PTE Practice Test 9 – Reading (Multiple-choice, Choose Single Answer)

Multiple-choice Choose Single Answer – Read the text and answer the multiple-choice question by selecting the correct response. This item type 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.

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PTE Practice – Multiple-choice Choose Single Answer

1. Read the passage and answer the following question.

Traditional research has confronted only Mexican and United States interpretations of Mexican-American culture. Now we must also examine the culture as we Mexican Americans have experienced it, passing from a sovereign people to compatriots with newly arriving settlers to, finally, a conquered people—a charter minority on our own land.

When the Spanish first came to Mexico, they intermarried with and absorbed the culture of the indigenous Indians. This policy of colonization through acculturation was continued when Mexico acquired Texas in the early 1800’s and brought the indigenous Indians into Mexican life and government. In the 1820’s, United States citizens migrated to Texas, attracted by land suitable for cotton. As their numbers became more substantial, their policy of acquiring land by subduing native populations began to dominate. The two ideologies clashed repeatedly, culminating in a military conflict that led to victory for the United States. Thus, suddenly deprived of our parent culture, we had to evolve uniquely Mexican-American modes of thought and action in order to survive.

Ques 1. The author’s purpose in writing this passage is primarily to

[A]. suggest the motives behind Mexican and United States intervention in Texas.
[B]. document certain early objectives of the Mexican-American society.
[C]. provide a historical perspective for a new analysis of Mexican-American culture.
[D]. appeal to both Mexican and United States scholars to give greater consideration to economic interpretations of history.

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2. Read the passage and answer the following question.

The social sciences are less likely than other intellectual enterprises to get credit for their accomplishments. Arguably, this is so because the theories and conceptual constructs of the social sciences are especially accessible: human intelligence apprehends truths about human affairs with a particular facility. And the discoveries of the social sciences, once isolated and labeled, are quickly absorbed into conventional wisdom, whereupon they lose their distinctiveness as scientific advances.

This under-appreciation of the social sciences contrasts oddly with what many see as their over-utilization. Game theory is pressed into service in studies of shifting international alliances. Evaluation research is called upon to demonstrate successes or failures of social programs. Models from economics and demography become the definitive tools for examining the financial base of social security. Yet this rush into practical applications is itself quite understandable: public policy must continually be made, and policymakers rightly feel that even tentative findings and untested theories are better guides to decision-making than no findings and no theories at all.

Ques 2. The author is primarily concerned with

[A]. advocating a more modest view, and less widespread utilization, of the social sciences.
[B]. analyzing the mechanisms for translating discoveries into applications in the social sciences.
[C]. dissolving the air of paradox inherent in human beings studying themselves
[D]. explaining a peculiar dilemma that the social sciences are in.
[E]. maintaining a strict separation between pure and applied social science.

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