3.05 Reading Samples

Vocab Question Examples:


Education is much more open-ended and all-inclusive than schooling. Education knows no bounds. It can take place anywhere, whether in the shower or on the job, whether in a kitchen or on a tractor.

The word “bounds” in line 6 is closest in meaning to

(A) rules

(B) experiences

(C) limits

(D) exceptions


A chance conversation with a stranger may lead a person to

discover how little is known of other religions. People are engaged in education from

infancy on.

The word “chance” in line 11 is closest in

meaning to

(A) unplanned

(B) unusual

(C) lengthy

(D) lively


Education, then, is a very broad, inclusive term. It is a lifelong process, a

process that starts long before the start of school, and one that should be an integral part

of one’s entire life.

The word “integral” in line 15 is closest in

meaning to

(A) an equitable

(B) a profitable

(C) a pleasant

(D) an essential

Unmarked Questions Examples:

The hard, rigid plates that form the outermost portion of the Earth are about 100

kilometers thick. These plates include both the Earth’s crust and the upper mantle.

The rocks of the crust are composed mostly of minerals with light elements, like

aluminum and sodium, while the mantle contains some heavier elements, like iron and

magnesium. Together, the crust and upper mantle that form the surface plates are called

the lithosphere. This rigid layer floats on the denser material of the lower mantle the way

a wooden raft floats on a pond. The plates are supported by a weak, plastic layer of the

lower mantle called the asthenosphere. Also like a raft on a pond, the lithospheric plates

are carried along by slow currents in this more fluid layer beneath them.

According to the passage, the lithospheric

plates are given support by the

(A) upper mantle

(B) ocean floor

(C) crust

(D) asthenosphere

With an understanding of plate tectonics, geologists have put together a new history

for the Earth’s surface. About 200 million years ago, the plates at the Earth’s surface

formed a “supercontinent” called Pangaea. When this super continent started to tear

apart because of plate movement, Pangaea first broke into two large continental masses

with a newly formed sea that grew between the land areas as the depression filled with

water. The southern one — which included the modern continents of South America,

Africa, Australia, and Antarctica — is called Gondwanaland. The northern one — with

North America, Europe, and Asia — is called Laurasia. North America tore away from

Europe about 180 million years ago, forming the northern Atlantic Ocean.

According to the passage, the northern

Atlantic Ocean was formed when

(A) Pangaea was created

(B) plate movement ceased

(C) Gondwanaland collided with Pangaea

(D) parts of Laurasia separated from

each other

Sentence Placement Questions Examples:

🅰 Of particular interest to the scientists was whether monkeys would make the same mistakes when making financial decisions. 🅱 In order to find out, they had to introduce the monkeys to money.🅲 The monkeys soon cottoned on, and as well as learning simple exchange techniques, were soon able to distinguish bargains – If one team-member offered two grapes in exchange for a metal disc and another team-member offered one grape, the monkeys chose the two-grape option. 🅳 Interestingly, when the data about the monkey purchasing strategies was compared with economist  data on human behaviour, there was a perfect match.

Where in paragraph 3 could the sentence below be best placed?

The team distributed metal discs to the monkeys, and taught them that the discs could be

exchanged with team-members for food.





The next few decades will see great changes in the way energy is supplied and used. In some major oil producing nations, peak oil has already been reached, and there are increasing fears of global warming. Consequently, many countries are focusing on the switch to a low carbon economy. This transition will lead to major changes in the supply and use of electricity. 🅰

 Firstly, there will be an increase in overall demand, as consumers switch from oil and gas to electricity to power their homes and vehicles. 🅱 Secondly, there will be an increase in power generation, not only in terms of how much is generated, but also how it is generated, as there is growing electricity generation from renewable sources. 🅲 To meet these challenges, countries are investing in Smart Grid technology. 🅳 This system aims to provide the electricity industry with a better understanding of power generation and demand, and to use this information to create a more efficient power network.


Where in paragraph 1 can the following sentence be placed?

There will also likely be more electricity generation centres, as households and communities take up the opportunity to install photovoltaic cells and small scale wind turbines.




Sentence Restatement Questions Examples:

Capa’s private life was no less dramatic. He was friend to many of Hollywood’s directors, actors and actresses. In 1943, he fell in love with the wife of actor John Austin. His affair with her lasted until the end of the war and became the subject of his war memoirs. He was at one time lover to actress Ingrid Bergman. Their relationship finally ended in 1946 when he refused to settle in Hollywood and went off to Turkey.

Which sentence best paraphrases paragraph 5?

A. Capa had a tragic private life and was never able to settle down and find happiness.

B. Despite having many good friends and lovers, Capa always put his work first.

C. Capa wanted to make friends with important people in Hollywood so that he could move into the movie industry.

D. Capa’s private life was very complicated. He could not choose between the two women he

loved, so he went off to work in Turkey.

When World war II broke out, Capa was in New York, but he was soon back in Europe covering the war for Life magazine. Some of his most famous work was created on 6th June 1944 when he swam ashore with the first assault on Omaha Beach in the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Capa, armed only with two cameras, took more than one hundred photographs in the first hour of the landing, but a mistake in the darkroom during the drying of the film destroyed all but eight frames. It was the images from these frames however that inspired the visual style of Steven Spielbergs Oscar winning movie ‘Saving Private Ryan’. When Life magazine published the photographs, they claimed that they were slightly out of focus, and Capa later used this as the title of his autobiographical account of the war.

Which sentence best paraphrases paragraph 4?

A. Capa never tried to avoid danger. He risked his life to take photographs of the D-Day invasion, but then destroyed most of them.

B. Capa took some of his most famous photographs during the D-Day invasion, but most were tragically destroyed in an accident.

C. Capa only kept the best eight D-Day photographs as the others were out of focus. These

inspired the visual style of a Hollywood film.

D. Capa left Europe when the war broke out and went to take his most famous photographs of the D-Day invasion.