The stadium buzzes with vuvuzelas. You look around, see the crowd. 94,700 spectators
ﬁll the stands. Your national anthem plays. Tears ﬁll your eyes. This is it.
Ball in motion. Palms sweaty. Heart pounding. The championship awaits.
As the returning champions, Italy
also shocked the world when their
them from number 1 in the world to poor performance in 2010 took
number 26. They didn’t even mak
lost to Slovakia, a team that hasn’t e it out of the ﬁrst round. They
qualiﬁed for the World Cup in 16 yea
vanquish Paraguay or even New Zea rs. They were also unable to
land, a team who has never made
World Cups it has qualiﬁed for. Italy it past the ﬁrst round in the two
fell from the top, but they were far
2010 World Cup. from the biggest scandal of the
After reading “Copa Mundial 2010,” choose the options that best answer questions 1–14.
1. Read this sentence.
After coming out of the ﬁrst round tied with Chile, it seemed that Spain was going to have just another
typical World Cup showing.
What is the meaning of the word typical as it is used in this sentence?
2. Read this sentence from the passage.
The rest of the team was so angry that they mutinied and refused to participate in their training session.
Based on the context clues, which of the following words is most similar to the word mutinied?
3. After reading this article, what can the reader infer about Andres Iniesta and Landon Donovan?
A. Both will receive signiﬁcant bonuses.
B. Both will soon retire from soccer careers.
C. Both will be recognized as heroes in their homelands.
D. They will go on to play on the same professional team as a “dynamic soccer duo.”
4. According to the article, which of the following words or phrases describes Italy’s performance in the 2010
5. What word below describes the author’s point of view toward the United States’ World Cup performance?
6. The author organizes the article by
F. telling a uniﬁed story.
G. separating the article into subtopics.
H. comparing the various goals of the 2010 World Cup and the players who scored them.
I. preparing a cause-and-effect layout which analyzes the effect of vuvuzelas on World Cup performance.
7. What seems to be the author’s purpose for the opening paragraph?
A. to summarize the article
B. to illustrate that vuvuzelas annoy World Cup players and fans
C. to help the reader understand the excitement of representing one’s country in the World Cup
D. to entertain the reader with an introduction that has no relevance to the main body of the article
8. Which statement BEST describes the main idea of the section titled “United States”?
F. Landon Donovan is a world hero.
G. Landon Donovan scored the winning goal in the World Cup ﬁnal.
H. The United States owes their World Cup success entirely to Donovan’s quick thinking.
I. Landon Donovan scored an unlikely goal which sent the United States into the 2nd round of the
2010 World Cup.
9. Which of the following caused Spain to ultimately win the 2010 World Cup ﬁnal?
A. Andres Iniesta’s goal
B. the Netherland’s inability to back up their offense
C. a penalty kick goal by Iniesta that was assisted by Lionel Messi
D. an out-of-bounds ball that led the referee to call for a corner kick
10. Which of the following does the author believe led to England’s early exit from the 2010 World Cup tournament?
F. a lack of training as a single team unit
G. not adjusting to the climate of South Africa
H. a general lack of cooperation and teamwork
I. lethargy and an unwillingness to play outside of a club setting
11. Based on the information in the article, which of the following phrases BEST describes a general similarity
between the English and French teams as pertaining to their World Cup struggles?
A. unruly coaches
B. conceited players
C. lack of team harmony
D. irregular practice schedules
12. Which of the following statements from the article BEST supports the idea that Paul the Octopus was signiﬁcant
to the 2010 World Cup?
F. “He chose the opposing team, Spain, to win the match.”
G. “Whichever box Paul chose was the predicted winner of the match.”
H. “The prediction was made when Paul chose a mussel from one of the boxes.”
I. “He . . . correctly selected the winner of each of his homeland team’s games.”
13. According to the article, what made England’s World Cup exit their worst ever?
A. their poor effort
B. their ruined jerseys
C. their lowest ranking
D. ﬂying home in economy seats
14. Based on the information given in the various subtopics of the article, which of the following conclusions may be
F. The 2010 World Cup brought out emotion among players and fans.
G. The 2010 World Cup was the most controversial sporting event in recent history.
H. In order to play professional soccer, a player must ﬁrst qualify for the World Cup.
I. Watching 2010 World Cup soccer on TV was the favorite summer pastime for families all over the world.
INTERPRETING THE DATA
Which countries and continents historically and currently dominate in world soccer?
Table 1. Comparison of World Cup Team Histories
15. Based only on the historical data given in Table 1, which of the listed teams would be most
likely to do well in the next World Cup ﬁnal?
16. Based alone on ﬁrst-round qualiﬁcations, where does the United States rank among the
teams listed in Table 1?
In the World Cup, teams qualify for the “round of 16”—or second round—by earning
“points” in “group round”—or ﬁrst round—during which they compete against three
other teams. Points are awarded on the following basis:
3 points for a win
0 points for a loss
1 point for a draw
17. Complete Table 2 by ﬁlling in the shaded boxes using this point system. (You may have to work backwards to
ﬁnd out how many wins or draws were accumulated.)
