Reading comprehension test 164

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Question 1 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Sumo wrestling is an extremely popular sport in Japan. The Sumo champions are extremely large men who are not only tall but also weigh 130 kilograms or more. The reason that these wrestlers are so big is that the object of the game is for one wrestler to either throw his opponent out of the ring or to force him to the ground. The larger a wrestler is, the greater his chances of winning a fight. These matches are usually very short, most lasting less than one minute. Sumo wrestlers are extremely large ..... .
A
because this is a Japanese sport.
B
so that they can object to their opponents.
C
because they must use their bodies against their opponents.
D
to force the ring to wrestle with him.
Question 2 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Sumo wrestling is an extremely popular sport in Japan. The Sumo champions are extremely large men who are not only tall but also weigh 130 kilograms or more. The reason that these wrestlers are so big is that the object of the game is for one wrestler to either throw his opponent out of the ring or to force him to the ground. The larger a wrestler is, the greater his chances of winning a fight. These matches are usually very short, most lasting less than one minute. The length of these matches ..... .
A
generally lasts under a minute.
B
takes only a moment or so.
C
goes on until the bell rings.
D
is very tall.
Question 3 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Sumo wrestling is an extremely popular sport in Japan. The Sumo champions are extremely large men who are not only tall but also weigh 130 kilograms or more. The reason that these wrestlers are so big is that the object of the game is for one wrestler to either throw his opponent out of the ring or to force him to the ground. The larger a wrestler is, the greater his chances of winning a fight. These matches are usually very short, most lasting less than one minute. To win the match ..... .
A
one wrestler must prove his strength against the other.
B
one large wrestler must give up his ground.
C
the larger wrestler's weight must be more than 130 kilos.
D
one opponent must leave the ring.
Question 4 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Although all spiders kill their prey by injecting them with poison, only a few are dangerous enough to cause people or large animals any harm. The poison of the spider is injected by way of the pair of powerful fangs it possesses. Their venom is injected into its prey and for most insects and sometimes small animals, it is fatal. The most dangerous spiders are the black widow spiders. The European black widow can cause serious illness in a human victim whereas the North American black widow is known to have caused the death of people on several occasions. Most spiders ..... .
A
are of the family of the black widow.
B
are found in Europe and America.
C
can cause the death of people.
D
inject poison with their fangs.
Question 5 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Although all spiders kill their prey by injecting them with poison, only a few are dangerous enough to cause people or large animals any harm. The poison of the spider is injected by way of the pair of powerful fangs it possesses. Their venom is injected into its prey and for most insects and sometimes small animals, it is fatal. The most dangerous spiders are the black widow spiders. The European black widow can cause serious illness in a human victim whereas the North American black widow is known to have caused the death of people on several occasions. The venom of the spider ..... .
A
is powerful against fangs of insects.
B
has human victims as well as others.
C
is deadly to most insects and small animals.
D
effects large animals quicker than small.
Question 6 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Although all spiders kill their prey by injecting them with poison, only a few are dangerous enough to cause people or large animals any harm. The poison of the spider is injected by way of the pair of powerful fangs it possesses. Their venom is injected into its prey and for most insects and sometimes small animals, it is fatal. The most dangerous spiders are the black widow spiders. The European black widow can cause serious illness in a human victim whereas the North American black widow is known to have caused the death of people on several occasions. The black widow spiders ..... .
A
have a much stronger poison in their venom than other types of spiders.
B
usually causes illnesses in Europeans.
C
have poison in their venom.
D
are fatal to all.
Question 7 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Jesse Ownes was one of the world's most famous track stars. The newspapers of his day called him ''the world's fastest human.'' This was because he could run faster and jump further than any other man of the time. He was born in 1913. The son of a poor black family with six other brothers and sisters, the first years of his life were very difficult. He was close to death many times during his youth, due to illness. However, the care of his mother and father helped him to pull through each time. He started running and training in school and while in college at Ohio State University he entered a national competition. During this competition he set four world records. In 1936, the Olympic Games took place in Germany. This was the Germany of Hitler who did not believe that any race of people was better than the Germans. Jesse won the gold medal for each of the events he entered during the games and became one of the most popular athletes in the world. Hitler ..... .
A
was in power when the 1936 Olympic Games were held.
B
resented the people of the German race.
C
did not believe that his athletes could win the races.
D
had Jesse train at Ohio State University.
Question 8 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Jesse Ownes was one of the world's most famous track stars. The newspapers of his day called him ''the world's fastest human.'' This was because he could run faster and jump further than any other man of the time. He was born in 1913. The son of a poor black family with six other brothers and sisters, the first years of his life were very difficult. He was close to death many times during his youth, due to illness. However, the care of his mother and father helped him to pull through each time. He started running and training in school and while in college at Ohio State University he entered a national competition. During this competition he set four world records. In 1936, the Olympic Games took place in Germany. This was the Germany of Hitler who did not believe that any race of people was better than the Germans. Jesse won the gold medal for each of the events he entered during the games and became one of the most popular athletes in the world. Jesse Ownes's ..... .
