Multiple-choice Choose Single Answer – Read the text and answer the multiple-choice question by selecting the correct response. Only one response is correct.
This is a multiple-choice item type that assesses reading skills. It requires test takers to read, analyze, understand and assess a short text on an academic subject and choose a single correct response.
PTE Reading – Multiple-choice Choose Single Answer
Read the following passage and answer question 1.
At one time, one could only trace one’s family ancestry by writing letters, visiting courthouses, and begging relatives for any crumb of information. However, today with the World Wide Web, the task has become much simpler. Much of the archived history of our lives and our ancestors’ lives is readily available on-line. In addition, there are specific software programs in existence that will walk you through the process of creating a family tree and take you to appropriate Internet sites for record information. Another alternative is hiring someone or some company to do your tree for you. Depending on your dedication and time, a method is available for you. You might think about tracing your family roots. It is fun for many and will let you in on your family’s past. Even if you find a skeleton in the closet, maybe you could just ignore that twig of your family tree.
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- We may infer from the passage that
[A]. When we trace our family’s history, we may find bad as well as good things.
[B]. Tracing our family tree is not worth the effort.
[C]. The records we must search in order to come up with a family tree have changed due to the World Wide Web.
[D]. Tracing one’s family tree is worthwhile for everyone.
Read the following passage and answer question 2.
Birds have long played a central role in superstitions. However, the role birds have played varies greatly. While crows were thought to be in league with the devil, blue birds were usually considered signs of good fortune. Blue jays, in contrast, were seldom assigned a positive role in superstition and legend. Most of the time, they were considered companions to the devil. According to one ancient superstition, blue jays were never seen on Fridays. Friday was their day to meet with the devil and pass on any useful gossip about souls who might be ready to go astray. Owls, in contrast, have played a number of different roles, some good, some bad. In several superstitions they are portrayed as wise counselors; in others they are a sign that death is near.
2. Which of the following choices best identifies the main idea of this passage?
[A]. Despite having the same color, blue jays and blue birds have played very different roles in superstitions.
[B]. Birds turn up frequently in superstitions as signs of both good and evil.
[C]. Hardly a superstition exists that doesn’t have a bird in it.
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