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Superheroes: reading informational text; Superhero Diversity 4


Read the blog post from the fictional superhero blog CapeSpace, then answer the TWO practice questions.

Do We Need More Diverse Superheroes?

  1. It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s . . . the same old superhero.
  2. What do Superman, Spider-Man, and Batman have in common? They’re all guardians of truth and justice. They’re also all white males.
  3. A recent survey by the website GeekWrapped asked fans about their opinions of superhero characteristics. They asked people to rate how well their race or
    is represented by superheroes, using a scale of 1 to 5. The answers revealed some interesting thoughts. White fans indicated they feel well represented—they gave an average rating of 4.3. However, this feeling dropped sharply among fans of color. Black fans (who gave an average rating of 2.4), multiracial fans (2.3),
    fans (2.2), and Asian American fans (1.7) all said they felt much less represented than white fans by today’s superheroes.
  4. This is important because superheroes often directly reflect our cultural morals and values. Many children look up to superheroes: if they can’t find their gender or race represented among the noble group, what kind of impact could that have on their identity?
  5. So, what can film writers and directors do to address the issue of diversity? One thing is obvious: they can make more movies with superheroes of different genders and races—think 2017’s Wonder Woman, or 2018’s Black Panther. But what else? Well, they might want to look to some other types of movies for inspiration.
  6. The film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a great example of highlighting diversity. This science fiction/fantasy epic takes a typical representation of disability and completely turns it on its head. In the film, the character Chirrut is a blind man. But when tested in battle, Chirrut proves that his blindness hasn't gotten in the way of him becoming an elite fighter. Instead, he uses his other senses to maximize his fighting ability. Consequently, we realize his disability is not the most important fact about his character and we see his disability in a whole new light.
  7. The fans have spoken. According to another question in the GeekWrapped survey, 84% of male fans and 93% of female fans are ready to see more diversity among superheroes. It’s time to think outside the box and banish old stereotypes. It’s time for writers and directors to show us that anyone is capable of saving the world.
Data source: 2019 survey of 990 superhero comic book and film fans by GeekWrapped

Practice questions

This question has two parts. Answer Part A, then Part B.

Part A

What is the structure of paragraph 4?
Choose 1 answer:

Part B

Which quotation from the passage best demonstrates the answer to Part A?
Choose 1 answer:
Psst! Don't forget to choose an answer for both questions :)