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Reading Comprehension

Section 3: Reading Comprehension

This section is designed to measure your ability to read and undertand short passages similar in topic and style to those that students are likely to encounter in North American universities and colleges.

Directions: In this section you will hear several passages. Each one followed by a number of questions about it. You are to choose the one best answer, (A), (B), (C) or (D), to each question. Then, fill the space that corresponds to the answer you have chosen.

Answer all questions about the information in a passage on the basis of what is stated or implied in the passage.

Read the following passage:

John Quincy Adams, who served as the sixth president of the United States from 1825 to 1829, is today recognized for his masterful statesmanship and diplomacy. He dedicated his life to public service, both in the presidency and in the various other political offices that he held. Throughout his political career he demonstrated his unswerving belief in freedom of speech, the antislavery cause, and the right of Americans to be free from European and Asian domination.

To what did John Quincy Adams devote his life?
A. Improving his personal life

B. Serving the public

C. Increasing his fortune

D. Working on his private business

Accoding to the passage, John Quincy Adams “dedicated his life to public service.” Therefore, you should choose (B).

Now begin work on the questions.