awe-inspiring grandeur.

1. Terribilita means
A. fury.
B. grandeur.
C. temper.
D. conceit.
2. The Pieta and the David were works of Michelangelo's
A. youth.
B. middle years.
C. old age.
D. student days.
3. Historians can find
A. little information about Michelangelo.
B. only information gleaned from his works of art.
C. much information from his writings.
D. only information from his biographies.
4. The Latin origin of contemporary meant
A. modern.
B. temporary.
C. related socially.
D. of time with.

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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