A
ran faster than anyone could jump.
B
started to train for the Olympic games when he was a youth.
C
first competed in the Olympic Games.
D
was brought up in poverty.
Question 9 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Jesse Ownes was one of the world's most famous track stars. The newspapers of his day called him ''the world's fastest human.'' This was because he could run faster and jump further than any other man of the time. He was born in 1913. The son of a poor black family with six other brothers and sisters, the first years of his life were very difficult. He was close to death many times during his youth, due to illness. However, the care of his mother and father helped him to pull through each time. He started running and training in school and while in college at Ohio State University he entered a national competition. During this competition he set four world records. In 1936, the Olympic Games took place in Germany. This was the Germany of Hitler who did not believe that any race of people was better than the Germans. Jesse won the gold medal for each of the events he entered during the games and became one of the most popular athletes in the world. According to the passage ..... .
A
Jesse was the only black athlete to have obtained an Olympic medal.
B
Jesse's world records were a result of the care he got from his parents as a child.
C
Jesse is the only man to have set four world records.
D
Jesse was one of the world's most popular athletes.
Question 10 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Cosmetics have been used for thousands of years to improve the appearances of people and also to help keep them clean and healthy. We know that cosmetics were often used in ancient Egypt. Many beautiful jars and bottles which held oils and perfumes, have been found, and can be seen in museums. Men, in some primitive tribes and societies also paint their faces and bodies. This is usually done to show that they are of some high rank. Sometimes, however, it is used to show that the people of that group are taking part in some form of ceremony. Today, in our society, cosmetics are usually used to improve the appearance of people and to make them appear healthy. It is not difficult to obtain cosmetics today. Many are made cheaply from synthetic materials and vegetable oils. Cosmetics have been ..... .
A
used by people since ancient times.
B
for ceremonies.
C
used for the body only in modem times.
D
made of synthetic fibers since ancient times.
Question 11 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Cosmetics have been used for thousands of years to improve the appearances of people and also to help keep them clean and healthy. We know that cosmetics were often used in ancient Egypt. Many beautiful jars and bottles which held oils and perfumes, have been found, and can be seen in museums. Men, in some primitive tribes and societies also paint their faces and bodies. This is usually done to show that they are of some high rank. Sometimes, however, it is used to show that the people of that group are taking part in some form of ceremony. Today, in our society, cosmetics are usually used to improve the appearance of people and to make them appear healthy. It is not difficult to obtain cosmetics today. Many are made cheaply from synthetic materials and vegetable oils. Cosmetics not only make people look good but also ..... .
A
established the social rank of people.
B
help maintain health in our society.
C
can be used in place of vegetable oils.
D
help maintain an appearance of health.
Question 12 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
Cosmetics have been used for thousands of years to improve the appearances of people and also to help keep them clean and healthy. We know that cosmetics were often used in ancient Egypt. Many beautiful jars and bottles which held oils and perfumes, have been found, and can be seen in museums. Men, in some primitive tribes and societies also paint their faces and bodies. This is usually done to show that they are of some high rank. Sometimes, however, it is used to show that the people of that group are taking part in some form of ceremony. Today, in our society, cosmetics are usually used to improve the appearance of people and to make them appear healthy. It is not difficult to obtain cosmetics today. Many are made cheaply from synthetic materials and vegetable oils. Egyptians used jars and bottles ..... .
A
to place into their museums.
B
for both decoration and to hold their cosmetics.
C
to hold both synthetic materials and vegetables.
D
to give primitive tribes cosmetics to try out.
Question 13 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
When Christopher Columbus set sail in 1492 from Spain, his destination was not America. In fact, he did not even know that the huge American continents existed. His purpose in sailing west was to reach the Indies faster than other ships which used a route around Africa. The Indies were a source of riches for Europeans during those days. The treasures of spices, silks, etc. were greatly valued by Europeans but were extremely difficult to obtain. When Columbus reached the islands that are now known as the West Indies, he believed he had reached Asia and he called the people living there 'Indians'. In 1492 Columbus ..... .
A
started traveling towards Asia.
B
wished to go to America.
C
traveled by way of Africa to Asia.
D
was looking for the treasures of America.
Question 14 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
When Christopher Columbus set sail in 1492 from Spain, his destination was not America. In fact, he did not even know that the huge American continents existed. His purpose in sailing west was to reach the Indies faster than other ships which used a route around Africa. The Indies were a source of riches for Europeans during those days. The treasures of spices, silks, etc. were greatly valued by Europeans but were extremely difficult to obtain. When Columbus reached the islands that are now known as the West Indies, he believed he had reached Asia and he called the people living there 'Indians'. Spices, silks and other treasures ..... .
