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TOEFL Reading: The Basics Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. You turn to a passage on the TOEFL and see that it has a Reading to Learn question. When should you do this question?

Question 2 2. In step 3, you are advised to try to provide a summary of the piece to an individual unfamiliar with the writing. How would you explain the piece in this final challenge?

Question 3 3. On the TOEFL, how do reading to learn questions differ from basic comprehension questions?

Question 4 4. How many reading to learn questions will each reading passage on the TOEFL have?

Question 5 5. Josh is preparing to take the TOEFL. Which of the following best describes the types of questions that he should expect in the examination?

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Question 6 6.

Which of the following might be included in a close reading of the line from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet shown below:


Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene

Question 7 7. You see a person cough and conclude that they have a cold. You remember coughing the last time you had a cold. What is being used to make the inference?

Question 8 8. Which of the following is TRUE of passages on the TOEFL Reading section?

Question 9 9. A student is reading a book, and they come across the word heliogram. They don't know what it means, but they do know that heliocentric means having the sun at the center. What strategy would the student use and why?

Question 10 10.

Read this sentence:

Early probes were prone to making calculation errors, sometimes with disastrous results.

The word prone most nearly means:

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Question 11 11. Which question type should you do last on each TOEFL reading passage?

Question 12 12.

Why is 'authenticity' the antonym of the word 'spurious' in the following sentence?

'The spurious accusations of the disgusting liar will be proven false since they complete lack authenticity.'

Question 13 13. Why is visualization important?

Question 14 14. A student finds herself constantly trying to figure out what the author meant when she reads sections of her textbook. Which of the following is NOT a way to improve her reading for the gist of the section?

Question 15 15. How many questions are on the TOEFL Reading test?

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Question 16 16. How do Reading to Learn questions ask you to organize information about the passage?

Question 17 17. Janine has to read a chapter per night of a novel for her English class. When should she use visualization as a reading strategy?

Question 18 18. Which of the following is NOT helpful when trying to determine the meaning of an unknown word?

Question 19 19. If you get a Reading to Learn question with a category chart, what will you have to do?

Question 20 20. Which of the following is NOT an advantage of learning to find the gist of a piece of text you are reading?

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Question 21 21.

Which of the following question types will you see on the TOEFL Reading section?

A. Multiple-choice questions.

B. Questions that ask you to insert a sentence into a passage.

C. Free-response essay questions.

Question 22 22. Which of the following BEST demonstrates a reader who is using a big picture reading strategy?

Question 23 23.

In the following sentence, which word serves as a definition of 'transient'?

'Her transient thoughts of quitting her dead-end job are fleeting, lasting only as long as the weekly meeting she abhors.'

Question 24 24.

[1] Classics, the study of ancient Greece and Rome, is an inherently interdisciplinary academic field. [2] Because the field deals with the past, history is important for Classicists. [3] Because texts are often read in the original Greek and Latin, linguistics is also an important part of the field. [4] There is also an element of archaeology, since artifacts from the ancient world must be excavated before they can be studied.

You are going to insert the following sentence into the paragraph above:

Because they must learn at least something about all these different fields, Classics students have a remarkably broad outlook on academic inquiry.

Where does the sentence belong?

Question 25 25. Tom is guiding a group of his students through a big picture reading of Romeo and Juliet. Which of the scenarios below should NOT be included as part of this guided reading?

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Question 26 26.

Which word could be substituted for 'querulous' in the following sentence?

'The querulous child I babysit just won't stop bothering me until I let him play video games.'

Question 27 27. What is the definition of 'gist'?

Question 28 28. How many Reading to Learn questions are on each TOEFL passage?

Question 29 29. Applying what you know about U.S. history when you read a historical novel is an example of using _____.

Question 30 30.

'Cheap posters' and 'economy hatchback car' are examples that define which word in the following sentence?

'Even though he says he likes ornate artwork, extravagant clothes, and immoderate cars, Tom is so frugal that he hangs cheap posters on his walls and drives an economy hatchback car.'

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