November 27, 2011

Reading Comprehension - Test-1

Passage # 1:
When used for studies of learning and memory, the octopus is a more interesting subject then the squid. Unlike the free-swimming squid which relies exclusively on its eyes to guide it to a tasty fish or crab, the octopus often feeds off the bottom of the sea. It uses not only its eyes but also its tentacles to identity a likely meal. The brain of the octopus has two separate memory-storage areas one for visual memories and one for tactile memories.

1. How does the squid find its food?
    A. By sight only
    B. By touch only
    C. Both by sight and by touch
    D. In none of the ways described

2. According to the passage, which or the following can describe the octopus?
    A. its brain is simpler than that of the squid.
    B. It cannot look and touch at the same time.
    C. Its brain does not function very well.
    D. The memory of what it has seen and touched is contained in separate areas.

3. The passage is mainly about
    A. A new way of feeding fish
    B. Biological differences between two animals.
    C. How to go deep-sea fishing
    D. A warning to deep-sea divers.

Passage # 2:
Economic expansion continues in May. Government reports show gains in industrial production, personal income and housing starts. Housing construction, however remains sluggish, mainly because the cost of new homes has risen much faster than average incomes, but housing starts does show a small increase over those of April.

4. The author's claims concerning economic expansion seem to be based on
    A. Government data in three areas
    B. Government budgetary reports
    C. The author's own research
    D. The author's personal insight

5. According to the passage which of the following is true of housing starts?
    A. They were the same as in previous months.
    B. They were lower in May than in April.
    C. They were slightly higher in May than in April
    D. They were much higher in May than in April.

Passage # 3:
During the summer session there will be a revised schedule of services for the university community. Specific changes for intercampus bus services, the cafeteria, and summer hours for the infirmary and recreational and athletic facilities will be posted on the bulletin board outside the cafeteria. Weekly movie and concert schedule, which are in the process of being arranged, will be posted each Wednesday outside the cafeteria.
Intercampus buses will leave the main hall every hour from all the regular stops on their route. The cafeteria will serve breakfast, lunch, and early dinner from 7a.m to 7p.m during the week and from noon to 7p.m on weekends. The library will maintain regular hours during the week, but shorter hours on Saturdays and Sundays. The weekend hours are from noon to 7p.m.
All students who want to use the library borrowing services and the recreational, athletic and entertainment facilities must have valid summer identification cards. This announcement will also appear in the next issue of the student newspaper.

6. Which of the following is the main purpose of this announcement?
    A. To tell campus personnel of the new library services
    B. To announce the new movies in campus this summer
    C. To notify university people of important schedule changes
    D. To remind students to validate their identification cards

7. Specific schedule revisions for which of the following facilities are listed in this announcement?
    A. Athletic and recreational
    B. Food and transportation
    C. Bookstore and post office
    D. Medical and audio-visual

8. Time for movies and concerts are not listed in this announcement because
    A. a film or concert occurs every Wednesday at 7p.m.
    B. the full list would be too long.
    C. films and concerts cannot be announced publicly.
    D. the full list is not ready yet.

9. According to the announcement which of the following is true of special summer hours for the library?
    A. It has them only on the weekends.
    B. It has them both weekdays and weekends.
    C. It has no special summer hours.
    D. This information is not available.

10. According to the announcement a valid identification card is required to
    A. ride on intercampus buses
    B. read announcements in the cafeteria
    C. make use of the infirmary
    D. check books out of the library


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