Dental Reading Comprehension Test

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DIRECTIONS: Read each passage. Then read each question about the passage. You are to find the best answer to each question. Notice that certain questions refer to particular words in the passage. These words can be found in the lines which have a star (*) beside them.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The writer believes that the greatest threat to trees comes from:

    • A.

      Insects

    • B.

      Forest fires

    • C.

      Pesticides

    • D.

      Lumberjacks

    Correct Answer
    A. Insects
    Explanation
    Insects are believed to be the greatest threat to trees because they can cause extensive damage to the trees by feeding on their leaves, bark, and wood. Some insects also carry diseases that can further weaken or kill the trees. Insect infestations can quickly spread and devastate entire forests, leading to significant ecological and economic impacts. Forest fires, pesticides, and lumberjacks can also pose threats to trees, but the writer considers insects to be the most significant menace.

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  • 2. 

    The words thrust and jostle refer to the action of the:

    • A.

      Raccoons tearing the tree to pieces

    • B.

      Sprouting young trees

    • C.

      Woodsman and his ax

    • D.

      Swarms of moths

    Correct Answer
    B. Sprouting young trees
    Explanation
    The words "thrust" and "jostle" suggest a forceful and vigorous action. Raccoons tearing the tree to pieces, the woodsman and his ax, and swarms of moths do not convey this sense of force. However, sprouting young trees can exert pressure as they grow, pushing against their surroundings and potentially causing a jostling effect. Therefore, the correct answer is sprouting young trees.

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  • 3. 

    The writer ends his description on a note of:

    • A.

      Good will

    • B.

      Fearlessness

    • C.

      Awe

    • D.

      Triumph

    Correct Answer
    D. Triumph
    Explanation
    The writer ends his description on a note of triumph, indicating that there is a sense of success or victory in the conclusion of the description. This suggests that whatever was being described had a positive outcome or result, leaving the reader with a feeling of accomplishment or satisfaction.

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  • 4. 

    The main role of the tree, as described in this passage, is that of providing:

    • A.

      Comfort

    • B.

      Food

    • C.

      Shelter

    • D.

      Inspiration

    Correct Answer
    C. Shelter
    Explanation
    The passage describes the main role of the tree as providing shelter. This means that trees serve as a protective and safe space for various organisms, including animals and birds, to seek refuge from harsh weather conditions, predators, and other threats. Trees offer a physical barrier and a habitat where creatures can find safety, security, and protection.

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  • 5. 

    The word transfigured describes the tree's trunk as:

    • A.

      Glorified

    • B.

      Changed in outward appearance

    • C.

      Turned into stone

    • D.

      Decomposed into dust

    Correct Answer
    B. Changed in outward appearance
    Explanation
    The word "transfigured" suggests a transformation or change in the tree's outward appearance. It implies that the tree's appearance has been altered or modified in some way, possibly through a process of growth, development, or adaptation. This word does not suggest that the tree has been glorified, turned into stone, or decomposed into dust.

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  • 6. 

    The writer's final conclusion is that trees are:

    • A.

      Sacred

    • B.

      Immortal

    • C.

      Beautiful

    • D.

      Proud

    Correct Answer
    B. Immortal
    Explanation
    The writer's final conclusion is that trees are immortal. This suggests that the writer believes trees have a timeless quality and do not die or decay like other living beings. The use of the word "immortal" implies that trees have a lasting existence and may be seen as eternal or unchanging. This conclusion highlights the writer's reverence for trees and their significance in the natural world.

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  • 7. 

    Which one of the following is the best title for this passage?

    • A.

      "Trees and Their Enemies"

    • B.

      "The History of a Tree"

    • C.

      "The Tree is Living Yet"

    • D.

      "Animals that Live in Trees"

    Correct Answer
    C. "The Tree is Living Yet"
    Explanation
    The passage most likely discusses the current state or condition of a tree. The title "The Tree is Living Yet" suggests that the passage might focus on the tree's survival or resilience despite facing challenges or threats. It implies that the tree is still alive and thriving, possibly highlighting its ability to adapt and endure.

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  • 8. 

    Funeral masks were made of:

    • A.

      Wax

    • B.

      Silk

    • C.

      Linen

    • D.

      Paper

    Correct Answer
    A. Wax
    Explanation
    Funeral masks were made of wax because wax is a material that can easily be molded and shaped into a mask-like form. Additionally, wax has a smooth and lifelike appearance, making it suitable for creating realistic facial features. The use of wax for funeral masks was common in many ancient civilizations, including ancient Egypt, where wax masks were placed on the faces of deceased individuals to preserve their appearance for the afterlife.

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  • 9. 

    What color was worn by a mourning widow?

    • A.

      Red

    • B.

