# Reading Skills: Making Inferences Quiz

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Making an inference involves using what you know to guess what you don't know or reading between the lines. Here one uses the clues in the text along with their own experiences to help them figure out what is not directly said. Do you think you have a knack for this, or do you need some practice? Read each sentence carefully then reply to these making inferences.

• 1.

### Turner almost wished that he hadn’t listened to the radio. He went to the closet and grabbed his umbrella. He would feel silly carrying it to the bus stop on such a sunny morning. What probably happened?

• A.

Turner realized that he had an unnatural fear of falling radio parts.

• B.

Turner had promised himself to do something silly that morning.

• C.

Turner had heard a weather forecast that predicted rain.

• D.

Turner planned to trade his umbrella for a bus ride.

C. Turner had heard a weather forecast that predicted rain.
Explanation
The passage mentions that Turner almost wished he hadn't listened to the radio and then proceeds to grab his umbrella. This suggests that Turner heard something on the radio that made him believe it would rain, prompting him to take his umbrella with him to the bus stop.

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• 2.

### “Larry, as your boss, I must say it’s been very interesting working with you,” Miss Valdez said. “However, it seems that our company’s needs and your performance style are not well matched. Therefore, it makes me very sad to have to ask you to resign your position effective from today.” What was Miss Valdez telling Larry?

• A.

She would feel really bad if he decided to quit.

• B.

He was being fired.

• C.

He was getting a raise in pay.

• D.

She really enjoyed having him in the office.

B. He was being fired.
Explanation
Miss Valdez was informing Larry that he was being fired from his position. She mentioned that their company's needs and his performance style did not align well, indicating that he was not meeting the expectations or requirements of the job. This led her to ask him to resign, implying that he was being terminated from his position.

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• 3.

### No, Honey, I don’t want you to spend a lot of money on my birthday present. Just having you for a husband is the only gift I need. In fact, I’ll just drive my old rusty bucket of bolts down to the mall and buy myself a little present. And if the poor old car doesn't break down, I’ll be back soon. What is the message?

• A.

• B.

• C.

The mall is fun.

• D.

I’ll carry a bucket for you.

B. Buy me a new car.
Explanation
The message conveyed in the given passage is "Buy me a new car." This is evident from the statement "I'll just drive my old rusty bucket of bolts down to the mall and buy myself a little present." The speaker mentions driving their old car to the mall and implies that they will buy themselves a new car as a present.

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• 4.

### Bill and Jessica were almost done taking turns to choose the players for their teams. It was Jessica’s turn to choose, and only Kurt was left. Jessica said, “Kurt.” We can infer that?

• A.

Kurt was the best player on either team.

• B.

Jessica was inconsiderate of Kurt’s feelings.

• C.

Kurt is not a very good player.

• D.

Jessica was pleased to have Kurt on her team.

C. Kurt is not a very good player.
Explanation
The statement "Kurt." does not provide any indication of Jessica's feelings or preferences towards Kurt. It simply states that Jessica chose Kurt. Therefore, we cannot infer that Jessica was pleased to have Kurt on her team or that Jessica was inconsiderate of Kurt's feelings. However, since Kurt was the last player left to be chosen, it can be inferred that he may not be a very good player, as the better players would have likely been chosen earlier.

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• 5.

### Chloe wasn't much of a writer but what she could do with a brush and canvas was incredible. You give her any topic to write on, she would do a decent job but if you explain her a scenery she would incredibly bring it to life on a canvas. Everyone complimented her for what she was amazing at. What does it infer?

• A.

Chloe could do anything with incredible means.

• B.

Chloe could write anything incredibly.

• C.

She was the worst writer ever.

• D.

Her art skills were amazing.

D. Her art skills were amazing.
Explanation
The given passage suggests that Chloe's writing skills were decent but not exceptional, whereas her art skills were incredible. This is evident from the statement that Chloe could do a decent job when given any topic to write on, but she could bring a scenery to life on a canvas in an incredible way. Additionally, everyone complimented her for her amazing art skills. Therefore, the correct answer is that Chloe's art skills were amazing.

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• 6.

### Maxine was not able to sleep and it was a late night. She knew she should not have chosen that movie to watch. She could have picked a drama or a romantic comedy over it.  Now all she could think of was that movie and the white face character in that movie. What is it being inferred here?

• A.

The movie was so interesting.

• B.

It was so awful and boring.

• C.

It was too scary.

• D.

Maxine was insomniac.

C. It was too scary.
Explanation
The correct answer implies that the movie was too scary because Maxine is unable to sleep and all she can think about is the white face character in the movie. This suggests that the movie had a strong impact on her and caused fear or discomfort, leading to her insomnia.

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• 7.

### Peter was trying as hard as he could to stay awake but unfortunately fell asleep. Everyone has told him that he was real, so he had to make it sure with his own eyes. That's why he tried to stay awake at night but fell asleep at 9:45 PM. Next thing he saw that it was already 7:00 AM and presents all around in his room. Why was Peter trying so hard to stay awake at night?

• A.

It was his birthday night

• B.

It was Halloween night and wanted to see a monster.

• C.

It was Christmas Eve and he wanted to see Santa with his own eyes.

• D.

He had a horror movie plan with his friends.

C. It was Christmas Eve and he wanted to see Santa with his own eyes.
Explanation
Peter was trying so hard to stay awake at night because it was Christmas Eve and he wanted to see Santa with his own eyes.

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• 8.

### Maya had always counted on her grandfather for any kind of help and guidance. But now without him, she was feeling sad and lonely. With that feeling, it made her even more adamantly opposed to drunk driving. What was the obvious reason Maya was feeling that way?

• A.

Her grandfather moved to a rehab center.

• B.

Her grandfather drank too much alcohol that day.

• C.

She had moved to another city, away from her grandfather.

• D.

Her grandfather died in a car accident.

D. Her grandfather died in a car accident.
Explanation
Maya is feeling sad and lonely because her grandfather has died in a car accident. This traumatic event has likely caused her to become adamantly opposed to drunk driving, as she has experienced firsthand the devastating consequences it can have.

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