Reading Comprehension Sample Questions

1. William Shakespeare is often considered to be one of the greatest playwrights of all time. In fact, it is usually difficult to find an individual who is not familiar with at least one of his works, as almost everyone has heard of Hamlet, Macbeth, orRomeo and Juliet. However, even though most people recognize Shakespeare as a legendary playwright, many forget that he was a talented poet as well. Shakespeare wrote over 150 sonnets during his lifetime. The sonnets of Shakespeare mused upon a variety of topics including love, death, and time. Most of Shakespeare’s sonnets center around three unnamed characters, who are often referred to as the Dark Lady, the Fair Youth, and the Rival Poet.

The main topic of this passage is that:

(A) Shakespeare was a famous playwright
(B) Shakespeare wrote a number of comedies
(C) everyone has heard of Shakespeare
(D) Shakespeare writes about love, death, and time
(E) Shakespeare was not only a playwright, but a poet as well

2. William Shakespeare is often considered to be one of the greatest playwrights of all time. In fact, it is usually difficult to find an individual who is not familiar with at least one of his works, as almost everyone has heard ofHamlet, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet. However, even though most people recognize Shakespeare as a legendary playwright, many forget that he was a talented poet as well. Shakespeare wrote over a 150 sonnets during his lifetime on a variety of topics including love, death, and time. Most of Shakespeare’s sonnets center around three unnamed characters, who are often referred to as the Dark Lady, the Fair Youth, and the Rival Poet. The tone of this passage is:

(A) depressed/negative
(B) serious/neutral
(C) ironic
(D) positive bias towards the topic
(E) formal

3. William Shakespeare is often considered to be one of the greatest playwrights of all time. In fact, it is usually difficult to find an individual who is not familiar with at least one of his works, as almost everyone has heard ofHamlet, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet. However, even though most people recognize Shakespeare as a legendary playwright, many forget that he was also a talented poet. Shakespeare wrote over a 150 sonnets during his lifetime on a variety of topics including love, death, and time. Most of Shakespeare’s sonnets center around three unnamed characters, who are often referred to as the Dark Lady, the Fair Youth, and the Rival Poet. According to the passage, William Shakespeare wrote the following plays:

(A) Hamlet, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet
(B) The Dark Lady, The Fair Youth, and The Rival Poet
(C) Doctor Faustus, The Fair Youth, and The Rival Poet
(D) Love, Death, and Time
(E) None of the above

4. William Shakespeare is often considered to be one of the greatest playwrights of all time. In fact, it is usually difficult to find an individual who is not familiar with at least one of his works. Almost everyone has heard ofHamlet, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet. However, even though most people recognize Shakespeare as a legendary playwright, many forget that he was a talented poet as well. In fact, Shakespeare wrote over a 150 sonnets during his lifetime. The sonnets of Shakespeare mused upon a variety of topics including love, death, and time. Most of Shakespeare’s sonnets center around three unnamed characters, who are often referred to as the Dark Lady, the Fair Youth, and the Rival Poet.

According to the passage, the characters that Shakespeare commonly described in his poems are usually referred to as:

(A) Hamlet and Macbeth
(B) Romeo and Juliet
(C) Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo, and Juliet
(D) The Dark Lady, the Fair Youth, and the Rival Poet
(E) Doctor Faustus

5. Poker is a card game that consists of a number of specific card combinations that are each ranked based on the difficulty associated with obtaining each particular combination. In other words, each player receives a certain number of cards and the value of each player’s hand can be determined based on the specific combination of cards that the player has received and the probability that he or she could receive a similar combination at another time. The specific combinations that are ranked in poker in order from the least valuable hand to the most valuable hand are as follows: high card, one pair, two pair, three of a kind, straight, flush, full house, four of a kind, straight flush, and royal flush.

