Reading Comprehension Quiz
Which happened first?
The Coliseum was used as a castle.
The Coliseum was struck by lightning.
The Coliseum appeared on the back of a coin.
An earthquake damaged the Coliseum.
When did the Romans finish building the Coliseum?
The year 70
The year 240
The year 523
The year 80
How do you know this? Use the text in your answer.
What caused the fire that damaged the upper levels of the Coliseum?
A bolt of lightning
An attacking army
Rowdy people who came to watch the events
An angry mob of starving rioters
The Coliseum was used for all of these purposes except for which of the following?
It was a meeting place for the government.
People fought animals in it.
It was a private castle.
People fought other people in it.
Which caused the most damage to the Coliseum?
Why do you believe this? Refer to the text to support your argument.
What did most people do with the stones that they took from the Coliseum?
They sold them.
They repaired buildings.
They used them as tomb stones.
They used them as weapons.
How do you know this? Use text to support your argument.
Which best defines the word "gruesome" as it is used in the second paragraph?
Which best describes the main idea in the last paragraph?
This is about how the Coliseum is a popular place to visit today.
This is about how the Coliseum is used today.
This is about how the Coliseum is a symbol that many people know.
This is about all the things the Coliseum has been used for throughout history.
Which was not a way in which the Coliseum had been damaged over the years?
Which statement would the author most likely agree with?
The Coliseum is very old and has been used for many purposes.
The Coliseum should be replaced with a building that is not damaged.
The Coliseum should be used for fighting once again.
The Coliseum has its place in history but it is not useful today.
Why do you believe this? Explain your answer completely.
Why was the Coliseum repaired after the fire but not after the earthquake? Use the text in your answer.
Why did the fire only damage the upper levels of the Coliseum? Refer to the text in your answer.
Why is the Coliseum still important today? Use the text in your answer.