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 23.

In September, 1846, William T. G. Morton performed a painless tooth extraction after administering ether to a patient. This procedure led to a demonstration soon thereafter at the Massachusetts General Hospital in which Dr. John Collins Warren painlessly removed a tumor from the neck of a Mr. Abbott. Following the demonstration, Morton tried to hide the identity of the substance Abbott had inhaled. He referred to it as "Letheon." He had the intention of patenting the substance and profiting from its use. However, the “Letheon” was quickly shown to be ether, and it was soon being used in both the United States and Europe. Morton received a patent for ether in the US that was later revoked and never received any royalties. He spent his declining years in an attempt to persuade Congress to provide him compensation for his discovery, but this never arrived. His pursuit of profit from ether administration was complicated by the fact that his former mentor, Dr. Charles T. Jackson, had subsequently demonstrated the use of ether in Paris and claimed the discovery as his own.

In the autumn of 1862 Morton joined the Army of the Potomac as a volunteer surgeon and applied ether to more than two thousand soldiers wounded during battles of the Civil War.

1. Letheon was
A. a new substance discovered by Morton.
B. an substance known to the ancient Greeks.
C. ether.
D. a new word for all anaesthetics.
2. The Greek word origin of anaesthesia meant
A. without feeling.
B. unconscious.
C. lost in a haze.
D. insensitive.
3. Dr. Jackson was
A. a follower of Morton.
B. a teacher of Morton.
C. a Parisian unknown to Morton.
D. a modern user of ether.
4. Morton
A. gave his discovery to the world without strings.
B. was well paid for his discovery.
C. shared in payments for ether.
D. sought compensation for his discovery.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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