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 11.

"The movement she started will grow to be, a hundred years from now, the most influential of all time," predicted futurist and historian H.G. Wells in 1931. "When the history of our civilization is written, it will be a biological history, and Margaret Sanger will be its heroine."

Though this prophecy credited one woman with the power that actually came from a wide movement of women, no one person deserves it more. Now that reproductive freedom is becoming accepted, and conservative groups are fighting to maintain control over women's bodies as the means of reproduction, Sanger's revolution may be even more controversial than during her 50-year career of national and international battles. Her experience can teach us many lessons.

She taught us, first, to look at the world as if women mattered. Born into an Irish working-class family, Margaret witnessed her mother's slow death, worn out after 18 pregnancies and 11 live births. While working as a practical nurse and midwife in the poorest neighborhoods of New York City in the years before World War I, she saw women deprived of their health, sexuality, and ability to care for children already born. Contraceptive information was so suppressed by clergy-influenced, physician-accepted laws that it was a criminal offense to send it through the mail. Yet the educated had access to such information and could use subterfuge to buy "French" products, which were really condoms and other barrier methods, and "feminine hygiene" products, which were really spermicides.

It was this injustice that inspired Sanger to defy church and state. In a series of articles called "What Every Girl Should Know," then in her own newspaper The Woman Rebel, and finally through neighborhood clinics that dispensed woman-controlled forms of birth control (a phrase she coined), Sanger put information and power into the hands of women.

1. Sanger's "movement" was
A. to provide services to the poor.
B. to develop barrier methods.
C. to provide women with reproductive freedom.
D. to oppose the clergy and doctors.
2. Reproductive freedom is the freedom to
A. choose birth control methods.
B. reproduce freely.
C. oppose doctors and clergy.
D. buy "French" products.
3. Subterfuge means
A. a deception used to achieve a personal end.
B. under the counter.
C. selfishness.
D. slight of hand.
4. The Greek origin of biology (as in biological) meant
A. study of animals.
B. study of life.
C. experimentation.
D. instruction in science.

The information comes from an article by Gloria Steinem at Time Magazine Most Important People of the Century.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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