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 September 10.

Louis Pasteur (1822 1895) was a French chemist and microbiologist best known for his remarkable breakthroughs in the causes and prevention of disease. His experiments supported the germ theory of disease. He created the first vaccine for rabies. He was best known to the general public for inventing a method to stop milk from causing sickness. This method came to be called pasteurization. He is regarded as one of the three main founders of microbiology. He also made many discoveries in the field of chemistry, most notable of which is the asymmetry of crystals.

1. Pasteur understood that the cause of disease is
A. chemical reactions.
B. germs.
C. poor hygiene.
D. microorganisms.
2. A vaccine is
A. a shot.
B. an injected medicine.
C. an injection of antibodies.
D. an injection of weakened or dead disease organisms.
3. The Greek origin of microbiology meant
A. study of small life.
B. life seen under a magnifier.
C. many forms of life.
D. unseen life.
4. Asymmetry means
A. balanced side to side.
B. not balanced side to side.
C. not regular in form.
D. unreliable.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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