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An elephant's trunk is a long nose used for smelling, breathing, trumpeting, drinking, and also for grabbing things—especially a potential meal. The trunk alone contains about 100,000 different muscles. African elephants have two fingerlike features on the end of their trunk that they can use to grab small items, while Asian elephants have one. Both male and female elephants use their tusks to dig for food and strip bark from trees.Which of the following is a difference between African and Asian elephants?

A

Asian elephants use their tusks to dig for food and strip bark from trees; African elephants do not.

B

African elephants have two fingerlike appendages on their truck; Asian elephants have one.

C

African elephants often trumpet using their trunk.

D

Asian elephants’ trunks have fewer muscles than an African elephant’.

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Lesson 3 The first detective story, written by Edgar Allan Poe and Author Conan Doyle, emerged in the mid 19th century, at a time when there was an enormous public interest in science. The newspapers of the day continually publicized the latest scientific discoveries, and scientists were acclaimed as the heroes of the age. Poe and Cohen Doyle share this fascination with the mythological, logical approach used by a scientist in their experiments, and instilled their detective heroes with outstanding powers of scientific reasoning. The main idea of the passage is

A

Science fiction was not popular among 19th-century readers

B

Scientific progress made its way into the fiction of the time

C

newspapers detail detective work each day

D

The first detective stories were written by scientists

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In computer design, the effectiveness of a program generally depends on the ability of the programmer. Still, remarkable progress has been made in the development of artificial intelligence. This process has scientists wondering whether it will eventually be possible to develop a computer capable of intelligent thought. When a computer defeated Garry Kasparov, considered by many the greatest chess player of all time, it was taken to be a vindication of the claims of the strongest supporters of artificial intelligence. Despite this accomplishment, others argue that while computers may imitate the human mind, they will never possess the capacity of true intelligence. The main idea of the passage is

A

computers can never learn to think

B

chess is a game in which computers are superior

C

great strides have been made an artificial intelligence

D

artificial intelligence is a scientific miracle

4

From the outset, the Titanic captured the public’s imagination. At the time, it was one of the largest and most opulent ships in the world. It was also considered unsinkable, due to a series of compartment doors that could be closed if the bow was breached. However, four days into its maiden voyage in 1912, the Titanic struck an iceberg, and less than three hours later it sank. After the 1985 discovery of its wreckage, interest in the Titanic only increased, and its enduring appeal was evident with the huge success of James Cameron’s 1997 film about the doomed ocean liner.Based on this passage, what can be said about the Titanic?

A

The drama of the eyewitness accounts and the great loss of life helped make it one of the most well-known tragedies in modern history.

B

The Titanic sank on its maiden voyage in 1985.

C

The Titanic departed from New York City in 1912.

D

Because there were no survivors, the reason the Titanic sank remains a mystery.

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 Florence Nightingale was a trailblazing figure in nursing who greatly affected 19th- and 20th-century policies around proper nursing care. During the Crimean War, she helped to improve the unsanitary conditions at a British base hospital, greatly reducing the death count. Based on her observations during the Crimean War, Nightingale wrote Notes on Matters Affecting Health, Efficiency and Hospital Administration of the British Army, proposing healthcare reforms for other military hospitals.Based on the passage, which of the following is true:

A

Florence Nightingale served in World War I.

B

Hospital conditions never improved for the British.

C

Florence Nightingale’s writings sparked worldwide healthcare reform.

D

Many people died due to Florence Nightingale’s contributions.

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For do-it-yourself-types, the cost of getting regular oil changes seems unnecessary. After all, the steps are fairly easy as long as you are safe. First, make sure that the car is stationary and on a level surface. Always use the emergency break to ensure that the car does not roll on top of you. Next, locate the drain plug for the oil under the engine. Remember to place the oil drain pan under the plug before you start. When it is drained fully, wipe off the drain plug and the plug opening and then replace the drain plug. Next, simply place your final in the engine and pour in new oil. Be sure to return the oil cap when you're done. Finally, run the engine for a minute, and then check the dipstick to see if you need more oil in your engine. After training the old oil from the engine, you should

A

replace the oil cap

B

run the engine for a moment and check the dipstick

C

wipe off and replace the drain plug

D

engage the emergency brake

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A human body can survive without water for several days and without food for as many several weeks. If breathing stops for as little as 3 to 6 minutes, however, death is likely. All animals require a constant supply of oxygen to the body tissues, and especially to the heart or brain. In the human the body, the respiratory and circulatory systems perform this function by delivering oxygen to the body, which then transports it to tissues throughout the body. Respiration in large animals involves more than just breathing in the oxygen. It is a complex process that delivers oxygen while eliminating carbon dioxide produced by cells. Which bodily function, according to the passage is least essential to the immediate survival of the human being?

A

eating

B

drinking

C

breathing

D

excretion

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The first great civilization in Greece was the Minoan culture on the island of Crete,around 2000 B.C. In 1450 B.C., the Minoans were conquered by the Mycenaeans from the mainland. In the 2nd century B.C., Greece entered into a period of foreign rule which would last for over 2,000 years. The Romans conquered the Greeks in 146 B.C., and 400 years later the country fell under Turkish control. But in 1832,following the Greek Revolution, Greece won independence.From the passage, determine the sequence of events:

A

Roman rule, Turkish control, Minoan rule, Greek independence.

B

Minoan rule, Turkish control, Mycenaean rule, Roman rule.

C

Minoan rule, Mycenaean rule, Roman rule, Greek independence.

D

Turkish control, Greek independence, Minoan rule, Roman rule.

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The painter Georgia O'Keeffe was born in Wisconsin in 1887 and grew up on her family's farm. At 17 she decided she wanted to be an artist and left the farm for schools in Chicago and New York, but she never lost her bond with the land. Like most painters, so keep painted things that were most important to her, and nearly all her books or portrayals of nature. O'Keeffe became famous when her paintings were discovered in New York by the photographer Alfred Stieglitz, whom she married in 1924. During a visit to New Mexico in 1929, O'Keeffe was so moved by the bleak landscape and broad skies of the western desert that she began to paint its images. In this context, the word bleak most nearly means

A

empty

B

moody

C

cold

D

vivid

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The Ancient Egyptians held cats in the highest esteem; the penalties for injuring or killing a cat were severe. They worshipped a Cat Goddess, often represented as half feline, half woman, whom they called Bastet. The main center for the worship of Bastet was in northern Egypt in the city of Bubastis. Large catteries were maintained by the Temple priests and a vast cemetery of mummified cats has been excavated outside of Bubastis.Based on the passage, which of these sentences is most likely to come next?

A

According to Egyptian mythology, gods and goddesses had the power to transform themselves into different animals.

B

Wealthy Egyptian families dressed their cats in jewels.

C

Ancient Egyptians loved cats because they appreciated their rodent-catching skills.

D

Thousands of small cat sculptures have also been recovered at Bubastis.