Intermediate reading comprehension – Exercise 3

Multiple choice intermediate reading comprehension test.

Hot dog eating champion retains title after tiebreaker
Friday, July 4, 2008

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Joey ChestnutFor the second year in a row, American competitive eater Joey Chestnut defeated his Japanese rival Takeru Kobayashi at the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in New York City, after a tie forced a five-hot-dog eat-off to be held.
After ten minutes of hot dog eating, two shorter than in previous years, Chestnut and Kobayashi were tied at 59 frankfurters. But after the rare tiebreaker, 24-year-old Chestnut emerged as the winner, claiming a $10,000 prize and a mustard-yellow belt. “It was crazy,” he said. “I’m just a normal guy eating hot dogs on the Fourth. You can’t overcomplicate it.”
Kobayashi, whose loss last year shattered a six-year winning streak, said that a sore jaw and a tooth problem may have altered his performance. “If I put one more mouthful in, I could have won”, the 30-year-old Nagano native said through a translator. “I lost because I wasn’t quick enough in the rematch.”
This year, the 22 competitors were under a 10-minute time limit, unlike the 12 minutes used for previous contests. The reason for this, according to Nathan’s, was the discovery of a document from 1916, which revealed that the original competition was 10 minutes long.
Thousands gathered at Coney Island to watch the annual event, which has become one of the more colorful traditions of America’s Independence Day.
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How long was the competition this year?
 
 
 
 

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Question 2 of 12

How long was the contest in 1916?
 
 
 
 

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Question 3 of 12

Who came second last year?
 
 
 
 

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Question 4 of 12

Where is Joey Chestnut from?
 
 
 
 

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Question 5 of 12

How many hot dogs did Joey Chestnut eat in the whole of the final?
 
 
 
 

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Question 6 of 12

Who won the contest last year?
 
 
 
 

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Question 7 of 12

Which sentence is true for Kobayashi?
 
 
 
 

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Question 8 of 12

Who won the contest two years ago and in the five years before that?
 
 
 
 

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Question 9 of 12

On what occasion is the contest held?
 
 
 
 

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Question 10 of 12

How long was the competition last year?
 
 
 
 

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Question 11 of 12

Where is Takeru Kobayashi from?
 
 
 
 

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Question 12 of 12

How many hot dogs did Takeru Kobayashi eat in the whole of the final?
 
 
 
 

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