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Chapter 6

Reading Comprehension

Educators


Problem 1

Based on the information given in the passage, the intended audience would most likely be
a. visitors to a natural science museum
b. professors of evolutionary science
c. a third-grade science class
d. students of comparative religions
e. attendees at a world culture symposium

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Problem 1

Based on the information given in the passage, the intended audience would most likely be
A. visitors to a natural science museum
B. professors of evolutionary science
C. a third-grade science class
D. students of comparative religions
E. attendees at a world culture symposium

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Problem 2

The author's attitude toward the aye-aye, as represented in the highlighted text, could best be described as
A. admiring
B. mystified
C. reverent
D. appalled
E. lachrymose

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Problem 3

Select the sentence in the first paragraph that suggests the author's claim that "this practice may result in the loss of a superb example of life's variety" is unlikely to happen.

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Problem 4

Consider each of the choices separately and select all that apply. Which of the following statements can be logically inferred from the passage?
A. Taxonomic classifications are not always absolute.
B. The traditional religion of Madagascar involves augury.
C. There are no longer enough resources on the main island to support the aye-aye population.

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Problem 5

The author of the passage would probably consider which of the following situations to be most analogous to the critics' viewpoint as it is described in the highlighted sentence?
A. Avant-garde movies with complicated storylines are deemed cinematically superior works to Hollywood blockbusters with straightforward narratives.
B. Scientific journals are thought of as providing coverage of natural events that is inferior to that provided by nature documentaries.
C. Poetry is considered superior literature to prose because it is shorter, and therefore the message it conveys is more easily understood.
D. Political diatribes are viewed as falling outside the accepted literary canon because they are too controversial.
E. A movie version of a popular novel is considered artistically superior to the original.

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Problem 6

It can be inferred from the passage that
A. Allende's novel is a retelling of her family's political struggles
B. Allende's novel would have received more favorable reviews if critics had believed it to be great literature
C. Allende learned about magical realism from Gabriel García Márquez
D. Allende's novel could have been more compelling if she had included a stronger political message
E. readers might have expected Allende's work to be more political than it actually was

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Problem 7

It can be inferred from the passage that the author would agree with all of the following statements EXCEPT
A. Alcott should be remembered for his contributions to Transcendentalism
B. Alcott's ideas were ahead of those of many of his contemporaries
C. Alcott believed that learning should not neglect a student's spiritual education
D. Alcott's ideas about education were not always accepted by his compatriots
E. Alcott should not be regarded as a particularly gifted orator

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Problem 8

It can be inferred that the author would agree with which of the following statements?
A. Transcendentalism was an esoteric field of inquiry promulgated by a select group of visionaries.
B. Alcott's prose style is not always easily understood.
C. A Socratic pedagogical style is difficult to align with spiritual teaching.
D. Alcott should be chiefly appreciated for the strengths of his association.
E. The text of Alcott's orations were widely accepted by his peers.

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Problem 9

Consider each of the choices separately and select all that apply. Which of the following scenarios demonstrates the idea put forth by the author of this passage regarding animal classification?
A. While studying a population of bears, scientists rely solely on the traditional taxonomic designations to identify likely hunting grounds.
B. A team of medical researchers closely monitors the actions of the animals involved in a study and compares its findings with prevailing beliefs about those animals.
C. A zookeeper designs a habitat for a new acquisition, disregards taxonomic classifications and instead focuses on observational data.

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Problem 10

The author's tone could best be described as
A. exasperated
B. didactic
C. ambivalent
D. morose
E. laudatory

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