My Little Pony Fandom - A Reading Test by Voltex Pixel

My Little Pony Fandom (A Reading Test by Voltex Pixel) is a reading test which introduces about My Little Pony fandom and includes several questions based on its passages. Inspired by the reading test form of Test of English as a Foreign Language, it requires high-level English skills and vocabularies to understand and finish the test, although its difficulty would not be hard as the actual test.

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My Little Pony Fandom

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is an animated series based on Hasbro Inc's popular My Little Pony franchise. The show premiered on October 10, 2010 on Hasbro Inc's The Hub channel, now known as Discovery Family as of October 13, 2014. This incarnation of the franchise is referred to as the fourth generation, or G4, of My Little Pony. The show was developed for television by Lauren Faust, who is known for her work on two of Cartoon Network's popular and critically-acclaimed franchises, namely The Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.

The primary audience of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is girls 4-12, but the series has generated a large fan following among adults. Following the series' growth in popularity, the fandom grew to become a notable presence, particularly online. Websites dedicated to My Little Pony-related material were created for fans to share news, music, and fan-created content about the show. Equestria Daily, a My Little Pony blog site, was founded in January 2011 by Shaun Scotellaro for the purpose of collecting fan fiction and news specific to Friendship is Magic. As of April 2015, the site has surpassed 600 million page views.

Fans commonly organize local meet-ups and conventions in their local areas. One of the first fully-realized conventions was BronyCon, the first of which was held in New York City in June 2011, with 100 attendees. BronyCon 2015 was attended by 10,000. Other My Little Pony conventions include Everfree Northwest in Seattle, Washington; Midwestria in Chicago, Illinois; Canterlot Gardens in Cleveland, Ohio; Equestria LA in Los Angeles, California; BABSCon in Burlingame, California; Ponycon NYC in the metropolitan New York City area; BronyCAN in British Columbia, Canada; GalaCon in Ludwigsburg, Germany; BUCK in Manchester, United Kingdom; and PonyCon AU in Sydney, Australia. Series voice actors, episode writers, and other staff members are usually among these conventions' special guests.

Hasbro Inc recognizes the brony community as "a small group of My Little Pony fans who don't necessarily fit what one might expect to be the brand's target audience,” and notes that its core viewership in the older market is "predominantly female". Despite what appeared to be a small audience, Hasbro Inc and the Hub network chose to "salute and embrace all the viewers who have embraced our brand," according to Margaret Loesch, CEO of the Hub and former Executive Producer of the original My Little Pony animated series. Linda Steiner, the senior Vice President for Hasbro Studios, noted that while she hoped that the show would attract a "broader audience," she had "been in the business for 25 years and had never seen anything like this.”

On the other hand, the adult fandom has been perceived negatively by others. Media coverage of the brony phenomenon overshadowed the critical praise the show received. The brony community has encountered ridicule through "trolling" on internet forums, although this bashing has slowly moved away from those said forums on 4chan. The Fox News Channel comedy talk program Red Eye, poked fun at the fandom because it largely consists of young adult males. Dave Glover of Fox News called the phenomenon "another disturbing trend" and stereotyped them as "men who stay home from work and file for disability just so they can watch My Little Ponies". Some media have been critical of the adult-oriented material created by fans. In some cases, these videos may appear in internet searches that children may perform while looking for online copies of the program, forcing parents to have to discuss pornography and sex with their children.

Rebecca Angel, writing for Wired's Geekmom column, described some of the negative feedback from fellow writers about the mostly-male brony culture that included accusations of pedophilia, homosexuality, and immaturity. Angel defended the fandom's culture, describing adult fans' interest as a form of escapism, and that the show provides characters they can relate to and talk about with other fans. She also acknowledged the double-standard whereas females can watch male-oriented entertainment without question. In a similar vein, an "Idea Channel" segment from the Public Broadcasting Service said that the ridicule received by the brony community is partly because the male appreciation for the show challenges preconceived notions of gender roles in the mass media.


Glossaries:
  • My Little Pony: an entertainment franchise developed by Hasbro Inc, originally as a toy line for girls
  • fandom: a group of fans of someone or something, especially very enthusiastic ones
  • brony: A fan of the animated television series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, typically an adult male
  • pegasister: A fan of the animated television series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, typically an adult female


Questions:
1. Why does the author mention the survival of "The Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends" in paragraph 1?
  1. To compare with the show mainly discussed in the passage
  2. To present examples of franchises that Lauren Faust had worked on
  3. To argue that the concept of My Little Pony should be altered in varied ways
  4. To question the suitability of the program whether it is appropriate to be televised

2. Which of the following can be inferred from paragraph 1 about the My Little Pony franchise?
  1. It was created for televising the animated series in the first place.
  2. It existed before Lauren Faust developed My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic for televising.
  3. The whole episodes of it were televised and are televising in the Discovery Family channel.
  4. Its fourth generation was or is being televised in the Discovery Family channel every Saturday.