      Black

    • C.

      Purple

    • D.

      White

    Correct Answer
    D. White
    Explanation
    White is traditionally worn by a mourning widow. In many cultures, white is associated with purity, innocence, and spirituality, making it an appropriate color for mourning. White also symbolizes the transition from life to death and is often seen as a symbol of hope and new beginnings. Wearing white during mourning allows the widow to honor their deceased spouse while also expressing their grief and mourning.

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  • 10. 

    The function of the actor who walked alone in the procession was to:

    • A.

      Amuse the spectators

    • B.

      Represent the dead man's ancestors

    • C.

      Deliver the funeral orations

    • D.

      Impersonate the deceased

    Correct Answer
    D. Impersonate the deceased
    Explanation
    The actor who walked alone in the procession was impersonating the deceased. This means that the actor was portraying the dead person, pretending to be them. The purpose of this impersonation could be to honor the deceased and pay tribute to them during the funeral procession. By assuming the role of the deceased, the actor could help create a sense of connection and remembrance for the spectators, allowing them to remember and reflect on the life of the person who had passed away.

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  • 11. 

    How long would mourning garments be worn after the death of a four-year-old child?

    • A.

      Four months

    • B.

      Eight months

    • C.

      Ten months

    • D.

      Twelve months

    Correct Answer
    A. Four months
    Explanation
    Mourning garments are typically worn as a symbol of grief and respect after the death of a loved one. The duration of wearing mourning garments varies depending on cultural and personal beliefs. In this case, the correct answer is four months, indicating that it is customary to wear mourning garments for this specific period of time after the death of a four-year-old child. This suggests that the mourning period for a young child may be shorter compared to adults or older individuals.

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  • 12. 

    In the funeral procession, the musicians walked directly behind the:

    • A.

      Family

    • B.

      Torchbearers

    • C.

      Deceased

    • D.

      Actors

    Correct Answer
    B. Torchbearers
    Explanation
    In a funeral procession, the musicians traditionally walk directly behind the torchbearers. This position is significant as it allows the mourners to hear the music clearly and creates a solemn and respectful atmosphere. The torchbearers, who carry lit torches or candles, symbolize guiding the deceased to the afterlife. Placing the musicians behind them ensures that the mourners and the deceased are accompanied by music throughout the procession, honoring the deceased and providing comfort to the grieving family and friends.

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  • 13. 

    In Rome, the nature of a person's funeral was an indication of his:

    • A.

      Standing in the community

    • B.

      Religious feelings

    • C.

      Allegiance to Rome

    • D.

      Love for his family

    Correct Answer
    A. Standing in the community
    Explanation
    The nature of a person's funeral in Rome was a reflection of their standing in the community. Funerals were elaborate and extravagant affairs, with the level of pomp and ceremony directly correlated to the individual's social status and importance. The higher the standing of the person, the more grand and public their funeral would be. Therefore, the nature of the funeral served as a clear indication of how respected and influential the person was within the community.

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  • 14. 

    The funeral of an important Roman citizen could best be described as:

    • A.

      Solemn

    • B.

      Elaborate

    • C.

      Religious

    • D.

      Frightening

    Correct Answer
    B. Elaborate
    Explanation
    The funeral of an important Roman citizen could best be described as elaborate because it involved a series of complex rituals and ceremonies. The Romans believed in honoring their dead with grandiose displays of wealth and status. Elaborate funeral processions, extravagant tomb constructions, and lavish feasts were common practices during this time. The emphasis on pomp and grandeur demonstrated the importance placed on social status and the belief in an afterlife.

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  • 15. 

    The editor was concerned because "the" appeared:

    • A.

      In every headline

    • B.

      At the beginning of each sentence

    • C.

      Before every noun

    • D.

      At the beginning of each story

    Correct Answer
    D. At the beginning of each story
    Explanation
    The editor was concerned because "the" appeared at the beginning of each story. This suggests that the excessive use of "the" at the beginning of each story might have been repetitive and monotonous. It could have affected the flow and readability of the articles. The editor might have wanted to avoid this repetition and make the stories more engaging by varying the sentence structure and word choice.

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  • 16. 

    The word disciples, as used in this passage, means:

    • A.

      Readers

    • B.

      Companions

    • C.

      Assistants

    • D.

      Missionaries

    Correct Answer
    C. Assistants
    Explanation
    In this passage, the word "disciples" refers to individuals who are helping or supporting someone. They are not the main focus or leaders themselves, but rather they assist and support the main person or cause. Therefore, the correct answer is "assistants".

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  • 17. 

    The writer refers to the editor as lucky because:

    • A.

      Nobody can remember who he was

    • B.

      He had many followers

    • C.

      His mission was successfully accomplished

    • D.

