Oprah Winfrey

READING PASSAGE

Questions 1-6

Complete the table below.
Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS from the passage for each answer.

1.   2.   3.   

4.   5.   6.   

1. The first paragraph says “Born in 1954 to an unmarried teenage mother, Oprah Winfrey spent her first years on her grandmother's farm in Kosciusko, Mississippi, while her mother looked for work in the North.”

2. The second paragraph says “Her world changed for the worse at age six, when she was sent to Milwaukee to live with her mother, who had found work as a housemaid.”

3. The second paragraph says “In 1968, at the age of 14, she was out of the house and on her own.”

4. The fourth paragraph says “In 1971, Oprah Winfrey won the Miss Black Tennessee beauty prize”.

5. The fifth paragraph says “In January 1984, she was invited to Chicago to host a half-hour morning program on WLS-TV.”

6. The sixth paragraph says “The following year, in 1988, the show received its second consecutive Emmy as Outstanding Talk/Service Program, and Oprah herself received the International Radio and Television Society's "Broadcaster of the Year" Award.”

Questions 7-10

Choose the correct letter A, B, C or D.

7. What does “hardship” in the first paragraph mean?

A. Rich and wealthy family
B. Dirt and pollution
C. Unpleasant and difficult situation
D. Happiness and pleasure
The first paragraph says “Life on the farm was difficult and unpleasant and “Despite the hardships of her physical environment”.

8. What happened to Oprah from her ages of 9 to 13?

A. She entered college.
B. She suffered from sexual abuse.
C. She won a scholarship for her beauty.
D. She was taught and trained by her grandparents.

The second paragraph says “young Oprah was repeatedly abused or attacked by male relatives and other visitors. The abuse, which lasted from the ages of 9 to 13, was emotionally terrible”.

A, C and D are wrong because they did not happen during this period of time.

9. Which of the following Emmy Awards did The Oprah Winfrey Show NOT receive?

A. Outstanding Host
B. Outstanding Talk/Service Program
C. Outstanding Show Producer
D. Outstanding Direction

The sixth paragraph says “the show received three Daytime Emmy Awards in the categories of Outstanding Host, Outstanding Talk/Service Program and Outstanding Direction so C is correct because it is NOT mentioned in the text.

10. What is the best title for this passage?

A. Oprah Winfrey’s early life
B. Oprah Winfrey’s talents
C. Oprah Winfrey’s successes in her life
D. Oprah Winfrey’s impressive television program
The whole Reading Passage highlights keys events which happened in Oprah's life from her childhood to the age of 30s.

Vocabulary Review

I. Scan the passage for the following words/phrases (on the left) and read the sentences containing them carefully.
Match these words/phrases with their definitions (on the right).

Words

Definitions

1. abuse (n) a) to grow or develop well
2. flourish (v) b) unfair, cruel or violent treatment of someone
3. major in c) a man or woman who presents a live radio or television program and introduces reports by other people
4. anchor (n) d) to work for/corporate with
5. sign on with sb/sth e) to study something as the main subject at a university or college

1.   2.   3.   4.   5.  

Vocabulary Review

II. Complete the following sentences using the suitable words/phrases in the box below.
Sometimes you have to change the form of the words/phrases to make them grammatically correct in the sentences.

   major in        sign on with        flourish     abuse       anchor

1. She agreed to   this company after her graduation.

2. Award-winning journalist Betty Nguyen was an    for CNN.

3. We    psychology when we studied at our university.

4. These plants can    even in a bad climate.

5. Our group has been fighting against children   .

READING PASSAGE

Below is the Reading Passage with more useful words and phrases highlighted in blue.

Born in 1954 to an unmarried teenage mother, Oprah Winfrey spent her first years on her grandmother's farm in Kosciusko, Mississippi, while her mother looked for work in the North. Life on the farm was difficult and unpleasant but her grandmother taught her to read at an early age, and at the age of 3 Oprah was reciting poems and Bible verses in local churches. Despite the hardships of her physical environment, she enjoyed the loving support of her grandmother and the church community, who raised her as a gifted child.

Her world changed for the worse at age 6, when she was sent to Milwaukee to live with her mother, who had found work as a housemaid. In the long days when her mother was absent from their inner city apartment, young Oprah was repeatedly abused or attacked by male relatives and other visitors. The abuse, which lasted from the ages of 9 to 13, was emotionally terrible. When she tried to run away, she was sent to a youth detention center where young children and adolescents are taught and training. However, she was not allowed to stay because all the beds were filled. In 1968, at the age of 14, she was out of the house and on her own. After giving birth to a baby boy who died at an early age, she went to Nashville, Tennessee to live with her father.

Vernon Winfrey was a strict disciplinarian but he gave his daughter the safe life she needed. He set many rules for her and he required her to read a book and write a book report each week. "As strict as he was," says Oprah, "he had some concerns about me making the best of my life, and would not accept anything less than what he thought was my best." In this structured environment, Oprah flourished, and became an honor student, winning prizes for oratory and dramatic recitation.

In 1971, Oprah Winfrey won the Miss Black Tennessee beauty prize and was offered an on-air job at WVOL, a radio station that works for the African American community in Nashville. She also won a full scholarship to Tennessee State University, where she majored in Speech Communications and Performing Arts. Oprah continued to work at WVOL in her first years of college, and her broadcasting career became very successful. She left school and signed on with a local television station as a reporter and anchor.

In 1976, she moved to Baltimore to join WJZ-TV News as a co-anchor. There, she co-hosted her first talk show, People Are Talking, while continuing to serve as anchor and news reporter. She found a job that perfectly suited her outgoing, empathetic personality, and word soon spread to other cities. In January 1984, she was invited to Chicago to host a half-hour morning program on WLS-TV. In less than a year, she turned AM Chicago into the hottest show in town. The format was soon expanded to an hour, and in September 1985 it was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show.

A year later, The Oprah Winfrey Show was broadcast nationally, and quickly became the number one talk show in national syndication. In 1987, its first year, the show received three Daytime Emmy Awards in the categories of Outstanding Host, Outstanding Talk/Service Program and Outstanding Direction. The following year, in 1988, the show received its second consecutive Emmy as Outstanding Talk/Service Program, and Oprah herself received the International Radio and Television Society's "Broadcaster of the Year" Award. She was the youngest person ever to receive the honor.

 
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