3. The word "dedicated" in the passage is closest in meaning to
  1. inhale
  2. lethargic
  3. committed
  4. allegiance

4. According to paragraph 2, which of the following is true of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic?
  1. The fandom of the show has made the My Little Pony franchise successful.
  2. The fans of "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" are confined to active online.
  3. The My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic viewers are not limited to age four to twelve.
  4. Equestria Daily is an official My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic website for spreading the news related to the show.

5. The word "attendees" in the passage is closest in meaning to
  1. users
  2. subjects
  3. participants
  4. conference-goers

6. According to paragraph 3, which of the following is NOT true of the conventions?
  1. The majority of the meetings were hosted by Hasbro Inc, the owner of My Little Pony franchise.
  2. Conventions are set up in Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, and many other places.
  3. The official My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic contributors are also invited to conventions.
  4. My Little Pony local meet-up or conventions are also held outside America continent and Europe.

7. In paragraph 3, all the following questions are answered EXCEPT:
  1. Who are usually invited to the convention as the special guests?
  2. How bronies or pegasisters participate in the My Little Pony conventions?
  3. What are the well-known My Little Pony conventions held by the fans?
  4. Which was the place that each convention related to the show organized?

8. Which of the following best expresses the essential information in the highlighted sentence? Incorrect choices change the meaning in important ways or leave out essential information.
  1. The CEO of Hasbro Inc. and the official My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic team have decided to make the show appropriate for all ages.
  2. Hasbro Inc. decided that the show will be mainly focused on the young kids, considering predominantly females as primary viewers.
  3. The company decided that they will create the another My Little Pony franchise based television show for the older generations.
  4. It's officially mentioned that My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and its details will be proper to all types of viewers.

9. Why does the author mention "Red Eye" in paragraph 5?
  1. To present examples of a television program discussed about the fandom's problem
  2. To demonstrate how did media criticize the adult fandom of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
  3. To explain how do the My Little Pony fandom possible to be well-known to many individuals
  4. To question the suitability of the program whether it is appropriate to be televised

10. The word it in the passage refers to
  1. brony
  2. fandom
  3. convension
  4. local meet-ups

11. Which of the following CANNOT be inferred from paragraph 5 about the adult fandom being perceived negatively by others?
  1. Some of the media misunderstood the adult fans of My Little Pony unfavorably.
  2. The community of My Little Pony fans had to encounter ridicule on the Internet.
  3. Various community websites provided a special section for both bronies and pegasisters.
  4. There are some contents that are not safe for work created by fans, including inappropriate one to certain people.

12. The word "escapism" in the passage is closest in meaning to',
  1. accost
  2. evasion
  3. advance
  4. continuation

13. In paragraph 6 of the passage, there is a missing sentence. The paragraph is repeated below and shows four letters (A, B, C, and D) that indicate where the following sentence could be added.

(A) Rebecca Angel, writing for Wired's Geekmom column, described some of the negative feedback from fellow writers about the mostly-male brony culture that included accusations of pedophilia, homosexuality, and immaturity. (B) Angel defended the fandom's culture, describing adult fans' interest as a form of escapism, and that the show provides characters they can relate to and talk about with other fans. (C) She also acknowledged the double-standard whereas females can watch male-oriented entertainment without question. (D) In a similar vein, an "Idea Channel" segment from the Public Broadcasting Service said that the ridicule received by the brony community is partly because the male appreciation for the show challenges preconceived notions of gender roles in the mass media.

In contrast, male bronies, however, receive criticism about their interest in the show.

Where would the sentence best fit?
  1. Option A
  2. Option B
  3. Option C
  4. Option D

14. Directions: An introductory sentence for a brief summary of the passage is provided below. Complete the summary by selecting the THREE answer choices that express the most important ideas in the passage. Some sentences do not belong in the summary because they express ideas that are not presented in the passage or are minor ideas in the passage. This question is worth 2 points.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic was developed to appeal to the target demographic of young girls and their parents, but it also attracted a large group of older generations.
  1. The fandom of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has created more than a million contents and are still getting increased as the popularity of the show grows.
  2. The show contributors and Hasbro Inc have embraced the older fans while staying focused on the show's intended audience by incorporating background characters popularized by the fans in the show.
  3. Fans have held local meet-ups and conventions variety in many places worldwide and some of them invited official show contributors as a special guest.
  4. Lauren Faust was selected as the developer and executive producer for My Little Pony, based on her previous animation experience with shows.
  5. Hasbro Inc relaunched its My Little Pony media franchise and toyline with the animated television series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic as a flagship non-toy media.
  6. The male appreciation for the show challenges preconceived notions of gender roles in the mass media was one of the reasons why the fandom got ridicule.





Answer Key:
  1. B
  2. B
  3. C
  4. C
  5. C
  6. A
  7. B
  8. D
  9. B
  10. B
  11. C
  12. B
  13. D
  14. A, C, F
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  • Contributor: Voltex Pixel (https://voltexpixel.com/)
  • Question style based on: Test of English as a Foreign Language
  • Special Thanks to: Cambridge.org, Wikia.com, Wiktionary.org, Wikipedia.org


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