Reading Comprehension Quiz

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In a remarkable series of insights made over a few short weeks, William Shockley greatly extended the understanding of semiconductor materials. He also developed the underlying theory of another device, a kind of sandwich that came to be known as the transistor.

For the next couple of decades advances in transistor technology drove the industry. New ways to create Shockley's sandwich were invented, and transistors in a vast variety of sizes and shapes flooded the market. Shockley's invention had created a new industry, one that underlies all of modern electronics, from supercomputers to talking greeting cards.

1. A semiconductor is
A. a conductor of electricity whose conductivity can be controlled.
B. half a conductor.
C. an insulator.
D. a metal.
2. The transistor is
A. a transitional device.
B. an insulator.
C. a metal.
D. a device for amplifying or switching electronic signals.
3. Electronics is
A. electricity.
B. an atomic energy.
C. a branch of physics dealing with the emission of electrons.
D. the transistor industry.
4. Technology is
A. a type of science.
B. the practical application of scientific knowledge to practical problems.
C. a type of university.
D. transistor applications.

The information comes from an article by Gordon Moore at Time Magazine Most Important People of the Century.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

Answer Key: 1-A..........2-D..........3-C..........4-B
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