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The sample questions that follow illustrate the kinds of questions in the test. They are not, however, representative of the entire scope of the test in either content or difficulty. Answers with explanations follow the questions.
Directions: Each statement or passage in this test is followed by a question or questions based on its content. After reading a statement or passage, choose the best answer to each question from among the five choices given. Answer all questions following a statement or passage on the basis of what is stated or implied in that statement or passage; you are not expected to have any previous knowledge of the topics treated in the statements and passages.
Be sure to mark all your answers on your answer sheet and fill in completely the lettered space with a heavy, dark mark so that you cannot see the letter.
Remember, try to answer every question.
Marguerite Duras' achievement as a filmmaker was marked by refusal to become a professional of the cinema, with all that this implies in terms of prestige, influence, financial backing, and even know-how. Although she made many films, she said that she knew very little about the technology of cinema and that she had no reason to learn any more: "I want to remain where I am, on the first grounds of cinema, in the primitive zones."
The passage is primarily concerned with
- condemning critics' failure to appreciate the work of a particular filmmaker
- describing the attitude of a particular filmmaker
- analyzing the style of a particular filmmaker
- criticizing the technical shortcomings of a particular filmmaker
- discussing the content of the works of a particular filmmaker
The passage states that sea-based windmills could provide energy effectively if
- they were constructed in shallow water
- they were located near major urban ports
- they were placed on stationary platforms
- the power they generated could be transferred efficiently to shore
- the power they generated could be stored in advanced high-capacity batteries
Which of the following best describes the organization of the passage?
- A series of interrelated events is arranged chronologically.
- A controversial theory is proposed and then persuasively defended.
- An unforeseen problem is described and several examples are provided.
- A criticism is summarized, evaluated, and then dismissed.
- A problematical issue is discussed and a partial solution suggested.
The primary purpose of the passage is to
- describe the critical response to jazz just after the big-band era
- discuss how jazz performers have been affected by their audiences
- indicate how audience response to jazz has changed over time
- recount the author's experiences of listening to jazz as a young person
- outline the historical origins of jazz in the early part of the twentieth century
In order to evaluate the validity of the author's claim regarding Michelangelo (lines 11–13), it would be most helpful to know which of the following?
- How well Vasari knew Michelangelo
- How Vasari characterized other great painters
- Whether Vasari's descriptions of Michelangelo are accurate
- Whether Michelangelo was skilled at fresco painting when he finished the Sistine ceiling
- Whether Michelangelo created all of his major works without assistants
In 1888, just as its hospital was nearing completion, what was to become the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine ran out of funds; the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, on which the parent university had been depending for money, was experiencing financial difficulty. The railroad's financial troubles proved a stroke of luck for the cause of women's rights. When the directors did open the school in 1893, it was because five women had raised more than $500,000 through a multicity campaign. They had insisted, as a condition of this endowment, that Hopkins be the first school of medicine in the nation to admit men and women on equal terms.
Which of the following is an unstated assumption made by the author of the passage?
- Even if it had not experienced financial difficulties, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad would not have furnished Johns Hopkins University with additional funds.
- The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine would have excluded women if the fund-raisers had not insisted that the school admit women.
- In 1888, Johns Hopkins University was suffering from a shortage of funds in all its schools.
- The establishment of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine would spur the development of other schools of medicine.
- The women fund-raisers themselves wished to be trained as doctors.
The author would be LEAST likely to agree with which of the following statements about governmental regulation and universities?
- Universities are better able to define their four freedoms than is the federal government.
- Universities are going to continue to criticize governmental regulation in the near future.
- The federal government should consult with university personnel before imposing new regulations.
- The federal government passed the National Defense Education Act in order to attain a desirable goal.
- The federal government should limit the four freedoms of universities if the goal it seeks is a desirable one.
did not belong in politics unless he could walk
into a roomful of people and tell immediately
who was for him and who was against him.
such uncanny power, but his liking for this story
tells us something useful about him: he set much
store by instinct. No wonder, then, that it would
be to his instincts—honed in the Texas hill country,
and respected congressional career—that he would
often turn while in the White House.
This reliance on instinct enabled Johnson to put
on the presidency like a suit of comfortable old
to it with a historical, nearly theoretical view of
what was required of a strong President—he knew
exactly what Woodrow Wilson had said about the
office and he had read Corwin and Neustadt. With
suit off the rack and put on a little weight to make
himself fit it.
Which of the following words, if substituted for the word "uncanny" in line 6, would introduce the LEAST change in the meaning of the sentence?
In the passage, the author is primarily concerned with
- explaining an event
- making a comparison
- listing facts
- retelling a story
- refuting an argument
Alice Fletcher, the Margaret Mead of her day, assisted several American Indian nations that were threatened with removal from their land to the Indian Territory. She helped them in petitioning Congress for legal titles to their farms. When no response came from Washington, she went there herself to present their case.
According to the statement above, Alice Fletcher attempted to
- imitate the studies of Margaret Mead
- obtain property rights for American Indians
- protect the integrity of the Indian Territory
- become a member of the United States Congress
- persuade Washington to expand the Indian Territory
Which conclusion about takeout food ordered in Murrayville in 2005 is best supported by the data presented in the graph above?
- Chinese food was the most ordered takeout food for each quarter.
- During the second quarter, fewer orders were placed for Chinese food than for rotisserie chicken.
- During the fourth quarter, an approximately equal number of orders were placed for pizza and for Chinese food.
- During each quarter, more orders were placed for pizza than for either Chinese food or rotisserie chicken.
- More orders were placed for pizza during the second half of the year than were placed during the first half of the year.