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Reading Comprehension
Volume 3, Number 10, November 10, 1997

Read the selection without stopping to write the missing words. Then read it again, pausing to write the words on your paper that you think would fit in the blanks. Finally, read the selection again, with those words, to see if it makes sense.


Sport Utility Vehicles

xxxxSport utility vehicles are becoming a very popular replacement for the family car. They share many of the characteristics of station wagons and vans, but they are made to travel almost anywhere, on or off the road.
xxxxTypical SUVs are actually trucks that are built to ride __1__ than most other vehicles. This added ground clearance makes it possible to drive over places that aren’t level without bottoming out. They also have somewhat stiffer suspensions to help maintain control.
xxxxSUVs usually come with some form of four wheel drive. Instead of pulling themselves with front wheel drive, or __2__ themselves with rear wheel drive, all the wheels help move the vehicle. The so-called all wheel drive versions can automatically shift engine power to the wheels that have the most traction, or grip. __3__, sand, or deep snow __4__ stop a good sport utility __5__.
xxxxMost people who drive SUVs use them as normal on road vehicles. They don’t drive __6__ the road at all. However, they like to be __7__ for the most extreme __8__ conditions they might encounter.

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