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Situation Critical

In some jobs, danger can appear at any moment. In the blink of an eye, the routine can become perilous. This month, the National Geographic Channel shows us what happens when a normal situation becomes Situation Critical.

The police try to keep citizens safe, but what happens when the police are in danger? On February 28, 1997, two men with armor and powerful rifles robbed a bank in Hollywood, California. The police's weapons were useless against the criminals'', but they knew they had to end the Hollywood Shootout. In Colombia, police tried to arrest Pablo Escobar, the world's most notorious drug dealer. When he fought back with assassinations that killed hundreds, government officials decided their only option was Killing Pablo Escobar.

For soldiers and pilots, too, danger is a way of life. This became a painful truth for American pilot Scott O'Grady in June 1995 when his jet was shot down over Bosnia. O'Grady was able to eject, but he had to avoid the enemy for days as a Downed Pilot. British SAS troops also found themselves in harm's way in Sierra Leone in 2000. There, they planned to recover 11 British soldiers who were being held hostage in a daring SAS Jungle Rescue.

Of course, combat isn't the only way to experience danger. The astronauts of Apollo 13 learned this when an explosion struck their spacecraft. Low on resources, the astronauts and engineers on the ground had to act quickly to save Apollo 13. Back on Earth, the Sydney to Hobart yacht race turned deadly in 1998, with dozens of boats forced to quit and six men lost at sea. That year, the challenging competition turned into Hell on High Water.

There are situations where our decisions can make the difference between life and death, the outcome is never certain, and we are left with our hearts pounding. National Geographic Channel brings us face to face with these dangerous conditions on Situation Critical.

     
  1.

Which is the best description of the kind of situations shown on Situation Critical?

       
    (A) Dangerous circumstances that are quickly resolved.
    (B) A location that involves war or fighting.
    (C)

Situations that become dangerous all of a sudden.

    (D) Movies that look dangerous.
       
  2.

Which situation is NOT described in the article?

       
    (A)

A risky airplane landing.

    (B) Rescuing hostages.
    (C) A tragic boat race.
    (D) A bank robbery.
       
  3.

The purpose of the article is to ______.

       
    (A)

describe a few interesting, dangerous situations

    (B) list all of the excitement one might experience
    (C) explain which kind of situation is most critical
    (D) show how to get out of life-threatening situations
       
  4.

Which of the following would be another good title for Situation Critical?

       
    (A) War Stories
    (B)

Risky Circumstances

    (C) Secret Missions
    (D) Avoiding Danger
       
           
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  Answers : 1) C    2) A    3) A    4) B
 
 
 
 
 

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