AMCAT Reading Comprehension Previous Papers Questions - English 9

AMCAT reading comprehension previous questions with Solutions - 9

PASSAGE-17

My cell phone rings again. It is futile to ignore it anymore; Valerie is persistent. When Valerie wants something, she will continue to bedevil me until I acquiesce.
“Hello,” I answer.
“State Fair, Bobbie?” she asks in her singsong voice. “When are we heading out? Only two more days left!”
I abhor the State Fair. The boisterous crowds, the insanely long lines and the impossibility of finding a clean restroom all combine to make this an event that I dread
For Valerie, my best friend since the angst of middle school, the State Fair is a sign that divine powers really do exist.
“Really, Bobbie, where else can you pet a cow, ride a horse, fall ten stories, see the world’s smallest person and eat fried macaroni and cheese?” Valerie asks gleefully
“Hell?” I guess.
The fried food at the State Fair is a gastronomical nightmare on its own. I once tried a fried pickle at the fair and was sick to my stomach for hours. And a fried donut hamburger with bacon, cheese AND a greasy egg? How could that not be deleterious?
I have not seen Valerie for a good month; our schedules are both so hectic. My hatred of the State Fair becomes inconsequential compared to my desire to hang with Val.
Alas, I ignore my anti-fair bias for the umpteenth year.
“Pick me up at noon,” I say and hang up the phone.
1) As used in paragraph 1, which is the best synonym for futile?
A. arduous            B. enervating        C. preposterous              D. ineffective

2) As used at in paragraph 1, what does it mean to acquiesce?
A. to give in           B. to speak kindly           C. to pay attention         D. to answer the phone

3) " I abhor the State Fair." Which of the following is the best way to rewrite the above sentence (from paragraph 4) while keeping its original meaning as used in the story?
A. I really dislike the State Fair.           B. I am bored by the State Fair.
C. I have no time for the State Fair.   D. I am uncertain about the State Fair.

4) According the passage, Valerie regards the state fair with
A. ambivalence    B. condescension           C. jubilance           D. nonchalance

5) Logically speaking, which of the following might otherwise be included in Bobbie’s description of foods to be found at the state fair?
I. fried candy bars          II. candy apples               III. ripe red tomatoes
A. I only                  B. I and III              C. II and III             D. I, II, and III

6) "And a fried donut hamburger with bacon, cheese AND a greasy egg?"
Technically speaking, which of the following grammatical errors are committed in the above sentence from paragraph 8?
I. There is no subject.                II. There is no predicate.                      III. It is a sentence fragment.
A. I only                  B. II only                 C. II and III             D. I, II, and III

7) Why might the author have chosen to capitalize all the letters in the word "AND" when writing about the donut hamburger in paragraph 8?
A. to make sure the reader understood it was a list
B. to show that a greasy egg was the last ingredient
C. to highlight that the sentence was intentionally written incorrectly
D. to emphasize how many ingredients were on the hamburger

8) As used in paragraph 8, which is the best antonym for deleterious?
A. amicable           B. beneficial         C. fortuitous         D. pathetic

9) In paragraph 9, the word hang is used
A. as a hyperbole, meaning an exaggeration
B. as a slang expression, meaning informal language
C. as an analogy, meaning a comparison between two things
D. as a denotation, meaning the literal definition of a word

10) Near the end of the passage, what does the author's use of the word umpteenth suggest?
A. the fair has been around for a long time
B. this is the last time Bobbie will agree to go to the fair
C. Bobbie goes to the State Fair with Val frequently

D. this is the first time Bobbie has agreed to go with Val

PASSAGE-18

Along with the obscurantist language, bribe-taking culture around the world often involves the avoidance of physically handing the money from one person to another. One obvious reason is to avoid detection, which is why bribes are known as ―envelopes   in countries from China to Greece. But avoidance of a direct hand –over is common even where there is no chance of detection. There will always be some officials who will take money right from a bribe-player‘s hands, but most seem to prefer to find some way to hide the money from view. Rich Westerners may not think of their societies as plagued by corruption. But the definition of bribery clearly differs from person to person. A New Yorker might pity the third-world businessman who must pay bribes just to keep his shop open. But the same New Yorker would not think twice about slipping the $50 to sneak into a nice restaurant without a reservation. Poor people the world over are most infuriated by the casual corruption of the elites rather than by the underpaid, ―tip  -seeking soldier or functionary. Thus there is no single cultural or social factor that inclines a society towards corruption, but economic factors play a big part. Most clearly, poverty and bribery go together.  ( For Complete Passage : http://www.economist.com/node/8401139 )
1.     What is the author likely to agree to in the following?
Option 1 : Some cultures suffer corruptions while others do not.
Option 2 : Social factors incline a society towards corruption.
Option 3 : Bribery is not a cultural phenomena.                Option 4 : None of these
2.     Which of the following the author does not identify as linguistic manifestation of corruption?
A.     Asking for a favour.                                                   B. Use of double meanings.
B.     Option 3 : Use of quasi-official terminology.          D.Relate to food item.
3.     What is bribe generally called in China?
Option 1 : Hand-over     Option 2 : Refresco            Option 3 : Envelopes      4 : Baksheesh
4.     In summary what does the passage primarily suggest and provide evidence for?
Option 1 : Corruption is always concealed in some way, both linguistically and in the process.
Option 2 : Corruption exists only in developing economies.
Option 3 : Corruption is an unethical practice.       4 : Corruption slows down GDP growth.
5.     What could be the meaning of the word dissimulation, as can be inferred from the context it is used in first line of the passage?
Option 1 : Hypocrisy      Option 2 : Clarity             Option 3 : Frankness      Option 4 : Insult
6.     What best represents the author's attitude towards the rich people in the West?
Option 1 : Appreciative    2 : Mildly critical              3 : Heavily critical   4 : Mildly appreciative
7.     What is the author most likely to agree to?
Option 1 : People generally do not try to hide money taken as bribe.
Option 2 : People hide money taken as bribe primarily to avoid detection.
Option 3 : People hide money taken as bribe from view even if detection possibility is low.
Option 4 : None of these
8.     What could be the meaning of the word 'obscurantist' as inferred from the passage?

Option 1 : Clear      Option 2 : Unclear          Option 3 : Nasty              Option 4 : Polite


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