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 24.

Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of radio

Finding limited interest in his work in Italy, in early 1896, at the age of 21, Marconi traveled to London, England, to seek support for his work. While there, he gained the interest and support of William Preece of the British Post Office. A series of demonstrations for the British government followed. By March, 1897, Marconi had transmitted Morse code signals over the Salisbury Plain, a distance of about 3.7 miles. In May, 1897, Marconi sent the first ever wireless communication over open sea - it transversed the Bristol Channel. The message (in Morse code) read, "Are you ready." Impressed by these and other demonstrations, Preece introduced Marconi's ongoing work to the general public at two important London lectures.

Numerous additional demonstrations followed, and Marconi began to receive international attention. In July, 1897, he carried out a series of tests at La Spezia in his home country. The English channel was crossed in March, 1899, and in the fall of 1899 the first demonstrations in the United States took place with the reporting of the America's Cup international yacht races at New York.

1. Marconi's original radio signals were
A. Morse code.
B. voice transmissions.
C. music.
D. over water.
2. The original signals were
A. less than 4 miles long.
B. 4-8 miles long.
C. 9-20 miles long.
D. more than 20 miles long.
3. Marconi's home country was
A. England.
B. France.
C. Italy.
D. United States.
4. The Latin word origin of transmit meant
A. follow a road.
B. receive from a distance.
C. make known.
D. send across.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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