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Reading Workshop

The Reading Placement Workshop asks students to slow down and consider carefully elements of reading that are often taken for granted. The reason reading is included in your college placement is that reading in college is a skill that most adults don't have without practice. Take your time and focus on each question to ensure you are correctly placed for success in your college classes. Remember to take advantage of the helpful links after each question.

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WHAT ARE SOME IDENTIFYING TRAITS OF PINE TREES?(The following passage is adapted from J. Levison, Studies of Trees. Release Date: June 23, 2005 [EBook #16116])The pines belong to the coniferous class of trees; that is, trees which bear cones. The pines may be told from the other coniferous trees by their leaves, which are in the form of needles two inches or more in length. These needles keep green throughout the entire year. This is characteristic of all coniferous trees, except the larch and cypress, which shed their leaves in winter.The pines are widely distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere, and include about 80 distinct species with over 600 varieties. The species enumerated here are especially common in the eastern part of the United States, growing either native in the forest or under cultivation in the parks. The pines form a very important class of timber trees and produce beautiful effects when planted in groups in the parks.How to tell them from each other: The pine needles are arranged in clusters. Each species has a certain characteristic number of needles to the cluster and this fact generally provides the simplest and most direct way of distinguishing the different pines.In the white pine there are five needles to each cluster, in the pitch pine three, and in the Scotch pine two. The Austrian pine also has two needles to the cluster, but the difference in size and character of the needles will distinguish this species from the Scotch pine."Enumerated," as used in the passage, most likely means

Cultivated

Described

Distributed

Listed

Distinguished

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  • 1. 
    WHAT ARE SOME IDENTIFYING TRAITS OF PINE TREES?(The following passage is adapted from J. Levison, Studies of Trees. Release Date: June 23, 2005 [EBook #16116])The pines belong to the coniferous class of trees; that is, trees which bear cones. The pines may be told from the other coniferous trees by their leaves, which are in the form of needles two inches or more in length. These needles keep green throughout the entire year. This is characteristic of all coniferous trees, except the larch and cypress, which shed their leaves in winter.The pines are widely distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere, and include about 80 distinct species with over 600 varieties. The species enumerated here are especially common in the eastern part of the United States, growing either native in the forest or under cultivation in the parks. The pines form a very important class of timber trees and produce beautiful effects when planted in groups in the parks.How to tell them from each other: The pine needles are arranged in clusters. Each species has a certain characteristic number of needles to the cluster and this fact generally provides the simplest and most direct way of distinguishing the different pines.In the white pine there are five needles to each cluster, in the pitch pine three, and in the Scotch pine two. The Austrian pine also has two needles to the cluster, but the difference in size and character of the needles will distinguish this species from the Scotch pine."Enumerated," as used in the passage, most likely means
    • A. 

      Cultivated

    • B. 

      Described

    • C. 

      Distributed

    • D. 

      Listed

    • E. 

      Distinguished

  • 2. 
    WHAT ARE SOME IDENTIFYING TRAITS OF PINE TREES?(The following passage is adapted from J. Levison, Studies of Trees. Release Date: June 23, 2005 [EBook #16116])The pines belong to the coniferous class of trees; that is, trees which bear cones. The pines may be told from the other coniferous trees by their leaves, which are in the form of needles two inches or more in length. These needles keep green throughout the entire year. This is characteristic of all coniferous trees, except the larch and cypress, which shed their leaves in winter.The pines are widely distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere, and include about 80 distinct species with over 600 varieties. The species enumerated here are especially common in the eastern part of the United States, growing either native in the forest or under cultivation in the parks. The pines form a very important class of timber trees and produce beautiful effects when planted in groups in the parks.How to tell them from each other: The pine needles are arranged in clusters. Each species has a certain characteristic number of needles to the cluster and this fact generally provides the simplest and most direct way of distinguishing the different pines.In the white pine there are five needles to each cluster, in the pitch pine three, and in the Scotch pine two. The Austrian pine also has two needles to the cluster, but the difference in size and character of the needles will distinguish this species from the Scotch pine.Which of the following statements is not a fact?
    • A. 

      Pine trees are more useful for timber than for landscaping.

    • B. 

      Most pine trees remain green all year.

    • C. 

      A white pine has five needles to each cluster.

    • D. 

      Pines are found throughout the Northern Hemisphere.

    • E. 

