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Passage Reading and English Comprehension

The village of Vestmannaeyjar, in the far northern country of Iceland, is as bright and clean and up-to-date as any American or Canadian suburb. It is located on the island of Heimaey, just off the mainland. One January night in 1973, however, householders were shocked from their sleep. In some backyards, red-hot liquid was spurting from the ground. Flaming "skyrockets" shot up and over the houses. The island's volcano, Helgafell, silent for 7,000 years, was violently erupting!

Luckily, the island's fishing fleet was in port, and within 24 hours almost everyone was ferried to the mainland. But then the agony of the island began in earnest. As in a nightmare, fountains of burning lava spurted 300 feet high. Black, baseball-size cinders rained down. An evil-smelling, eye-burning, throat-searing cloud of smoke and gas erupted into the air, and a river of lava flowed down the mountain. The constant shriek of escaping steam was punctuated by ear-splitting explosions.

As time went on, the once pleasant village of Vestmannaeyjar took on a weird aspect. Its street lamps still burning against the long Arctic night, the town lay under a thick blanket of cinders. All that could be seen above the 10-foot black drifts were the tips of street signs. Some houses had collapsed under the weight of cinders, while others had burst into flames as the heat ignited their oil storage tanks. Lighting the whole lurid scene, fire continued to shoot from the mouth of the looming volcano.

The eruption continued for six months. Scientists and reporters arrived from around the world to observe the awesome natural event. But the town did not die that easily. In July, when the eruption ceased, the people of Heimaey Island returned to assess the chances of rebuilding their homes and lives. They found tons of ash covering the ground. The Icelanders are a tough people, however, accustomed to the strange and violent nature of their Arctic land. They dug out their homes. They even used the cinders to build new roads and airport runways. Now the new homes of Heimaey are warmed from water pipes heated by molten lava.

1438. The village is located on the island of...

(a) Vestmannaeyjar
(b) Hebrides
(c) Heimaey
(d) Helgafell

1439. The color of the hot liquid was...

(a) Orange
(b) Black
(c) Yellow
(d) Red

1440. This liquid was coming from the...

(a) Mountains
(b) Ground
(c) Sea
(d) Sky

1441. The island's volcano had been inactive for...

(a) 70 years
(b) 7,000 years
(c) 7,000 months
(d) 700 years

1442. Black cinders fell that were the size of...

(a) Baseballs
(b) Pebbles
(c) Golf balls
(d) Footballs

1443. Despite the eruption...

(a) The buses kept running
(b) The radio stations kept broadcasting
(c) The police kept working
(d) The street lamps kept burning

1444. This volcanic eruption lasted for six...

(a) Weeks
(b) Hours
(c) Months
(d) Days

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