Japanese Operator Says It Will Scrap Four Reactors At Plant - New York Times

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  • 1. 
    Paragraph 1: "Tokyo Electric Power Company will completely write off four of the six reactors at the crippled nuclear plant, the company’s chairman said on Wednesday." Which sentence best expresses a "write-off"?
    • A. 

      The company admits that 4 reactors are useless.

    • B. 

      The company admits that 4 reactors need repair.

  • 2. 
    Paragraph 1: "Tokyo Electric Power Company will completely write off four of the six reactors at the crippled nuclear plant, the company’s chairman said on Wednesday." Which sentence best expresses the adjective "crippled"?
    • A. 

      Severely damaged

    • B. 

      Slightly damaged

  • 3. 
    Paragraph 2: “We have no choice but to scrap” the No. 1, 2, 3 and 4 units at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, Tsunehisa Katsumata told a news conference. Which sentence best expresses the main idea?
    • A. 

      The company has to shut down the 4 units and never use them again

    • B. 

      The company has to shut down the 4 units, at least temporarily

  • 4. 
    Paragraph 3: “Many analysts have said the move was inevitable following the damage the units have suffered since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, but it marked the first time the company has explicitly acknowledged that much of its multibillion investment is irrecoverable." There are 2 correct answers! Which 2 are correct?
    • A. 

      The analysts said the scrapping of the 4 units could not be avoided.

    • B. 

      It's the first time the company admits that its huge investment must now be scrapped.

    • C. 

      It's the first time the company recovers part of its multibillion investment.