      His illness wasn't serious

    Correct Answer
    A. Nobody can remember who he was
    Explanation
    The writer refers to the editor as lucky because nobody can remember who he was. This implies that the editor was able to maintain a low profile and avoid any negative attention or criticism. It suggests that the editor was able to carry out their work without facing any significant challenges or obstacles.

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  • 18. 

    The writer would describe the consequences of the editor's decision as:

    • A.

      Dangerous

    • B.

      Unfortunate

    • C.

      Unfair

    • D.

      Selfish

    Correct Answer
    B. Unfortunate
    Explanation
    The consequences of the editor's decision are described as "unfortunate." This implies that the outcome of the decision is not favorable or desirable, suggesting that it may have negative effects or bring about regrettable circumstances.

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  • 19. 

    Which one of the following is the best title for this passage?

    • A.

      "A History of "The" "

    • B.

      "The Inverted Sentence"

    • C.

      "The Editor and His Disciples"

    • D.

      "How 'The' Got Lost"

    Correct Answer
    D. "How 'The' Got Lost"
    Explanation
    The passage is likely discussing the topic of how the word "the" got lost or disappeared in some context. The other options, such as "A History of 'The'" and "The Inverted Sentence," do not accurately capture the idea of the word "the" being lost. Similarly, "The Editor and His Disciples" does not seem relevant to the topic at hand. Therefore, "How 'The' Got Lost" is the best title for the passage.

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  • 20. 

    The word debris, as used in this passage, refers to:

    • A.

      Corpses

    • B.

      Bombed-out buildings

    • C.

      Enemy propaganda

    • D.

      Shell fragments

    Correct Answer
    A. Corpses
    Explanation
    The word "debris" in the passage refers to corpses. This can be inferred from the context of the passage, which suggests that the word is used to describe something that is left behind or scattered after a destructive event. Corpses fit this description as they are often left behind after a violent incident or disaster. The other options, such as bombed-out buildings, enemy propaganda, and shell fragments, do not align with the meaning of "debris" as used in the passage.

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  • 21. 

    Whitman is comforted in his grief for the dead by the belief that:

    • A.

      Death is inevitable

    • B.

      Each man died a hero

    • C.

      The causes of the war were just

    • D.

      Those who lived also suffered

    Correct Answer
    D. Those who lived also suffered
    Explanation
    Whitman finds comfort in his grief for the dead by believing that those who survived also experienced suffering. This suggests that he empathizes with the pain and hardships endured by the living, and it helps him cope with the loss of the deceased. It implies that he sees suffering as a shared experience and recognizes the emotional toll that the war took on both the living and the dead.

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  • 22. 

    The "certain civilian" represents:

    • A.

      Parents of soldiers

    • B.

      Piano players

    • C.

      The enemy

    • D.

      People in general

    Correct Answer
    D. People in general
    Explanation
    The term "certain civilian" is a broad and inclusive phrase that refers to individuals who are not part of the military or any specific group. It encompasses a wide range of people in society, including parents of soldiers, piano players, and even the enemy. Therefore, the correct answer is "people in general" as it encompasses all individuals who are not specifically identified as part of a particular group or category.

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  • 23. 

    In his poem, Whitman refers to the piano because it:

    • A.

      Can produce comforting music

    • B.

      Is familiar to most people

    • C.

      Is a stringed instrument

    • D.

      Can produce both loud and soft music

    Correct Answer
    A. Can produce comforting music
    Explanation
    Whitman refers to the piano in his poem because it can produce comforting music. This suggests that the piano is seen as a source of solace or emotional comfort. The use of the piano in the poem may symbolize the power of music to soothe and uplift the spirit.

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  • 24. 

    Which one of the following words best describes Whitman's reply to the civilian?

    • A.

      Sensitive

    • B.

      Consoling

    • C.

      Impolite

    • D.

      Scornful

    Correct Answer
    D. Scornful
    Explanation
    Whitman's reply to the civilian can be described as scornful because it suggests a feeling of contempt or disdain towards the person. This can be inferred from the tone and attitude conveyed in the reply, indicating a lack of respect or regard for the civilian's opinion or request.

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  • 25. 

    The ultimate tragedy refers to the notion that:

    • A.

      An enemy is no less than a brotherly equal

    • B.

      The death of an enemy will not end a war

    • C.

      Soldiers are not responsible for wars

    • D.

      War serves to drive men further apart

    Correct Answer
    A. An enemy is no less than a brotherly equal
    Explanation
    The ultimate tragedy refers to the notion that an enemy is no less than a brotherly equal. This means that even though someone may be considered an enemy, they are still human beings who deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. It suggests that seeing enemies as equals can help prevent conflicts and promote understanding and peace.

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