The City of Chicago: Reading Practice 1 (descriptive)

By | December 22, 2017

The following is a text describing Chicago. Read it carefully, and then answer the questions that follow.

Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States after New York City and Los Angeles. With 2.7 million residents, it is the most populous city in both the U.S. state of Illinois and the American Midwest. Its metropolitan area, sometimes called Chicagoland, which generally means the city and its suburbs combined together, is home to 9.5 million people and is the third-largest in the the United States.

Chicago is located in northeastern Illinois on the southwestern shores of Lake Michigan. The city lies beside huge freshwater Lake Michigan, and two rivers—the Chicago River  in downtown and the Calumet River in the industrial far South Side—flow entirely or partially through Chicago.

Today, the city is an international hub for finance, commerce, industry, technology, telecommunications, and transportation. It also has the largest number of U.S. highways, and railroad freight entering its region.

The city has many nicknames, which reflect the impressions and opinions about historical and contemporary Chicago. The best-known include the “Windy City” and “Second City.”

The city lies within the humid continental climate zone, and experiences four distinct seasons. Summers  are hot and humid, with a July daily average of 75.8 °F (24.3 °C). In a normal summer, temperatures exceed 90 °F (32 °C) on 21 days. Winters are cold and snowy with few sunny days, and the normal January high is just below freezing. Spring and autumn are mild seasons with low humidity.


1. The first paragraph of the text describes Chicago in terms of its … .

A. population
B. seasons
C. location
D. nicknames
E. business

2. We know that the term Chicagoland refers to … .

A. the city
B. downtown area
C. the suburbs
D. business center
E. the city and the suburbs

3. Chicagoland has … residents.

A. 2.7 million
B. 9.5 million
C. 6 million
D. 11 million
E. 3 million

4. The Chicago river is located … .

A. in the city center
B. in the south side
C. in the suburbs
D. near Lake Michigan
E. in the metropolitan area

5. Which seasons do you think people would probably like best?

A. summer and winter
B. summer and spring
C. spring and winter
D. autumn and winter
E. autumn and spring

6. The phrase ‘the most populous’ in paragraph 1 means … .

A. having the largest number of peopple
B. having only a few number of people
C. having the busiest people
D. having the most popular people
E. having a large number of people

7. The text above is called a descriptive text mainly because it … .

A. uses the simple present tense
B. tells about Chicago
C. focuses on one topic
D. describes what Chicago is like
E. gives us knowledge


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