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 25.

Plato (died 347 BCE) was a Greek philosopher who, together with his mentor, Socrates, and his student, Aristotle, helped to lay the foundations of Western philosophy. He was also a mathematician, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world.

Plato was much influenced by his mentor's unjust death.

Plato's sophistication as a writer can be observed in his dialogues.

Although there is little question that Plato lectured at the Academy that he founded, the pedagogical function of his dialogues, if any, is not known with certainty. Since Plato's time, the dialogues have been used to teach philosophy, logic, rhetoric, mathematics, and other subjects.

1. Plato's mentor was
A. Aristotle.
B. Socrates.
C. the Academy in Athens.
D. the dialogues.
2. The Academy at Athens was
A. a university.
B. a school of higher learning.
C. a high school.
D. a graduate school.
3. The Greek origin of pedagogy meant
A. education/teaching.
B. proud.
C. lecture.
D. youth.
4. Rhetoric means
A. noisy language.
B. aggressive words.
C. using language effectively.
D. construction of language.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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