James, I had the same need to have a reading passage followed by some questions all on the same page. I did as Mary suggested using a description question at the top. You can put some simple html around the passage to make it black text on a white background, and it looks pretty good.
In my case I used div tag at the very start :
<div style="background-color: #ffffff; color: #555555; padding: 20px; font-size: 14px;">
and then at the very end: