Reading Comprehension Assessment 1

15 Questions | Total Attempts: 432

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Reading Comprehension Quizzes & Trivia

This is designed to test your level of reading comprehension. Read the excerpt and then answer the following questions.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    In line 1, "observing" most nearly means:
    • A. 

      Gathering data

    • B. 

      Carefully watching

    • C. 

      Taking note of

    • D. 

      Monitoring and recording

    • E. 

      Presiding over

  • 2. 
    Based on the paragraph beginning on line 6, which of the following statements would the author most likely agree with?
    • A. 

      Justice is essentially blind.

    • B. 

      Few men actually receive the justice they deserve.

    • C. 

      Compensation is a form of justice.

    • D. 

      Returning a misdeed is not justice.

    • E. 

      Most people do not have a clear idea of justice.

  • 3. 
    The purpose of introducing the alligator in line 15 is to:
    • A. 

      Present a character that most people are familiar with.

    • B. 

      Provide an example for a previously mentioned argument.

    • C. 

      Contrast the aforementioned example with an alternate point of view.

    • D. 

      Include a common symbol of justice.

    • E. 

      Create a tense and abrasive mood.

  • 4. 
    The word "endured" on line 22 most nearly means:
    • A. 

      Survived

    • B. 

      Celebrated

    • C. 

      Incurred

    • D. 

      Admonished

    • E. 

      Continued

  • 5. 
    According to lines 6-26, why is retribution not the sole component of justice?
    • A. 

      The pain of defeat can never be compromised.

    • B. 

      Punishment cannot suffice to mend some trangressions.

    • C. 

      Some people are simply evil.

    • D. 

      Most punishments are not strong enough to deter people from future crimes.

    • E. 

      It is difficult to assess what the correct punishment is for the crime.

  • 6. 
    Based on the paragraph beginning on line 27, the author would most likely agree that providing aid to the poor
    • A. 

      Is a foolish endeavor

    • B. 

      Results in a greater number of poor people.

    • C. 

      Is an unfair action.

    • D. 

      Cannot mend society's ills.

    • E. 

      Represents a form of social justice.

  • 7. 
    On line 30, "stricken" most nearly means:
    • A. 

      Buffetted

    • B. 

      Hit

    • C. 

      Surprised

    • D. 

      Inflicted

    • E. 

      Paraded

  • 8. 
    Why does the author not consider the passer-by in the third paragraph a "just" man?
    • A. 

      He is unfair to the destitute man.

    • B. 

      He has malicious intent.

    • C. 

      He will not provide equal treatment to the man.

    • D. 

      He cannot recognize the right of the destitute to beg

    • E. 

      He does not desire to help the man.

  • 9. 
    What is the distinction between fairness and justice, according to the author?
    • A. 

      Fairness is equal compense, while justice is not.

    • B. 

      Fairness is just, and justice is fair.

    • C. 

      Fairness is a human endeavor and justice is a metaphysical quest

    • D. 

      Fairness involves achievable goals and justice does not.

    • E. 

      Fairness regards parity while justice involves a remedy.

  • 10. 
    Which of the following situations would the author find absolutely just?
    • A. 

      A boy finds ten dollars on the ground and returns it to the owner.

    • B. 

      A church donates old clothes to the needy.

    • C. 

      A patron of a bar pays back his tab (bill).

    • D. 

      A soccer player is ejected while playing too roughly.

    • E. 

      A mother nurses her child.

  • 11. 
    The author's perspective on justice is best described as
    • A. 

      Fleeting

    • B. 

      Reverent

    • C. 

      Disparaging

    • D. 

      Ambivalent

    • E. 

      Pretentious

  • 12. 
    Which of the following statements would the author of this passage most likely disagree with?
    • A. 

      Justice is a difficult concept to define.

    • B. 

      It is sometimes difficult to choose a just course of action.

    • C. 

      Many people have flawed isea about justice.

    • D. 

      Our criminal justice sytem provides true justice.

    • E. 

      You cannot always return justice "in kind".

  • 13. 
    In line 5, "nature" most nearly means:
    • A. 

      Ecosystem

    • B. 

      Environment

    • C. 

      Unity

    • D. 

      Essence

    • E. 

      Diversity

  • 14. 
    Which of the following attempts at justice would the author consider arcane?
    • A. 

      Providing welfare for citizens.

    • B. 

      Requiring treatement for the criminally insane.

    • C. 

      Forcing students to sign a pledge of academic honesty.

    • D. 

      Creating a support network for victims of domestic violence.

    • E. 

      Mandating the equal allottment of resources after a divorce.

  • 15. 
    How would the author most likely respond to the claim that the death penalty deters potential criminals from committing murder?
    • A. 

      The death penalty is inhumane.

    • B. 

      It is always wrong to murder another human being, even in the form of social punishment.

    • C. 

      The death penalty is the most effective form of justice available.

    • D. 

      The death penalty is unfair because it affects certain socio-economic classes more than others.

    • E. 

      The death penalty cannot provide solace for those affected by a murder.