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TOEFL Reading: The Basics Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. How can visualization help with reading comprehension?

Question 2 2. Why is visualization important?

Question 3 3.

Consider the following sentence:

The great danger of overusing antibiotic drugs is the increasing problem of drug-resistant infections.

The word 'great' in this sentence most nearly means:

Question 4 4.

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 5 5. The best approach to making an inference is to _____.

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Question 6 6. Clues to an author's intended meaning may be found through historical contexts, culture contexts, the author's background, and _____.

Question 7 7. Brenda is taking the TOEFL, and she needs to answer questions about four different passages in the reading section. If the reading section started 55 minutes ago, then how many minutes does she have left to complete this section?

Question 8 8. Josh is preparing to take the TOEFL. Which of the following best describes the types of questions that he should expect in the examination?

Question 9 9. 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 10 10. If you get a Reading to Learn question with a category chart, what will you have to do?

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Question 11 11. Looking at the words surrounding an unknown word to determine its meaning is an example of using _____.

Question 12 12. Breaking apart a word into its component parts is an example of using _____.

Question 13 13.

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 14 14. What should you do on a TOEFL reading passage if you don't know what a word means?

Question 15 15. Which of the following is an example of a close reading strategy?

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Question 16 16.

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

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

Question 19 19.

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

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Question 21 21. Which of the following is NOT a connotation associated with the word grave?

Question 22 22. 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:

Question 23 23. 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 24 24. Which of the following is TRUE of passages on the TOEFL Reading section?

Question 25 25. 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?

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Question 26 26. How many questions are on the TOEFL Reading test?

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

Question 28 28. Which of the following is NOT helpful when trying to determine the meaning of an unknown word?

Question 29 29.

Read this sentence:

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

The word prone most nearly means:

Question 30 30. Which of the following BEST demonstrates a reader who is using a big picture reading strategy?

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