Reading Short Passages Practice (page 2)

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  1. a.   This idea is expressed in two of the three sentences in the passage and sums up the overall meaning of the passage.
  2. d.   This is stated in the final paragraph. The other choices are not reflected in the passage.
  3. c.   The passage specifically addresses winter parking rules, while none of the other choices is mentioned.
  4. b.   The second paragraph defines which side of the street should be used at specific times. It states that cars should be parked on the west side between midnight and 8 a.m.
  5. b.   All of the reasons are given in the passage except choice b. No mention is made of whether or not it's good for the cars.
  6. c.   The entire passage supports this idea. Choice a is incorrect because the business aspect of alternative medicine is not discussed in the passage. Choices b and d reflect accurate supporting statements that do appear in the passage, but they are not encompassing enough to reflect the main idea.
  7. a.   Pain management is a generic term and pain management treatment can be alternative or traditional, depending on the practitioner. Choices b, c, and d are not correct because they are all mentioned in the passage as being particular alternative medicine practices.
  8. a.   The last sentence of the second paragraph clearly states that people born before 1945 are the least likely to turn to alternative therapies.
  9. d.   The beginning of the last paragraph discusses this scientific investigation and its role in making alternative treatments more accepted by mainstream medicine.
  10. b.   The last paragraph of the passage describes Billington as angry and rebellious.
  11. b.   The passage specifically states that Billington refused to serve in the military. The other choices are all true.
  12. a.   The word arduous means "very difficult or dangerous."
  13. d.   The passage states that the leaders lacked enough evidence to prove his guilt, so they let him go free. This does not mean that he was not guilty, however. The other choices are not stated in the passage.
  14. c.   The passage describes Billington as "the Colony's first murderer" in the first paragraph. It does address a small bit of Plymouth Colony's history, but that is not the passage's main purpose.
  15. c.   The passage states that the author of the words is unknown, but the authors of the tune were the Hill sisters.
  16. a.   Something is ironic if the result is the opposite of what one would expect. It is ironic that nobody knows who wrote this song because almost everyone knows the song itself—we would expect that author to be famous, too.
  17. d.   The word ditty refers to a short song.
  18. d.   The passages states that the Hill sisters' song was published in 1924, and the words "happy birthday" were added as a second verse.
  19. d.   The first paragraph states that chocolate contains theobromine, which cats and dogs cannot process. It also says that theobromine is "similar to caffeine," but not that chocolate contains caffeine.
  20. a.   This question requires you to make some inferences. The passage states that 20 ounces of milk chocolate can kill a 20-pound dog; it also states that cats can be harmed by smaller amounts than dogs. Therefore, a cat could be poisoned by less than 20 ounces of milk chocolate.
  21. d.   The final paragraph states that dogs like to eat whatever they see their owners eating. This is a form of imitation.
  22. b.   The passage mentions that humans can eat chocolate safely, but cats and dogs cannot. Therefore, one might apply choice b to the topic.
  23. a.   The examples in this passage are mainly about Roosevelt's accomplishments.
  24. c.   The second sentence of the first paragraph supports this choice.
  25. b.   In the second paragraph, the first sentence supports this answer.
  26. a.   This is the only choice and is stated in paragraph 1.
  27. b.   The passage does say that daylilies can grow in "just about any soil," but it says that they grow best in slightly acidic soil.
  28. b.   The passage does not state how daylilies got their name, but it does state that the blooms last one day. The reader might infer from this that it's also the reason that they're called daylilies.
  29. c.   The last sentence states that they should be planted "no deeper than one inch."
  30. b.   The word perennial means "on-going, occurring indefinitely, year after year." It also refers to flowers that bloom every year without needing to be replanted.
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