SSAT Upper Level Reading Comprehension: Understanding Purpose Practice Test 12

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1. This passage is mostly about

  • A. the importance of protest.
  • B. the Civil Rights Movement.
  • C. an example of a movement.
  • D. a criticism of sexist attitudes.
  • E. a celebration of trial lawyers.

2. The author's primary purpose of the passage is to

  • A. praise a judge.
  • B. question a career.
  • C. criticize a parent.
  • D. celebrate a victory.
  • E. describe a concern.

3. What does the author mean when he says "our living room was abuzz with fireflies"?

  • A. Many children played in the house.
  • B. The sun's light created a visual effect.
  • C. The children had lost touch with reality.
  • D. The screen doors were frequently left open.
  • E. Fireflies sought warmth inside each autumn.

4. Which of the following best states the main idea of the passage?

  • A. Different theories on animal play have been proposed.
  • B. It is unlikely that animal play has an important purpose.
  • C. The social aspect of animal play remains a point of controversy.
  • D. The purpose of play among animals is unlikely to be discovered.
  • E. It is most likely that animals play as part of their physical development.

5. The main point expressed by the passage is that

  • A. the Mona Lisa is popular.
  • B. the Mona Lisa is a great painting.
  • C. the Mona Lisa engages the subconscious.
  • D. art historians prize the eyes, hands, and smile of the Mona Lisa.
  • E. more than one factor might explain the popularity of the Mona Lisa.