Reading Comprehension Practice for the GRE

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Which of the following question types will you see on GRE Reading Comprehension questions?

A. Multiple-choice with one correct answer

B. Multiple-choice with more than one possible answer

C. Select-in-passage questions

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1.

PASSAGE

[1] Almost 70 years after his famous essay 'Politics and the English Language,' George Orwell's insights are no less trenchant and his prose is no less enjoyable, even to the reader uncomfortably aware of committing one or more of the literary sins he so justly skewers. [2] The essay laments ''the mixture of vagueness and sheer incompetence'' typical of modern prose, drawing inspiration from several examples of admittedly horrifying writing. [3] The author diagnoses the problems they all have in common - including stale metaphors and pretentious use of language - and offers a few simple principles as a start towards a cure. [4] Present-day politicians could stand to learn from Orwell's offensive against 'meaningless words': he singles out sound-bite favorites like 'fascism' and 'democracy' for special ridicule. [5] And judging from the examples of English prose that I regularly see around me, we could all stand to take a lesson in avoiding the use of trite phrases ''tacked together like the sections of a prefabricated henhouse.''

QUESTION

Select the sentence where the author gives an example of Orwell avoiding a problem that he has characterized as typical of modern English.

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PASSAGE

[1] Almost 70 years after his famous essay 'Politics and the English Language,' George Orwell's insights are no less trenchant and his prose is no less enjoyable, even to the reader uncomfortably aware of committing one or more of the literary sins he so justly skewers. [2] The essay laments 'the mixture of vagueness and sheer incompetence' typical of modern prose, drawing inspiration from several examples of admittedly horrifying writing. [3] The author diagnoses the problems they all have in common - including stale metaphors and pretentious use of language - and offers a few simple principles as a start towards a cure. [3] Present-day politicians could stand to learn from Orwell's offensive against 'meaningless words:' he singles out sound-bite favorites like 'fascism' and 'democracy' for special ridicule. [4] And judging from the examples of English prose that I regularly see around me, we could all stand to take a lesson in avoiding the use of trite phrases 'tacked together like the sections of a prefabricated henhouse.'

QUESTION

The following question has more than one possible answer. Choose one, two, or three of the answer choices.

The author specifically suggests that Politics and the English Language would be a useful guide for…

A. Career politicians

B. Television reporters

C. Composition teachers

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand the kinds of questions you will find on the reading comprehension portion of the GRE. To pass the quiz you will need to answer questions similar to those found on the GRE.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this assessment you'll be given example GRE questions, as well as questions related to:

  • The number of answer choices you are given on multiple-choice questions
  • Identifying details in reading passages
  • Identifying claims of given passages
  • The types of reading comprehension questions you will be given on the GRE

Skills Practiced

You will practice these skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on GRE Reading Comprehension
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding reading compression and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the types of questions you will encounter on the GRE exam

Additional Learning

Make sure to read the related lesson entitled Reading Comprehension Practice for the GRE. It will explore these topics:

  • Question types found on GRE Reading Comprehension
  • How to read and understand questions that will be found on the GRE exam
  • Tips on passing the GRE Reading Comprehension
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