TOEIC Reading comprehension test 1
Read the passage and choose the correct answer:
At a recent press conference, spokespersons for both Interlink and USnet announced that
their long-standing rivalry would come to an end. The two Internet Service Providers
(ISP) have made the decision to merge into one company, US Interlink.
Despite the ever-increasing number of households that log onto the Internet from home,
both companies posted decreased profit margins during the last fiscal year. Industry
analysts attribute the decline to the surprising success of smaller local service providers.
Once the merger is complete, US Interlink alone will provide Internet service to nearly
53% of all American households that currently subscribe to an ISP. The new company
will be better able to focus on expanding its market share because completion will only
come from smaller and newer firms. In fact, several smaller ISP companies have asked
officials to look into anti-trust laws to keep the merger from happening.
1. What is being planned for USnet and Interlink?
A. They will purchase an Internet Service Provider
B. They will prevent smaller companies from merging
C. They will help establish anti-trust legislation
D. They will reorganize into a single service provider
2. Why is the change being made?
A. Both companies experienced a decline in sales
B. The popularity of the Internet is rising rapidly
C. USnet recently declared bankruptcy
D. Smaller companies have filed anti-trust lawsuit
3. What are smaller firms trying to do?
A. Repeal anti-trust laws
B. Increase profit margins
C. Reduce Internet use
D. Prevent the merger
Câu hỏi từ 4-8 sau liên quan đến dạng bài đọc double passage:
A history of European Royalty by George Marcopoulos is a book that should be in
everyone’s collection if they have the slightest interest in royalty and royal families.
Professor Marcopoulos, who teaches at a local university, has produced a concise yet
erudite book that details some of the most interesting and intimate details of Europe’s
royal families. Focusing primarily on the royals of Western Europe, that is, England,
France, and Spain, Marcopoulos regales his readers with a number of fascinating stories
about some of the more eccentric individuals who have the reigns of many kings of
England, especially with regard to England’s King George III. Fortunately, this book is
not written in the hard-to-understand language that many historians love to engage in;
rather, a History of European Royalty covers events in prose that is clear and easy to
understand. The book checks in at 320 pages and has a large number of color photographs.
Pick up the latest book by George Marcopoulos. You won’t be disappointed.
Re: your latest book
Date: August 3Dear Professor Marcopoulos:
Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Michael Taylor, and I am a graduate
student at a local university studying history. I am focusing primarily on European history
and royal families in particular. In recently read a book review of A History of European
Royalty, and I was very interested in checking out your book. I have already gone
through the book twice, and I must say that it is a fascinating read.
If you have the time, I would love to get together with you to discuss various matters
concerning European royals. I am particularly interested in the French and Spanish
nobility of the sixteenth century. Both of our schools are in the same city, so, if it
wouldn’t be a burden to you, would you mind if I came by your office sometime for a
chat? I’m sure that you’re a busy man, but I would truly appreciate it if you could spare
an hour or so of your time. I am working on my master’s thesis now, and I have some
question that you might be able to clear up or at least lead me in the right direction.
I look forward to hearing from you soon. Please let me know if you are amenable to
meeting. I can visit whenever it is convenient for you.
4. What does a History of European Royalty mostly concentrate on?
A. King George III
B. New interpretations of European royals
C. The royalty of Western Europe
D. French and Spanish nobles from the sixteenth century
5. What is the reviewer’s opinion of the book?
A. It has too many pictures
B. The language it uses is very difficult
C. It is a scholarly book
D. It’s not very easy to understand
6. What does the reviewer indicate about the stories Professor Marcopoulos tells?
A. They are fascinating
B. They are not particularly interesting
C. They have already been told before
D. They have incorrect interpretations
7. What does Michael Taylor say about the book?
A. He has not read it yet
B. He has skimmed through it
C. He enjoyed the color photographs
D. He has read it two times
8. Why does Michael Taylor want to meet Professor Marcopoulos?
A. They both live in the same city
B. They have a common area of interest
C. He wants to study at Professor Marcopoulos School
D. He wants to have lunch with the professor