Table 2. 2010 World Cup Round of 16 Statistics
18. Which three teams from Table 2 have the greatest number of points?
19. Of these three teams, which of these scored the highest number of goals?
20. How many goals did each of these teams average per win?
21. Which three teams scored the most goals, regardless of how many points they had?
Figure 1: History of World Cup Wins by Continent
World Cups Won
Africa Asia Oceania Europe N. America S. America
Figure 2: Populations of Various Continents
Population (in millions)
Africa Asia Oceania Europe N. America S. America
22. Take a look at Figures 1 and 2. Would a sociologist be correct in asserting that World Cup wins have been
directly proportional to a continent’s population?
The South African natives were herded into ghettos and deprived of sufﬁcient chance to make money to
F. arrogant and superior
A. oppression leads to revolt.
H. controlling and all-powerful
B. outlining the history of apartheid in South Africa.
H. From Apartheid to Hope
B. the language of the law allowing the arrest of anyone suspected of anarchy
G. Facilities are desegregated in post-apartheid South Africa.
D. Children mourning in funeral services were picked up, submitted to torture, locked in windowless rooms,
I. some communities still practice apartheid ideals, despite the integration of South Africa.
C. despite its general overthrow, apartheid was too recent to have completely left the South African
UNIT VOCABULARY ASSESSMENT
6. The player seemed indifferent that his team was losing the biggest game of the year.
A. sure C. committed
B. upset D. uninterested
7. African-American hero Rosa Parks challenged racial segregation when she Word
refused to surrender her bus seat to a white passenger. Bank
A. anarchy C. separation
B. specialty D. integration
8. The troublemaker was expelled from school for the remainder of the year.
A. held C. discharged
B. welcomed D. disengaged
9. After I began to covet his new cell phone, I bought a similar one for myself.
A. buy C. need
B. want D. allow
10. The bagged lunches were sufﬁcient to serve the whole student body.
A. enough C. unhealthy
B. unlikely D. delicious
Fill in the Blank
After coming out…: “National Team Appearances in the FIFA World Cup,” Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_team_appearances_in_the_FIFA_World_Cup.
After decisive but…: “Matches,” FIFA.com, 2010, http://www.ﬁfa.com/worldcup/matches/index.html.
However, it seems…: Saunders, Steven, “World Cup 2010 England Inquest: A Tactical Disaster,” Goal.com, June 27, 2010, http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/2890/world-cup-2010/2010/06/27/1998191/world-
Each player seemed…: Saunders.
Anelka refused to…: Crumley, Bruce, “France: World Champion—Of Pathetic Controversy,” Time.com, June 19, 2010, http://specials.blogs.time.com/2010/06/19/france-world-champion-of-pathetic-controversy/.
Paul’s supposed psychic…: “South Africa 2010’s Unlikeliest Star,” FIFA.com, July 20, 2010, http://www.ﬁfa.com/worldcup/news/newsid=1275628/index.html#south+africa+2010s+unlikeliest+star.
The vuvuzela is…: Morrison, Jim, “Vuvuzela: The Buzz of the World Cup,” Smithsonian.com, June 8, 2010, www.smithsonianmag.com/.../Vuvuzela-The-Buzz-of-the-World-Cup.html.
It ﬁrst appeared…: Morrison.
It made its…: Morrison.
Intepreting the Data
Table 1…: Data from “National Team Appearances in the FIFA World Cup,” Wikipedia, updated July 25, 2010, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_team_appearances_in_the_FIFA_World_Cup.
Table 2…: Data from “Statistics,” 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, FIFA.com, http://www.ﬁfa.com/worldcup/preliminaries/statistics/index.html.
Figure 1…: Data from “World Cup Previous Winners,” Top End Sports Network, updated June 15, 2010, http://www.topendsports.com/events/worldcupsoccer/winners.htm.
Figure 2…: Data from “World Population Prospects: The 2008 Revision,” United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Statistics Division, 2008, http://www.un.org/esa/population/.
Following are some…: “The History of Apartheid in South Africa,” http//www-cs-students.stanford.edu/”cale/cs201/apartheid.hist.html.
The South African…: “The History of Apartheid in South Africa.”
Eventually, the native…: Smitha, Frank E., “Africa into the 1990s: South Africa and Apartheid,” MacroHistory and World Report, 2002, http://www.fsmitha.com/h2/ch34-sa.htm.
The general language…: Smitha.
In some of…: “The Apartheid System of South Africa,” excerpted from Millett, Kate, The Politics of Cruelty, WW Norton, 1994, tp://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Torture/Apartheid_TPOC.html.
The citizens say (text box)…: Carpenter, Les, “Orania, South Africa: Where Apartheid Lives On,” Yahoo! Sports, June 15, 2010, http://g.sports.yahoo.com/soccer/world-cup/news/orania-south-africa-where-