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As prices and building costs keep rising, the ‘do-it-yourself’ (DIY) trend in the U.S. continues to grow.

‘We needed furniture for our living room,’ says John Ross, ‘and we just didn’t have enough money to buy it. So we decided to try making a few tables and chairs.’ John got married six months ago, and like many young people these days, they are struggling to make a home at a time when the cost of living is very high. The Rosses took a 2-week course for $280 at a night school. Now they build all their furniture and make repairs around the house.

Jim Hatfield has three boys and his wife died. He has a full-time job at home as well as in a shoe making factory. Last month, he received a car repair bill for $420. ‘I was deeply upset about it. Now I’ve finished a car repair course, I should be able to fix the car by my-self.’

John and Jim are not unusual people. Most families in the country are doing everything they can to save money so they can fight the high cost of living. If you want to become a ‘do-it-yourselfer’, you can go to Diy classes. And for those who don’t have time to take a course, there are books that tell you how you can do things yourself.

     
  1.

We can learn from the text that many newly married people _______.

       
    (A)

find it hard to pay for what they need

    (B) have to learn to make their own furniture
    (C) take DIY courses run by the government
    (D) seldom go to a department store to buy things
       
  2.

John and his wife went to evening classes to learn how to______.

       
    (A) run a DIY shop
    (B)

make or repair things

    (C) save time and money
    (D) improve the quality of life
       
  3.

When the writer says that Jim has a full-time job at home, he means Jim_____.

       
    (A) makes shoes in his home
    (B) does extra work at night
    (C) does his own car and home repairs
    (D)

keeps house and looks after his children

       
  4.

Jim Hatfield decided to become a do-it-yourselfer when______.

       
    (A)

his car repairs cost too much

    (B) the car repair class was not helpful
    (C) he could not possibly do two jobs
    (D) he had to raise the children all by himself
       
  5.

What would be the best title for the text?

       
    (A) The Joy of DIY
    (B)

You Can Do It Too!

    (C) Welcome to Our DIY Course!
    (D) Ross and Hatfield; Believers in DIY
       
           
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  Answers : 1) A    2) B    3) D    4) A    5) B
 
 
 
 
 

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