Reading Comprehension Exercises – Topic: Home Life

Reading Comprehension Exercises – Topic: Home Life

Question 1 – 10:

Jean was the warmest, kindest lady (1)                       always volunteered her time, her effort and her love. (2)                       a warm smile, a kind word or a listening ear, she was destined to make her mark in the hearts of her (3)                       family and friends. They were her greatest (4)                       throughout her eleven-year struggle with cancer, which gave her the (5)                       to never give up. When it came to her leisure time, Jean enjoyed (6)                       some shopping and having (7)                       lunch with her two children. She also liked to shop at the supermarket, particularly to buy clothes for her sons and grandchildren. For Jean, having a happy family (8)                       having heaven in her heart and angels in her life. She truly cherished everyone in her life! (9)                       gave Jean the greatest joy was sharing herself with her family and friends, offering them the most precious thing she (10)                       – her time. It is a gift none of them will ever forget.

(1) A.  which B.  that C.  whom D.  whose
(2) A.  On B.  In C.  For D.  With
(3) A.  cherish B.  cherishable C.  cherished D.  cherishingly
(4) A.  support B.  admire C.  desire D.  arm
(5) A.  courage B.  courageous C.  courageously D.  encourage
(6) A.  do B.  to do C.  doing D.  done
(7) A.  a B.  an C.  the D.  no article
(8) A.  mentioned B.  meant C.  showed D.  expressed
(9) A.  What B.  That C.  This D.  Which
(10) A.  belonged B.  rented C.  possessed D.  borrowed

Question 11 – 20:

There are many reasons (11)                       taking regular time with our family is important:
It (12)                       a place to listen, teach, learn, and (13)                       ourselves freely and safely.
It provides (14)                       to discuss family joys, issues, and problems.
Family members can practice skills in a non-threatening (15)                      .
Families are a (16)                       part of our society and the fabric of our communities – we spend (17)                       time together to get our feelings (18)                       belonging, our values, support and understanding.
It helps (19)                       family members together and feel safe in today’s world where (20)                       can lead to family disintegration

(11) A.  that B.  why C.  when D.  which
(12) A.  creates B.  invents C.  develops D.  makes
(13) A.  think B.  show C.  express D.  say
(14) A.  opportunities B.  conditions C.  situations D.  circumstances
(15) A.  air B.  nature C.  space D.  atmosphere
(16) A.  attractive B.  real C.  deep D.  basic
(17) A.  a B.  an C.  the D.  no article
(18) A.  in B.  of C.  on D.  for
(19) A.  keep B.  keeping C.  kept D.  with keeping
(20) A.  push B.  press C.  pressure D.  pull

Question 21 – 30:

On December 10, 2006, I was going through some hard time. The landlady did not want to release the house any more so I had to (21)                       and only had one month to find a place. Because Christmas was coming and it was difficult for me to (22)                       a suitable accommodation. I had only some money (23)                      . I could not buy a Christmas tree and some presents for my three boys, (24)                       I had to use the money to find a place to live. To me, it broke my heart as I could not prepare the Christmas for my three boys. I have been their only parent since my husband (25)                       away two years ago. I was so sad and everything was getting on my nerves. Although I managed to solve the problem myself I could not help (26)                       my sons about the things. When I suddenly woke up at midnight, I found my eldest son was sitting (27)                       me. He kissed me and said, “Don’t worry, Mum. We love you very much and always stand by you (28)                       happens.” At the moment I started weeping, grabbed him and kissed him. His words and love made me (29)                       all about what I was stressing about.
In fact ever since that moment, I have realized that I can overcome any problems thanks to my sons’ love. The most important thing of my life is that my boys are safe and healthy, and they bring me joy all the time. The memory (30)                       me that nothing really matters, when I have the love of my children.

