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 16.

By business school standards, Juan Trippe was not a model chief executive. He didn't delegate well. He made big deals without telling his top managers. He almost single-handedly built a world airline, Pan American, but often acted as if he owned the world. He also had a vision that would change it, at least as regards airline travel. While his Pan Am does not survive today, his vision does.

What characterized Trippe in the early days of air travel was an uncanny ability to pace his airline's growth with the range of the airliner as it slowly evolved, first crawling from island to island across the Caribbean and then extending into Mexico and Central and South America.

Finally, it was Trippe's backing of the flying boat, the first Pan Am Flying Clippers, that pioneered global routes across the Pacific and, in the late 1930s, across the Atlantic. By the end of World War II, Trippe had in place a route system that was truly global.

1. Pan Am's routes kept pace with
A. worldwide political changes.
B. the development of the airplane.
C. his managerial abilities.
D. the growth of the airline industry.
2. Air travel was truly global
A. by the end of World War II.
B. when airplanes crossed the Atlantic.
C. when airplanes crossed the Pacific.
D. when his airline extended into Mexico.
3. The flying boat
A. was an early version of the airplane.
B. was a military plane used in WWII.
C. began service following WWII.
D. made truly long-distance air travel possible.
4. Trippe's personality was
A. timid.
B. bold.
C. unimaginative.
D. submissive.

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

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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