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Athletics Comprehension Quiz

This quiz will test your understanding of the text that you read on the athletics reading page.

(You can also print this quiz on paper.)

1. One of the events in the Olympic Games in ancient Greece was:
a) discus b) steeplechase c) pole-vault
2. Modern-style athletics competitions began in English schools in the:
a) 18th century b) 19th century c) 20th century
3. The IAAF World Championships in Athletics have been held since:
a) 1896 b) 1961 c) 1983
4. Most outdoor athletics tracks have:
a) six lanes b) eight lanes c) ten lanes
5. Most indoor athletics tracks have a length of:
a) 200 metres b) 300 metres c) 400 metres
6. The longest running race in athletics is the:
a) steeplechase b) 10,000 metres c) marathon
7. Some of the few team events in athletics are the:
a) relay races b) field events c) triple jumps
8. Field events in athletics include jumping and:
a) running events b) throwing events c) sprinting events
9. The champion runner Paavo Nurmi was born in:
a) Sweden b) Denmark c) Finland
10. How many Olympic gold medals did Carl Lewis win in total?
a) eight b) nine c) ten

Contributor: Matt Errey