LPE003 Reading Comprehension

Section 3: Reading Comprehension

Questions 1 – 6: Choose the best multiple-choice answer for each question.

It used to be widely thought that creative work would be one of the last things to be automated. After 2022, some may reconsider. In the space of a few months last year, several powerful tools for creating art with AI just by typing in a few words became widely available. The quality of illustrations, photographs, and paintings that can be made that way improved remarkably. Some commercial artists are experimenting with the technology—although not all like it—and stock photo services are preparing to offer AI generated images. (Excerpt from 'Where the AI Art Boom Came From—and Where It’s Going', wired.com, 2023)

Which of the following statements is true?

Everyone seems to love AI art.
True artists dislike AI art.
There are mixed feelings about AI art.
The quality of art has decreased.

If you’re getting ready to set your yearly goals for 2023, stop. Chances are, you’re going about building and breaking habits all wrong, according to the experts—especially if you’re extremely motivated in January, but find yourself getting distracted or overwhelmed come February. Before we get into the specifics of how to start or break a habit that you’ll actually stick to, there are a few things you need to know.

The most important thing is that habits are actually separate from goals. “Goals are how we make decisions—how we commit to an exercise program, or to eating healthily, or to saving money,” says Wendy Wood, provost professor emerita of psychology and business at the University of Southern California and the author of Good Habits, Bad Habits: The Science of Making Positive Changes That Stick. “But habits are how you stick with a behavior.” (Excerpt from 'You’ve Been Choosing Your Goals All Wrong', wired.com, 2023)

What is the purpose of this text?

To persuade you to start a business
To explain the best ways to save money
To review a book
To describe the difference between habits and goals

A New York man has set a world record for eating at the most Michelin-starred restaurants in a single day.

Eric Finkelstein, 34, embarked on a gut-busting mission to eat at 18 of the acclaimed eateries within a 24-hour period back in October.

It took the healthcare IT consultant 14 months to plan his eccentric feat, not least because he had to secure bookings at so many of the city's finest establishments.

"The planning was more than half the challenge, just to get restaurants to agree to do it and then finding a logical route that worked," he told CNN in a telephone interview on Tuesday.

The idea, which last month was officially recognized by Guinness World Records (GWR), came to him during the pandemic when he moved out of the city.

After temporarily moving back in 2021, Finkelstein compiled a list of top spots he planned to eat at. He also joined an online food group, which is where he first heard about the challenge.

Having two other world records under his belt -- both related to table tennis, a sport he formerly competed in -- his interest was immediately sparked.

"I loved the idea," he told GWR. "It combined my loves of eating interesting food, working towards a checklist, and working towards something."

Finkelstein initially contacted more than 80 restaurants, but only heard back from 10. Unfortunately, four of those lost their star when the Michelin Guide announced its 2022 picks -- just 20 days before his official attempt.

He frantically contacted other restaurants and luckily managed to secure enough reservations for his official attempt on October 26.

The day began with a $36 grilled avocado salad at Le Pavillon in Midtown. That was followed by caviar, blini and crème fraiche for $25 at Caviar Russe.

Other highlights included grilled scallops dressed with grapefruit and chrysanthemum at Tuome; a $15 bowl of lingonberries at Aquavit; a $24 steak tartare at Oiji Mi; and oysters for $26 at The Modern.

His final mouthful was at Noda where he sampled a uni- (sea urchin) and caviar-topped chawanmushi.

The overall bill came to $494, excluding tax and tips. The Michelin-starred binge amounted to around 5,000 calories, Finkelstein estimated, and was completed in 11 hours.

He told CNN his nickname growing up was "the finisher" for his ability to polish off everyone's meals. But this was another league, he said.

"I did get really full," he told CNN. "Definitely by the two thirds point I started to get a little nervous about my appetite. The next day I ate close to nothing," he laughed.

Finkelstein's previous records are for longest table tennis serve (51 feet 1 inch) and the largest table tennis ball mosaic, joint with two friends. (Excerpt from ‘New York man sets world record for eating at most Michelin-starred restaurants in a day’, cnn.com, 2023)

What would be the best title for this text?

Man breaks two world records in table tennis.
Michelin-starred restaurants are expensive and difficult to get into.
Interesting pandemic hobbies from 2022
Man sets record for eating at most Michelin-starred restaurants in a day
How long did Mr. Finkelstein spend planning for this day?
More than one year
Less than one year
Exactly one year
The article doesn't say
What happened unexpectedly before he started his challenge?
Some of his chosen restaurants lost their Michelin status.
The covid-19 pandemic started
He had a health scare
He couldn’t afford the food
In paragraph two, what might the word “acclaimed” mean?
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