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PRACTICE TEST 49

August 1993


Passage 1
The first jazz musicians played in New Orleans during the early 1900's. After 1917. many of the New Orleans musicians moved to the south side of Chicago. where they continued to play their style of jazz. Soon Chicago was the new-center for jazz.
Several outstanding musicians emerged as leading jazz artists in Chicago. Daniel Lotus "Satchmo" Armstrong, born in New Orleans in 1900, was one. Another leading musician was Joseph king Oliver. who is also credited with having discovered Armstrong, when they were both in New Orleans. While in Chicago. Oliver asked Armstrong, who was in New Orleans, to join his band. In 1923 King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band made the first important set of recordings by a Hot Five and Hot Seven bands under Louis Armstrong also made recordings of special note.
Although Chicago’s South Side was the main jazz center, some musicians in New York were also demanding attention in jazz circles. In 1923 Fletcher Henderson already had a ten - piece band that played jazz. During the early 1930’s, the number of players grew to sixteen. Henderson' s band was considered a leader in what some people have called the Big Band Era. By the 1930’s. big dance bands were the rage. Large numbers of people went to ballrooms to dance to jazz music played by big bands.
One of the most popular and also a very famous jazz band was the Duke Eilington band. Edward "Duke" Ellington was born in Washington, D.C., in 1899 and died in New York City in 1974. He studied the piano as a young boy and later began writing original musical compositions. The first of Ellington's European tours came in 1933. He soon received international fame for his talent as a band leader, composer. and arranger. Ten years later, Ellington began giving annual concerts at Carnegic Hall in New York City. People began to listen to jazz in the same way, that they had always listened to classical music.

1. It can be inferred from the passage that Louis Armstrong went to Chicago for which of the following reasons?

(A) To form his own band (B) To learn to play Chicago - style jazz

(C) To play in Joseph Oliver's band (D) To make recordings with the Hot Five
2. According to the passage, which of the following Black bands was the first to make a significant set of jazz recordings?

(A) The Hot Seven band (B) Fletcher Henderson's band

(C) The Red Hot Peppers band (D) King Oliver's Creole jazz Band
3. As used in line 12, the word "note" could best be replaced by which of the following?

(A) distinction (B) memorandum (C) mood (D) song


4. The nickname "Duke" belonged to which of the following bandleaders?

(A) Louis Armstrong (B) Joseph Oliver

(C) Edward Ellington (D) Fletcher Henderson
5. The passage supports which of the following conclusions?

(A) By the 1930's jazz was appreciated by a wide audience

(B) Classical music had a great impact on jazz

(C) jazz originated in New Orleans in the early nineteenth century

(D) jazz band were better known in, Europe than in the United States


6. Which of the following cities is NOT mentioned in the passage as a center of jazz?

(A) New York (B) Washington, D.C.

(C) Chicago (D) New Orleans


Passage 2
The modern age is an age of electricity. People are so used to electric lights, radio, televisions, and telephones that it is hard to imagine what life would be like without them. When there is a power failure, people grope about in flickering candlelight. Cars hesitate in the streets because there are no traffic lights to guide them, and food spoils in silent refrigerators.
Yet, people began to understand how electricity works only a little more than two centuries ago. Nature has apparently been experimenting in this field for millions of years. Scientists are discovering more and more that the living world may hold many interesting secrets of electricity that could benefit humanity.
All living cells sent out tiny pulses of electricity. As the heart beats. it send out pulses of recorded electricity; they form an electrocardiogram, which a doctor can study to determine how well the heart is working. The brain, too, sends out brain waves of electricity, which can be recorded in an electroencephalogram. The electric currents generated by most living cells are extremely small-of-ten so small that sensitive instruments are needed to record them. But in some animals, certain muscle cells have become so specialized as electrical generators that they do not work as muscle cells at all. When large numbers of these cells are linked together, the effects can be astonishing.
The electric eel is an amazing storage battery. It can send a jolt of as much as eight hundred volts of electricity through the water in which it lives. An electric house current is only one hundred twenty volts.) As many as four fifths of all the cells in the electric eel’s body are specialized for generating electricity, and the strength of the shock it can deliver corresponds roughly to the length of its body.

