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 15.

David Sarnoff saw that the fastest path to profits for a company selling radios would be to create national broadcasts by stringing together hundreds of stations, in other words, a network. In 1926, as general manager of RCA, he formed the National Broadcasting Co. as a subsidiary of RCA.

Sarnoff next saw the potential of an invention that was to become known as television. Within five years he had set up a special NBC TV station. In 1941 NBC started commercial telecasting from station WNBT in New York City, but progress was delayed by war.

After the war, television was unleashed. As a shrewd businessman who mixed as easily with scientists as with corporate leaders, Sarnoff fought for patents and the right to advance the technology of the medium. Called ruthless by his rivals, he once said, "Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in men." When others would complain that his focus was more on technology than on programming, he would say, "Basically, we're the delivery boys."

1. "Delivery boys" deliver
A. programming (i.e., shows).
B. technology.
C. profits.
D. a network.
2. Hundreds of stations became
A. telecasts.
B. television.
C. a network.
D. programming.
3. "Ruth" in the word ruthless means
A. a feeling of sympathy.
B. a book in the Old Testament.
C. good sense.
D. joy.
4. Shrewd means
A. dishonest.
B. marked by practical, hardheaded intelligence.
C. annoying.
D. acute.

The information comes from an article by Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner at Time Magazine Most Important People of the Century.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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