Paragraph Comprehension for ASVAB Power Practice Problems (page 2)

Updated on Aug 12, 2011


  1. b.   The passage states that fear leads a swimmer to stop making rational decisions, the first step in drowning.
  2. c.   To flounder in the water is to splash around helplessly.
  3. d.   The author does not discourage the reader from going in the water, nor does the author urge the reader to learn to swim. Having someone nearby is mentioned, but the focus of the passage is on the importance of remaining calm when trouble strikes.
  4. d.   Napoleon wanted to devise a code that could be read at night, and one of his soldiers invented a system of raised dots that later became Braille.
  5. d.   The word tactile refers to something that can be felt with one's hands.
  6. c.   The passage states that each letter of the alphabet is represented in Braille by raised dots, each letter using from one to six dots. Some letters may indeed use one dot or six, or even none—but the question asks about the alphabet as a whole, not about any individual letters.
  7. d.   Napoleon rejected a soldier's idea for a code that could be read at night because it was too complicated. Louis Braille took that idea and simplified it so that blind people could read.
  8. b.   The last sentence in the paragraph clearly supports the idea that the renewed interest in Shakespeare is due to the development of his characters. Choice a is incorrect because the writer never makes this type of comparison. Choice c is wrong, because even though scholars are mentioned in the paragraph, there is no indication that the scholars are compiling the anthology. Choice d is wrong because there is no support to show that most New Yorkers are interested in this work.
  9. a.   An anthology is a collection of many different pieces of literature, often spanning a historical period. An anthology of British poetry, for example, is a book containing a selection of poems written by British writers.
  10. c.   The passage discusses several mechanical timekeeping devices, including the hourglass, the pendulum clock, and the quartz watch. The information is arranged chronologically, so a title describing the history of timekeeping is most appropriate.
  11. b.   The word oscillate means to vibrate back and forth. The word is also defined in the same sentence of the passage.
  12. a.   The passage concludes by stating that quartz is "very inexpensive to work with" and "far less complicated" than other types of timekeeping. You might safely infer, then, that quartz clocks cost less to manufacture than traditional pendulum styles. Any of the other choices might be true, but they are not addressed in the passage.
  13. d.   Something that is rudimentary is very basic and simple.
  14. a.   The second and third sentence combine to give support to choice a. The statement stresses that there must be a judge's approval (i.e., legal authorization) before a search can be conducted. Choices b and d are wrong because it is not enough for the police to have direct evidence or a reasonable belief—a judge must authorize the search for it to be legal. Choice c is not mentioned in the passage.
  15. c.   This question refers to what the judge needs before issuing a search warrant: direct factual evidence of a crime. Neither a reasonable suspicion nor the sworn testimony of the police is enough, according to the passage. The judge's decision must be based on factual evidence.
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