A
from Asia, were brought to Europe.
B
were from the West Indies.
C
were found around the world.
D
from Spain, were taken to the Indies.
Question 15 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
When Christopher Columbus set sail in 1492 from Spain, his destination was not America. In fact, he did not even know that the huge American continents existed. His purpose in sailing west was to reach the Indies faster than other ships which used a route around Africa. The Indies were a source of riches for Europeans during those days. The treasures of spices, silks, etc. were greatly valued by Europeans but were extremely difficult to obtain. When Columbus reached the islands that are now known as the West Indies, he believed he had reached Asia and he called the people living there 'Indians'. Columbus believed ..... .
A
Spain could be reached via the Asian route.
B
he was headed for India.
C
the riches of the West Indies were better than those of Asia.
D
Europeans should become rich.
Question 16 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
In order to make the first clock, man had to first divide the day into hours and minutes. The Babylonians were the first to divide the hour into 60 minutes and the minute into 60 seconds. The Egyptians created shadow clocks which later became sundials. Around 100 B.C. the first hourglass was used. These were usually timed for one hour. The Greeks and Romans later used water clocks which had been developed by the Chinese and were called clepsydras. The first mechanical clocks were developed in Europe in the 1300's. These were improved and in 1656 a Dutchman designed the first pendulum clock, which was more accurate than the other clocks of the time. After World War 11 the atomic clock was developed and is still the world's most accurate clock. The quartz crystal clocks and watches that were developed in the 1960's and 70's are also extremely accurate, second in accuracy to only the atomic clock. The first clocks ..... .
A
were the clepsydras.
B
cannot be considered a true clock.
C
could only be made after the day had been divided into time periods.
D
were based on a one hour schedule.
Question 17 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
In order to make the first clock, man had to first divide the day into hours and minutes. The Babylonians were the first to divide the hour into 60 minutes and the minute into 60 seconds. The Egyptians created shadow clocks which later became sundials. Around 100 B.C. the first hourglass was used. These were usually timed for one hour. The Greeks and Romans later used water clocks which had been developed by the Chinese and were called clepsydras. The first mechanical clocks were developed in Europe in the 1300's. These were improved and in 1656 a Dutchman designed the first pendulum clock, which was more accurate than the other clocks of the time. After World War 11 the atomic clock was developed and is still the world's most accurate clock. The quartz crystal clocks and watches that were developed in the 1960's and 70's are also extremely accurate, second in accuracy to only the atomic clock. Today ..... .
A
mechanical clocks are used in Holland.
B
hourglasses can be designed for up to one hour.
C
quartz crystals are much more dependable than the atomic clocks of WW II.
D
historians think that the Babylonians are responsible for the trend towards measuring time.
Question 18 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
In order to make the first clock, man had to first divide the day into hours and minutes. The Babylonians were the first to divide the hour into 60 minutes and the minute into 60 seconds. The Egyptians created shadow clocks which later became sundials. Around 100 B.C. the first hourglass was used. These were usually timed for one hour. The Greeks and Romans later used water clocks which had been developed by the Chinese and were called clepsydras. The first mechanical clocks were developed in Europe in the 1300's. These were improved and in 1656 a Dutchman designed the first pendulum clock, which was more accurate than the other clocks of the time. After World War 11 the atomic clock was developed and is still the world's most accurate clock. The quartz crystal clocks and watches that were developed in the 1960's and 70's are also extremely accurate, second in accuracy to only the atomic clock. The Chinese ..... .
A
learned how to tell time from the Greeks and Romans.
B
taught the Greeks how to tell time.
C
preferred the clepsydras to mechanical clocks.
D
used the same type of water clock as the Greeks and Romans did.
Question 19 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
During the Gulf War the extent of the development of television and radio news broadcasting was very apparent. The CNN reporter Peter Arnett gave live coverage of the situation present in the capital city of Iraq, Baghdad. The telephone lines which were constantly open and full of minute by minute reportage of the events taking place, served as the main means of communication. Although they were not given complete freedom in the use of their television cameras, the scenes that they were able to show the world were viewed with interest and astonishment. The whole world was able to follow the events of the war as they took place, from their living room television sets. The Gulf War was the first war in which ..... .
A
the telephone was used by broadcasters.
B
the world saw the events of a war on TV.
C
there was moment by moment coverage of a war which was shown on television.
D
television cameras were used to show the results of a war.
