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 went to college, revealed his press, and then invested in shiny mirrors.
Gutenberg created the printing press, printed the bible, and then invented the metal mirror.
Gutenberg was born in Mainz, invested in mirrors, and then became a goldsmith.
Gutenberg studied goldsmithing, invented the printing press, and then lost his shop.
Which best explains why Gutenberg's plan to sell mirrors failed?
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.
The investors demanded their money early.
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 Great Schism
The Age of Enlightenment
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 did not make him rich but it spread very quickly.
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.
Which best explains why most people were illiterate during Gutenberg's time?
Writing had not yet been invented.
Emperor Charlemagne made reading and writing illegal for common people.
The public school system had not yet been created.
Books were rare and very expensive.
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?
Most Europeans were not religious and did not care about the bible.
Gutenberg's investors forbade him from selling the bibles to private individuals.
Gutenberg's Bible was pretty expensive and most people couldn't read.
Gutenberg wanted to use his talents to help churches and universities.
Why do you believe this? Explain your answer completely.
Which of the following titles best expresses the main idea of this text?
How to Make Books Using the Gutenberg Method
Gutenberg: A Man Who Changed the World
The City of Mainz: Life in Medieval Germany
Investing Wisely: Turning Your Good Ideas into Money
Why do you believe this? Refer to the text in your response.