Reading Comprehension Section
1.What is this passage mainly about?
A. The evolution of the horse
B. The migration of horses
C. The modern-day pony
D. The replacement of the anchitheres by the hipparion
2.According to the author, fossils are considered valuable for all of the following reasons EXCEPT?
A. they suggest how the climate may have been
B. they provide information about migration
C. they document the evolution of the horse
D. they maintain a record of life prior to the Miocene Age
3.The word instigated in paragraph 1 could best be replaced by?
4.What does the author mean by the statement Geologists believe that the first horses appeared on Earth about sixty million years ago as compared with two million years ago for the appearance of human beings?
A. Horses appeared long before human beings according to the theories of geologists.
B. Both horses and human beings appeared several million years ago, if we believe
C. The geological records for the appearance of horses and human beings are not
D. Horses and human beings cannot be compared by geologists because they
appeared too long ago.
5.Which of the following conclusions may be made on the basis of information in the passage?
A. The hipparions migrated to Europe to feed in developing grasslands.
B. There are no fossil remains of either the anchitheres or the hipparion.
C. There were horses in North America when the first European colonists arrived.
D. Very little is known about the evolution of the horse.
6.The word extinct in paragraph 3 is closest in meaning to?
C. nonexistent D. tame
7.It can be concluded from this passage that the?
A. Miocene Period was prior to the Pleistocene
B. Pleistocene Period was prior to the Miocene
C. Pleistocene Period was prior to the Pliocene
D. Pliocene Period was prior to Miocene
Problem 30 Purpose–Infinitives
S V C infinitive (purpose)
Laura jogs to stay fit
She takes vitamins to feel better
Incorrect: Don’t move your feet when you swing for play golf well.
Correct : Don’t move your feet when you swing to play golf well.
Incorrect: Virginia always boils the water twice make tea.
Correct : Virginia always boils the water twice to make tea.
Incorrect: Wait until June plant those bulbs.
Correct : Wait until June to plant those bulbs.
Problem 31 Passive–Word Order
S Be participle
State University is located at the corner of College and Third
Incorrect: Mr. Wilson known as Willie to his friends.
Correct : Mr. Wilson known as Willie to his friends.
(It is Mr. Wilson, not his friends, that is important.)
Incorrect: References not used in the examination room.
Correct : References are not used in the examination room. (It is references, not the person
using them, that are important.)
Incorrect: Laura born in Iowa.
Correct : Laura was born in Iowa.(It is Laura, not her mother who bore her, that is important.)
Problem 32 Passive–Agent
This report was written by Phil
It was printed by computer
Incorrect: The car was inspected for Customs.
Correct : The car was inspected by Customs.
Incorrect: The bill has already been paid Mr. Adams.
Correct : The bill has already been paid by Mr. Adams..
Incorrect: State University is governed from the Board ofRegents.
Correct : State University is governed by the Board of Regents..
Problem 33 Passive–Infinitives
S Be (present) to be participle future time
The project is to be completed by 2005
S Be (past) to be participle future time
The project was to be completed by 1995
Incorrect: The results of the exam are to announced tomorrow.
Correct : The results of the exam are to be announced tomorrow.
Incorrect: We were to be notify if there was a problem.
Correct : We were to be notified if there was a problem.
Incorrect: The game is to rescheduled.
Correct : The game is to be rescheduled.
Problem 34 Necessity for Repair or Improvement–Need
S NEED -ing form
This paragraph needs revising
S NEED to be participle
This paragraph needs to be revised
Incorrect: The house needs to paint, but we plan to wait until next summer to do it.
Correct : The house needs painting, but we plan to wait until next summer to do it.
The house needs to be painted, but we plan to wait until next summer to do it.
Incorrect: Her watch needed repaired.
Correct : Her watch needed repairing.
Her watch needed to be repaired..
Incorrect: The hem of this dress needs mended before I wear it again.
Correct : The hem of this dress needs mending before I wear it again.
The hem of this dress needs to be mended before I wear it again.
Problem 35 Belief and Knowledge–Anticipatory It
Anticipatory it that S V
It is believed that all mammals experience dreams.
Incorrect: It is said that a buried treasure near here.
Correct :It is said that a buried treasure was hidden near here.
Incorrect: It is believed that a horseshoe bringing good luck.
Correct :It is believed that a horseshoe brings good luck.
Incorrect: It is thought that our ancestors building this city.
Correct :It is thought that our ancestors built this city.
Problem 36 Duration–HAVE Participle
S HAVE participle
The English language has changedsince Shakespeare’s time.
Incorrect: Ray given us a lot of help since we arrived.
Correct : Ray has given us a lot of help since we arrived.
Incorrect: I have took this medication since 1985.
Correct : I this medication since 1985.
Incorrect: We been friends since we were children.
Correct : We have been friends since we were children.
Problem 37 Duration–HAVE + Been + Participle
HAVE been participle
She has been accepted to State University
Incorrect: Wayne has elected to the student government.
Correct : Wayne has been elected to the student government.
(It is Wayne, not the people who elected him, who is important.)
Incorrect: We been taught how to cook.
Correct : We have been taught how to cook.
(It is we, not the people who taught us, who are important.)
Incorrect: The class been changed to room 10.
Correct : The class has been changed to room 10.
(It is the class, not the person who changed it, that is important.)
Problem 38 Predictions–Will Have + Participle
adverb (future) S will have participle
By the year 2010 researchers will havediscovered a cure of cancer
Incorrect : Before school is out, I have returned all of my library books.
Correct :Before school is out, I will have returned_ all of my library books.
Incorrect: We have gotten an answer to our letter by the time we have to make a decision.
Correct : We will have gotten an answer to our letter by the
time we have to make a decision.
Incorrect: Before we can tell them about the discount, they will bought the tickets.
Correct :Before we can tell them about the discount, they will have bought the tickets.
Problem 39 Unfulfilled Desires in the Past–Had Hoped
S had hoped that S would verb word
We had hoped that she would change her mind
S had hoped object pronoun -ingform verb word
We had hoped her changing her mind
Incorrect: They had hoped that she not find out about it.
Correct : They had hoped that she would not find out about it.
Incorrect: I had hoped she coming to the party.
Correct : I had hoped that she would come to the party.
Incorrect: His father had hoped that he go into business with him.
Correct : His father had hoped that he would go into business with him.
Problem 40 Missing Auxiliary Verb–Active
Mom is watering her plants.
Mom has watered her plants
MODAL verb word
Mom should water her plants.
Incorrect: The sun was shining when we left this morning.
Correct : The sun was shining when we left this morning.
Incorrect: We gone there before.
Correct : We have gone there before.
Incorrect: I can’t talk with you right now because the doorbell ringing.
Correct : I can’t talk with you right now because the doorbell is ringing..
Problem 41 Missing Auxiliary Verb–Passive
S BE participle
The plants are watered
The plants have been watered
The plants should be watered
Incorrect: These books should returned today.
Correct : These books should be returned today.
Incorrect: The plane delayed by bad weather.
Correct : The plane was delayed by bad weather.
Incorrect: My paper has not typed.
Correct : My paper has not been typed.