Benjamin Franklin. Reading Comprehension (8th Form)
Directions: In this Test you will read a text. The text is followed by 6 tasks. You should do the tasks following a text on the basis of what is stated or implied in that text. For each task you will choose the best possible answer from four possible answers (A, B, C, or D). Choose the best answer and mark the letter of your choice.
Text: From The Age of Invention, a Chronicle of Mechanical Conquest by Holland Thompson.
- to baptize – хрестити
- luxury – розкіш
On Milk Street, in Boston, opposite the Old South Church, lived Josiah Franklin, a maker of soap and candles. He had come to Boston with his wife about the year 1682 from the community of Ecton, Northamptonshire, England, where his family had lived on a small piece of land for about three hundred years. His English wife had died, leaving him seven children, and he had married a colonial girl, Abiah Folger, whose father, Peter Folger, was well-known in early Massachusetts.
Josiah Franklin was fifty-one and his wife Abiah thirty-nine, when the first famous American inventor was born in their house on Milk Street, January 17, 1706. He was their eighth child and Josiah’s tenth son and was baptized Benjamin. What little we know of Benjamin’s childhood is contained in his “Autobiography”, which the world has accepted as one of its best books and which was the first American book to be so accepted. In the crowded household, where thirteen children grew to manhood and womanhood, there were no luxuries. Benjamin’s period of formal schooling was less than two years, though he could never remember the time when he could not read, and at the age of ten he was put to work in his father’s shop.
Section 1. Questions 1 – 6 refer to Text 1. Circle A, B, C, or D.
1. What did Benjamin Franklin’s father do for a living?
a) He was an inventor.
b) He was a teacher.
c) He made candles and soap.
d) He was a farmer.
2. Where was Benjamin’s father born?
a) on Milk street;
b) in England;
c) in Massachusetts;
d) in Boston.
3. Benjamin Franklin was born in:
a) the winter;
b) the spring;
c) the summer;
d) the fall.
4. The Franklin family can best be described as:
a) small and rich;
b) big and rich;
c) small and poor;
d) big and poor.
5. From whom do we know about Benjamin Franklin’s early life?
a) from Benjamin Franklin’s book about his life;
b) from Benjamin’s teachers;
c) from Benjamin’s children;
d) from Benjamin’s brother’s and sisters.
6. Complete the sentence: Benjamin Franklin went to school…
a) for a long time;
b) for only two years;
c) in a cold building;
d) in England.