English: Reading Comprehension Set 55

Directions(1-10): Read the passage and answer the following questions.

  1. Mark Zuckerberg co-founded the social-networking website Facebook out of his college dorm room at Harvard University. Zuckerberg left college after his sophomore year to concentrate on the site, the user base of which has grown to more than two billion people, making Zuckerberg a billionaire many times over. The birth of Facebook was portrayed in the 2010 film The Social Network.

    Zuckerberg was born on May 14, 1984, in White Plains, New York, into a comfortable, well-educated family. He was raised in the nearby village of Dobbs Ferry. Zuckerberg developed an interest in computers at an early age; when he was about 12, he used Atari BASIC to create a messaging program he named “Zucknet.” His father used the program in his dental office so that the receptionist could inform him of a new patient without yelling across the room. Zuckerberg and his friends Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes and Eduardo Saverin created TheFacebook, a site that allowed users to create their own profiles, upload photos, and communicate with other users. The group ran the site out of a dorm room at Harvard University until June 2004. That year Zuckerberg dropped out of college and moved the company to Palo Alto, California. By the end of 2004, Facebook had 1 million users.

    In 2005, Zuckerberg’s enterprise received a huge boost from the venture capital firm Accel Partners. Accel invested $12.7 million into the network, which at the time was open only to Ivy League students. Zuckerberg’s company then granted access to other colleges, high school and international schools, pushing the site’s membership to more than 5.5 million users by December 2005. The site began attracting the interest of other companies that wanted to advertise with the popular social hub.

    Since amassing his sizeable fortune, Zuckerberg has used his millions to fund a variety of philanthropic causes. The most notable examples came in September 2010, when he donated $100 million to save the failing Newark Public Schools system in New Jersey. Then, in December 2010, Zuckerberg signed the “Giving Pledge”, promising to donate at least 50 percent of his wealth to charity over the course of his lifetime. Other Giving Pledge members include Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and George Lucas. After his donation, Zuckerberg called on other young, wealthy entrepreneurs to follow suit.

    “With a generation of younger folks who have thrived on the success of their companies, there is a big opportunity for many of us to give back earlier in our lifetime and see the impact of our philanthropic efforts,” he said.

    Q- Who are the members of ‘Giving Pledge’?
    1. Bill Gates
    2. Jack Ma
    3. Warren Buffet

    All except 1
    All except 2
    All except 3
    All of these
    None of these
    Option B
    The passage is about the person who changed the social media game, Mark Zuckerberg. It also mentions Zuckerberg’s journey from the time he invented Facebook as well as other great things he did.
    The following is stated in the passage: “Other Giving Pledge members include Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and George Lucas.”
    ‘Jack Ma’ is not part of this list in the passage, therefore point 2 is invalid.

     

  2. What are some of Zuckerberg’s notable philanthropic acts?
    1. donating 100 million dollars to the Newark Public Schools system
    2. signing the “Giving Pledge” contract
    3. developing a social networking site
    all except 1
    all except 2
    all except 3
    All of these
    None of these
    Option C
    The passage is about the person who changed the social media game, Mark Zuckerberg. It also mentions Zuckerberg’s journey from the time he invented Facebook as well as other great things he did.
    The following is stated in the passage: “The most notable examples came in September 2010, when he donated $100 million to save the failing Newark Public Schools system in New Jersey. Then, in December 2010, Zuckerberg signed the “Giving Pledge…” Although he contributed to the networking community by creating a site like Facebook, it is not a ‘philanthropic act.’

     

  3. How many users did Facebook have by the end of 2004?
    2 billion
    1 million
    5.5 million
    1 billion
    2 million
    Option B
    The passage is about the person who changed the social media game, Mark Zuckerberg. It also mentions Zuckerberg’s journey from the time he invented Facebook as well as other great things he did.
    The following is stated in the passage: “The group ran the site out of a dorm room at Harvard University until June 2004… By the end of 2004, Facebook had 1 million users.”

     

  4. How much did Accel partners invest in Facebook?
    12 million dollars
    21.7 million dollars
    12.7 million dollars
    5.5 million dollars
    12.7 billion dollars
    Option C
    The passage is about the person who changed the social media game, Mark Zuckerberg. It also mentions Zuckerberg’s journey from the time he invented Facebook as well as other great things he did.
    The following is stated in the passage: “Accel invested $12.7 million into the network, which at the time was open only to Ivy League students.” In 2005, Zuckerberg’s enterprise received a huge boost from the venture capital firm Accel Partners.

     

  5. Where did Zuckerberg move The Facebook to in 2004?
    Palo Alto
    New Jersey
    New York
    Newark
    White Plains
    Option A
    The passage is about the person who changed the social media game, Mark Zuckerberg. It also mentions Zuckerberg’s journey from the time he invented Facebook as well as other great things he did.
    The following is stated in the passage: “…the group ran the site out of a dorm room at Harvard University until June 2004. That year Zuckerberg dropped out of college and moved the company to Palo Alto, California.”

     

  6. Which friends did Zuckerberg create the Facebook with?
    1. Dustin Moskovitz
    2. Chris Hughes
    3. Eduardo Saverin
    All of these
    Only 1
    Only 2
    Only 3
    None of these
    Option A
    The passage is about the person who changed the social media game, Mark Zuckerberg. It also mentions Zuckerberg’s journey from the time he invented Facebook as well as other great things he did.
    The following is stated in the passage: “Zuckerberg and his friends Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes and Eduardo Saverin created The Facebook, a site that allowed users to create their own profiles, upload photos, and communicate with other users.” The group ran the site out of a dorm room at Harvard University until June 2004.

     

  7. What was the messaging program Zuckerberg created at the age of 12?
    Facebook
    Atari BASIC
    Zucknet
    Accel
    Google
    Option C
    The passage is about the person who changed the social media game, Mark Zuckerberg. It also mentions Zuckerberg’s journey from the time he invented Facebook as well as other great things he did.
    The following is stated in the passage: “…when he was about 12, he used Atari BASIC to create a messaging program he named “Zucknet.” His father used the program in his dental office so that the receptionist could inform him of a new patient without yelling across the room.

     

  8. Which film portrayed the birth of Facebook?
    The Social Network
    Minority Report
    Tron: Legacy
    The Great Hack
    The Matrix
    Option A
    The passage is about the person who changed the social media game, Mark Zuckerberg. It also mentions Zuckerberg’s journey from the time he invented Facebook as well as other great things he did.
    The following is stated in the passage: “The birth of Facebook was portrayed in the 2010 film The Social Network.”

     

  9. According to the passage, the word ‘sizable’ means-
    fairly large
    little or hardly any
    meaningless
    lacking in importance
    remaining or surplus
    Option A
    The passage is about the person who changed the social media game, Mark Zuckerberg. It also mentions Zuckerberg’s journey from the time he invented Facebook as well as other great things he did.
    The sentence in the passage containing the above word is “Since amassing his sizeable fortune, Zuckerberg has used his millions to fund a variety of philanthropic causes.” This means that Zuckerberg used his fairly large fortune to fund many philanthropic causes.
    Example: She donated a sizeable portion of her riches to children’s charities.

     

  10. According to the passage, the word ‘enterprise’ means
    a building or part of a building where goods or services are sold.
    group of buildings where goods are manufactured
    a place where things are kept for future use or sale
    a business or company
    a risky or daring journey or undertaking
    Option D

     

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