Reading Comprehension Quiz
Which best describes the structure of the text in paragraph TWO?
Problem and solution
Compare and contrast
Which expresses the correct order of events?
Gutenberg studied goldsmithing, invented the printing press, and then lost his shop.
Gutenberg was born in Mainz, invested in mirrors, and then became a goldsmith.
Gutenberg created the printing press, printed the bible, and then invented the metal mirror.
Gutenberg went to college, revealed his press, and then invested in shiny mirrors.
Which best explains why Gutenberg's plan to sell mirrors failed?
The investors demanded their money early.
Newly invented glass mirrors rendered his metal mirrors obsolete.
The mirrors were less popular than he had expected.
Flooding delayed the event for an entire year.
Which is Gutenberg credited with inventing?
The printing press with movable type
Which is NOT listed in the text as a movement to which Gutenberg's idea contributed?
The Scientific Revolution
The Age of Enlightenment
The Great Schism
Which conclusion is best supported by evidence from the text?
Gutenberg's idea was a tremendous success that made him incredibly wealthy.
Gutenberg's idea didn't catch on in his lifetime, but it grew very popular after his death.
Gutenberg's idea did not catch on right away but it made him incredibly rich over time.
Gutenberg's idea did not make him rich but it spread very quickly.
Which best explains why most people were illiterate during Gutenberg's time?
Books were rare and very expensive.
The public school system had not yet been created.
Writing had not yet been invented.
Emperor Charlemagne made reading and writing illegal for common people.
Why do you believe this? Explain your answer.
Which best expresses the author's purpose in writing this text?
To persuade people to read and write more
To chart the spread of printing technologies across Europe
To provide biographical information about Johannes Gutenberg
To describe what life was like during the Middle Ages
Which best explains why so few of Gutenberg's bibles were sold to private individuals?
Gutenberg's investors forbade him from selling the bibles to private individuals.
Gutenberg wanted to use his talents to help churches and universities.
Most Europeans were not religious and did not care about the bible.
Gutenberg's Bible was pretty expensive and most people couldn't read.
Why do you believe this? Explain your answer completely.
Which of the following titles best expresses the main idea of this text?
The City of Mainz: Life in Medieval Germany
Gutenberg: A Man Who Changed the World
Investing Wisely: Turning Your Good Ideas into Money
How to Make Books Using the Gutenberg Method
Why do you believe this? Refer to the text in your response.