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Reading Comprehension
Volume 5, Number 10, November 8, 1999

Read the selection without stopping to choose the correct missing words. Then read it again, pausing to underline the correct words. Finally, read the selection again to see if it makes sense.

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I shouldn’t let it bother me. It really doesn’t matter anyway. But it does bother me! All those people are preparing to celebrate a new century, a new millennium as well. And it just isn’t __1__!
Most of us schedule our lives by the Gregorian __2__. Our years are measured from the birth of Christ. The first year of the first century is 1, or 1 A.D. The last year of that century is the year 100. Simple? Yes! A century is 100 __3__ long. A millennium is 1,000 years long, which is __4__ ten centuries.
Since the last year of the first century is the year 100, the first year of the __5__ century is 101. Follow that pattern, century by century and you’ll get my __6__. The year 2000 is the last year of the twentieth century. After all, __7__ thousand means twenty hundreds. Twenty hundred years means twenty centuries. The year 2000 is the last , the final, the one that’s still here, year of the twentieth century!!!!
I know, I’m getting too __8__. But it isn’t fair. While most people will really be enjoying this coming __9__ celebration, those of us in the know will be yawning. We'll be wet blankets at the party. Everyone else will be cheering for the new millennium and we’ll be saying, “It’s not until next year.”
I don’t agree with the saying, “Ignorance is bliss.” But in this case, perhaps it’s __10__.






1. wrong so important chocolate
2. chant journal program calendar
3. hours days months years
4. exactly never sometimes often
5. first second third fourth
6. dinner point joke soda
7. a seven two which
8. hungry handsome inaccurate excited
9. Thanksgiving Christmas New Year's weekend
10. silly false funny true


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