Reading Comprehension Test

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Directions: In this section you will read several passages. Each one is followed by a number of questions about it. You are to choose the one best answer, A, B, C or D, to each question. Then, on your answer sheet, find the number of the question and fill in the space that corresponds to the letter of the answer you have chosen. Answer all questions about the information in a passage on the basis of what is stated or implied in that passage. Now begin work on the questions.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    • A. 

      Carbon tetrachloride can be very dangerous when it is heated

    • B. 

      The government banned carbon tetrachloride in 1970

    • C. 

      Although carbon tetrachloride can legally be used in industry, it is not allowed in home products.

    • D. 

      Carbon tetrachloride used to be a regular part of cleaning compounds

  • 2. 
    The word “widely” could most easily be replaced by...
    • A. 

      Grandly

    • B. 

      Extensively

    • C. 

      Largely

    • D. 

      Hugely

  • 3. 
    The word “banned” is closest in meaning to...
    • A. 

      Forbidden

    • B. 

      Allowed

    • C. 

      Suggested

    • D. 

      Instituted

  • 4. 
    According to the passage, before 1970 carbon tetrachloride was...
    • A. 

      Used by itself as a cleanser

    • B. 

      Banned in industrial use

    • C. 

      Often used as a component of cleaning products

    • D. 

      Not allowed in home cleaning products

  • 5. 
    It is stated in the passage that when carbon tetrachloride is heated, it becomes...
    • A. 

      Harmful

    • B. 

      Colorless

    • C. 

      A cleaning compound

    • D. 

      Inflammable

  • 6. 
    The word “inhaled” is closest in meaning to...
    • A. 

      Warmed

    • B. 

      Breathed in

    • C. 

      Carelessly used

    • D. 

      Blown

  • 7. 
    The word “revoked” could most easily be replaced by
    • A. 

      Gave

    • B. 

      Granted

    • C. 

      Instituted

    • D. 

      Took away

  • 8. 
    It can be inferred from the passage that one role of the U.S. government is to...
    • A. 

      Regulate product safety

    • B. 

      Prohibit any use of carbon tetrachloride

    • C. 

      Instruct industry on cleaning methodologies

    • D. 

      Ban the use of any chemicals

  • 9. 
    The paragraph following the passage most likely discusses..
    • A. 

      Additional uses of carbon tetrachloride

    • B. 

      The banning of various chemical compounds by the U.S. government

    • C. 

      Further dangerous effects of carbon tetrachloride

    • D. 

      The major characteristic of carbon tetrachloride

  • 10. 
    The paragraph preceding this passage most likely discusses... Whereas literature in the first half of the eighteenth century in America had been largely religious and moral in tone, by the latter half of the century the revolutionary fervor that was coming to life in the colonies began to be reflected in the literature of the time, which in turn served to further influence the population. Although not all writers of this period supported the Revolution, the two best-known and most influential writers, Ben Franklin and Thomas Paine, were both strongly supportive of that cause. Ben Franklin first attained popular success through his writings in his brother's newspaper, the New England Current. In these articles he used a simple style of language and common sense argumentation to defend the point of view of the farmer and the Leather Apron man. He continued with the same common sense practicality and appeal to the common man with his work on Poor Richard's Almanac from 1733 until 1758. Firmly established in his popular acceptance by the people, Franklin wrote a variety of extremely effective articles and pamphlets about the colonist's revolutionary cause against England. Thomas Paine was an Englishman working as a magazine editor in Philadelphia at the time of the Revolution. His pamphlet Common Sense, which appeared in 1776, was a force in encouraging the colonists to declare their independence from England. Then throughout the long and desperate war years he published a series of Crisis papers (from 1776 until 1783) to encourage the colonists to continue on with the struggle. The effectiveness of his writing was probably due to his emotional yet oversimplified depiction of the cause of the colonists against England as a classic struggle of good and evil.
    • A. 

      How literature influence the population

    • B. 

      Religious and moral literature

    • C. 

      Literature supporting the cause of the American Revolution

    • D. 

      What made Thomas Paine's literature successful

  • 11. 
    The word "fervor" is closest in meaning to...
    • A. 

      War

    • B. 

      anxiety

    • C. 

      Spirit

    • D. 

