This is a quick but effective way of assessing students' comprehension of a Reformation-era source. It is Martin Luther's statement at the Diet of Worms in 1521, so it's very much "straight from the source." I pared the quote down to something short and manageable, and the vocabulary, for being centuries-old, is also manageable. I've used this with a variety of students, including some many grades below a given HS lexile level (e.g. 4th-6th grade!) and they were successful.