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Read the passage carefully. Then choose the correct answer.
 
These days, sports is a major money-making business for people selling sportswear and other merchandise. In June last year, I was in South Africa where the World Cup was held. There, I saw droves of men dressed in the garb of their favorite football team. Jerseys even bore the numbers of football heroes.

The sports arena has become a hunting ground for advertisers and salespeople from various industries. Sports celebrities do not just endorse sports gear; they are also roped in to sell anything from liquor to luxurious items such as watches and automobiles. Hence, sports has become a major industry in itself. Famous sports personalities who promote the products of various companies stand to earn hefty sums of endorsement money, which, for the majority of them, far exceed the income they earn from playing their respective sports.

Does this diminish the significance of sports itself? Some people argue that it does while others disagree. There are people who feel that money will corrupt sportsmen and turn them into mercenary opportunists. They would rather see the return of sports that do without the lure of such financial gains. Others feel that it helps to promote sports as the money the advertisers and product companies put in can be used to maintain fields, tracks and other equipment of facilities used by the sportsmen. It would be quite disheartening to sit in a leaky stadium with uncomfortable benches, watching a football game for two hours. Likewise, with the spruced up images of the games and the players, people will be more attracted to the different sports and hence will be more likely to take them up as hobbies or forms of exercise.

We have witnessed the rise in the popularity of sports such as tennis, basketball and football. The media coverage of these sporting events is only possible because of the money invested by companies to bring the sports, and of course their products, closer to the homes of the masses.

     
  1. According to paragraph 2, 'sports has become a major industry in itself' ______.
       
    (A) because of famous sports personalities
    (B) because of sports gear that sportsmen wear
    (C) because of large number of people watching these sporting events
    (D) through money generated by the sales of products that sportsmen endorse
       
  2. Why have many famous sportsmen become affluent ?
       
    (A) They gave up their sport to work for advertisers.
    (B) They gave up their sport and became advertisers themselves.
    (C) They earned money from playing their sport and promoting various items for advertisers.
    (D) They earned money from playing their sport and promoting only sports gear for advertisers.
       
  3. The objective of the advertisers is actually ______.
       
    (A) to promote sportsmen
    (B) to improve the standards of sports
    (C) to create better facilities for sportsmen and provide better equipment
    (D) to entice fans into buying their products associated with their favorite sports personalities
       
  4. The 'mercenary opportunists' ( paragraph 3 ) refer to ______.
       
    (A) the advertisers who are crafty
    (B) the sportsmen who are greedy for fame
    (C) the sportsmen who stand to gain a lot if they perform well
    (D) the sportsmen who will stop at nothing to achieve monetary gains
       
  5. According to the passage, what is the most obvious benefit from advertising in sports ?
       
    (A) More people will be interested to exercise.
    (B) More people will take up sports as a hobby.
    (C) More people will know about various sports.
    (D) People will get to watch popular games on television.
       
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