Reading Comprehension Quiz

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 June 3.

Soccer is an altogether different sort of game from baseball or football. All 11 players must possess the same type of skills. Being continuous, the game does not lend itself to being broken down into a series of component plays that, as in football or baseball, can be practiced. Baseball and football thrill by the perfection of their repetitions, soccer by the improvisation of solutions to ever changing necessities. Soccer requires little equipment, other than a pair of shoes. Everybody believes he can play soccer, and it can be played by any number of players as a pickup game. Thus, soccer outside North America is truly a game for the masses, which can identify with its passions, its sudden triumphs, and its inevitable disillusionments.

1. Improvisation means
A. something tried.
B. effort.
C. proved.
D. a performance given without planning or preparation.
2. Soccer is a good pickup game because
A. little equipment is needed.
B. no practice is required.
C. skill is not needed.
D. solutions are improvised.
3. The prefix "dis" in "disillusionments" means
A. highly.
B. not (that is, the opposite of).
C. improbable.
D. hopeless.
4. The main idea of this article is
A. how soccer is a very different game from baseball and football.
B. the triumphs of soccer.
C. why everybody loves soccer.
D. the importance of soccer.

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

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

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