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COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
PRE-FINAL EXAM Document Issue Date: 12/01/2016
English 107 - College Reading Skills Document Code: INS-INS-031

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TEST 1. MULTIPLE CHOICE TEST

Read the paragraphs below and answer the questions that follow. Encircle the letter of your answer.

A.
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If there is a single trait that most distinguishes entrepreneurs, it is the: they have an uncanny
ability to anticipate and supply what large numbers of people want. 2For example, here’s how Akio
Morita, the legendary founder of Sony, got his idea for the Sony Walkman. 3He would go to the beach
with his children, and the kids and their friends would listen to high-volume ghetto blasters from
morning to evening. 4Morita asked himself, “Why should I have to listen to this ghastly music?” 5And he
wondered, “Why should they carry those cumbersome machines?” 6Morita told his engineers to figure
out a way to build a small radio and cassette player that would sound like a high-quality car stereo and
yet could be attached to a person’s head. 7They obliged, and the Sony Walkman stormed the market.
– Dinesh D’Souza, “Billionaires Business 2.0”

1. Which among the sentences above expresses the main idea of the selection?
A. Sentence 1
B. Sentence 2
C. Sentence 6
D. Sentence 7

2. Which of the following statements could be an accurate inference drawn from sentence 6?
A. A ghetto blaster produces cacophonous sounds.
B. Ghetto blasters should be attached to the head for ease.
C. High-volume ghetto blasters are hefty to carry and use.
D. The sound of a ghetto blaster is of an inferior quality.

3. Based on the details given in the paragraph, which description below characterizes best a high-volume
ghetto blaster?
A. a large but portable stereo system with built in speakers
B. a portable sound system that is convertible to a car stereo
C. a portable sound system that teenagers use in listening to music
D. a small electronic device capable of producing quality sounds

4. Which among the sentences above expresses an opinion?


A. Sentence 1
B. Sentence 4
C. Sentence 5
D. Sentence 6

5. What does the word ghastly mean in sentence 6?


a. filthy
b. nasty
c. noisy
d. stingy

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Malaybalay City, Bukidnon 8700
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B.
Advertisers have many clever ways to get the consumer’s attention. 2First, to make the product
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memorable, they can link it with an interesting character. 3When people see the character, they instantly
remember the product. 4For example, any child will recognize Ronald McDonald, the Energizer Bunny,
or the Green Giant. 5Also, the Pillsbury Dough Boy. 6Furthermore, free samples help consumers become
familiar with the item. 7Sometimes, when people are walking downtown, somebody gives you a snack or
a perfume sample. 8Who can resist getting something for nothing? 9Another smart advertising method is
to place products in popular television shows and movies. 10On American Idol, for instance, the judges
promote certain soft drinks. 11In reality shows such as Survivor, the contestants win particular car
models, and millions of people hear about the car’s features. 12The best marketing strategy is somewhat
devious, though. 13Many companies, especially in the high-tech field, offer mail-in rebates. 14Consumers
are lured by the possibility of a large discount. 15For instance, I bought anti-virus software for my
computer because there was a $40 rebate, but the method of getting the rebate was time-consuming. 16I
had to photocopy my receipt, fill out a form, and mail it. 17Apparently, large numbers of consumers
simply forget to mail the rebate form in, so they never actually receive the discount. 18Every year,
advertisers come up with better and more innovative marketing ideas.

6. How many clever ways of getting the costumers’ attention were given in the above paragraph?
A. 3
B. 4
C. 5
D. 6

7. What propaganda device is illustrated in sentences 9, 10 and 11?


A. Appeal to Authority
B. Glittering Generalities
C. Prestige Identification
D. Transfer of Authority

8. Which of the following sentences is NOT a statement of generalization?


A. Any child will recognize Ronald McDonald, the Energizer Bunny, or the Green Giant.
B. Free samples given to consumers help them in becoming familiar with the product.
C. Many companies, especially in the high-tech field, offer mail-in rebates as a marketing strategy.
D. Numerous consumers simply forget to mail the rebate form in, never receiving any discount.

9. What kind of statement is sentence 12?


A. Fact
B. Generalization
C. Opinion
D. Propaganda

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KATHERINE B. AKUT DR. RIZZA R. CONSAD DR. HAZEL JEAN M. ABEJUELA DR. ESTELA C. ITAAS n Control
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Instructor Department Chairperson College Dean VPAA
BUKIDNON STATE UNIVERSITY
Malaybalay City, Bukidnon 8700
Tel (088) 813-5661 to 5663; TeleFax (088) 813-2717, www.buksu.edu.ph
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10. Based on the ideas expressed in sentences 12 to 17, what does the word devious mean?
A. amusing
B. deceiving
C. frustrating
D. puzzling

C.
1The
economy of Europe, although devastated by World War II, is now one of the strongest in the
world. Europe has been industrialized for two centuries. 3In the past 25 years, Europeans have doubted
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their incomes, having twice as many goods and services at their disposal as they had in 1965. 4This
compares with an increase of only 60 percent in the United States and an increase of 40 percent in Japan.
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However, U.S. income is higher than European income.

11. Which among the sentences above expresses the main idea of the selection?
A. Sentence 1
B. Sentence 2
C. Sentence 3
D. It is implied.

12. Which of the following statements could be an accurate inference drawn from the paragraph?
A. Europeans strived apace to recuperate their economy after WWII.
B. Japanese economy struggles in becoming at par with Europe and U.S.
C. The advent of inflation had kept in recurring in Europe in the past 25 years.
D. With a higher income than Europe, U.S. can be tagged as a Tiger Economy.

