Reading Comprehension Quiz
Which best describes the Y2K problem?
Magnetic waves from outer space might erase all the computer memory.
A computer virus would spread and break all systems.
Computers would cost too much for most families.
Computers might get the date wrong and malfunction.
Which best explains why programmers shortened dates in computer storage?
They were in a big hurry.
They were creating more work for themselves.
They were trying to save money.
They were being lazy.
How do you know this? Use the text in your answer.
Which best describes the author's purpose in writing the SIXTH paragraph?
He is informing readers of how computers help people.
He is describing fears related to transportiation and the Y2K bug.
He is explaining how a terrorist attack affected America on 9/11.
He is persuading readers to back up their computer storage.
Which is NOT a way that people addressed the Y2K problem according to the text?
Companies upgraded their computer systems.
Individuals threw away outdated computers.
Governments created legislation.
Programmers rewrote software.
Which best describes the TEXT STRUCTURE in the THIRD paragraph?
Problem and solution
Order of importance
Why do you believe this? Explain how text from the THIRD paragraph fits into that structure.
Which of the following was NOT listed in the text as a fear related to Y2K?
Bank systems would malfunction.
Airline computers would stop working.
Traffic control devices would fail.
School bells would not ring on time.
Which best describes HOW the Y2K bug affected the world?
Many computers malfunctioned and it was a catastrophe.
All computers stopped working and the damage was tremendous.
A small number of computers malfunctioned but it was no big deal.
Most computers stopped working and it cost a lot of money.
How do you know this? Use the text to support your response.
With which statement would the author most likely AGREE?
Since people prepared for Y2K, it wasn't much of a problem.
Computers create more problems than they solve.
It was a tragedy that people did not prepare more for Y2K.
Y2K was never a problem and people were worried for no reason.
Why do you think this? Explain your answer in complete sentences.
Which was NOT an error caused by the Y2K bug?
Bus ticket machines in Australia stopped working.
Slot machines in Delaware malfunctioned.
Cell phones in Japan deleted new messages.
Credit card processors around the world went down.
What lesson can readers learn from this text?
Technology is frustrating and not worth having.
Our dependence on technology can be scary at times.
Y2K was the worst catastrophe in history.
Robots and AI will take over the world one day.
In your own words, describe how people responded to the Y2K problem. Do you think that their response was successful? Why or why not? Refer to the text in your answer.
Are we TOO dependent on technology as a society? Quote the text to support your position. Explain the text you quoted and how it relates to your argument.