Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Genghis Khan (died 1227) was the founder of the Mongol Empire, the largest contiguous empire in history.

He came to power by uniting many of the nomadic tribes of northeast Asia. After founding the Mongol Empire, he started the Mongol invasions of East and Central Asia. During his life, the Mongol Empire eventually occupied most of Asia.

Genghis Khan died in 1227. His descendants went on to stretch the Mongol Empire across most of Eurasia by conquering and/or creating vassals out of all of modern-day China, Korea, Central Asian countries, and substantial portions of modern Russia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.

Genghis Khan is credited with bringing the Silk Road under one cohesive political environment. This allowed increased communication and trade between the West, the Middle East, and Asia, thus expanding the horizons of all three cultural areas.

In much of modern-day Turkey, Genghis Khan is looked on as a great military leader, and it is popular for male children to carry his name. Among the Iranian peoples he is regarded as one of the most despised conquerors of Iran, along with Alexander and Tamerlane. In much of Russia, the Middle East, China, Ukraine, Poland, and Hungary, Genghis Khan and his regime are blamed for much damage and destruction.

1. Contiguous means
A. respected.
B. conquered.
C. connected without a break/within a common boundary.
D. tax-paying.
2. His reputation among countries once ruled by him is
A. mixed.
B. all favorable.
C. all unfavorable.
D. unknown.
3. Increased communication was provided by
A. the conquered peoples.
B. the Silk Road.
C. vassals.
D. cultural areas.
4. The three areas mentioned as "cultural areas" are
A. Russia, Hungary, and Poland.
B. Turkey, Iran, and China.
C. the Middle East, China, and Ukraine.
D. the West, Middle East, and Asia.

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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