Reading Test 123

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Choose the item among A, B, C or D that best answers the question about the passage. Personal computers are an important part of our everyday lives. Many people cannot imagine life without them. One of the most important people in making the machines work is Bill Gates. Bill Gates was born in Washington state. He grew up in a rich family. His parents sent him to a private school. There he met his business partner, Paul Allen. When they were in the eight grade, they were writing programs for business computers and making money. In 1973, Gates was accepted at Harvard University. His parents were happy. They thought he would get over his obsession with computers and become a lawyer like his father. Two years later, Gates dropped out of Harvard to work on a computer program with his friend Allen. They worked hours a day in a dormitory room at Harvard. They were writing the program that would run one of the first personal computers. In 1975, they created a company called Microsoft to sell their products. Allen became ill with cancer and left Microsoft in 1983. He recovered a few years later and started his own company. Meanwhile, Microsoft became a giant company. By 1990, at the age of thirty-four, Gates was the youngest billionaire in the history of the United States. He was the “King of Software”. He achieved his success with a lot of hard work. For more than ten years, he worked sixteen hours a day, seven days a week. He had a dream and the will to succeed. By 1997, he was the richest man in the United States. 1. According to the passage,………… A. Bill Gates met his business partner at Harvard B. Bill Gates' parents wanted him to become a computer programmer C. Bill Gates and Paul Allen created Microsoft because they wanted to sell their programs for personal computers D. Paul Allen left Microsoft in 1983 because he wanted to start his own company 2. According to the writer,…………. A. computers play an important part of our lives B. people can live without personal computers C. Paul Allen is the most important person in computer science D. Bill Gates invented personal computers 3. Which of the following is NOT mentioned in the passage? A. Bill Gates earned his success by working very hard. B. Bill Gates and Paul Allen first wrote programs for business computers. C. In a few years, Microsoft became a very big company. D. Bill Gates is the richest man in the United States. 4. How old was Bill Gates when he became the richest man in the United States? A. 51 B. 41 C. 44 D. 34 5. The phrase "dropped out” is closest in meaning to ……… A. took part in B. got over C. graduated from D. stopped taking classes

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