A Tale of Two Countries
Reading Comprehension Quiz
Which term best describes South Korea based on information from the text?
Based on the author's tone and viewpoint, which person would most likely DISAGREE with the conclusions drawn in this text?
An American businessman
A South Korean politician
A South Korean businessman
A North Korean politician
Why do you believe this? Explain your answer completely.
Which statement would the author most likely AGREE with?
North Korea is poor because they don't trade with many other nations.
The Korean War was a major win for the United States of America.
South Koreans are naturally more gifted than their northern brethren.
The South Korean economy grew at an average pace after 1960.
Which statement best expresses the main idea of the SEVENTH paragraph?
South Korea was a very poor nation in 1960.
South Korea makes a lot of money by trading natural resources.
South Korea had a remarkable economic turnaround.
South Korea produces many electronic products.
Which statement best describes the results of the Korean War?
The Korean War led to the formation of South Korea.
The North Koreans benefitted tremendously from the war.
Both sides lost many people and got little to show for it.
The South Koreans gained a lot of ground after winning the war.
Which best defines the word "famine" as it is used in the eighth paragraph?
A period of time when the government is going through a transition
A period of time when it is hard to get laborers
A period of time when a country does not have a leader
A period of time when food is scarce
Why do you believe this? Refer to the text in your response.
What is ironic about the Korean Demilitarized Zone?
It is free from military installations and weaponry.
It is the most militarized border in the world.
The North and South Koreans are technically still at war.
It is not the average border with a simple checkpoint.
Why is this ironic? Explain your answer completely.
Which best describes how the text is structured in the FIFTH paragraph?
Problem and solution
Compare and contrast
Which best explains why so many North Koreans starved during the 1990s?
The North Koreans had just recently lost the Korean War.
North Korea became a capitalist country.
The North Koreans were abandoned by their allies in the U.S.
The Soviet Union stopped supporting North Korea.
Why do you believe this? Use the text in your response.
Which statement would the author most likely DISAGREE with?
It is impressive that the North Koreans built nuclear weaponry during a famine.
North and South Koreans have grown to be different, but they come from the same place.
Unification of the two Koreas is unlikely at this time.
The North Korean economy has made an amazing transformation since the 1960s.
What made the Korean War particularly tragic? Support your argument with a quote from the text. Explain what your quote shows.
What is one thing that readers can learn from this text? Cite text to support your point. Be sure to explain what the text is showing.
In what ways have the two Koreas grown apart? Discuss two ways in which they have grown apart and support each of your points with text.
A Tale of Two Countries