Reading Comprehension Quiz

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On his travels selling food mixers, Ray Kroc discovered a remarkable restaurant in San Bernardino, Calif., owned by two brothers, Dick and Mac McDonald. Kroc saw the restaurant in 1954 and was entranced by the effectiveness of the operation. It was a hamburger restaurant, though not of the drive-in variety popular at the time. People had to get out of their cars to be served. The brothers had produced a very limited menu, concentrating on just a few items: hamburgers, cheeseburgers, french fries, soft drinks, and milk shakes, all at the lowest possible prices.

Kroc started thinking about building McDonald's stores all over the U.S., each of them equipped with eight food mixers. The following day he pitched the idea of opening several restaurants to the brothers. They asked, "Whom could we get to open them for us?" Kroc was ready: "Well, what about me?"

Kroc was adroit in identifying popular trends. He sensed that America was a nation of people who ate out. Yet he also knew that people wanted something different. Instead of a structured restaurant he gave them a simple, casual restaurant with friendly service, low prices, no waiting, and no reservations. The system eulogized the sandwich no tableware to wash. One goes to McDonald's to eat, not to dine.

1. Entranced means
A. imprisoned.
B. filled with wonder and delight.
C. put into a trance.
D. introduced to.
2. At the time when Kroc thought of a chain of restaurants, he was
A. a business consultant.
B. a restaurant owner.
C. an analyst.
D. a salesman of food mixers.
3. (See Word Origins.) The original French meaning of restaurant was
A. food that restores.
B. marketplace.
C. kitchen.
D. picnic.
4. Adroit means
A. skillful.
B. right-handed.
C. careful.
D. knowledgeable.

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

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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