Reading Comprehension Quiz

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Use the dictionary, the acronym finder, and the word origins dictionary (links above) as needed. A new quiz is available each Monday through Thursday. This is the quiz for July 14.

Pete Rozelle invented the Super Bowl and sold the rights to the first game to two networks (NBC and CBS), which forced them to compete for viewers. He invented (with ABC Sports chief Roone Arledge) Monday Night Football, which is the second longest running prime-time show on American television (after 60 Minutes). He exhibited a taste for kitsch and spectacle unrivaled in professional sports - he loved floats and glitter and marching bands. His idea of beauty was a balloon drop. It is now commonplace for a regular-season football game to attract ratings that surpass the playoff games in other sports. And the reason for that is Pete Rozelle.

He was also an iron-willed tycoon who created the business model for all of professional sports. He figured out a way to make the NFL far more valuable than other sports, including baseball. He recognized that a sporting event was more than a game it was a valuable piece of TV programming.

1. Pete Rozelle made this sport a great success.
A. baseball.
B. professional sports.
C. the league.
D. football.
2. Kitsch means
A. baloney.
B. art in pretentious bad taste.
C. something from the kitchen.
D. kissable.
3. Rozelle made great use of
A. TV.
B. leagues.
C. programming.
D. baseball.
4. The PIE (ancestral language) word origin of spectacle means
A. something outrageous.
B. something liked.
C. something observed.
D. something showy.

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

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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