Reading Comprehension

Learn about Abraham Lincoln in this quiz.

Reading Comprehension

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In short, reading comprehension is the ability a person has to read familiar and unfamiliar text (or words), process the information being given and then be able to easily or clearly understand that information. What would be the purpose of reading anything if you can’t understand what you are reading?

Part of that understanding is associated directly with the vocabulary that is used in a written piece. If you are familiar with the vocabulary or you have learned how to find the meaning of unfamiliar words as they are used in the context of the sentences that they are in, then you will be well on your way to comprehending what has been written, what storyline is being laid out and what the author is trying to convey. All of this falls under reading comprehension.

In order to find out if you were able to actually comprehend what you read, some reading materials, and definitely teachers, will ask you a series of questions at the end of the reading. The responses you give will help to determine just how much you comprehended and how much you missed.

Below is a short biography about Abraham Lincoln. Read it closely. After you have read it, there will be ten questions to answer to see just how much you understood and remembered about the life of Abraham Lincoln.

Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809 in northern Kentucky. At the time of his birth, Kentucky was part of the western frontier of the U.S. His father was a farmer and at one point was relatively wealthy. However, when young Abraham was only 7 years old, his father lost his land. The family moved to Indiana, where his mother died when he was 9. When he was a young man, Abraham’s family moved to Illinois.

Abraham had little formal education growing up. He loved to read so he educated himself. In Illinois he studied law by reading law books. He became a lawyer in 1837 in Springfield, Illinois.

Lincoln’s political career began early, and he served in the state legislature and in the U.S. House of Representatives. Lincoln was a gifted speaker. He won national attention for his speeches against slavery during several debates. This led to his first nomination for the presidency, which he won in 1860.

President Lincoln’s election angered the Southern states and seven of them announced they would leave the U.S. and form their own government. In 1861, South Carolina troops fired artillery at Fort Sumter, a U.S. military fort. This began the Civil War. The war would be the central feature of Lincoln’s presidency.

Lincoln’s goal through the war was to reunite the North, known as the Union, with the South, known as the Confederacy. As commander in chief, he selected the Union generals to lead the Army. He issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, which signaled freedom for the slaves.

Lincoln was re-elected in 1864. After four long years, the Union won the Civil War in April 1865. Lincoln’s goal to reunite the country had come true, but he would not live to see it. Just six days after the end of the war, on April 15, 1865, President Lincoln was killed by John Wilkes Booth. He was the first American president to be assassinated.

Abraham Lincoln is considered one of the greatest American presidents. He calmly led the country through the most difficult time in its history, the Civil War. He is remembered today for his wisdom, his compassion and his patriotism.

1.
This piece was about _____________.
The Civil War
Fort Sumter
Abraham Lincoln
John Wilkes Booth
The title of the piece is “Abraham Lincoln.” Did you read the title? The title alone gives the answer to this question so Answer (c) is correct.
2.
Abraham Lincoln had very little _______.
money
formal education
personality
interest in politics
Lincoln had very little formal education and was mostly self-taught.. Answer (b) is the correct answer.
3.
Lincoln was born in ________.
Kentucky
Indiana
Illinois
South Carolina
In 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born in northern Kentucky. Answer (a) is the correct answer.
4.
Abraham Lincoln became a _____ in 1837.
farmer
teacher
politician
lawyer
In 1837, while living in Springfield, Illinois, Lincoln became a lawyer. Answer (d) is the correct answer.
5.
Lincoln served in the __________.
Senate
Congress
U.S. House of Representatives
Civil War
Lincoln served in the U.S. House of Representatives. Answer (c) is the correct answer.
6.
Lincoln won his first nomination as President in _____.
1860
1861
1864
1865
Lincoln won his first nomination to the presidency in 1860. Answer (a) is the correct answer.
7.
In 1861, South Carolina troops fired artillery at ________.
the Union
Fort Sumter
the North
Springfield, Illinois
In 1861, South Carolina troops fired artillery at Fort Sumter. Answer (b) is the correct answer.
8.
This war would be the central feature of Lincoln’s presidency.
Confederacy War
Union War
American Revolution
Civil War
The Civil War would be the central feature of Lincoln’s presidency so Answer (d) is the correct answer.
9.
Lincoln issued the ____________ in 1863.
laws governing the Commander in Chief
Confederacy
Emancipation Proclamation
Cessation from the U.S.
In 1863, Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Answer (c) is the correct answer.
10.
Lincoln was the first President to be _________.
elected to a second presidential term
assassinated
in the White House
uneducated
Lincoln was the first President to be assassinated. Answer (b) is correct.
Author:  Christine G. Broome

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