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GRE Verbal Reasoning: Reading Skills Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Which of the following would a reader NOT do in the second phase in the literary analysis process?

Question 2 2. Janet is focused on reading the first four lines of Romeo and Juliet. She is using a/an _____ reading strategy.

Question 3 3. What is the definition of 'gist'?

Question 4 4. At the beginning of William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, we are given the information that the characters live in Verona. What basic part of comprehension does this information fulfill?

Question 5 5. Which of the following is NOT a connotation associated with the word grave?

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Question 6 6. Which of the following BEST demonstrates a reader who is using a big picture reading strategy?

Question 7 7. What is mood?

Question 8 8. What does it mean to make an inference?

Question 9 9. Why is visualization important?

Use this material to answer question #10

This is a portion of the poem 'Mending Wall' by Robert Frost

Something there is that doesn't love a wall,

That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,

And spills the upper boulders in the sun;

And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.

The work of hunters is another thing:

I have come after them and made repair

Where they have left not one stone on a stone,

But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,

To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,

No one has seen them made or heard them made,

But at spring mending-time we find them there.

I let my neighbour know beyond the hill;

And on a day we meet to walk the line

And set the wall between us once again.

We keep the wall between us as we go.

Question 10 10. In Robert Frost's 'Mending Wall', what is the denotation of walking the line?

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Question 11 11. What is the structure of a story?

Question 12 12. What should you be able to do once you've finished interpreting a piece of literature?

Question 13 13. When reading a story, it is important to _____ or find the intended meaning.

Question 14 14. 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 15 15. An author creating a structure is NOT similar to:

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Question 16 16. Clues to an author's intended meaning may be found through historical contexts, culture contexts, the author's background, and _____.

Question 17 17. Which of the following is NOT helpful in identifying mood and tone?

Question 18 18. Which is a way to challenge yourself in finding the gist?

Question 19 19. 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 20 20. Which of the following literary elements are NOT included in structure?

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Question 21 21. How can the initial stages of analysis help you feel connected to a piece of literature?

Question 22 22. What is denotation?

Question 23 23. When taking a multiple choice test in literature, which of the following is NOT a way to increase comprehension of a piece when reading for a test?

Question 24 24. What are four very common types of multiple-choice questions used for literature?

Question 25 25. Why is it important to read a multiple choice test closely for literature?

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Question 26 26.

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


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

Question 27 27. In 'Harry Potter', Professor Snape's first name, Severus, means serious, strict, and severe. The character of Professor Snape is also serious and strict. This is an example of which of the following?

Question 28 28.

What is the mood of the following 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 29 29. Which of the following is an example of a close reading strategy?

Question 30 30. 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?

GRE Verbal Reasoning: Reading Skills Chapter Exam Instructions

Choose your answers to the questions and click 'Next' to see the next set of questions. You can skip questions if you would like and come back to them later with the yellow "Go To First Skipped Question" button. When you have completed the practice exam, a green submit button will appear. Click it to see your results. Good luck!

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