Reading Comprehension Quiz
Which event happened last?
Xerox released their copy machine.
Yahoo! released their search engine.
Lycos released their search engine.
Google released their search engine.
Which statement would the author of this text most likely DISAGREE with?
Part of Google's success is due to the design of their homepage.
Google's success may not have been possible without Larry Page.
Google succeeded by following examples of others in their field.
Google wasn't the first search engine, but it was the best.
Which best expresses the main idea of the THIRD paragraph?
Many smart people have worked on search engines over the years.
Google created a better way to organize search results.
There are lots and lots of websites connected to the internet.
Older search engines used unreliable methods to order results.
What is the author's main purpose in writing this article?
To compare and contrast Google and Xerox
To discuss how companies can influence language over time
To persuade readers to use Google for internet searches
To explain how Google overtook its rivals
Which statement would the author most likely AGREE with?
Google became successful because its founders were well-connected.
Google's other products are now more important to its success than search.
Google was the world's first and best search engine.
Google changed the world by solving an old problem in a new way.
Why do you believe this? Explain your argument completely.
Which best expresses the main idea of the FOURTH paragraph?
Larry Page's ideas about links helped Google get to the top.
Google is a website that serves important links to users.
Links allow people to surf from one website to the next.
Larry Page contributed to the internet by inventing the link.
Which best explains why the author discusses Xerox in this text?
He is discussing big companies that came before Google.
He is explaining how companies must change with the times.
He is comparing and contrasting Google and Xerox.
He is showing how companies can affect our language.
How did Google improve search quality in 1998?
They linked to more pages.
They looked more closely at the words in search queries.
They studied the relationships of links.
They counted how many times queries appeared on each page.
How do you know this? Use the text in your response.
Which was cited in the text as a reason why Google became so popular?
Google provided catchy news stories on their homepage.
Google provided useful stock quotes on their homepage.
Google's homepage was clean.
All of these reasons
Which title best expresses the author's main purpose in writing this text?
Search Engines: A Short History of Important Tools
A Better Way: How Google Rose to the Top
Xerox Vs. Google: Battle of the Titans
Search Engines: How They Work and Why They're Important
Why do you believe this? Explain your answer completely.
What can readers learn about Google's approach to doing business based on reading this article? Use information from the text to support your response.
Explain how Google was able to overcome its competitors. Cite information from the text to support your response.
What do Google and Xerox have in common? Support your answer with information from the text.