Family Vehicles: Reading Practice 2 (discussion)

By | May 9, 2015

The recently issued policy on low-cost green cars (LCGCs), enabling people from lower classes to purchase family vehicles, has sparked controversy among people, especially those in major cities such as Jakarta.

It cannot be denied that any policy must have two impacts – both positive and negative. Some have applauded the idea, saying that it is a good policy, enabling more people to own cars. As a result, the state income from taxes levied on the automobile sector will grow and the country’s middle class will be able to afford cars. Moreover, motorcyclists might start driving cheap cars, preventing the entry of low-cost cars from abroad or neighboring countries such as Thailand.

However, some others claim that it will create some problems such as increased traffic congestion in the city and higher fuel consumption.

The implementation of the cheap car program has caused a chain reaction and additional effort is needed to mitigate the negative impact.

Therefore, relevant ministries such as the Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Public Works, and the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources will be the affected government agencies who must strive overcome the negative effects of this cheap car program.

Basically there is nothing wrong in creating an opportunity for people to own cars, but traffic in the city should also be considered by the stakeholders.


1. The text is categorized as a discussion text because … .

A. it covers both sides of the issue
B. it uses the simple present tense
C. it suggests a solution
D. it persuades readers or audience
E. it talks about an important issue

2. What is the topic of the text?
A. Family vehicles for lower class
B. Cheap car program impacts
C. Cheap car program controversy
D. Effects of cheap vehicles
E. Impacts of chain reaction

3. The second paragraph describes that some people … the cheap car program.
A. deny
B. propose
C. suggest
D. refuse
E. support

4. The third paragraph describes that some people … the program.
A. agree to
B. oppose
C. propose
D. suggest
E. support

5. From the last paragraph we know that the writer … .
A. find LCGCs a huge problem for society
B. is unhappy with the policy on LCGCs
C. will eliminate the negative effect
D. complains about the LCGC program
E. has no objection to the policy

6. The text is intended to … .
A. persuade readers to refuse the policy
B. ask an audience to initiate the LCGC program
C. show support for the LCGC program
D. propose an idea regarding the impacts
E. recommend a solution regarding the impacts

7. What problem may the LCGC program create?
A. It increases the need for fuel
B. It prevents cheap car import
C. More people have their own cars
D. Motorcyclists will drive cheap cars
E. It increases the state income

8. The underlined word mitigate in paragraph 4 means … .
A. lessen
B. loosen
C. worsen
D. brighten
E. strengthen

9. Which word in paragraph 2 shows people’s support for the program?
A. denied
B. applauded
C. enabling
D. grow
E. preventing

10. The word those in paragraph 1 refers to … .
A. vehicles
B. cars
C. cities
D. people
E. classes

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