"An Uncomfortable Bed"
"The Innocents Abroad"/"Importance of Elsewhere"/
"Young Green Business Owner"
"The Signers of the Declaration"
"What is Robonaut?"
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1. Part A Why does the narrator first suspect his friends have planned a practical joke? A.because they are all going to bed at the same time B.because they are laughing too much at dinner C.because they have played tricks on him before D.because they are being overly attentive to him
What is D.
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6. Part A In the passage from The Innocents Abroad, what is the meaning of frivolities in paragraph 6? A. enjoyable or entertaining activities B. prudent or necessary precautions C. calming or reflective thoughts D. religious or social customs
What is A.
100
12. Part A What is the meaning of the word reclamation in paragraph 7? A) the idea that a procedure or technique will work better on the second try B) the act or process of selling products for more than they cost to make C) the ability to use something in a new way that has not been done before D) the act or process of recovering materials that have already been used
What is D.
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17. Part A Which idea introduced in the first two paragraphs is developed throughout the article? A) The delegates to the Continental Congress acted heroically when they signed the Declaration of Independence. B) The Declaration of Independence expresses timeless democratic principles. C) The War for Independence followed years of conflict that colonists could not resolve peacefully with England. D) The War for Independence began two years before the Declaration of Independence was created.
What is C.
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17. Part A The word dexterous is used several times in the passage. What is the meaning of dexterous as used in the passage? A) skillful B) experienced C) intelligent D) quick
What is A.
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2. Part A Which statement describes the narrator’s point of view in the story? A.He shows limited understanding of the situation to produce irony. B. He shows omniscience to produce humor. C. He shows limited understanding of the situation to produce suspense. D. He shows omniscience to produce tension.
What is A.
200
7. Part A What does the symbol of the flag in paragraphs 3 and 4 of the passage represent? A)the gloominess felt by the passengers on the excursion B)the peacefulness of life at sea C)the uncertainty of what lies ahead on the excursion D)the bustle and confusion on the ship
What is A.
200
13. Part A Which sentence from the article provides the best statement of a claim the author makes? A) “Although young in terms of age, 27-year-old Jalon ‘Jay’ Petre is anything but when it comes to small business experience.” (paragraph 1) B) “Petre happened upon his current profession by chance.” (paragraph 4) C) “‘I thought there must be a missing link somewhere — somebody was making a lot of money and it wasn’t me.’” (paragraph 8) D) “‘And if you treat people right, it generally works out in your favor.’” (paragraph 14)
What is A.
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18. Part A What does the use of the word extralegally in paragraph 5 indicate about colonial activities in the period before the American Revolution? A) Colonists first attempted to voice their complaints through legitimate political means. B) Colonists wanted to gain European support for their independence from England. C) Colonists were able to gain unanimous support for their demands to the English monarchy. D) Colonists acted in ways to hide their actions from the British.
What is D.
200
18. Part A Paragraph 3 contains an allusion to American astronaut Neil Armstrong’s statement when, as the first person ever to walk on the Moon, he said: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” What is the author implying by the allusion to Armstrong’s statement in paragraph 3? A) Like Armstrong’s Moon landing, the launch of the first Robonaut aboard the Discovery represents a historic breakthrough in space exploration. B) The use of R2 aboard the International Space Station will make space exploration safer for astronauts in the future. C) In the future, human astronauts like Neil Armstrong will unfortunately be replaced with humanoid robots like R2. D) Compared to the launch of R2 aboard the space shuttle Discovery, Neil Armstrong’s Moon landing was only a minor achievement.
What is A.
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3. Part A Which sentence best describes the narrator’s actions that advance the plot? A. He shares that he is fond of practical jokes. B. He pretends as though nothing is wrong. C. He goes to bed later than the other guests. D. He guards against a practical joke.
What is D.
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8. Part A What is the best statement of a central idea from The Innocents Abroad? A) Many steps are needed to launch a ship. B) Plans sometimes don’t go as expected. C) Passengers can come from many places. D) The sea can be a calming influence.
What is B.
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14. Part A Which statement best captures the author’s point of view and purpose of this article? A) Third person point of view allows the author to describe a successful business owner. B) Third person point of view allows the author to describe big business. C) First person point of view allows the author to highlight his accomplishments. D) First person point of view allows the author to promote the reclaimed wood business.
