Reading Comprehension Quiz
Which is NOT a reason why the German Mark lost value?
The Germans had to make payments with foreign money.
The French lost the war.
The Germans borrowed money to pay for World War I.
The French demanded large payments.
Which best defines the word "inflation" as it is used in the third paragraph?
To increase the size of a balloon by blowing air into it
When the same amount of money purchases more than in the past
When the value of a currency drops
When the pictures on the money change
Why do you believe this? Refer to the text in your answer.
Which best expresses the main idea of the SECOND paragraph?
The French were wrong to increase taxes during war time.
Germany and France fought against one another in World War I.
The German Mark lost value because of borrowing.
Many people died in World War I on all sides.
Which happened first?
The US Dollar was worth nine German Marks.
German Marks were burned to provide heat.
The Germans began making war payments to France.
The German Mark was replaced with the Retenmark.
Which statement would the author most likely AGREE with?
The best way to pay for a long war is to borrow money.
Inflation affects governments, not people.
It is important for a nation to have a stable currency.
Living in Germany during 1923 would be fun and exciting.
Why do you believe this? Explain your argument completely.
According to the text, how did the German government respond to France's demands for war payments?
The Germans made cuts and managed their resources wisely to meet payments.
The Germans raised taxes on their citizens and used the tax money to make payments.
The Germans began selling luxury cars to foreign nations to raise the money.
The Germans printed a bunch of money and traded it for foreign currency.
How was the Retenmark different from the paper Mark?
It was backed by land and gold and could not be endlessly printed.
It came before the paper Mark and was printed on silver plates.
It was printed under the close supervision of the US Government.
It was used to purchase land and gold and could not buy consumer goods.
Which happened LAST?
The prices of goods skyrocketed into the billions.
The Germans lost World War I.
The French demanded large payments from the Germans.
The Germans cut 12 zeroes from the prices of their products.
Which best defines the meaning of the word "ravaged" as used in the fourth paragraph?
Beautifully colored with vegetation
Overflowing with joy
Which title would best express the main idea of this text?
Inflation: How It Works and How to Prevent It
Can I Borrow a Trillion? Inflation in Germany After World War I
Money Around the World: A Comparison of the Value of Money
World War I: A Costly Fight for All of Those Involved
What is one lesson that can be learned from the text? Support your answer with quotes from the text. Explain your quotes and your argument thoroughly.
Why did France demand that Germany repay their debt in foreign currency? Use evidence from the text to support your response.
Why did the German Mark inflate so rapidly? Support your argument with information from the text.