PTE Practice Test 5 – Reading (Multiple-choice, Choose Multiple Answer)

PTE Reading Multiple-choice, Choose Multiple Answer – Read the paragraph and answer the question by selecting all the correct responses. It requires test takers to read, analyze, understand and assess a short text on an academic subject and choose more than one correct response.

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PTE Practice – Multiple-choice Choose Multiple Answer

1. Read the passage and answer the following question.

The Western alphabet, which is used in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Australia and New Zealand as well as in other countries, originated in the Middle East. The people who gave the world this alphabet were the Phoenicians, a people who established colonies all over the Mediterranean, including Carthage in Africa and Gades in Spain. In their alphabet, the letters were represented by little pictures which represented sounds. The Phoenician A was Aleph, which means “bull”. and it
was made from a little picture of a bull’s head. The letter B was Beth which meant “house”, and showed the round-roofed buildings which you can still see today in Syria.

The Phoenicians had contact with another nation of sailors, the Greeks, with whom they fought and traded. The Greeks also started to use the Phoenician alphabet. They changed the names so aleph and beth became alpha and beta. The shapes of the letters are the same but they have been turned sideways. Of course, the first two letters of the alphabet give it its name. Over the years there have been changes. Latin developed an alphabet with some different letters to the Greeks, and other letters have been added since. But really westerners are using the same system of writing which has served them so well for thousands of years.

Ques 1. Which of the following are true statements in accordance with the information given in the above passage?

[A]. The purpose of this text is to tell something of the Phoenician history.

[B]. The Greeks turned the letters in a different direction.

[C]. The Phoenicians came from Carthage.

[D]. The Phoenician alphabet was composed of individual signs.

[E]. Our modern system of writing is similar to the Phoenician alphabet.

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2. Read the passage and answer the following question.

When we accept the evidence of our unaided eyes and describe the Sun as a yellow star, we have summed up the most important single fact about it-at this moment in time.

It appears probable, however, that sunlight will be the color we know for only a negligibly small part of the Sun’s history. Stars, like individuals, age and change. As we look out into space, We see around us stars at all stages of evolution. There are faint blood-red dwarfs so cool that their surface temperature is a mere 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, there are searing ghosts blazing at 100, 000 degrees Fahrenheit and almost too hot to be seen, for the great part of their radiation is in the invisible ultraviolet range. Obviously, the “daylight” produced by any star depends on its temperature; today(and for ages to come) our Sun is at about 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and this means that most of the Sun’s light is concentrated in the yellow band of the spectrum, falling slowly in intensity toward both the longer and shorter light waves.

That yellow “hump” will shift as the Sun evolves, and the light of day will change accordingly. It is natural to assume that as the Sun grows older, and uses up its hydrogen fuel which it is now doing at the spanking rate of half a billion tons a second- it will become steadily colder and redder.

Ques 2. Which of the following statements can be supported by this text?

[A]. The passage is mainly about the evolutionary cycle of the Sun

[B]. Hot stars are referred to as “ghosts because they are nearly invisible.

[C]. The important thing about the Sun at the present time is that it appears yellow

[D]. As the Sun continues to age, it is likely to become colder and redder in color.

[E]. Sun has a short history and it always remains the same.

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