Cambridge A2 Key

A2 Key - Reading Multiple Choice Exercise 15

Read the text and then choose the best answer for each question.

The Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is a very famous bridge in the USA. It is in San Francisco and crosses the Golden Gate strait, which is the sea that connects San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The bridge links the city of San Francisco to Marin County. It is used by cars, bikes, and people walking and is known all over the world as a symbol of San Francisco.

People thought about building this bridge a long time ago, in the late 1800s. But they only started making it in the early 1900s. Joseph Strauss was the main engineer. The bridge was opened for everyone in 1937. Since then, it has been improved many times.

Travel guides say the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most beautiful and photographed bridges in the world. When it first opened, it was the longest and tallest bridge of its kind. It is very big. The main part of the bridge is 4,200 feet (1,280 metres) long, and it is 746 feet (227 metres) tall.

The Golden Gate Bridge is not just important for travel. It also helped the area's economy. When the bridge was built, it made it easier for people and goods to move between San Francisco and Marin County. This helped businesses grow. Today, the bridge is a big tourist attraction. People from all over the world come to see it. It's a big part of what makes San Francisco special.

1. What gives the Golden Gate Bridge its fame?

    Its unique colour and design.

    Its frequent appearance in films and media.

    Its status as an icon.

2. What record did the Golden Gate Bridge hold when it opened?

    Its cost.

    Its size.

    Its materials.

3. When did people first think about building a bridge there?

    In the 18th century.

    In the 19th century.

    In the early 20th century.

4. How has the Golden Gate Bridge helped the area's economy?

    By improving transportation.

    By creating jobs.

    By attracting IT companies.

5. Why do tourists visit the Golden Gate Bridge?

    To walk across it.

    To drive across it.

    To see its beauty.

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