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Reading Comprehension
Volume 6, Number 8, October 30, 2000

How Television Has Changed

You really have to get very old before you realize you’re old. I’m in my middle fifties and I don’t feel old yet. However, sometimes I look back at my childhood and __1__ things to the way life is for __2__ kids. Some things have certainly changed.
One area of change is television. Some changes have been improvements. Some changes, on the other hand, have been __3__.
When I started school, most people didn’t have a television; TV was just beginning to get __4__. My father decided to go all out and buy a 16 inch black and white Motorola set. I still remember watching the Lone Ranger save people from the __5__ guys on that awesome electronic machine. That was exciting!
Now, __6__ have larger pictures in full color. The pictures are clearer and the sound is much more realistic. The new high definition sets are made to rival __7__ screens.
The variety and quantity of programming has __8__ greatly. There are hundreds of channels and more shows than one person could ever watch. There are many fine entertainment and educational __9__. There’s also a lot of garbage, stuff that most parents don’t want their kids exposed to. Overall, we have more choices, and that is good.
I wonder what __10__ will be like when today’s kids are my age.


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How Television Has Changed


1. forget remember compare miss



2. today's yesterday's tomorrow's poor



3. great huge setbacks remarkable



4. gone replaced expensive popular



5. old good bad best



6. films movies billboards televisions



7. movie video watch telephone



8. loss increased decreased played



9. books shows authors awards



10. movies food cars television



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