      Pine trees are classified as coniferous

  • 3. 
    WHAT ARE SOME IDENTIFYING TRAITS OF PINE TREES?(The following passage is adapted from J. Levison, Studies of Trees. Release Date: June 23, 2005 [EBook #16116])The pines belong to the coniferous class of trees; that is, trees which bear cones. The pines may be told from the other coniferous trees by their leaves, which are in the form of needles two inches or more in length. These needles keep green throughout the entire year. This is characteristic of all coniferous trees, except the larch and cypress, which shed their leaves in winter.The pines are widely distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere, and include about 80 distinct species with over 600 varieties. The species enumerated here are especially common in the eastern part of the United States, growing either native in the forest or under cultivation in the parks. The pines form a very important class of timber trees and produce beautiful effects when planted in groups in the parks.How to tell them from each other: The pine needles are arranged in clusters. Each species has a certain characteristic number of needles to the cluster and this fact generally provides the simplest and most direct way of distinguishing the different pines.In the white pine there are five needles to each cluster, in the pitch pine three, and in the Scotch pine two. The Austrian pine also has two needles to the cluster, but the difference in size and character of the needles will distinguish this species from the Scotch pine.Which of the following traits are common to pine trees?
    • A. 

      They differ among themselves by shades of green.

    • B. 

      They bear cones.

    • C. 

      Their pine needles are arranged in clusters.

    • D. 

      They are most common to the western United States.

    • E. 

      Both B and C.

  • 4. 
    "WHAT ARE SOME IDENTIFYING TRAITS OF PINE TREES?(The following passage is adapted from J. Levison, Studies of Trees. Release Date: June 23, 2005 [EBook #16116])The pines belong to the coniferous class of trees; that is, trees which bear cones. The pines may be told from the other coniferous trees by their leaves, which are in the form of needles two inches or more in length. These needles keep green throughout the entire year. This is characteristic of all coniferous trees, except the larch and cypress, which shed their leaves in winter.The pines are widely distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere, and include about 80 distinct species with over 600 varieties. The species enumerated here are especially common in the eastern part of the United States, growing either native in the forest or under cultivation in the parks. The pines form a very important class of timber trees and produce beautiful effects when planted in groups in the parks.How to tell them from each other: The pine needles are arranged in clusters. Each species has a certain characteristic number of needles to the cluster and this fact generally provides the simplest and most direct way of distinguishing the different pines.In the white pine there are five needles to each cluster, in the pitch pine three, and in the Scotch pine two. The Austrian pine also has two needles to the cluster, but the difference in size and character of the needles will distinguish this species from the Scotch pine.How are larch and cypress trees different from other pine trees? 
    • A. 

      They have an odd number of pine needles per cluster.

    • B. 

      Their pine needles are longer than other varieties.

    • C. 

      They are not considered coniferous.

    • D. 

      They shed their leaves in winter.

    • E. 

      They are only found in cultivated parks.

  • 5. 
    WHAT ARE SOME IDENTIFYING TRAITS OF PINE TREES?(The following passage is adapted from J. Levison, Studies of Trees. Release Date: June 23, 2005 [EBook #16116])The pines belong to the coniferous class of trees; that is, trees which bear cones. The pines may be told from the other coniferous trees by their leaves, which are in the form of needles two inches or more in length. These needles keep green throughout the entire year. This is characteristic of all coniferous trees, except the larch and cypress, which shed their leaves in winter.The pines are widely distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere, and include about 80 distinct species with over 600 varieties. The species enumerated here are especially common in the eastern part of the United States, growing either native in the forest or under cultivation in the parks. The pines form a very important class of timber trees and produce beautiful effects when planted in groups in the parks.How to tell them from each other: The pine needles are arranged in clusters. Each species has a certain characteristic number of needles to the cluster and this fact generally provides the simplest and most direct way of distinguishing the different pines.In the white pine there are five needles to each cluster, in the pitch pine three, and in the Scotch pine two. The Austrian pine also has two needles to the cluster, but the difference in size and character of the needles will distinguish this species from the Scotch pine.Which pattern of organization is used?
    • A. 

      Comparison/contrast

    • B. 

      Cause/effect

    • C. 

      Order of importance

    • D. 

      Spatial order

    • E. 

      Problem/solution

  • 6. 
    HOW MIGHT A COLLEGE STUDENT DECIDE WHETHER TO TAKE SOCIOLOGY OR PSYCHOLOGY?Two of the courses that are offered as part of the Gainesville State College core curriculum in the Division of Social Sciences are sociology and psychology. During advisement students often ask me the difference between the two. In brief, sociology is the study of groups of people while psychology focuses on the thought processes of the individual mind. Sociology explores such issues as societal mores, values, and traditions whereas psychology concentrates on a person’s emotions, memories, motivations. A student who would be interested in how Nazi Germany fell under the spell of Hitler and carried out the atrocities of the Holocaust in order to preserve the master Arian race would most likely enroll in sociology. On the other hand, a student who struggled with the daily challenges of living with a parent diagnosed with bi-polar disorder would lean more toward psychology. A sociologist studies civilizations while a psychologist studies what makes a person civilized (or not). While both disciplines illuminate the mystery of what it means to be human, the first is collective; the second is personal.The primary pattern of organization used in this passage is
    • A. 

      Comparison

    • B. 

      Contrast

    • C. 

      List

    • D. 

