Ch 32: ASVAB: Paragraph Comprehension

About This Chapter

The lessons in this chapter are designed to increase your understanding of paragraphs and help prepare you for the ASVAB. The text lessons and educational videos guide you through a variety of strategies.

ASVAB: Paragraph Comprehension - Chapter Summary

This chapter's lessons help you determine various factors dealing with paragraphs, such as the theme or central idea. Other lessons in this chapter geared toward paragraph comprehension on the ASVAB focus on:

  • Finding cause and effect in a written passage
  • Steps for analyzing passages and getting the gist of paragraphs
  • Narrative techniques and descriptive writing
  • Written examples of comparing and contrasting
  • Mood and tone in written passages
  • How to identify the problem and solution in a reading selection
  • Determining a sequence of events

The approaches to understanding paragraphs in this chapter are clearly communicated with the text discussions and short, engaging videos. Check your comfort with the content of a lesson by completing a short practice quiz before moving forward.

Objectives of the ASVAB: Paragraph Comprehension Chapter

The ASVAB measures your scope of knowledge and skills to see whether the specifications for enlistment in the military are met. The Paragraph Comprehension subtest on the ASVAB consists of 11 questions if you're taking the exam on a computer and 15 questions if you're taking the paper-and-pencil version. The practice questions in the Paragraph Comprehension chapter have the same multiple-choice setup as questions written for the ASVAB.

10 Lessons in Chapter 32: ASVAB: Paragraph Comprehension
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

1. How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

In this lesson, we will examine the steps involved in the basic analysis of literature. Then, using a well-known fable, we will go through each step of analysis: comprehension, interpreting and drawing conclusions.

Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

2. Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension

In this lesson, we learn quick rules of getting the 'gist' or point of a sentence, paragraph and essay. This skill will improve your reading speed and help you become a more effective and efficient reader and writer.

Determining the Sequence of Events or Steps in a Reading Selection

3. Determining the Sequence of Events or Steps in a Reading Selection

News articles or other types of informational texts can be structured through a sequence of events or steps. In this lesson, we will examine how that is done and how to identify this structure.

How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

4. How to Find the Theme or Central Idea

In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the theme or central idea of a text, and you'll get some specific examples of themes from famous stories.

Narrative Techniques in Writing: Definition, Types & Examples

5. Narrative Techniques in Writing: Definition, Types & Examples

In this lesson, we will examine various types of narrative techniques in writing, as well as examples of the literary techniques relevant to style, plot, and perspective/point of view.

Descriptive Writing: Definition, Techniques & Examples

6. Descriptive Writing: Definition, Techniques & Examples

This lesson will assist you in identifying descriptive writing found in literature and ways you can apply it in your own writing. Learn more about literary style and test your understanding through a quiz.

Comparing and Contrasting: Examples & Concept

7. Comparing and Contrasting: Examples & Concept

Learn about the development strategy of comparing and contrasting, and how to apply it in an essay. Review the examples, and then take a quiz to test your new knowledge.

Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

8. Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

In this lesson, we will define the literary terms tone and mood. We will then discuss how to identify each of them, as well as how to identify them in small reading passages.

How to Find Cause and Effect in a Reading Selection

9. How to Find Cause and Effect in a Reading Selection

Cause and effect structures can be used to describe how an action takes place. This lesson will discuss how to find this structure within a reading selection.

How to Identify the Problem and Solution in a Reading Selection

10. How to Identify the Problem and Solution in a Reading Selection

Informational texts can be arranged in a variety of ways. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to identify the problem/solution structure. We will look at key words used and an example that uses this format.

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