      Action

  • 12. 
    The word "time" could best be replaced by
    • A. 

      Hour

    • B. 

      Period

    • C. 

      Appointment

    • D. 

      Duration

  • 13. 
     It is implied in the passage that...
    • A. 

      Some writers in the American colonies supported England during the Revolution

    • B. 

      Franklin and Paine were the only writers to influence the Revolution

    • C. 

      Because Thomas Paine was an Englishman, he supported England against the colonies

    • D. 

      Authors who supported England did not remain in the colonies during the Revolution

  • 14. 
    Ben Franklin first attained popular success through his writings in his brother's newspaper, the New England Current. In these articles he used a simple style of language and common sense argumentation to defend the point of view of the farmer and the Leather Apron man. He continued with the same common sense practicality and appeal to the common man with his work on Poor Richard's Almanac from 1733 until 1758. Firmly established in his popular acceptance by the people, Franklin wrote a variety of extremely effective articles and pamphlets about the colonist's revolutionary cause against England.The pronoun "he" in bold refers to...
    • A. 

      Thomas Paine

    • B. 

      Ben Franklin

    • C. 

      Ben Franklin's brother

    • D. 

      Poor Richard

  • 15. 
    The expression "point of view" could best be replaced by
    • A. 

      Perspective

    • B. 

      Sight

    • C. 

      Circumstance

    • D. 

      Trait

  • 16. 
    According to the passage, the tone of Poor Richard's Almanac is...
    • A. 

      Pragmatic

    • B. 

      Erudite

    • C. 

      Theoretical

    • D. 

      Scholarly

  • 17. 
    The word "desperate" could best be replaced by
    • A. 

      Unending

    • B. 

      Hopeless

    • C. 

      Strategic

    • D. 

      Combative

  • 18. 
    Where in the passage does the author describe Thomas Paine's style of writing?
    • A. 

      Lines 4-6

    • B. 

      Lines 8-9

    • C. 

      Lines 14-15

    • D. 

      Lines 18-20

  • 19. 
    The purpose of the passage is to...
    • A. 

      Discuss American literature in the first half of the eighteen century

    • B. 

      Give biographical data on two American writers

    • C. 

      Describe the literary influence during revolutionary America

    • D. 

      Explain which authors supported the Revolution

  • 20. 
    Which of the following is the best title for this passage? The locations of stars in the sky relative to one another do not appear to the naked eye to change, and as a result stars are often considered to be fixed in position. Many unaware stargazers falsely assume that each star has its own permanent home in the nighttime sky. In reality, though, stars are always moving, but because of the tremendous distances between stars themselves and from stars to Earth, the changes are barely perceptible here. An example of a rather fast-moving star demonstrates why this misconception prevails; it takes approximately 200 years for a relatively rapid star like Bernard's star to move a distance in the skies equal to the diameter of the earth's moon. When the apparently negligible movement of the stars is contrasted with the movement of the planets, the stars are seemingly unmoving.
    • A. 

      What the eye can see in the sky

    • B. 

      Bernard's star

    • C. 

      Planetary Movement

    • D. 

      The Ever-moving stars

  • 21. 
    The expression‍ "naked eye" most probably refers to...
    • A. 

      A telescope

    • B. 

      A scientific method for observing stars

    • C. 

      Unassisted vision

    • D. 

      A camera with a powerful lens

  • 22. 
    According to the passage, the distances between the stars and Earth are ...
    • A. 

      Barely perceptible

    • B. 

      Huge

    • C. 

      Fixed

    • D. 

      Moderate

  • 23. 
    The word "perceptible" is closest in meaning to which of the following?
    • A. 

      Noticeable

    • B. 

      Persuasive

    • C. 

      Conceivable

    • D. 

      Astonishing

  • 24. 
    A "misconception" is closest in meaning to a (n)
    • A. 

      idea

    • B. 

      Proven fact

    • C. 

      Erroneous belief

    • D. 

      Theory

  • 25. 
    The passage states that in 200 years Bernard's star can move...
    • A. 

      Around Earth's moon

    • B. 

      Next to the earth's moon

    • C. 

      A distance equal to the distance from earth to the moon

    • D. 

      A distance seemingly equal to the diameter of the moon