TOEFL Reading: The Basics Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1.

Consider the following paragraph:

(1) Another common antibiotic-resistant strain of bacteria is C. Difficile. (2) Patients often contract C. Difficile infections while in the hospital for something completely unrelated, and in the past decade, scientists have identified several strains that are resistant to common antibiotics. (3) Left untreated, C. Difficile infection can be fatal. (4)

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

Salmonella is one familiar bacterial disease with several antibiotic-resistant strains.

Where should it go?

Question 2 2. Which of the following is TRUE of passages on the TOEFL Reading section?

Question 3 3. Breaking apart a word into its component parts is an example of using _____.

Question 4 4. 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 5 5. Which is the best definition for the connotation of a word?

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Question 6 6. Which of the following is NOT a connotation associated with the word grave?

Question 7 7.

Read this sentence:

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

The word prone most nearly means:

Question 8 8.

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

Question 10 10. You turn to a passage on the TOEFL and see that it has a Reading to Learn question. When should you do this question?

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Question 11 11.

'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 12 12.

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

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

Question 13 13. Which of the following is NOT an advantage of learning to find the gist of a piece of text you are reading?

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

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Question 16 16. How many reading to learn questions will each reading passage on the TOEFL have?

Question 17 17. How can visualization help with reading comprehension?

Question 18 18. Why is visualization important?

Question 19 19.

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 20 20. 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 21 21. When reading a story, it is important to _____ or find the intended meaning.

Question 22 22. Clues to an author's intended meaning may be found through historical contexts, culture contexts, the author's background, and _____.

Question 23 23. Do you need to know any outside information to answer questions on the TOEFL Reading test?

Question 24 24. Looking at the words surrounding an unknown word to determine its meaning is an example of using _____.

Question 25 25. In Robert Frost's 'Mending Wall', what is the denotation of walking the line?

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Question 26 26.

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

Question 28 28.

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

Question 30 30. Josh is preparing to take the TOEFL. Which of the following best describes the types of questions that he should expect in the examination?

TOEFL Reading: The Basics Chapter Exam Instructions

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