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Short Paragraph Logical Reasoning Practice Set 2

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Updated on Aug 10, 2011

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Practice logical reasoning with this set of questions that contain short paragraphs that make a specific argument. Remember, you are looking for the statement that is best supported by the information given in the passage.

  1. Critical reading is a demanding process. To read critically, you must slow down your reading and, with pencil in hand, perform specific operations on the text. Mark up the text with your reactions, conclusions, and questions. When you read, become an active participant.
  2. This paragraph best supports the statement that

    1. critical reading is a slow, dull, but essential process.
    2. the best critical reading happens at critical times in a person's life.
    3. readers should get in the habit of questioning the truth of what they read.
    4. critical reading requires thoughtful and careful attention.
    5. critical reading should take place at the same time each day.
  3. There are no effective boundaries when it comes to pollutants. Studies have shown that toxic insecticides that have been banned in many countries are riding the wind from countries where they remain legal. Compounds such as DDT and toxaphene have been found in remote places like the Yukon and other Arctic regions.
  4. This paragraph best supports the statement that

    1. toxic insecticides such as DDT have not been banned throughout the world.
    2. more pollutants find their way into polar climates than they do into warmer areas.
    3. studies have proven that many countries have ignored their own antipollution laws.
    4. DDT and toxaphene are the two most toxic insecticides in the world.
    5. even a worldwide ban on toxic insecticides would not stop the spread of DDT pollution.
  5. The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution protects citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures. No search of a person's home or personal effects may be conducted without a written search warrant issued on probable cause. This means that a neutral judge must approve the factual basis justifying a search before it can be conducted.
  6. This paragraph best supports the statement that the police cannot search a person's home or private papers unless they have

    1. legal authorization.
    2. direct evidence of a crime.
    3. read the person his or her constitutional rights.
    4. a reasonable belief that a crime has occurred.
    5. requested that a judge be present.
  7. During colonial times in America, juries were encouraged to ask questions of the parties in the courtroom. The jurors were, in fact, expected to investigate the facts of the case themselves. If jurors conducted an investigation today, we would throw out the case.
  8. This paragraph best supports the statement that

    1. juries are less important today than they were in colonial times.
    2. jurors today are less interested in court cases than they were in colonial times.
    3. courtrooms today are more efficient than they were in colonial times.
    4. jurors in colonial times were more informed than jurors today.
    5. the jury system in America has changed since colonial times.
  9. Mathematics allows us to expand our consciousness. Mathematics tells us about economic trends, patterns of disease, and the growth of populations. Math is good at exposing the truth, but it can also perpetuate misunderstandings and untruths. Figures have the power to mislead people.
  10. This paragraph best supports the statement that

    1. the study of mathematics is dangerous.
    2. words are more truthful than figures.
    3. the study of mathematics is more important than other disciplines.
    4. the power of numbers is that they cannot lie.
    5. figures are sometimes used to deceive people.
  11. Human technology developed from the first stone tools about two and a half million years ago. At the beginning, the rate of development was slow. Hundreds of thousands of years passed without much change. Today, new technologies are reported daily on television and in newspapers.
  12. This paragraph best supports the statement that

    1. stone tools were not really technology.
    2. stone tools were in use for two and a half million years.
    3. there is no way to know when stone tools first came into use.
    4. In today's world, new technologies are constantly being developed.
    5. none of the latest technologies is as significant as the development of stone tools.
  13. Obesity is a serious problem in this country. Research suggests that obesity can lead to a number of health problems including diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. Recent research has even indicated that there may be a relationship between obesity and some types of cancer. Major public health campaigns that increase awareness and propose simple lifestyle changes that will, with diligence and desire, eliminate or least mitigate the incidence of obesity are a crucial first step in battling this critical problem.
  14. This paragraph best supports the statement that

    1. public health campaigns that raise consciousness and propose lifestyle changes are a productive way to fight obesity.
    2. obesity is the leading cause of diabetes in our country.
    3. people in our country watch too much television and do not exercise enough.
    4. a decline in obesity would radically decrease the incidence of asthma.
    5. fast-food restaurants and unhealthy school lunches contribute greatly to obesity.
  15. In the 1966 Supreme Court decision Miranda v. Arizona, the court held that before the police can obtain statements from a person subjected to an interrogation, the person must be given a Miranda warning. This warning means that a person must be told that he or she has the right to remain silent during the police interrogation. Violation of this right means that any statement that the person makes is not admissible in a court hearing.
  16. This paragraph best supports the statement that

    1. police who do not warn persons of their Miranda rights are guilty of a crime.
    2. a Miranda warning must be given before a police interrogation can begin.
    3. the police may no longer interrogate persons suspected of a crime unless a lawyer is present.
    4. the 1966 Supreme Court decision in Miranda should be reversed.
    5. persons who are interrogated by police should always remain silent until their lawyer comes.
  17. Walk into any supermarket or pharmacy and you will find several shelves of products designed to protect adults and children from the sun. Additionally, a host of public health campaigns have been created, including National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, that warn us about the sun's damaging UV rays and provide guidelines about protecting ourselves. While warnings about the sun's dangers are frequent, a recent survey found that fewer than half of all adults adequately protect themselves from the sun.
  18. This paragraph best supports the statement that

    1. children are better protected from the sun's dangerous rays than adults.
    2. sales of sun protection products are at an all-time high.
    3. adults are not heeding the warnings about the dangers of sun exposure seriously enough.
    4. more adults have skin cancer now than ever before.
    5. there is not enough information disseminated about the dangers of sun exposure.
  19. Yoga has become a very popular type of exercise, but it may not be for everyone. Before you sign yourself up for a yoga class, you need to examine what it is you want from your fitness routine. If you're looking for a high-energy, fast-paced aerobic workout, a yoga class might not be your best choice.
  20. This paragraph best supports the statement that

    1. yoga is more popular than high-impact aerobics.
    2. before embarking on a new exercise regimen, you should think about your needs and desires.
    3. yoga is changing the world of fitness in major ways.
    4. yoga benefits your body and mind.
    5. most people think that yoga isn't a rigorous form of exercise.
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