      Definition

  • 7. 
    HOW MIGHT A COLLEGE STUDENT DECIDE WHETHER TO TAKE SOCIOLOGY OR PSYCHOLOGY?Two of the courses that are offered as part of the Gainesville State College core curriculum in the Division of Social Sciences are sociology and psychology. During advisement students often ask me the difference between the two. In brief, sociology is the study of groups of people while psychology focuses on the thought processes of the individual mind. Sociology explores such issues as societal mores, values, and traditions whereas psychology concentrates on a person’s emotions, memories, motivations. A student who would be interested in how Nazi Germany fell under the spell of Hitler and carried out the atrocities of the Holocaust in order to preserve the master Arian race would most likely enroll in sociology. On the other hand, a student who struggled with the daily challenges of living with a parent diagnosed with bi-polar disorder would lean more toward psychology. A sociologist studies civilizations while a psychologist studies what makes a person civilized (or not). While both disciplines illuminate the mystery of what it means to be human, the first is collective; the second is personal.The tone of this passage could be described as
    • A. 

      Objective

    • B. 

      Informal

    • C. 

      Critical

    • D. 

      Subjective

    • E. 

      Indifferent

  • 8. 
    HOW MIGHT A COLLEGE STUDENT DECIDE WHETHER TO TAKE SOCIOLOGY OR PSYCHOLOGY?Two of the courses that are offered as part of the Gainesville State College core curriculum in the Division of Social Sciences are sociology and psychology. During advisement students often ask me the difference between the two. In brief, sociology is the study of groups of people while psychology focuses on the thought processes of the individual mind. Sociology explores such issues as societal mores, values, and traditions whereas psychology concentrates on a person’s emotions, memories, motivations. A student who would be interested in how Nazi Germany fell under the spell of Hitler and carried out the atrocities of the Holocaust in order to preserve the master Arian race would most likely enroll in sociology. On the other hand, a student who struggled with the daily challenges of living with a parent diagnosed with bi-polar disorder would lean more toward psychology. A sociologist studies civilizations while a psychologist studies what makes a person civilized (or not). While both disciplines illuminate the mystery of what it means to be human, the first is collective; the second is personal.Which of the following statements could be logically inferred from the passage?
    • A. 

      All students should take psychology instead of sociology.

    • B. 

      Sociology condones the actions of Nazi Germany.

    • C. 

      All students must take sociology or psychology.

    • D. 

      Students can use personal interests to help them choose between sociology and psychology.

    • E. 

      The writer suggests that most students would prefer sociology to psychology.

  • 9. 
    HOW MIGHT A COLLEGE STUDENT DECIDE WHETHER TO TAKE SOCIOLOGY OR PSYCHOLOGY?Two of the courses that are offered as part of the Gainesville State College core curriculum in the Division of Social Sciences are sociology and psychology. During advisement students often ask me the difference between the two. In brief, sociology is the study of groups of people while psychology focuses on the thought processes of the individual mind. Sociology explores such issues as societal mores, values, and traditions whereas psychology concentrates on a person’s emotions, memories, motivations. A student who would be interested in how Nazi Germany fell under the spell of Hitler and carried out the atrocities of the Holocaust in order to preserve the master Arian race would most likely enroll in sociology. On the other hand, a student who struggled with the daily challenges of living with a parent diagnosed with bi-polar disorder would lean more toward psychology. A sociologist studies civilizations while a psychologist studies what makes a person civilized (or not). While both disciplines illuminate the mystery of what it means to be human, the first is collective; the second is personal.Which of the following statements is not a fact? 
    • A. 

      Sociology is the study of groups.

    • B. 

      Psychology is the study of individuals.

    • C. 

      Nazis believed in the concept of the master race.

    • D. 

      There are some students at GSC who take neither sociology nor psychology.

    • E. 

      Psychology is a more civilized discipline than sociology.

  • 10. 
    HOW MIGHT A COLLEGE STUDENT DECIDE WHETHER TO TAKE SOCIOLOGY OR PSYCHOLOGY?Two of the courses that are offered as part of the Gainesville State College core curriculum in the Division of Social Sciences are sociology and psychology. During advisement students often ask me the difference between the two. In brief, sociology is the study of groups of people while psychology focuses on the thought processes of the individual mind. Sociology explores such issues as societal mores, values, and traditions whereas psychology concentrates on a person’s emotions, memories, motivations. A student who would be interested in how Nazi Germany fell under the spell of Hitler and carried out the atrocities of the Holocaust in order to preserve the master Arian race would most likely enroll in sociology. On the other hand, a student who struggled with the daily challenges of living with a parent diagnosed with bi-polar disorder would lean more toward psychology. A sociologist studies civilizations while a psychologist studies what makes a person civilized (or not). While both disciplines illuminate the mystery of what it means to be human, the first is collective; the second is personal.In the last sentence of the passage, the word "first" refers to
    • A. 

      Students

    • B. 

      Sociology

    • C. 

      Psychology

    • D. 

      Civilization

    • E. 

      Disciplines