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Reading : Fabulous Rain Quiz

Serangkaian teks di bawah ini adalah sebuah kuis yang membahas tentang cuaca, terutama mengenai hujan. Kuis bahasa Inggris ini terdiri dari 31 nomor yang berisi pertanyaan dan jawaban serta penjelasan mengenai hujan di seluruh dunia. Cara mengikuti kuis ini adalah sebagai berikut :

BBIM Friends bisa memulainya dari soal yang pertama, baca pertanyaannya dan kemudian pilih salah satu dari dua jawaban yang tersedia. Jika BBIM Friends memilih Mawsynram, maka di sebelahnya tertulis : Go to no 8, artinya BBIM Friends bisa mendapatkan penjelasannya di no 8, jika BBIM Friends memilih Legaspi maka BBIM Friends akan diarahkan ke no 4, baca apa yang tertulis di sana, dan ikuti pentunjuk selanjutnya. Hal ini akan  terus belanjut sampai 1 putaran penuh. Kuis ini ditulis oleh Brian Gearing yang dimuat di majalah Reader's Digest terbitan bulan Oktober 1996.

Latihan membaca (reading) merupakan latihan yang wajib bagi setiap pembelajar bahasa Inggris, karena jika BBIM Friends tidak sempat untuk berlatih percakapan, maka BBIM Friends bisa mengganti kegiatan latihan percakapan dengan membaca, entah itu buku, artikel, jurnal, komik  atau surat kabar berbahasa Inggris. Setelah membaca coba melakukan comprehension (pemahaman). Atau bisa juga dengan menandai kata-kata baru yang ditemukan ketika proses membaca dilakukan. Misalnya dalam bacaan di bawah ini kita bisa menemukan kata "You got it wrong" yang merupakan padanan dari You are wrong atau You were wrong. "You got it right" yang merupakan padanan dari you are right atau you were right.

Jadikan proses latihan ini sebagai hal yang menyenangkan, ingat bahwa tujuan latihan membaca adalah untuk meningkatkan kemampuan pemahaman, dan menemukan kata, frasa, dan juga kalimat yang nantinya berguna dalam sebuah percakapan. Sekarang coba lakukan perjalanan untuk memahami keseluruhan bacaan di bawah ini.

1.What is the wettest place in the world ?
  • Mawsynram in Meghalaya State, India.(Go to no 8)
  • Legaspi in the Philippines.(Go to 4)
2. Congratulations!
Those are 150 days deliver an annual rainfall of more than 178 inches. For rain forest that's ideal growing weather. If you've kept your powder dry, you'll have followed the fastest route through our quiz - only 18 steps (1-8-15-10-11-19-7-16-13-6-20-12-25-27-21-26-28-2).

3.Wrong. Back to 13 once more.

4.Sorry, wrong answer. But, when it comes to rain, Legaspi does have one claim to fame-on August 13,1963, Legaspi weather station recorded rain fall of 17.01 inches in a deluge that lasted for 15 minutes. Try again at no 1.

5.Down the tubes! The rain forests of Southeast Asia just aren't rainy as you tought. Track back through the jugle to 28.

6.Bingo! This is the experts' assesment, and between them this 1500 to 2000 thuderstorms generate about 6000 flashes of lightning every minute. Now put on your galoshes and head for 20.

7.What animal life caused alarm by escaping from riverside pens when exceptional rainfall led to widespread flooding in Thailand late 1995?
  • Crocodiles. Go to 16.
  • Piranha fish. Go to 24.
  • Otters. Go to 30.
8.Fine beginning. Mawsynram on average receives a soaking 0f 467,5 inches a year, making it the wettest place in the world, according to the lates Guinness Book of Records. All this rain is due to Mawsynram 's high elevation (4623 feet) and its location on the crest of one of the southern ranges of the Khasi Hills, where it is perfectly placed to be on the receiving end during the Southwest moonsoon season. Next to 15-you won't need your raingear.

9.You rn into a puddle. Back to 13.

10.Hurrah! Right answer. The annual mean rainfall on the Pacific coast of Chile between Africa and Antofagasta is less than 0.004 inches, making it the driest place in the world. This is because high pressure is an almost permanent feature in the area. Now rain-dance your way to 11.

11.What is the most rain that has fallen in any one place during a 24-hour period?
  • 74 inches. Go to 19.
  • 40 inches. Go to 23.
12.Very knowledgeable. Throughout Asia our ancestor wove raincoats of materials readily available. Now take the plunge at 25.

13.At any given moment, approximately how many thunderstorms are occuring around the world>
50-60. Go to 3.
  • 1500-2000. Go to 6.
  • Over 5000. Got to 9.
14.Sorry. With the Himalayas acting as a barrier against the moonsoons, the region receives less than 20 inches of rain a year, but other places are even more parched. Go back to 17.

15.Where is the driest place in the world?
  • Southeast region of Tibet. Go to 14.
  • Chile. Go to 10.
16.You got it right. Hundreds of crocodiles-some as long as 13 feet-used the flooding to escape from their riverside pens. Crocodiles are farmed in Thailand for their meat-it has a unque sweet taste-and their skin, which is used to make luxury leather goods. Wade on to 13.

17.No. But the Guinness Book Of Records says Yuma in Arizona is the sunniest place in the world, with an annual average 0f 91% of the possible hours of sunshine-a mean of 4055 hours out of 4456. Go back to 15.

18.Missed! Backtrack to 21.

19.Excellent! To be precise, the record amount of rain was 73.62 inches and it fell on Cilaos, Reunion, Indian Ocean, in 24 hours on March 15 and 16, 1952. This is equal to over 7550 metric tons of rain per acre. Paddle to 7.

20.Who, in days of old, used to protect themselves against the wet bay wearing "raincoats" made of rice straw or reeds?
  • Asian. Go to 12.
  • Eskimo. Go to 22.
  • South Americans Indians. Go to 31.
21.Some scientists speculate that a continuos downpour helped to form the Earth. For about how many yeras do they believe it rained?
  • One million. Go to 18.
  • 60,000. Go to 26.
22.No, no. Eskimos put their trust in rainwear they made by stiching together seal intestines, feathers and fur. Dodge the showers as you go back to 20.

23.Unfortunately, you've got it wrong. Go back to 11.

24.No, sorry.These voracious little killers can plead not guilty this time. Splash back to 7.

25.What are people in Japan talking about when they refer to the "divine wind?"
  • Typhoons. Go to 27.
  • The wids that brings early summer rain. Go to 29.
26.Yippee! You got it right. According to some scientists it tooks 60,000 years of continuous rainfall to fill the oceans and scour the land. Others debate the exact figure but agree it did rain for ten of thousands of years. Now on to 28.

27.Bull's eye! The Japanese have the destructive seasonal typhoons to thank for their historic independence from China. Twice the 13th-century emperor Kublai Khan sent ships and troops against the Japanese islands and twice the typhoon's onslaught wrecked the invader's fleet. Now head for 21.

28.How often does it rain each year in the tropical rain forests of Southeast Asia?
  • About 150 days. Go to 2.
  • About 310 days. Go to 5.
29.Sorry, no. Return to 25.

30.Oh,no. These cute creatures wouldn't frighten anybody. Back to 7.

31.You guessed wrongly. The south American Indian waterproofed his clothes with liquid latex from rubber trees. Back to 20.