Reading Exercises: Bruce Lee


Bruce Lee was born on November 27, 1940, at the Chinese Hospital, in San Francisco’s Chinatown. According to the Chinese zodiac, Lee was born in both the hour and the year of the Dragon.

The largest influence on Lee’s martial arts development was his study of Wing Chun. Lee began training in Wing Chun when he was yet 16 years old under the Wing Chun teacher Yip Man in 1957

Lee finished high school in Edison, Washington, and subsequently enrolled as a philosophy major at the University of Washington. He also got a job teaching the Wing Chun style of martial arts that he had learned in Hong Kong to his fellow students and others. Through his teaching, Lee met Linda Emery, whom he married in 1964. By that time, Lee had opened his own martial-arts school in Seattle.

He and Linda soon moved to California, where Lee opened two more schools in Oakland and Los Angeles. He taught mostly a style he called Jeet Kune Do, or “The Way of the Intercepting Fist.” Lee was said to have deeply loved being an instructor and treated his students like clan, ultimately choosing the world of cinema as a career so as not to unduly commercialize teaching.

Lee and Linda also expanded their immediate family, having two children–Brandon, born in 1965, and Shannon, born in 1969.

He starred in the TV series The Green Hornet (1966-67) and became a major box office draw in The Chinese Connection and Fists of Fury. Shortly before the release of his film Enter the Dragon, he died at the age of 32 on July 20, 1973.

Answer the question

1.       Bruce Lee  was born in _________________________

A.      Hong Kong

B.      China

C.      United States

D.      Japan

2.       Bruce Lee  started learning and practicing mixed martial arts during his

A.      Childhood

B.      Youth

C.      Adulthood

D.      Early years of his life

3.       Bruce Lee  opened ___________________ mixed martial arts school

A.      one

B.      two

C.      three

D.      four

4.       Bruce Lee  had only ________________ children

A.      one

B.      two

C.      three

D.      four

5.       Bruce Lee  had a   ___________________acting career

A.      Unpopular

B.      unsuccessful

C.      Short

D.      Unknown

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