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TOEFL Reading: Advanced Reading Help Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. What should you NOT focus on when making connections to the text?

Question 2 2.

What is the ARGUMENT of the following paragraph?

Public health authorities constantly repeat the argument that calories cause weight gain or loss, and that counting calories is all that is required to manipulate one's weight. But if this is true, why do naturally thin people fail to gain weight in controlled experiments even on a calorie surplus? And why do different kinds of calories seem to cause weight gain at different rates? Calories may tell part of the story, but something else is clearly going on.

Question 3 3. Which of the following could describe the ARGUMENT of a passage?

Question 4 4.

Take a look at the following sentences:


Low-fat diets are not any more effective for weight loss than any other kind of diet. Recent research has also found them ineffective for diabetes, heart disease, or any other chronic condition. Despite these new findings, the public-health message has continued to uphold fat reduction at all costs - even if it means more added sugar.


Which of the answer choices identifies a transition in the passage that signals contrast?

Question 5 5. Why is structure so important in writing fiction?

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Question 6 6.

Which of the following identifies a piece of EVIDENCE for the author's argument?

Public health authorities constantly repeat the argument that calories cause weight gain or loss, and that counting calories is all that is required to manipulate one's weight. But if this is true, why do naturally thin people fail to gain weight in controlled experiments even on a calorie surplus? And why do different kinds of calories seem to cause weight gain at different rates? Calories may tell part of the story, but something else is clearly going on.

Question 7 7. What is tone?

Question 8 8. An author creating a structure is NOT similar to:

Question 9 9. What is the structure of a story?

Question 10 10. What does it mean to interpret literature?

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Question 11 11.

Read through these sentences again.


Low-fat diets are not any more effective for weight loss than any other kind of diet. Recent research has also found them ineffective for diabetes, heart disease, or any other chronic condition. Despite these new findings, the public-health message has continued to uphold fat reduction at all costs - even if it means more added sugar.


Does the author of this passage agree that 'fat reduction at all costs' is justified?

Question 12 12. Which of the following could NOT be the TOPIC of a passage?

Question 13 13. Which of the following literary elements are NOT included in structure?

Question 14 14. Daryl begins one of the sentences in his essay with the word 'However.' Beginning a sentence this way serves to signal _____ to something that came before.

Question 15 15. What should you be able to do once you've finished interpreting a piece of literature?

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Question 16 16. Which is the correct order to a narrative structure?

Question 17 17.

Take a look at the following sentence:


Beethoven's 3rd Symphony is a masterpiece of musical genius, but the 9th is truly his finest work.


Which of the following is the transition word that signals the contrast between the 3rd and the 9th Symphonies?

Question 18 18.

Which of the following best describes the tone of this passage:

He gritted his teeth and clenched his fist. He didn't think he could take the sound of the construction crew across the street anymore. The sounds of jackhammers and hammering were driving him insane.

Question 19 19. When does the process of analyzing a text begin?

Question 20 20.

Read the following paragraph. What is the TOPIC of the paragraph?

Is coffee a health food or a dangerous stimulant drug? Every other week, a new study seems to condone or condemn it as one or the other, suggesting that perhaps, the truth actually lies somewhere in between. Perhaps coffee is neither a miraculous superfood nor a poison in liquid form, but simply a luxury food that individuals can choose to consume or not to consume as they please.

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Question 21 21. Which of the following is NOT helpful in identifying mood and tone?

Question 22 22. What is mood?

Question 23 23.

How would you describe the mood in this passage:

Nearly in tears, the proud father beamed as he handed his newborn daughter to his mother. The grandmother smiled wide and cradled the baby in her arms.

Question 24 24. You are writing an essay and need to begin a sentence that continues along the same line of thought as the previous sentence. Which of the following first words for your sentence should you choose in order to BEST signal this continuity?

Question 25 25. How can the initial stages of analysis help you feel connected to a piece of literature?

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