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 4.

The writings of Martin Luther (1483-1546) circulated widely, reaching France, England, and Italy as early as 1519, and students thronged to Wittenberg to hear him speak.

When the Pope demanded an explanation of his writings, Luther wrote a summary and explanation of his theses to the Pope. While the Pope may have conceded some of the points, he did not like the challenge to his authority, so he summoned Luther to Rome. At that point Frederick the Wise, the Saxon Elector, intervened. He did not want one of his subjects to be sent to Rome to be judged by Italians, so he prevailed on the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V to arrange a compromise.

An arrangement was effected, whereby the Pope's summons was cancelled. On June 15, 1520, the Pope warned Luther that he risked excommunication unless he recanted 41 sentences drawn from his writings.

Luther publicly set fire to a bull from the Pope on December 10, 1520. As a consequence, Luther was excommunicated by Leo X on January 3, 1521.

1. A bull in this context is
A. an uncomplimentary term.
B. a blunder.
C. a force.
D. a formal proclamation issued by the Pope.
2. The Latin origin of intervene meant
A. argue with.
B. come between.
C. insist upon.
D. antagonize.
3. Excommunication means
A. excluding from the (Christian) community.
B. throwing away.
C. turning your back on.
D. refusing to be a friend.
4. Luther's excommunication occurred in
A. 1519.
B. 1520.
C. 1521.
D. 1522.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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