1. What is the main idea of the passage?

(A) Electric eels are potentially dangerous

(B) Biology and electricity appear to be closely related

(C) People would be at a loss without electricity

(D) Scientists still have much to discover about electricity
2. The author mentions all of the following as results of a blackout EXCEPT

(A) refrigerated food items may go bad (B) traffic lights do not work

(C) people must rely on candlelight (D) elevators and escalators do not function
3. Why does the author mention electric eels?

(A) To warn the reader to stay away from them

(B) To compare their voltage to that used in houses

(C) To give an example of a living electrical generator

(D) To describe a new source of electrical power
4. How many volts of electricity can an electric eel emit?

(A) 1,000 (B) 800 (C) 200 (D) 120


5. It can be inferred from the passage that the longer an eel is the

(A) more beneficial it will be to science (B) more powerful will be its electrical charge

(C) easier it will be to find (D) tougher it will be to eat

Passage 3
No sooner had the first intrepid male aviators safely returned to Earth than it seemed that women. too, had been smitten by an urge to fly. From mere spectators, they became willing passengers and finally pilots in their own right, plotting their skills and daring line against the hazards of the air and the skepticism of their male counterparts. In doing so they enlarged the traditional bounds of a women's world, won for their sex a new sense of competence and achievement, and contributed handsomely to the progress of aviation.
But recognition of their abilities did not come easily. "Men do not believe us capable." the famed aviator Amelia Earhart once remarked to a friend. "Because we are women, seldom are we trusted to do an efficient job." Indeed old attitudes died hard: when Charles Lindbergh visited the Soviet Union in i938 with his wife, Anne-herself a pilot and gifted proponent of aviation - he was astonished to discover both men and women flying in the Soviet Air Force.
Such conventional wisdom made it difficult for women to raise money for the up - to - date equipment they needed to compete on an equal basis with men. Yet they did compete, and often they triumphed finally despite the odds.
Ruth Law, whose 590 - mile flight from Chicago to Hornell, New York, set a new nonstop distance record in 1916, exemplified the resourcefulness and grit demanded of any woman who wanted to fly. And when she addressed the Aero Club of America after completing her historic journey, her plainspoken words testified to a universal human motivation that was unaffected by gender: "My flight was done with no expectation of reward," she declared, "just purely for the love of accomplishment."

1. Which of the following is the best title for this passage?

(A) A Long Flight (B) Women in Aviation History

(C) Dangers Faced by Pilots (D) Women Spectators
2. According to the passage, women pilots were successful in all of the following EXCEPT

(A) challenging the conventional role of women

(B) contributing to the science of aviation

(C) winning universal recognition from men

(D) building the confidence of women
3. What can be inferred from the passage about the United States Air Force in 1938?

(A) It had no women pilots.

(B) It gave pilots handsome salaries.

(C) It had old planes that were in need of repair.

(D) It could not be trusted to do an efficient job.
4. In their efforts to compete with men, early women pilots had difficulty in

(A) addressing clubs (B) flying nonstop

(C) setting records (D) raising money
5. According to the passage, who said that flying was done with no expectation of reward?

(A) Amelia Earhart (B) Charles Lindbergh

(C) Anne Lindbergh (D) Ruth Law

Passage 4
Insects' lives are very short and they have many enemies, but they must survive long enough to breed and perpetuate their kind. The less insect-like they look, the better their chance of survival. To look "inedible" by resembling or imitating plants is a deception widely practiced by insects. Mammals rarely use this type of camouflage, but many fish and invertebrates do.
The stick caterpillar is well named. It is hardly distinguishable from a brown or green twig. This caterpillar is quite common and can be found almost anywhere in North America. It is also called "measuring worm" or "inchworm." It walks by arching its body, than stretching out and grasping the branch with its front feet then looping its body again to bring the hind feet forward. When danger threatens, the stick caterpillar stretches its body away from the branch at an angle and remains rigid and still, like a twig, until the danger has passed.
Walking sticks, or stick insects, do not have to assume a rigid, twig-like pose to find protection; they look like inedible twigs in any position. There are many kinds of walking sticks, ranging in size form the few inches of the North American variety to some tropical species that may be over a foot long. When at rest their front legs are stretched out. heightening their camouflage. Some of the tropical species are adorned with spines or ridges. imitating the thorny bushes or trees in which they live.
Leaves also seem to be a favorite object for insects to imitate. Many butterflies can suddenly disappear from view by folding their wings and sitting quietly among the foliage that they resemble.

