Reading Short Passages and Implicit Review Practice (page 2)

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  1. b.   Six thousand years ago must account for over 2,000 years after the birth of Christ, and that leaves almost 4,000 years in the b.c. era. All other choices are incorrect math.
  2. b.   The Carib were not in any way described as peaceful but rather, hostile people. Therefore, this answer is the exception. All other choices are descriptive of the Caribs and are explicit in the passage.
  3. a.   The last two lines of the passage directly state what defeated the Caribs. Choice b is incorrect since the Arawaks were defeated by the Carib, and neither the Dutch nor the French were mentioned in the role of conquerors.
  4. b.   Strife means war. Choice c refers to the products one can buy on the modern St. Maarten. Choice d makes no sense since the time of strife is when the tribe allowed a chief to be chosen. Choice a is not mentioned in conjunction with being warlike or with strife; it is added as another characteristic.
  5. c.   Present-day St. Maarten belongs to the French and the Dutch. Choices b and d have no support in the passage. Choice a is incorrect. The Spanish are only mentioned in the passage in conjunction with the Indians.
  6. d.   The idea of the passage is to convince the reader that the metaphor is a wonderful poetic device. None of the other choices are approached in the passage.
  7. a.   The first paragraph clearly states that poets use metaphors more than any other type of figurative language, thereby inferring that a metaphor is a type of figurative language. Choice b is incorrect since the phrase other type of figurative language is clearly stated. Choice c is not supported in the passage. Choice d is incorrect; review the definition of a metaphor in the first and second lines of the passage.
  8. c.   This detail is presented in the second paragraph. This links thorns with the idea of adding another dimension to the image of love. Choices a and b are not supported in the passage. Choice d is incorrect because thorns are not being compared to a rose.
  9. d.   The explanation of the line details how love can be wonderful and yet, with the introduction of the thorn imagery, it also presents the danger of love. Choices b and c are not mentioned in the passage. Choice a only deals with the idea of joy, disregarding the thorn/danger aspect.
  10. c.   This specific detail can be found in paragraph 1: " … poets compose their best poetry to express what they are experiencing emotionally at that moment." Choices a and b are incorrect because they each deal with only one reason for a poet to write. Choice d is incorrect since the only discussion of the senses dealt with the specific metaphor that was used as an example.
  11. c.   This title most nearly captures the main idea of the passage and the author's purpose in writing the piece. The other choices either are not mentioned or are secondary ideas in the passage.
  12. c.   The passage clearly states that Wolfgang took an interest in the clavier when his sister was learning to play the instrument.
  13. b.   In the second paragraph, the passage states that Wolfgang's first public appearance was at Linz and that after this concert, word of his genius traveled to Vienna. This paragraph also states that Vienna was the capital of the Hapsburg Empire.
  14. d.   The passage does not say anything about Wolfgang preferring one instrument to another.
  15. b.   The third paragraph states that at the time, it was not uncommon for child prodigies to have extensive concert tours. The other choices are not supported by the information given in the passage.
  16. a.   The main point of the passage is to describe Mozart's experiences as a child prodigy, or a highly talented child. Choices b, c, and d are not mentioned in the paragraph.
  17. c.   The titles in choices a, b, and d all imply that the passage will provide information, which it does not. Choice c is the most accurate choice because the passage deals mainly with remembering the fair.
  18. a.   Sentence 1 (choice a) contains the phrase should have been a colossal failure, which is an opinion of the author. The other choices are sentences that provide factual information about Woodstock.
  19. a.   The sentence preceding and leading into sentence 3 speaks of the very brief time—a month—that the organizers of the fair had to find a new site and get information out. Choices b and d are incorrect because they could not have been known about at the time the fair was moved. Choice c is incorrect because there is no indication in the passage that New York officials tried to stop the fair.
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