This passage is primarily discussing:

(A) how the game of poker works
(B) what a straight flush is
(C) what the most valuable hands in poker are
(D) the history of poker
(E) popular card games that everybody plays

6. Poker is a card game that consists of a number of specific card combinations that are each ranked based on the difficulty associated with obtaining each particular combination. In other words, each player receives a certain number of cards and the value of each player’s hand can be determined based on the specific combination of cards that the player has received and the probability that he or she could receive a similar combination at another time. The specific combinations that are ranked in poker in order from the least valuable hand to the most valuable hand are as follows: high card, one pair, two pair, three of a kind, straight, flush, full house, four of a kind, straight flush, and royal flush.

The tone of this passage is:

(A) depressed/negative
(B) serious/neutral
(C) ironic
(D) positive bias towards the topic
(E) informal

7. Poker is a card game that consists of a number of specific card combinations that are each ranked based on the difficulty associated with obtaining each particular combination. In other words, each player receives a certain number of cards and the value of each player’s hand can be determined based on the specific combination of cards that the player has received and the probability that he or she could receive a similar combination at another time. The specific combinations that are ranked in poker in order from the least valuable to the most valuable hand are as follows: high card, one pair, two pair, three of a kind, straight, flush, full house, four of a kind, straight flush, and royal flush.

According to the passage, each hand in poker is ranked based on:

(A) how many cards you have
(B) how many cards are of the same suit
(C) how many cards match
(D) the difficulty associated with getting each hand
(E) the color of each card in the hand

8. Poker is a card game that consists of a number of specific card combinations that are each ranked based on the difficulty associated with obtaining each particular combination. In other words, each player receives a certain number of cards and the value of each player’s hand can be determined based on the specific combination of cards that the player has received and the probability that he or she could receive a similar combination at another time. The specific combinations that are ranked in poker in order from the least valuable to the most valuable hand are as follows: high card, one pair, two pair, three of a kind, straight, flush, full house, four of a kind, straight flush, and royal flush. According to the passage, a flush is:

(A) better than a straight flush
(B) worse than a straight
(C) the best hand in poker
(D) not a hand in poker
(E) is better than a straight

9. There is a great deal of debate regarding exactly where the game of poker originally came from. However, even though the exact origins of the game are unknown, it is difficult to dispute the fact that poker has been a popular card game for hundreds of years and its popularity has only increased as time has passed. In fact, a myriad of different poker variations have developed as a result of the increasing popularity of the game. Variations such as five-card draw, Texas hold ’em, seven-card stud, and Omaha high/low are commonly played in casinos and homes throughout the world today. Based on the context in which it appears, the word �myriad� probably means/refers to:

(A) a large indefinite number
(B) a small insignificant number
(C) a specific small number
(D) a swamp
(E) a collection of five

10. There is a great deal of debate regarding exactly where the game of poker originally came from. However, even though the exact origins of the game are unknown, it is difficult to dispute the fact that poker has been a popular card game for hundreds of years and its popularity has only increased as time has passed. In fact, a myriad of different poker variations have developed as a result of the increasing popularity of the game. Variations such as five-card draw, Texas hold ’em, seven-card stud, and Omaha high/low are commonly played in casinos and homes throughout the world today. According to the passage, poker is a:

(A) boring card game
(B) pointless card game
(C) popular card game
(D) card game with well-known origins
(E) card game that no one plays anymore

11. There is a great deal of debate regarding exactly where the game of poker originally came from. However, even though the exact origins of the game are unknown, it is difficult to dispute the fact that poker has been a popular card game for hundreds of years and its popularity has only increased as time has passed. In fact, a myriad of different poker variations have developed as a result of the increasing popularity of the game. Variations such as five-card draw, Texas hold ’em, seven-card stud, and Omaha high/low are commonly played in casinos and homes throughout the world today. According to the passage, poker is:

(A) still played in casinos and homes throughout the world
(B) still played in bars and alleys
(C) still played in bars and pool halls
(D) still played in casinos and homes in the western hemisphere
(E) illegal in most places

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