What is A.
300
19. Part A According to the author of this article, what resulted from the meeting of the First Continental Congress? A) a focus on using economic power to force the British government to treat colonists as if they were English citizens living in Great Britain B) the belief that the colonies benefited from their ties with Great Britain and therefore would have to accept their limited political rights C) a decision that colonists’ next step should be to dissolve their local governments and demand colonial representation in the Parliament of Great Britain D) an acknowledgment that political and financial remedies had been exhausted and that the next step would have to be military action
What is A.
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19. Part A Why does the author explain Robonauts’ abilities in detail? A) to outline the history of Robonauts’ development B) to demonstrate the benefits of using Robonauts in space C) to explain how Robonauts might be useful in everyday life D) to persuade readers that Robonauts’ skills have applications for other types of work beyond space exploration
What is B.
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4. Part A In paragraph 6, what is the impact of the phrase an object of suspicion on the tone of the story? A. It helps create a cynical tone. B. It helps create a frightening tone. C. It helps create a jovial tone. D. It helps create a hopeless tone.
What is A.
400
9. Part A How does the author develop the idea that travel narratives are worthwhile? A) He describes a book that influenced him. B) He explains that he admires Shakespeare. C) He defines the role of a story teller. D) He provides personal and text examples.
What is D.
400
15. Part A What is the central idea of this article? A) “Jay” Petre was honored as the Young Entrepreneur of 2010 for his success as the owner of Renick Millworks, LLC. B) “Jay” Petre couldn’t have become a successful small business owner without the help of his family, including his brother and his father. C) Small business owners need to love their products and the business process to succeed, and “Jay” Petre fulfills both requirements. D) Being a young small business owner helped “Jay” Petre succeed because people hired him for jobs that older workers could not afford to take.
What is A.
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20. Part A According to the article, why did the British fear local colonial governments in the buildup to the Revolutionary War? A) Colonial governments actively resisted British policies. B) Colonial governments allied themselves with Britain’s enemies on the western frontier. C) Colonial governments threatened British self-government. D) Colonial governments seized British military supplies.
What is A.
400
20. Part A How does paragraph 4 contribute to the topic of the passage? A) It explains some improvements planned for the R2 to make it more useful. B) It adds details about the R2 that was launched on the space shuttle. C) It provides a comparison between the R2 and previous models. D) It states conclusions about the value of having the R2 on space missions.
What is A.
500
5. Part A Which sentence states a theme the author develops over the course of the story? A. One’s first instincts should always be trusted. B. Acting on one’s fears can cause them to come true. C. Old friends can quickly turn into new enemies. D. The unexpected should always be expected.
What is B.
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10. Part A How does the author of “The Importance of Elsewhere” use the Chekhov quotation in paragraph 2? A) to demonstrate how travelers’ relationships suffer B) to illustrate a point about the isolated nature of traveling C) to express annoyance at others’ viewpoints about traveling D) to reveal how the urge to travel is a typical human desire
What is B.
500
16. Part A What is the author’s purpose for ordering the events as he does in the article? A) to reveal that Petre was actually too young to run a business at first B) to emphasize that business operations have not changed much over time C) to show the importance of judgment in starting and developing a business D) to demonstrate that Petre’s hard work over time has been worthwhile
What is D.
500
21. Part A How does the author structure the article in order to highlight the growing tension between the English and the colonists? A) by providing the colonists’ perspective on events and then contrasting them with British views of the same events B) by chronologically presenting most of the events in the conflict C) by alluding to the final cost of the Revolutionary War in human lives on both sides D) by comparing the build-up to the Declaration of Independence to similar conflicts around the globe
What is B.
500
21. Part A Which statement from the passage is a reasoned judgment? A) “The value of a humanoid over other designs is the ability to use the same workspace and tools . . . .” (paragraph 2) B) “. . . it is the first dexterous humanoid robot in space . . . .” (paragraph 3) C) “NASA and General Motors are working together with assistance from Oceaneering Space Systems engineers . . . .” (paragraph 5) D) “Another way this might be beneficial is during a robotic precursor mission.” (paragraph 7)
What is A.
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