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Reading Charts, Graphs, and Understanding Directions Practice

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Updated on Aug 10, 2011

This is a section with questions that can be applied to situations that you find in everyday life. On the job, in your school, at the train station, in the grocery store, or in many other ordinary situations, you might find yourself trying to get information from a graph, chart, or table. You may even find situations where you have to listen to and act upon written or verbal directions.

Unlike other sections in this book, the questions that you answer in this section are based on concrete information, rather than hidden or implied material within the text. So the most important thing is to pay attention to every detail. Read every set of directions as many times as necessary. Also, read the title and footnotes carefully.

The ability to completely understand directions, graphs, charts, and tables is vital in today's information age, but as you may know, it is not always easy. With a little practice, these types of questions can be the easiest. This section gives you ample opportunity to hone your skills.

Below and on the following pages are tables that are typical of the type you might be asked to read in a textbook or on the job. Note their simplicity and economy.

  1. A tornado with a wind speed of 143 mph would be assigned which classification?
    1. F0
    2. F1
    3. F2
    4. F3
  2. The names of the categories in the third column, labeled "Damage," could best be described as
    1. scientific.
    2. descriptive.
    3. objective.
    4. whimsical.
  3. One week before the Cougar Run Ski Center fire, where did a fire occur?
    1. Fenner Forest
    2. Voorhees Air Base Training Site
    3. Murphy County Nature Reserve
    4. Burgaw Grove
  4. According to the table, lightning fires
    1. occurred at Burgaw Grove and Fenner Forest.
    2. consumed less than 500 acres.
    3. consumed more acres than suspected arson fires.
    4. occurred more frequently than fires caused by campfires.
  5. Which of the following incidents at Hanesboro Crossing would be considered an act of nature?
    1. A group of rowdy teenagers tossed a match into a tent.
    2. A deer hunter lighting a cigarette accidentally tossed a match too close to a dry shrub.
    3. An inexperienced camper filled a camp stove with gasoline and it exploded.
    4. Lightning struck a tree in the forest.
  6. The status of the town with the most number of days without significant precipitation is
    1. level one.
    2. level two.
    3. level three.
    4. level four.
  7. Compared to Kings Hill, Chase Crossing
    1. is more likely to experience a fire.
    2. is less likely to experience a fire.
    3. is just as likely to experience a fire.
    4. has gone a shorter period of time without significant precipitation.
  8. The largest number of men in the Baidya caste of Madaripur are involved in which field?
    1. education
    2. agriculture
    3. government
    4. publishing
  9. The smallest number of men in the Baidya caste of Madaripur are involved in which field?
    1. education
    2. agriculture
    3. government
    4. publishing
  10. According to the Men's and Women's Table Tennis chart, which country received the most medals for both men and women in table tennis?
    1. China
    2. Korea
    3. Denmark
    4. Hong Kong
  11. In the Men's Table Tennis competition, which country only won a bronze medal?
    1. China
    2. Hong Kong
    3. Denmark
    4. Korea
  12. In which competition did Korea win an equal number of gold, silver, and bronze medals?
    1. the Men's competition
    2. the Women's competition
    3. no equal amounts
    4. the combined Men's and Women's competition
  13. Which of the following countries won one bronze medal and no other medals?
    1. Korea
    2. Denmark
    3. China
    4. Hong Kong
  14. What is the average snowfall for the month of February?
    1. 7.4 inches
    2. 13 inches
    3. 40 inches
    4. 40.8 inches
  15. What is the average temperature for the month of April?
    1. 13°
    2. 23°
    3. 31.3°
  16. What is the average snowfall for the year?
    1. 41 inches
    2. 40 inches
    3. 42.5 inches
    4. 31.3 inches
  17. What is the average precipitation for the month of March?
    1. 90.7 inches
    2. 7.4 inches
    3. 7.9 inches
    4. 7.2 inches
  18. Below is a fictional table similar to something that you might encounter in a publication from the IRS.

  19. How much tax will you pay if you earn $28,000?
    1. 7%
    2. $13
    3. $13,000
    4. 13%
  20. How much Social Security will you pay if you earn $75,000?
    1. 5%
    2. $12,000
    3. 18%
    4. none
  21. What is the highest salary you can earn and still pay no taxes?
    1. $21,999
    2. $20,000
    3. $18,000
    4. $15,000
  22. What salary range pays 15 percent total, including tax and Social Security?
    1. $25,000 – $40,000
    2. $20,000 – $25,000
    3. $15,000 – $20,000
    4. 0 – $15,000
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