Long Passages and Reading Comprehension Practice (page 2)

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  1. b.   The crow is using the stick as a tool to assist it in getting food.
  2. a.   In the first paragraph, upsurge (a swelling of the ocean) is used as an analogy to illustrate the large and increasing amount of research in animal intelligence.
  3. c.   The questions in this paragraph ask the reader to consider the use of animals in our world and questions whether knowing that they have more intelligence than previously thought might make a difference in human treatment of them.
  4. d.   This choice is the only one that shows animals using human language.
  5. c.  Although each conclusion is an example of some intelligence, the most accurate conclusion the reader should make is that this action shows high intelligence. The complexity of what the chimpanzee is doing to get his food and the many thinking activities he must accomplish in order to realize his goal of getting the termites—learning a new skill, selecting and shaping a tool, remembering stored knowledge, using the correct knowledge in order to take proper action for the situation—shows intelligence.
  6. b.   Cuing does not demonstrate animal intelligence because the animal learns to do or not to do certain things by following outside signals.
  7. d.   Photosynthesis produces sugar in a plant, and oxygen is a byproduct. The other choices may be involved in photosynthesis, but they are not byproducts.
  8. a.   The passage states that photosynthesis produces oxygen, which is necessary for life on earth. None of the other choices fit the context.
  9. c.   The passage states that photosynthesis produces sugar, which the plant uses for food.
  10. b.   The final sentence in paragraph states that green light is reflected by photosynthesis.
  11. b.   This choice is the only one that can be concluded from the passage.
  12. a.   Paragraph states that photosynthesis produces oxygen; without oxygen, human life could not exist on earth.
  13. b.   Although all choices are true statements, only b states the main idea.
  14. d.   Statements a, b, and c appear in the passage; this statement does not.
  15. b.   The passage only gives evidence that supports this answer.
  16. d.   To construe something is to interpret it in a specific way.
  17. c.   The passage uses Abraham Lincoln to illustrate the importance of good reading habits. It does not state that all books are worth reading, nor does it imply that education is unimportant.
  18. b.   This is the only choice that the passage supports.


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