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 17.

Thomas Alva Edison (died 1931) developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. He is also credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.

He held 1,093 U.S. patents as well as many patents in other countries.

His advanced work in telecommunications was an outgrowth of his early career as a telegraph operator.

He originated electric-power generation and distribution to homes, businesses, and factories. His first power plant was in New York City, where in an instant electric street lights were turned on in a section of the city, replacing gas lights.

1. Edison is known for
A. the electric light bulb only.
B. many inventions.
C. the phonograph only.
D. telecommunications inventions only.
2. Early in his career he was
A. a telegraph operator.
B. a bicycle salesman.
C. a union organizer.
D. an insurance executive.
3. The Greek word origin of tele (as in telecommunications) means
A. hearing.
B. speaking.
C. modern.
D. at a distance.
4. The Latin word origin of generation meant
A. enjoy as a family.
B. make new.
C. bring forth.
D. produce goods.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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