PEV106, Reading Comprehension Practice MCQs

PEV106, Reading Comprehension Practice MCQs

 Reading Comprehension

1.Native American art often incorporates a language of abstract visual symbols.

The artist gives a poetic message to the viewer, communicating the beauty of

an idea, either by using religious symbols or a design from nature such as rain

on leaves or sunshine on water. The idea communicated may even be purely

whimsical, in which case the artist might start out with symbols developed from

a bird’s tracks or

a child’s toy.

The main idea of the passage is that Native American art

a. is purely poetic and dreamlike.

b. is usually abstract, although it can also be poetic and beautiful.

c. communicates the beauty of ideas through the use of symbols.

d. is sometimes purely whimsical.

2.One New York publisher has estimated that 50,000 to 60,000 people in the

United States want an anthology that includes the complete works of William

Shakespeare. And what accounts for this renewed interest in Shakespeare? As

scholars point out, the psychological insights he portrays in both male and

female characters are amazing even today.

This paragraph best supports the statement that

a. Shakespeare’s characters are more interesting than fictional characters today.

b. people today are interested in Shakespeare’s work because of the characters.

c. academic scholars are putting together an anthology of Shakespeare’s work.

d. New Yorkers have a renewed interested in the work of Shakespeare.

e. Shakespeare was a psychiatrist as well as a playwright.

3.For the following question, choose the topic sentence that best fits the paragraph.

It weighs less than three pounds and is hardly more interesting to look at than an

overly ripe cauliflower. _______________________. It has created poetry and music,

planned and executed horrific wars, and devised intricate scientific theories. It thinks

and dreams, plots and schemes, and easily holds more information than all the

libraries on Earth.

a. The human brain is made of gelatinous matter and contains no nerve endings.

b. The science of neurology has found a way to map the most important areas of the

human brain.

c. Nevertheless, the human brain is the most mysterious and complex object onEarth.

d. However, scientists say that each person uses only 10% of his or her brain over the

course of a lifetime!

4.Most of the women in the orchestra wore conventional black skirts and white shirts

during concerts and had their hair neatly pulled back. Robin, with her brightly

colored clothing and unusual hairstyles, was considered quite eccentric.

What is the meaning of the underlined word eccentric as it is used in the sentence?

a. unconventional

b. joyful

c. unreliable

d. proud

5.Every year, Americans use more than one billion sharp objects to administer healthcare in their

homes. These sharp objects include lancets, needles, and syringes. If not disposed of in punctureresistant containers, they can injure sanitation workers. Sharp objects should be disposed of in hard

plastic or metal containers with secure lids. The containers should be clearly marked and be puncture


The paragraph best supports the idea that sanitation workers can be injured if they

a. do not place sharp objects in puncture-resistant containers.

b. come in contact with sharp objects that have not been placed in secure containers.

c. are careless with sharp objects such as lancets, needles, and syringes in their homes.

d. do not mark the containers they pick up with a warning that those containers contain sharp objects

6.The best recipes for clam chowder all include onions and a bay leaf. The onions

add a sharpness and zest to the blandness of the clams, and also help remove their

slimy texture. The bay leaf complements the onion’s strong flavor.

This paragraph best supports the statement that

a. onions were once thought to be poisonous.

b. bay leaves are essential in many soups.

c. clam chowder is very nutritious.

d. clams should not be overcooked.

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