1. Sample Text 1

Harold a professional man who had worked in an office for many years had a fearful dream. In it, he found himself in a land where small slug-like animals with slimy tentacles lived on people’s bodies. The people tolerated the loathsome creatures because after many years they grew into elephants which then became the nation’s system of transport, carrying everyone wherever he wanted to go. Harold suddenly realised that he himself was covered with these things, and he woke up screaming. In a vivid sequence of pictures this dream dramatised for Harold what he had never been able to put in to words; he saw himself as letting society feed on his body in his early years so that it would carry him when he retired. He later threw off the “security bug” and took up freelance work.

Q. The statement that ‘he later threw off the security bug’ means that

A. Harold succeeded in overcoming the need for security
B. Harold stopped giving much importance to dreams
C. Harold started tolerating social victimisation
D. Harold killed all the bugs troubled him

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A. Harold succeeded in overcoming the need for security


2. Sample Text 2

Some actors and rock stars are paid almost 100 times as much per year as school teachers. Not to downgrade the role of entertainment in our lives, but these people are not the valuable social resource that educators are. As another example, professional athletes earn vastly more than the nation’s firefighters. Again, there is little doubt that the lower paid group contributes a more vital function to communities. Finally, dress designers, who can make up to $50,000 for a gown, far out-earn police officers, whose very presence makes our cities and towns livable.

Q. Based on this passage, the earning power in our society:

A. is subject to staggering inflation.
B. does not relate to one’s usefulness in society.
C. is highest among those whose achievements are the greatest.
D. should be highest among actors and rock.

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B. does not relate to one’s usefulness in society.


3. Sample Text 3

The Coliseum is an ancient stadium in the center of Rome. It is the largest of its Kind. It is very old. They started building it in the year 70. It took ten years to build. It is still around today. The Coliseum has been used in many ways. In ancient Rome, men fought each other in it. They fought against lions, tigers, and bears. Oh my! It was dreadful. But most of the people loved t. As many as 80,000 Romans would pack inside to watch. These gruesome events went on until 523.

The Coliseum has been damaged many times over the years. It was struck by lightning in the year 217. This started a fire. Much of the Coliseum is made of stone. But the fire damaged the upper levels. They were made of wood. This damage took many years to repair. It was not finished until the year 240. The worst damage happened in 1349. A mighty earthquake shook Rome and the Coliseum. The south side of the building collapsed. Pieces of the arena were all over the ground. Many people took the fallen stones. Others took stones from the seating areas. They used them to repaid houses and churches. The Romans of those days were not connected to the Coliseum. It had last been used as castle. Before that it was graveyard. It has been hundreds of years since the games. The damage to the Coliseum was never repaired. Its good thing the outer wall of it still stands strong.

Today the Coliseum is one of Rome’s most popular attractions. People from all over the world come to Italy to see it. It has even appeared on the back of a coin. I guess that makes it a symbol that many people want too.

Q. Which statement would the author most likely agree with?

A. The Coliseum should be replaced with a building that is not damaged.
B. The Coliseum has its place in history but it is not useful today.
C. The Coliseum should be used for fighting once again.
D. The Coliseum is very old and has been used for many purposes.

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D. The Coliseum is very old and has been used for many purposes.



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