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Reading Comprehension

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Daylight Saving Time BeginsHoliday: Daylight Saving Time

Daylight saving time (DST)—also summer time in British English— is the practice of advancing clocks during the lighter months so that evenings have more apparent daylight and mornings have less. Typically clocks are adjusted forward one hour near the start of spring and are adjusted backward in autumn.

The modern idea of daylight saving was first proposed in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson and it was first implemented by Germany and Austria-Hungary starting on 30 April 1916. Many countries have used it at various times since then. Much of the United States used DST in the 1950s and 1960s, and DST use expanded following the 1970s energy crisis. It has been widely used in North America and Europe since then.

The practice has been both praised and criticized. Adding daylight to evenings benefits retailing, sports, and other activities that exploit sunlight after working hours, but can cause problems for evening entertainment and other occupations tied to the sun (such as farming) or to darkness (such as firework shows). Although an early goal of DST was to reduce evening use of incandescent lighting (formerly a primary use of electricity), modern heating and cooling usage patterns differ greatly, and research about how DST currently affects energy use is limited or contradictory.

Source: Wikipedia: Daylight saving time
From YOUR Teacher: Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time has been a controversial topic for many years.
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Test: Reading Comprehension Daylight Saving Time

Read the information above. In the test questions below choose which is the best answer for each question. There are 5 questions. Good luck.
1.  What is daylight saving time called in British English?

a.  tea time
b.  spending time
c.  clock time
d.  summer time
2.  Typically clocks are adjusted forward how much in Spring?

a.  one hour
b.  two hours
c.  three hours
d.  four hours
3.  When was the modern idea of daylight saving was first proposed?

a.  1916
b.  1895
c.  1859
d.  1691
4.  The practice of daylight saving time has been which of the following?

a.  used and misused
b.  as a national sport
c.  praised and criticized
d.  a way to promote business
5.  Research about how DST currently affects energy use is which of the following?

a.  difficult to understand
b.  used and misused
c.  limited or contradictory
d.  easy to understand
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