(21) A.  transfer B.  convert C.  move D.  change
(22) A.  notice B.  watch C.  find D.  see
(23) A.  leave B.  to leave C.  leaving D.  left
(24) A.  because B.  although C.  as though D.  if
(25) A.  passes B.  passed C.  has passed D.  was passing
(26) A.  tell B.  to tell C.  told D.  telling
(27) A.  by B.  next C.  over D.  up
(28) A.  whenever B.  whatever C.  whoever D.  however
(29) A.  forget B.  to forget C.  forgot D.  forgetting
(30) A.  remembers B.  minds C.  reminds D.  misses

Question 31 – 35:

I was born to dance. I’ve been dancing all my life, ever since my mother, who gave up a dancing career on the stage when she married my father, picked me up and twirled me around as an infant. As much as I loved dancing with her, her greatest gift to me was her “unconditional love” during her lifetime.
My parents divorced after only 5 years of marriage, but my father remarried a lovely lady who also loved to dance. They used to take me to a dancing club where I would listen to the music and watch them dance occasionally my stepmother, Mary, invited me to dance.
I also met my wife, Charlotte, in a dancing party. I danced with her for about 15 minutes, and during that brief span, I realized that I fell in love with her. We kept dancing throughout our marriage. My earliest memories of dancing with my daughters started when I came home from work to our small home in Marblehead. Massachusetts, and my daughter Laura was about 3 years old. It was very relaxing for me to turn on the record player, pick up Laura in my arms, and dance her around the room!
Our family danced a lot. My daughters, Laura and Anne, and I continued to dance on every occasion. One favorite memory I have of dancing with Laura and Anne was when I took each of them when they were seniors in high school to the Daddy-Daughter dance. We won both dance competitions!
As their father, I have tried to provide my daughters with unconditional love, as my Mother provided to me, endless emotional and loving support, and good educations and life experiences which have helped prepare them for happy and successful adult lives. Being a father who is worthy of their love and respect, I consider fatherhood a privilege, not an entitlement.
In 1994, my oldest daughter Laura gave me a lovely book, which I still have, entitled “Fathers and Daughters.” My Father’s Day suggestion to every father is to dance with your daughters at every opportunity. It will not only bring you closer, it will give them memories of you “to hang onto” long after we are gone.

(Question 31) Of the characters mentioned in the passage, who did not like dancing?

A.  Mary B.  Laura C.  Anne D.  No one

(Question 32) The writer _____.

A.  could not dance well B.  had a devoted mother
C.  had not met his father since his parents divorced D.  did not like to dance with his step mother

(Question 33) Which sentence is not true?

A.  He used to go to a dancing club with his father and step mother.
B.  The writer had two daughters.
C.  The writer enjoyed dancing with his daughters.
D.  The writer never danced with his step mother

(Question 34) Which is not referred to what the writer provides his daughters with?

A.  the arts of dancing B.  unconditional love
C.  endless emotional and loving support D.  good educations and life experiences

(Question 35) The writer _____ fatherhood.

A.  underestimates B.  appreciates C.  dislikes D.  disapproves of

Question 36 – 40:

Every family has its quirks. Mine is no different. I was born in an Italian – American family in 1973. We follow the classic stereotype. My father works and my mother stays home with the kids. There are certain things that we remember from our childhood: phrases, jokes, movies. But one piece of advice that sticks with me from an early age comes from my mother.
“Don’t finish your food or you will never get married.” It was an illogical jump from the idea that a “lady” is not a glutton and therefore will not finish the food on her plate or take the last cookie off of the platter. A “lady” especially a young lady must never appear hungry. If she did, she would not be an ideal candidate for a wife.
To this day, I do not finish what is on my plate and I will never eat the last of anything.
It is not a conscience thing. When I think about it, I make a point to finish the food on my plate, there is still some teenage rebellion against mom in this thirty-four year-old body, but the thought of not finishing is so ingrained that I rarely think about it.
When my husband and I are at dinner, he will gesture to something on the table and say, “Finish your food” and I will respond, “I can’t, I’ll never get married.” That always makes him laugh and say, “So what have these last six years been?” But for me it is something special that I will carry around with me – something that is my family. My brother remembers the phrase and he admits that in his dating days he did watch to see if any of the girls would take the last piece of pie or pizza. I think he fell in love with his fian&e because she would eat whatever she wanted to and do not. worry about anyone judging her for it. As I embark on starting my own family, I wonder what I will tell my daughter. Will I encourage her to finish every last piece? Or will I continue to the legacy of my mother and tell her not eat the last piece lest she not get married? Will she one day laugh to her girlfriends about her mother leaving one granola bar, one piece of cheese, or one rice cake alone in their bags?

(Question 36) The writer’s mother never let her eat the last piece of food on her plate.

A.  True B.  False C.  No information

(Question 37) All the mothers in the world never let their daughter eat the last piece of food on their plate.

