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TOEFL Reading: The Basics Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1.

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

Question 4 4. If you get a Reading to Learn question with a category chart, what will you have to do?

Question 5 5. On the TOEFL, how do reading to learn questions differ from basic comprehension questions?

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Question 6 6. 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 7 7. Breaking apart a word into its component parts is an example of using _____.

Question 8 8. Applying what you know about U.S. history when you read a historical novel is an example of using _____.

Question 9 9. How can visualization help with reading comprehension?

Question 10 10. What should you consider when visualizing?

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Question 11 11. The best approach to making an inference is to _____.

Question 12 12. When reading a story, it is important to _____ or find the intended meaning.

Question 13 13. What should you do on a TOEFL reading passage if you don't know what a word means?

Question 14 14.

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 15 15.

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:

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Question 16 16.

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

Question 18 18. Which is the best definition for the connotation of a word?

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 is NOT a strategy for improving reading comprehension?

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Question 21 21.

'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 22 22.

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

Question 24 24. Are Reading to Learn questions worth more points than standard multiple-choice questions?

Question 25 25. 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?

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Question 26 26. Which of the following is NOT helpful when trying to determine the meaning of an unknown word?

Question 27 27. What is visualization when reading?

Question 28 28. 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 29 29.

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

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