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Study Guide: Reading Comprehension
QuestionQuestion 1 out of 8
Read the following paragraphs and answer the question that follows.

Americans, in general, are big eaters, and one of the greatest pleasures of the day is sitting down to a hearty breakfast. Most neighborhood diners and cafeterias offer breakfast specials. Some can be as simple as buttered toast with coffee. Others can almost be equivalent to a full course meal which can provide enough calories for the entire day.

Breakfast specials are usually offered daily, from seven until eleven in the morning, after which the prices change and everything is ordered a la carte. Some fast food restaurants offer an “all-you-can-eat” buffet breakfast, which may include more than thirty choices of every breakfast item imaginable. For a set price, one can get as many refills as one wants.

The choices on the breakfast menu border close to infinity. A typical ‘gourmet’ breakfast may start with a glass of orange or tomato juice and then proceed to two eggs with toast, jam, butter, hash browns, and coffee. The menu indicates that the eggs are served “any way you like them.” This means they can be prepared sunny-side-up, over easy, scrambled, boiled, poached or fried.

Upon entering a diner or coffee shop, the rich aroma of freshly roasted coffee is a standard greeting. The coffee comes in a variety of blends, but the most popular are regular and decaf. Decaf is especially preferred for those who are habitual coffee drinkers. As the name suggests, it means that the caffeine has been removed from the coffee. Most Americans who often take seconds for their morning coffee find decaf less addictive but will probably have another four cups before the day is over. As in all cases, since there is no charge for coffee refills, such a breakfast will cost less than five dollars with tip included.

For those who cannot eat eggs, there is a wide variety of other choices. Corn flakes with bananas, waffles with butter, pancakes with maple syrup, blinis with cream, and French toast flavored with cinnamon and syrup are all good alternatives. Those who are on a diet may prefer to eat only half a grapefruit, nibble on a breakfast salad of cottage cheese and lettuce, and skip almost everything else, but for those not concerned about their weight, bacon and sausages may be included to complement their waffles, pancakes and eggs. Hot cereals make other good selections, especially in winter with farina, maple-flavored oatmeal, and creams of wheat and corn. The variety of cereals is so numerous that a matter of choice becomes a challenge among so many available selections.

Some regional favorites also add variety to the American breakfast. In the south, grits with butter may replace hash browns, and hot spicy biscuits and gravy seasoned with bits of meat make up a meal in themselves. Fortified with a hearty breakfast stashed away under their belts, Americans find it easier to face the challenges of another day.


At what time during the day are ‘breakfast specials’ offered?

Answers  (Select the one best answer below)
A. Usually from 6 a.m. to noon.
B. They are served all day.
C. Usually from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
D. Usually from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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