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Reading Main Idea and Theme Practice (page 2)

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Updated on Apr 25, 2014

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  1. d.   The passage speaks specifically about onions and bay leaves in clam chowder—not about soups in general, and thus choice b is not correct. No mention is made to nutrition or poison, nor does the passage address over-cooked clams.
  2. 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. There is no support for choice e.
  3. d.   This answer is implied by the whole paragraph. The author stresses the need to read critically by performing operations on the text in a slow and specific manner. Choice a is incorrect because the author never says that reading is dull. Choices b, c, and e are not supported by the paragraph.
  4. a.   The support for this choice is in the second sentence, which states that in some countries, toxic insecticides are still legal. Choice b is incorrect because even though polar regions are mentioned in the paragraph, there is no support for the idea that warmer regions are not just as affected. There is no support for choice c. Choice d can be ruled out because there is nothing to indicate that DDT and toxaphene are the most toxic. Choice e is illogical.
  5. 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. Choices c and e are not mentioned in the passage.
  6. e.   This answer is clearly stated in the last sentence of the paragraph. Choice a can be ruled out because there is no support to show that studying math is dangerous. Words are not mentioned in the passage, which rules out choice b. There is no support for choice c. Choice d is a contradiction to the information in the passage.
  7. d.   The passage addresses the fact that a red filter could remove some blue light in black and white photography, so choice d is best. No mention is made of infrared light or of the popularity of black-and-white photography, and choice e is the exact opposite of what the passage states.
  8. d.   Choices a and c are not supported by the paragraph. Choices b and e only tell us about particular parts of the paragraph and are too specific to be the main idea. Choice d, however, is general enough to encompass all the sentences and the paragraph as a whole. Every sentence supports the idea asserted in choice d.
  9. d.   Both sentences in the paragraph support this choice. Choices a and e are opinions and are not in the paragraph. Choices b and c may be true, but they are also not supported by the paragraph.
  10. c.   The passage cautions against overwinding, stating that it can break the clock's main spring. From this, one can infer that the clock is run by a spring. The other choices may or may not be true, but they are not addressed in the passage.
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