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[whitespace] A Reading Comprehension Contest

Our writers work hard to deliver thoughtful stories that keep you in the loop. But we suspect many of you just look at the pictures, check out the "scene" photos to see if you know anyone, or simply wrap your fish in the fruits of our labor. Prove us wrong! Show us that you not only read the Metropolitan, but actually have a clue what we're talking about.

Here's how: Read Dara Colwell's cover story on the gay press, answer the questions below and email us your responses. The first reader to get them all correct (and into our mailbox) will win a dig through our treasure chest filled with CDs and books (courtesy of publicists across the country). You may begin ...

1. Which of the following statements best describes the main idea of the cover story?
(A) The gay press is only interested in celebrities.
(B) The gay press is not important.
(C) Lots of readers of the gay press aren't actually gay.
(D) There are questions about the quality of the gay press.
(E) The gay press is vibrant and thoroughly modern.

2. The author's attitude toward the gay press is
(A) annoyance
(B) neutrality
(C) anger
(D) agreement
(E) confusion

3. In the cover story, the gay community is portrayed as
(A) quiet and largely closeted
(B) fun and festive
(C) having varied opinions
(D) largely ambivalent
(E) just like everyone else

4. It can be inferred from the story that all of the following statements about Frontiers editor Lauren Hauptman are true EXCEPT:
(A) She's lived in New York.
(B) She's controversial.
(C) She's a fashionable woman.
(D) She's experienced.
(E) She's committed.

5. The author's primary purpose in the last two paragraphs is
(A) to voice her support for the gay press.
(B) to highlight the need for more gay newspapers.
(C) to say that the local gay press is not needed and should be shut down.
(D) to dismiss critics of the gay press.
(E) to suggest that the survival of the gay press depends on its quality.

Email your responses to metropolitan@sanfrancisco.com. Please include your name, address and phone number.

And the winner is ... John Zinn, for Read2Win's Asian Clubs (May 4, 1998 issue) reading comprehension contest. Congrats! We'll call you.

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From the June 1-14, 1998 issue of the Metropolitan.

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