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TOEFL Reading: The Basics Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. In 'Harry Potter', Professor Snape's first name, Severus, means serious, strict, and severe. This is an example of:

Question 2 2. In Robert Frost's 'Mending Wall', what is the denotation of walking the line?

Question 3 3. Are Reading to Learn questions worth more points than standard multiple-choice questions?

Question 4 4. How many Reading to Learn questions are on each TOEFL passage?

Question 5 5. Which of the following is an example of a close reading strategy ?

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

Question 8 8. 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 9 9. 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 10 10. What is the definition of 'gist'?

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Question 11 11. You have a dinner party and all the guests ask for seconds. What is the most logical conclusion?

Question 12 12. The best approach to making an inference is to _____.

Question 13 13. Why is visualization important?

Question 14 14. 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 15 15.

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.'

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Question 16 16.

'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.'

Question 17 17.

Read the sentence below:

The safety and ------------------- of vaccines has been established for years: they work, they work well, and they have very few side effects.

Pretend the ------------- is a vocab word that you don't know. Using context clues and looking at the rest of the words, what is the main point of this sentence?

Question 18 18.

Read this sentence:

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

The word prone most nearly means:

Question 19 19. How many reading to learn questions will each reading passage on the TOEFL have?

Question 20 20. 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 21 21. Do you need to know any outside information to answer questions on the TOEFL Reading test?

Question 22 22.

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 23 23. What is denotation?

Question 24 24. If you get a Reading to Learn question with a category chart, what will you have to do?

Question 25 25. Which of the following BEST demonstrates a reader who is using a big picture reading strategy?

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Question 26 26. Applying what you know about U.S. history when you read a historical novel is an example of using _____.

Question 27 27. Which of the following is NOT a strategy for improving reading comprehension?

Question 28 28. Clues to an author's intended meaning may be found through historical contexts, culture contexts, the author's background, and _____.

Question 29 29. What is visualization when reading?

Question 30 30. Which of the following sentences has a synonym for 'inconsistent'?

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