The myth that touching a toad will give you warts is a surprisingly common one, with many people searching Google to ascertain whether there is any truth to it. And the truth is that there is not any truth to it at all. This belief likely stems from the fact that toads have warts and parents want to convince their kids not to touch that gross, slimy animal they just found.
In this passage, what does the word “ascertain” most closely mean?
Ascertain is a word that comes from the phrase, “make certain.” The other choices do not mean the same thing.
Endemism is the ecological state of being unique to a defined geographic location, such as an island, nation or other defined zone, or habitat type; organisms that are indigenous to a place are not endemic to it if they are also found elsewhere. The extreme opposite of endemism is cosmopolitan distribution.
Based on this passage, which of the following statements is false?
People may think of pizza as a snack food. But it is nutritious. The crust, made of a kind of bread, provides carbohydrates. The tomatoes contain Vitamin C and provide fiber. The cheese is a good source of calcium that is needed for healthy bones.
Pizza is healthful because it
The United States Supreme Court is the highest court in the nation. Its nine judges review cases from other courts. They decide if these courts have ruled in a way that agrees with the United States Constitution. But they cannot make new laws. Their decisions are based on a majority vote of the nine judges.
The main idea of this paragraph is that
Dr. Keith Conners did not feel triumphant this fall as he addressed a group of fellow A,D,H,D, specialists in Washington. He noted that recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the A,D,H,D, diagnosis had been made in 15 percent of high school-age children, and that the number of children on medication for the disorder had soared to 3.5 million from 600,000 in 1990. He questioned the rising rates of diagnosis and called them “a national disaster of dangerous proportions.” “The numbers make it look like an epidemic. Well, it’s not. This is a concoction to justify the giving out of medication at unprecedented and unjustifiable levels.”
Which of the following titles would be best for this passage?
The Gila monster may be more than just a ghoulish looking creature that frightens people with its appearance. According to scientists, this creature might hold the key to a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. Although the bite of the Gila monster can be deadly, its saliva contains a chemical that affects memory.
In this context, ghoulish means
Jackrabbits are not rabbits but members of the hare family. Hares are larger than rabbits, and they have longer ears. Newborn rabbits are naked and helpless, but infant hares are covered with fur and aware of their surroundings.
Hares and rabbits are contrasted by describing all of the following except
Newly developed cheap, plastic solar cells could be the answer to more effective use of solar energy. Such cells offer many advantages over current solar cells. The first advantage is the small size of these plastic solar cells that would replace the bulky solar cells being used at this time. Also, such plastic solar cells are very easily manufactured. Perhaps the most convincing argument for implementing these new plastic solar cells is that they are very inexpensive to make.
Which of the following is not mentioned as a reason for using plastic solar cells?
Like so many other high-tech developments, GPS was designed by the U.S. military. The concept started in the late 60s, but the first satellite was not launched until February 1978. In 1989, the Magellan Corp introduced the first hand-held GPS receiver. In 1992, GPS was used in Operation Desert Storm. On March 1996, the President decided to make GPS free for civilian users.
When did the first concept for developing GPS begin?
At one time, people who wanted to be writers had to write a query letter to a magazine and then wait weeks, sometimes months, for a response, which was usually a rejection. Today, with blogs, virtually anybody can put their work out there for others to view. It's as easy as setting up your blog, naming it, and posting anything you want: opinions, poems, short stories, news articles, et Of course, while people who have blogs may choose to call themselves writers or journalists, it's unlikely they are making a living by putting their random thoughts out there into cyberspace.
It can be concluded that: