ISEE Upper Level Reading Comprehension Practice Test 43

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1. The main purpose of this passage is to

  • A. describe the tsunami of 2004
  • B. point out the differences between tsunamis and tidal waves
  • C. explain the origin of the term "tsunami"
  • D. provide general information about tsunamis

2. The passage names all of the following as possible causes of a tsunami EXCEPT:

  • A. tornadoes
  • B. landslides
  • C. meteor impacts
  • D. earthquakes

3. The author cites the 1960 tsunami in Japan to show

  • A. how devastating a tsunami can be
  • B. how far a tsunami can reach
  • C. the importance of detecting a tsunami early
  • D. how quickly a tsunami can travel

4. Which of the following best describes the difference between a tsunami wave and a regular ocean wave?

  • A. Tsunami waves are more than 100 miles apart in the deep ocean, while regular ocean waves follow closely one after the other.
  • B. The length between peaks and the amount of time between peaks is greater in tsunami waves than it is in regular ocean waves.
  • C. Regular ocean waves are more harmful to young children, while tsunami waves are more likely to endanger the elderly.
  • D. Tsunami waves are more likely to affect boats in deep water than are regular ocean waves.

5. The style of the passage is most like that found in

  • A. an adventure novel
  • B. a weather report
  • C. a science textbook
  • D. a news article

6. A tsunami becomes a hazard as it approaches land because

  • A. the waves compress and grow higher in shallow water
  • B. the waves speed up as they approach the shore
  • C. the water drains away, exposing the sea floor
  • D. people get too close to the shore

7. As used in paragraph 5, the word "bore" means

  • A. hollow, cylindrical chamber
  • B. gauge
  • C. hole made by a drill
  • D. dangerous wave