A.  True B.  False C.  No information

(Question 38) The writer often eats up all she has on her plate and up to now she is still single,

A.  True B.  False C.  No information

(Question 39) The writer does not believe in what her mother has said but she considers her mother’s words something special.

A.  True B.  False C.  No information

(Question 40) The writer has two sons.

A.  True B.  False C.  No information

Question 41 – 45:

Jean spent her first few years in Hooper and her family moved to Otsego early in her life. She was only ten when her father died unexpectedly, leaving her mother to raise and support their family alone. Her mother soon went to work outside the home to provide for the family, and Jean, being one of the oldest, had to help care for her younger siblings. Although she had much responsibility at home, Jean thoroughly enjoyed school and was an excellent student. She went on to graduate 10th in her class at Otsego High School in 1953.
While still in high school, Jean met a young man named Charles “Chuck” Holly, at a dance in Alamo, and they were quite taken with each other. Over the next few years, their love for each other blossomed and they were married on February 24, 1953, while Jean was still in school. At the time, Chuck was serving his country in the military, and had come home on leave to marry his sweetheart. Unfortunately, shortly thereafter, he was sent overseas to serve in Korea for the next fifteen months.
Upon his discharge, the couple settled into married life together in the Plainwell, Otsego area. To help make ends meet, Jean went to work at the collection bureau in Kalamazoo for a while, before taking a job at the cheese company in Otsego. In 1964, Chuck and Jean were overjoyed with the birth of their son, Chuck, who brought great joy into their lives. Jean remembered how her mother was always gone so much working after her father died and she did not want that for her son, so she left her job to devote herself to the role of a mother.

(Question 41) Before Jean’s father passed away, her mother used to _____.

A.  work outside the home B.  be a housewife
C.  support the family alone D.  work as a secretary

(Question 42) Which is not referred to Jean?

A.  She was a responsible girl. B.  She never helped her mother with household chores.
C.  She often did well at school. D.  She went to high school.

(Question 43) Jean’s husband was a _____

A.  teacher B.  dancer C.  soldier D.  servant

(Question 44) Jean _____.

A.  served in the military B.  lived in Korea for fifteen months
C.  had a daughter D.  got married when she was a student

(Question 45) Which is not true about Jean?

A.  She disliked staying at home and taking care of her child.
B.  She worked outside the home before she had a child.
C.  She was very happy when she got a baby.
D.  She quit her job to look after her baby.

 

Answer keys Reading Comprehension Exercises – Topic 1: Home Life

 

(1) B.  that
(2) D.  With
(3) C.  cherished
(4) A.  support
(5) A.  courage
(6) C.  doing
(7) D.  no article
(8) B.  meant
(9) A.  What
(10) C.  possessed
(11) A.  that B.  why
(12) A.  creates
(13) C.  express
(14) A.  opportunities
(15) D.  atmosphere
(16) D.  basic
(17) D.  no article
(18) B.  of
(19) A.  keep
(20) C.  pressure
(21) C.  move
(22) C.  find
(23) D.  left
(24) A.  because
(25) B.  passed
(26) D.  telling
(27) A.  by
(28) B.  whatever
(29) A.  forget
(30) C.  reminds

(Question 31) Of the characters mentioned in the passage, who did not like dancing?

D.  No one

(Question 32) The writer _____.

B.  had a devoted mother

(Question 33) Which sentence is not true?

D.  The writer never danced with his step mother

(Question 34) Which is not referred to what the writer provides his daughters with?

A.  the arts of dancing

(Question 35) The writer _____ fatherhood.

B.  appreciates

(Question 36) The writer’s mother never let her eat the last piece of food on her plate.

A.  True

(Question 37) All the mothers in the world never let their daughter eat the last piece of food on their plate.

B.  False

(Question 38) The writer often eats up all she has on her plate and up to now she is still single,

B.  False

(Question 39) The writer does not believe in what her mother has said but she considers her mother’s words something special.

A.  True

(Question 40) The writer has two sons.

C.  No information

(Question 41) Before Jean’s father passed away, her mother used to _____.

B.  be a housewife

(Question 42) Which is not referred to Jean?

B.  She never helped her mother with household chores.

(Question 43) Jean’s husband was a _____

C.  soldier

(Question 44) Jean _____.

D.  got married when she was a student

(Question 45) Which is not true about Jean?

A.  She disliked staying at home and taking care of her child.

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