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Universal Appeal

Universal Studios Hollywood a place for fun, entertainment, and even history is taking its first steps in a 25-year plan to expand the park. The new outline envisions an incredible growth of the amusement facilities as well as the development of a residential neighborhood in the area. This environmentally friendly living area is just another feather in the cap of this amazing park of wonder.

Originally known as Universal City, Universal Studios Hollywood was founded in 1915 by Carl Laemmle. It was the first studio to offer tours where audiences could watch films in production. Since then, Universal Studios has grown to include theme parks, restaurants, hotels, shopping malls, and much more. This park proved to be so popular that Universal Studios Florida opened in 1990, and last year, Universal Studios Japan (Osaka) celebrated its fifth birthday.

With so much past success from growth, it's no wonder that Universal is excited about its latest plans for expansion. Previous plans were scrapped due to complex zoning and environmental regulations. Now, they are ready to move ahead in full force.

While many new attractions are in the works for the new expansion, Universal will preserve some of its old attractions, such as the Bates Mansion from the film Psycho and the mechanical shark from Jaws. These attractions offer a historical perspective of the film industry. Preserving them illustrates the advance in film production techniques over the years. In addition to safeguarding the past, plenty of new high-tech soundstages, rides, and theaters are in the works. In May, Citywalk, a shopping, dining, and entertainment facility, began remodeling. Spring also saw the opening of SkyVenture Hollywood, an attraction where visitors can float 40 feet into the air on 125 mph winds. Not bad for a studio once called, "The strangest place on Earth."

     
  1. As a result of the popularity of Universal Studios, ______.
       
    (A)

other parks and facilities were opened

    (B) homeowners lost their property rights
    (C) neighborhoods in the area were flattened
    (D) Carl Laemmle decided to shut down his park
       
  2. In the third paragraph, "scrapped" is closest in meaning to _____.
       
    (A) blown up
    (B) refused
    (C)

called off

    (D) prolonged
       
  3. According to the article, why will older attractions remain?
       
    (A) They're too costly to replace.
    (B)

They provide insight into the development of the film industry.

    (C) They represent the destruction of historic landmarks.
    (D) They only cost US$25 million in annual upkeep.
       
  4. What will more than likely occur because of the expansion of the park?
       
    (A) The movie industry will improve its contents.
    (B) Business will experience a slight slump.
    (C)

More tourists will be drawn to the area.

    (D) Universal Studios will pass out more tour packages.
       
      envision   to imagine as a likely possibility in the future
           
      in full force   in full strength
           
      in the works   under development
           
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  Answers : 1) A    2) C    3) B    4) C
 
 
 
 
 

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