13. Which of the following sentences tells the role of sentences 4 and 5 in the paragraph?
A. Both sentences are supporting details of the main idea.
B. One is the main idea and the other is a supporting detail.
C. One sentence states the cause and the other, the effect.
D. The two sentences present ideas that are contradicting.

D.
“Waterbed owners beware! 2It can cost up to $300 a year to heat your luxurious sleeping contraptions.”
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3
The Southeastern Development Association recently released a report that said the estimated 20 million
waterbeds in the U.S. are incredible energy wasters. 4Electric waterbed heaters sometimes run eight hours a day
and use as much electricity as a large refrigerator. 5Leaving the bed unmade every day can increase energy
consumption by about 32 percent through heat loss.

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KATHERINE B. AKUT DR. RIZZA R. CONSAD DR. HAZEL JEAN M. ABEJUELA DR. ESTELA C. ITAAS n Control
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Instructor Department Chairperson College Dean VPAA
BUKIDNON STATE UNIVERSITY
Malaybalay City, Bukidnon 8700
Tel (088) 813-5661 to 5663; TeleFax (088) 813-2717, www.buksu.edu.ph
Document Issue No. 001
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English 107 - College Reading Skills Document Code: INS-INS-031

14. What conclusion can the reader draw about the author?

A. He has studied energy consumption.


B. He thinks waterbeds are too costly.
C. The author owns a waterbed himself.
D. The author thinks waterbeds are good.

15. What kind of statement is sentence 3?


A. Fact
B. Generalization
C. Opinion
D. Propaganda

TEST II. EVALUATING INFERENCES

Read the editorial article from the May 1, 2017, issue of The Philippine Star below and evaluate
the inferences that follow. In the space provided before every number, write A for accurate inferences
and I for inaccurate inferences and inferences with insufficient evidence.

When President Duterte addresses organized labor today, he is expected to unveil a package of benefits
including some financial boost, according to administration officials.

Workers appreciate any augmentation of their income. This, however, must be balanced with the ability of
employers to pay. Productivity tends to increase when workers are happy with their compensation, and employers
who want their businesses to thrive understand this. But there are limits to what businesses can afford, which
cannot be ignored while considering the welfare of workers.

As important as decent compensation for workers is creating an environment that is conducive to job
generation. This task of government becomes more challenging in a country that has steadily slipped in
competitiveness against many of its neighbors.

Among the basic requirements for an investment-friendly environment are safety, ease in doing business,
the rule of law and adequate infrastructure. In all elements, the country is wanting.

The weak rule of law calls for determined action not only on the part of the executive but more so from the
judiciary. Some red tape has been cut since President Duterte assumed power and issued marching orders to
simplify procedures for transacting with government. But he has to do more, especially in getting local government
units to streamline procedures and comply with his order.

Red tape is one of the hindrances to infrastructure development. Another is the security threat posed by the
communist New People’s Army, the Abu Sayyaf and other armed groups. On Saturday as the President hosted the
ASEAN summit in Manila, the NPA attacked the Lapanday Foods Corp. right in his turf, Davao City, torching trucks
and seizing the guns of security guards. The NPA has also burned buses, office facilities and telecommunications
towers in extorting “revolutionary taxes” from the private sector, becoming one of the biggest hindrances to
investment, job generation and development efforts in the countryside.

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Malaybalay City, Bukidnon 8700
Tel (088) 813-5661 to 5663; TeleFax (088) 813-2717, www.buksu.edu.ph
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English 107 - College Reading Skills Document Code: INS-INS-031

The lack of decent employment continues to drive Filipinos to seek jobs overseas, even if it means leaving
their families and opening themselves to exploitation and other forms of abuse. Among the best gifts that can be
offered to workers on Labor Day today is a commitment to create jobs and livelihood opportunities that would
enable them to improve their quality of life.

Inferences:

________ 1. Employers should provide employees due compensation within the limits of their financial capacities.
________ 2. Excessive adherence to rules and formalities were practiced in public offices.
________ 3. It is necessary for employers to continuously augment employees’ income if they are to flourish
their businesses.
________ 4. Our government strives to empower the nation’s labor force to be at par with those of our neighbor
nations’.
________ 5. Overseas Filipino Workers across different countries are susceptible to maltreatment by employers.
________ 6. The government needs to render better income opportunities to improve the Filipinos’ quality of life.
________ 7. The income opportunities in the Philippines at present, in general, do not suffice the needs of workers.
________ 8. The likelihood of attaining an improved quality of life is better when Filipinos work overseas.
________ 9. The provision of increments in pay to employees must probably produce better productivity rates.
________ 10. The welfare of the workers is taken into account only when the employers are to increase their
remuneration.

TEST III. IDENTIFYING STATEMENTS OF FACT AND OPINION

Below are statements from a newspaper article. Read and analyze each sentence. In the space
provided before every number, write F if the statement expresses a fact and O if an opinion.

________ 1. Better income opportunities continue to struggle in the countryside due to security threats.
________ 2. Decent employment facilitates Filipino workers in the pursuit of improving the quality of life.
________ 3. Lapanday Foods Corp. in Davao City has suffered the rebellion of communist armed groups.
________ 4. Filipinos continue to seek opportunities for income abroad due to the inadequacy of decent employment.
________ 5. Overseas Filipino Workers all throughout the globe are subject to mistreatment by employers.
________ 6. Perchance, the biggest deterrent to the various labor development and empowerment efforts is extortion.
________ 7. Productivity ratings among employees increase in certain when increments in pay are given.
________ 8. The financial capability of businesses, perhaps, does not directly affect its workers’ welfare.
________ 9. The government’s assurance of better income opportunities for the Filipinos is the best gift for workers.
________ 10. The restriction of the arbitrary exercise of power hampers infrastructure developments.

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