1. What is the main subject of the passage?

(A) Caterpillars that live in trees

(B) The feeding habits of insects

(C) How some insects camouflage themselves

(D) Insects that are threatened with extinction
2. In lines I and 4, the word "enemies" refers to

(A) other creatures competing for space (B) extreme weather conditions

(C) creatures that eat insects (D) inedible insects
3. According to the passage, how does the stick caterpillar make itself look like a twig?

(A) By holding its body stiff and motionless (B) By looping itself around a stick

(C) By changing the color of its skin (D) By laying its body flat against a branch
4. Which of the following is true of stick insects?

(A) They resemble their surroundings all the time.

(B) They make themselves look like other insects.

(C) They are camouflaged only when walking.

(D) They change color to make themselves in visible.
5. Which of the following are NOT mentioned in the passage as objects that are imitated as a means of protection?

(A) Thorns (B) Flowers (C) Leaves (D) Sticks


6. In which paragraph does the author describe the way in which stick caterpillars move?

(A) Paragraph one (B) Paragraph two

(C) Paragraph three (D) Paragraph four
7. Where in the passage does the author describe the habitat of tropical stick insects?

(A) Line 7 (B) Lines 10-11

(C) Lines 13-15 (D) Lines 16-17

Passage 5
Anthropologists have pieced together the little they know about the history of left - handedness and right - handedness from indirect evidence. Though early men and women did not leave written records, they did leave tools, bones, and pictures. Stone Age hand axes and hatchets were made from stones that were carefully chipped away to form sharp cutting edges. In some. the pattern of chipping shows that these tools and weapons were made by right handed people. designed to fit comfortably into a right hand. Other Stone Age implements were made by or for left-handers Prehistoric pictures. painted on the walls of caves. provide further clues to the handedness of ancient people. A right - hander finds it easier to draw faces of people and animals facing toward the left. whereas a left - hander finds it easier to draw faces facing toward the right. Both kinds of faces have been found in ancient painting. On the whole. the evidence seems to indicate that prehistoric people were either ambidextrous or about equally likely to be left - or right - handed.
But, in the Bronze Age. the picture changed. The tools and weapons found from that period are mostly made for right - handed use. The predominance of right - handedness among humans today had apparently already been established.

1. What is the main topic of the passage?

(A) The purpose of ancient implements

(B) The significance of prehistoric cave paintings

(C) The development of right - handedness and left - handedness

(D) The similarities between the Stone Age and Bronze Age
2. Which of the following helped lead to conclusions about whether Store Age people preferred one hand to the other?

(A) Petrified forms of vegetation (B) Patterns of stone chipping

(C) Fossilized waste material (D) Fossilized footprints
3. In line 8, the word "further" is closest in meaning to which of the following?

(A) advanced (B) additional (C) artistic (D) factual


2. According to the passage, a person who is right - handed is more likely to draw people and animals that are facing

(A) upward (B) downward

(C) toward the right (D) toward the left
5. In line 13, the words "the picture" refer to which of the following?

(A) Faces of animals and people

(B) People's view from inside a cave

(C) People's tendency to work with either hand

(D) The kinds of paint used on cave walls
6. Where in the passage does the author mention a type of evidence that was NOT studied by anthropologists researching the handedness of ancient people?

(A) Lines 2-3 (B) Lines 7-8

(C) Lines 11-12 (D) Lines 14-15
7. The author implies that which of the following developments occurred around the time of the Bronze Age

(A) The establishment of written records

(B) A change in the styles of cave painting

(C) An increase in human skill in the handling of tools

(D) The prevalence of righthandedness


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