Question 20 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
During the Gulf War the extent of the development of television and radio news broadcasting was very apparent. The CNN reporter Peter Arnett gave live coverage of the situation present in the capital city of Iraq, Baghdad. The telephone lines which were constantly open and full of minute by minute reportage of the events taking place, served as the main means of communication. Although they were not given complete freedom in the use of their television cameras, the scenes that they were able to show the world were viewed with interest and astonishment. The whole world was able to follow the events of the war as they took place, from their living room television sets. According to the passage Peter Arnett was ..... .
A
the only television reporter in Iraq during the war.
B
astonished the world with his reportage.
C
was present in Iraq during the whole period of the war.
D
the CNN reporter who told the world what was happening in the capital of Iraq.
Question 21 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
During the Gulf War the extent of the development of television and radio news broadcasting was very apparent. The CNN reporter Peter Arnett gave live coverage of the situation present in the capital city of Iraq, Baghdad. The telephone lines which were constantly open and full of minute by minute reportage of the events taking place, served as the main means of communication. Although they were not given complete freedom in the use of their television cameras, the scenes that they were able to show the world were viewed with interest and astonishment. The whole world was able to follow the events of the war as they took place, from their living room television sets. According to the passage telephone lines ..... .
A
were the only means of communication in the country.
B
always informing the world.
C
served to give all the news.
D
were never cut off.
Question 22 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
The famous film star John Wayne's real name was Marion Michael. Born in Iowa, USA on 26 May, 1907, he died on 11 June, 1979 in Los Angeles. John's forty year film life included over 250 films. As he was seen as a strong, large man who was quiet but mature, his real name, Marion, did not suit his acting career. John Wayne ..... .
A
was a mature actor.
B
died at the age of 40
C
was famous for only western films.
D
was an American soldier.
Question 23 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
The famous film star John Wayne's real name was Marion Michael. Born in Iowa, USA on 26 May, 1907, he died on 11 June, 1979 in Los Angeles. John's forty year film life included over 250 films. As he was seen as a strong, large man who was quiet but mature, his real name, Marion, did not suit his acting career. His film career ..... .
A
lasted for 250 films.
B
was of war and western films.
C
lasted for forty years.
D
started in Iowa.
Question 24 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
The famous film star John Wayne's real name was Marion Michael. Born in Iowa, USA on 26 May, 1907, he died on 11 June, 1979 in Los Angeles. John's forty year film life included over 250 films. As he was seen as a strong, large man who was quiet but mature, his real name, Marion, did not suit his acting career. According to the passage his appearance ..... .
A
made people think of a man who was not suited to acting.
B
helped his audiences believe his roles.
C
did not appeal to his audiences.
D
was suitable for the roles of a confident leader.
Question 25 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
What has caused the increasing popularity in the GREEN PEACE MOVEMENT during recent years? Is there a possibility that the public is being informed by scientists of dangers to the world, more than in the past? Or, is it possible that politicians are not hiding the facts that have been known to them but which have not been told before? These factors probably have had an influence on the GREEN PEACE MOVEMENT, but the damage to nature can actually be seen by everyone today. It affects every society in all regions of the world. It is frightening and people are now starting to take a stand against industrialization and other developments which are destroying their lives and the future of their children. This passage is about ..... .
A
mans constant interest in nature.
B
politicians and what they have not told us before.
C
the GREEN PEACE MOVEMENT.
D
new realizations made in all areas of the world about changes in nature
Question 26 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
What has caused the increasing popularity in the GREEN PEACE MOVEMENT during recent years? Is there a possibility that the public is being informed by scientists of dangers to the world, more than in the past? Or, is it possible that politicians are not hiding the facts that have been known to them but which have not been told before? These factors probably have had an influence on the GREEN PEACE MOVEMENT, but the damage to nature can actually be seen by everyone today. It affects every society in all regions of the world. It is frightening and people are now starting to take a stand against industrialization and other developments which are destroying their lives and the future of their children. The reason more and more people are becoming concerned with the world is ..... .
A
due to the new information given to them by scientists.
B
because the GREEN PEACE MOVEMENT has taught them the new problems that exist.
C
because people can see the damage to nature.
D
due to the fact that they are worried about their children.
Question 27 [CLICK ON ANY CHOICE TO KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER]
What has caused the increasing popularity in the GREEN PEACE MOVEMENT during recent years? Is there a possibility that the public is being informed by scientists of dangers to the world, more than in the past? Or, is it possible that politicians are not hiding the facts that have been known to them but which have not been told before? These factors probably have had an influence on the GREEN PEACE MOVEMENT, but the damage to nature can actually be seen by everyone today. It affects every society in all regions of the world. It is frightening and people are now starting to take a stand against industrialization and other developments which are destroying their lives and the future of their children. The GREEN PEACE MOVEMENT ..... .
A
is working to increase industrialization.
B
is fighting with politicians.
C
is trying to prevent the loss of nature.
D
wants to destroy nature.
There are 27 questions to complete.