Reading Comprehension Organization Practice Test (page 2)

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  1. a, d. The writer tells you the causes, in the order in which they occurred, that resulted in her move to Flemington.
  2. c. The sentence before the one that uses the word imperative is describing the attractive family-friendly benefits that Mark's company offers. Since we know that the writer is pregnant, it would make sense that these benefits would be pressing or crucial for her, as opposed to the other two options.
  3. The decision to begin a family sparked the initial desire to move.
  4. After the writer and her husband decided to start a family, the following events occurred in this order:
    1. They began to look at houses.
    2. The writer got pregnant.
    3. Mark's company announced plan to relocate.
    4. The couple began researching real estate, schools, and community life in Flemington.
    5. Mark accepted the relocation offer.
    6. They found a house.

Practice Passage 2

Now try the following passage. Again, read it carefully, marking it up as you go, and then answer the questions that follow.

There are several changes in the procedure for employees who wish to apply for vacant positions within the company. These changes make it much easier for in-house employees to fill vacancies that occur.

First, the most important difference is that employees will now be notified of all available positions before the positions are advertised for the general public. Accordingly, all in-house candidates will be interviewed before we see any outside candidates, and we will offer the job to outside candidates only if no current employees are able to fill the position.

Second, under the new procedure, in-house employees can be hired even if they don't meet all job requirements. Under our old policy, in-house employees had to meet all job qualifications in order to obtain the vacant position. Now, however, employees who have proven themselves dedicated to the company will be hired for a vacant position even if they are lacking some minor qualifications; training will be provided.

A third change involves recommendations. From now on, employees do not need to be recommended for an in - house position before they apply. Instead, employees may apply as soon as they are aware of the vacancy. The remaining procedures and policies (those regarding increase in pay, interview procedure, and hiring approval) remain the same.

  1. Which two organizational strategies does this writer use?
    1. chronological order
    2. order of importance
    3. compare and contrast
    4. cause and effect
  2. The author organizes her ideas in order of
    1. decreasing importance (most important to least important).
    2. increasing importance (least important to most important).
  3. Underline the sentence in this passage that expresses the main idea.
  4. The sentence you underlined is a(n)
    1. fact.
    2. opinion


  1. b, c. The author uses order of importance in comparing the old procedure to the new one.
  2. a. The author organizes her ideas in order of decreasing importance. She starts with the most important change ("First, the most important difference is…") and moves downward to the second and third most important changes.
  3. The sentence that expresses the main idea of all four paragraphs is the second sentence in the first paragraph: "These changes make it much easier for in-house employees to fill vacancies." Although the first sentence tells us what all the paragraphs will be about (the changes in the procedure), it is the second sentence that expresses an opinion—how the author feels about this subject—and therefore, it is the main idea.
  4. b. This sentence expresses an opinion, not a fact. There have indeed been changes—that is a fact—but whether those changes make things easier for most employees is debatable. There may be some things about the old procedure that we don't know. Perhaps, for example, they opened the job to both in-house employees and the general public at the same time, but they interviewed all in-house employees first anyway. Because of our limited information about the old procedure, we cannot accept the idea that the change is better as fact.

If you missed some of these questions, now it's up to you to figure out which lessons to review.

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