PTE Academic Reading Sample Questions–(Multiple-choice, Single Answer)

Multiple-choice Choose Single Answer Practice –  Read the text and answer the multiple-choice question by selecting the correct response. Only one response is correct.

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PTE Reading – Multiple-choice Choose Single Answer

11. Read the passage and answer the following question.

Policymakers must confront the dilemma that fossil fuels continue to be an indispensable source of energy even though burning them produces atmospheric accumulations of carbon dioxide that increase the likelihood of potentially disastrous global climate change.

Currently, the technology that would capture carbon dioxide emitted by power plants and sequester it harmlessly underground or undersea instead of releasing it into the atmosphere might double the cost of generating electricity.

But because sequestration does not affect the cost of electricity transmission and distribution, delivered prices will rise less, by no more than 50 percent. Research into better technologies for capturing carbon dioxide will undoubtedly lead to lowered costs.

Ques 11. The passage implies which of the following about the current cost of generating electricity?

[A]. It is higher than it would be if better technologies for capturing carbon dioxide were available.
[B]. It is somewhat less than the cost of electricity transmission and distribution.
[C]. It constitutes at most half of the delivered price of electricity.
[D]. It is dwelt on by policymakers to the exclusion of other costs associated with electricity delivery.
[E]. It is not fully recovered by the prices charged directly to electricity consumers.

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12. Read the passage and answer the following question.

One of the most popular literary figures in American literature is a woman who spent almost half of her long life in China, a country on a continent thousands of miles from the United States. In her lifetime she earned this country’s most highly acclaimed literary award: the Pulitzer Prize, and also the most prestigious form of literary recognition in the world, the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Pearl S. Buck was almost a household word throughout much of her lifetime because of her prolific literary output, which consisted of some eighty – five published works, including several dozen novels, six collections of short stories, fourteen books for children, and more than a dozen works of nonfiction.

When she was eighty years old, some twenty – five volumes were awaiting publication. Many of those books were set in China, the land in which she spent so much of her life. Her books and her life served as a bridge between the cultures of the East and the West. As the product of those two cultures, she became as the described herself, “mentally bifocal.”

Her unique background made her into an unusually interesting and versatile human being. As we examine the life of Pearl Buck, we cannot help but be aware that we are in fact meeting three separate people: a wife and mother, an internationally famous writer and a humanitarian and philanthropist.

One cannot really get to know Pearl Buck without learning about each of the three. Though honored in her lifetime with the William Dean Howell Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in addition to the Nobel and Pulitzer prizes. Pearl Buck as a total human being, not only a famous author. is a captivating subject of study.

Ques 12. What is the author’s main purpose in the passage?

[A]. To offer a criticism of the works of Pearl Buck.
[B]. To illustrate Pearl Buck’s views on Chinese literature.
[C]. To indicate the background and diverse interests of Pearl Buck.
[D]. To discuss Pearl Buck’s influence on the cultures of the East and the West.

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