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Este exercício serve para praticar a técnica de leitura já vista em sala de aula (skimming e scanning
aplicados a textos longos).
Read the text below and write the main idea of each paragraph. Then answer the proposed questions.
Facebook is the world's largest social network, with 750 million users worldwide as of July 2011. More than any
other company, it is defining what some see as the "social'' era of the Internet. And its policies, more than any
others, seem to be driving the definition of privacy in this new age.
The company, founded in 2004 by a Harvard undergraduate, began life catering first to Harvard students and
then to all high school and college students. It has since evolved into a broadly popular online destination used by
both teenagers and adults of all ages. In country after country, Facebook has cemented itself as the leader and
often displacing other social networks. It has also come to be seen as one of the new titans of the Internet,
challenging even Google with a vision of a Web tied together throu gh personal relationships and recommendations.
The company's rise has been marked by strings of controversies. Three other Harvard students maintain that
they came up with the original idea and that Mr. Zuckerberg, whom they had hired to write code for the site, stole
the idea to create Facebook.
"The Social Network," a movie released in 2010 about Facebook’s tumultuous origins, offered up what A.O.
Scott called "a creation story for the digital age and something of a morality tale, one driven by desire, ma rked by
triumph, contaminated by betrayal and inspired by the new gospel: the geek shall inherit the earth."
Mr. Zuckerberg disputed the characterization of him in the film, though in a New Yorker magazine profile, he
acknowledged having indulged in a bit of immature arrogance.
(Adapted from: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/business/companies/facebook_inc/index.html. )
01 In July 2011, Facebook
a) defined the "social'' era of the Internet.
b) created the definition of privacy.
c) had 750 million users worldwide.
d) was founded by a Harvard undergraduate.
02 The company was founded by a Harvard
03 Facebook has been used by
a) people of all ages.
b) adolescents only.
c) grown-ups only.
d) mainly young children.
04 The word It in “It has also come to be seen” (paragraph 2) refers to
05 Three Harvard students have accused Mr. Zuckerberg of having
a) been hired to write a code for the site.
b) stolen the idea to create Facebook.
c) come up with the idea for the site.
d) disputed the characterization of him in the film.
06 "The Social Network," is a movie about
a) Google's development.
b) the creation of the Internet.
c) geeks all over the earth.
d) the making of Facebook.
07 The word though in “though in a New Yorker magazine profile,” (paragraph 5) conveys an idea of