Soal Latihan dan Jawaban Reading Comprehension 61

Monday, March 26th, 2012 - reading comprehension

In taking ups new life across the Atlantic, the early European settlers of the United

States did not abandon the diversions with which their ancestors had traditionally

relieved the tedium of life. Neither the harshness of existence on the new continent nor

the scattered population nor the disapproval of the clergy discouraged the majority

(5)  from the pursuit of pleasure.

 

City and country dwellers, of course, conducted this pursuit in different ways. Farm

dwellers in their isolation not only found it harder to locate companions in play but

also thanks to the unending demands and pressures of their work, felt it necessary to

combine fun with purpose. No other set of colonists too so seriously one expression of

(10)  the period. “Leisure is time for doing something useful.” in the countryside farmers

therefore relieved the burden of the daily routine with such double-purpose relaxation

as hunting, fishing, and trapping. When a neighbor needed help, families rallied from

miles around to assist in building a house or barn, husking corn, shearing sheep or

chopping wood. Food, drink, and celebration after the group work provided relaxation

(15)  and soothed weary muscles.

 

The most eagerly anticipated social events were the rural fairs, Hundreds of men,

women, and children attended from far and near. The men bought or traded farm

animals and acquired needed merchandise while the women displayed food prepared in

their kitchens, and everyone, including the youngsters, watched or participated in a

(20)  variety of competitive sports, with prizes awarded to the winners. These events

typically included horse races, wrestling matches, and foot races, as well as some

nonathletic events such as whistling competitions. No other occasions did so much to

relieve the isolation of farm existence.

 

With the open countryside everywhere at hand, city dwellers naturally shared in

(25)  some of the rural diversions. Favored recreations included fishing, hunting, skating,

and swimming. But city dwellers also developed other pleasures, which only compact

communities made possible.

 

Reading Comprehension 61

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Question 1
What is the passage mainly about?
A
Ways in which early settlers of the United States relaxed
B
Hardships faced by the early settlers of the United States
C
Methods of buying, selling, and trading used by early settlers of the United States
D
Methods of farming used by early settlers of the United States
Question 2
What can be inferred about the diversions of the early settlers of the United States?
A
Only the wealthy participated in them.
B
They were enjoyed more frequently than in Europe.
C
The clergy organized them.
D
They followed a pattern begun in Europe.
Question 3
Which of 'he following can be said about the country dwellers' attitude toward "the pursuit of pleasure"?
A
They felt that it should be productive.
B
They felt that it was not necessary.
C
They felt that it should help keep their minds on their work.
D
They felt that it should not involve eating and drinking.
Question 4
The phrase "thanks to" in line 8 is closest in meaning to
A
help with
B
machines for
C
grateful for
D
because of
Question 5
The word "their" in line 8 refers to
A
demands
B
farm dwellers
C
pressures
D
ways
Question 6
What is meant by the phrase "double-purpose" in line 11 ?
A
Very frequent
B
Extremely necessary
C
Useful and enjoyable
D
Positive and negative
Question 7
The phrase "eagerly anticipated" in line 16 is closest in meaning to
A
strongly opposed
B
looked forward to
C
well organized
D
old-fashioned
Question 8
Which of the following can be said about the rural diversions mentioned in the last paragraph in which city dwellers also participated?
A
They involved the purchase items useful in the home.
B
They were activities that could be done equally easily in the towns
C
They were all outdoor activities.
D
They were useful to the rural community.
Question 9
What will the author probably discuss in the paragraph following this passage?
A
The rural diversions enjoyed by both urban and rural people
B
Changes in the lifestyles of settlers' as they moved to the cities
C
Building methods of the early settlers in rural areas
D
Leisure activities of city dwellers
Question 10
Where in the passage does the author mention factors that might prevent people from enjoying themselves?
A
Lines 25-27
B
Lines 12-14
C
Lines 17-20
D
Lines 3-5
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