Reading Comprehension Quiz
Based on the context in the first paragraph, what does the word millinery mean?
Which best explains why the author discusses Coco Chanel in the second paragraph?
To convince readers that Chanel No. 5 is the best perfume
To inform readers about famous hatters
To compare and contract Coco Chanel with other famous hatters
To introduce Coco Chanel, the main character of the story
Which of the following is FALSE?
Lewis Carrol was the first to print the expression 'as mad as a hatter.'
The Hatter in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is known for his bizarre behavior.
Hatters often suffered from mental problems in Carrol's time.
The phrase 'as mad as a hatter' was well-known before Lewis wrote his text.
How do you know this? Cite the text in your answer.
What causes erethism?
Too much exposure to mercury
Too much exposure to animal fur
Too much time spent working in a factory
Too much time inhaling steam
Which is NOT a symptom of 'mad hatter disease'?
Inability to move one's legs
To what did the phrase the Danbury shakes refer?
A trendy new dance
Delicious milk-based desserts
An obsession with fashion
Which conclusion about American hat manufacturers can be supported by text?
They did not care about the effects of harmful working conditions.
They were unaware of the harms of mercury.
They worked rapidly to address problems in the workspace.
They were deeply concerned about the health of their workers.
Why do you believe this? Refer to the text in your response.
Why did American hat manufacturers stop using mercury in the felting process?
Lewis Carroll exposed the harms of mercury in his book.
A new, safer process for felting had recently been discovered.
Mercury was needed to create weapons for the war.
They suddenly learned that mercury harmed the workers.
Which of the following statements is TRUE?
There were NO environmental side effects from the hat industry in Danbury.
Danbury was called 'Hat City' because Lewis Carroll and Coco Chanel were born there.
Millinery is the process of milling grains into flour while wearing a hat.
The health hazards of mercury exposure were proven by science in the 1860s.
Which best expresses the main idea of this article?
Coco Chanel is remembered for creating a new, chic and sporty fashion line for women.
Mercury exposure was known to be harmful yet it was used to make hats anyway.
Danbury was the birthplace of Lewis Carroll and Coco Chanel.
Lewis Carrol did a lot of important things like writing Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Why was making hats in America hazardous prior to 1941? Use text to support your argument.
Did early American hat makers care about the health of their workers? How do you know?
Why did American hat makers stop using mercury? What does that suggest about their priorities?