PTE Practice- Multiple-choice Choose Single Answer
9. Read the passage and answer the following question.
Embarking on the fight for independence, America faced formidable obstacles. The Continental Congress did not have the authority to pass binding legislation to impose taxes. The new nation had no army and no navy, and its population numbered only 2.5 million people, 20 percent of whom were slaves.
Britain, by contrast, was a mighty power of 11 million people with the world’s best navy and a well-disciplined army. Fifty thousand troops were in North America in 1776, and Britain hired thirty thousand German soldiers to supplement forces during the war. However, the American Revolutionaries were not deterred.
Ques 9. From An American History by Rebecca Brooks Gruver – What is the main point of the passage?
[A]. Britain was a great power whose population outnumbered that of America’s.
[B]. America’s military forces were less experienced than Britain’s military.
[C]. America’s Continental Congress had limited authority.
[D]. As America was about to engage in its struggle for autonomy, it was faced with arduous barriers.
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10. Read the passage and answer the following question.
Though fun to watch, chimpanzees should not be kept as pets.
2. They are dangerously stronger that any NFL lineman.
3. Adult chimps weigh only 100 to 160 pounds but have been measured pulling six to nine times their own weight—–with one hand.
4. Thus, to match the strength of an average chimp, a human being would have to be able to register a two-handed pull of about a ton it takes a very strong man to pull a quarter of that.
5. Combined with this strength is the fact that a chimp is capable of losing its temper —–for reasons known only to the chimp.
6. Chimps signal their feelings with subtle cues of behavior that aren’t apparent to most humans.
7. It is quite possible for a chimp to be on the verge of violence while its owner sits unaware or even unknowingly continuous to provoke.
8. Furthermore, it’s not wise to keep a cute young chimp and release it into the wild when it becomes dangerous.
9. Wild-raised chimps will routinely gang up on and kill those raised in captivity.
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