112. Reading Skills Comprehension: Thomas Alva Edison

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Read the following passage and answer the following questions:-

Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman who developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world. He lit up the world with his invention of electric light. Without him, the world might have been a dark place.
However, the electric light was not his only invention. He also invented phonograph, motion the picture camera and over 1200 other things. About every two weeks, he created something new. Thomas A. Edison was born in Milan, Ohio on February 11, 1847. His family moved to Port Huron Michigan when he was 7 years old. Surprisingly, he attended school for two months. His mother, a former teacher, taught him a few things, but Thomas was mostly self-educated. His natural curiosity led him to start experimenting at a young age with electrical and mechanical things at home.
When he was 12 years old, he got his first job. He became a newsboy on a train that ran between Port Huron and Detroit. He set up a laboratory in a baggage car of the train so that he could experiment in his spare time. Unfortunately, his first work experience did not end well. Thomas was fired when he accidentally set fire to the floor of the baggage car.
Thomas then worked for 5 years as a telegraph operator but he continued to spend much of his time on the job conducting experiments. He got his first patent in 1868 for a voice recorder run by electricity. However, it was not a success. In 1870 he sold another invention, a stock ticker for $ 40,000. He was then able to build his first shop in Newyork, New Jersey.                                                                                                              

(a) Thomas Alva Edison was an ___________
(b) ___________ was the invention of Thomas Alva Edison that changed the world from darkness to light.
(c) The frequency of Edison’s inventions was ___________
(d) The trait in him that proved useful to his work was ___________
(e) His first job was as___________
(f) He made use of his spare time on train by ___________
(g) Edison got his first patent in and for ___________
(h) Name two more things that he invented 1.___________ 2. ___________


(a) American inventor and businessman
(b) The electric light
(c) an invention every two weeks
(d) his natural curiosity
(e) a newsboy
(f) conducting experiments in the laboratory he set up in the train
(g) 1868; an electric voice recorder
(h) 1. phonograph 2. motion picture camera

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