ISEE Reading Comprehension: Understanding Purpose Practice Test 20

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1. The author most likely refers to the twenty-one artists in order to

  • A. emphasize that the Guggenheim sparked controversy.
  • B. suggest the similarities between many artists and critics.
  • C. illustrate that artists are not qualified to judge architecture.
  • D. inform the reader why the Guggenheim is considered a masterpiece.

2. The phrase "as if that wasn't bad enough" is included to

  • A. explain Paul's embarrassment over his lack of confidence.
  • B. show that Edgar's insensitivity was not an isolated occurrence.
  • C. show Paul's father as a keen observer who can be brutally honest.
  • D. explain that Paul was upset over more than Edgar's treatment of him.

3. The author likely describes Douglass as a "vocal supporter" of voting rights for women in order to

  • A. explain why he and Stanton were allies.
  • B. illustrate the extent of his political judgment.
  • C. expose him as inconsistent in his view on women.
  • D. provide context for his opposition to changing the Fifteenth Amendment.

4. The primary purpose of the passage is to

  • A. demonstrate that people with learning disabilities need only form new neural connections in order to function more effectively.
  • B. suggest that the potential benefits of brain plasticity, while exciting and worthy of continued study, currently lack a scientific basis.
  • C. convey the brain's remarkable ability to form new neural connections and provide possible benefits that may stem from that ability.
  • D. provide an overview of brain function, particularly as it relates to sensory perception and the improvement of cognitive functions.

5. The author mentions smart phones in order to

  • A. illustrate human inventiveness outside of fiction.
  • B. contrast fictional androids with modern technology.
  • C. lament the slow pace of technological development.
  • D. demonstrate that fiction sometimes predicts the future.