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DILLA University

College of Social Sciences and Humanities


Department of English Language and Literature
Reading (EnLa2042) Test-2 Time Allowed 40’

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Direction -I: Read each passage and then respond to the questions. Each question will ask
you to make a logical inference based on textual details. Explain your answer by
referencing the text. (6 points)

Ato Jemal looked up at the sky. It was clear as far as the eye could see, except for the cruel sun.
The greedy sun drained the land of all moisture. He cursed the sun. Ato Jemal ran his fingers
through one of the rows of dirt and grabbed a handful. It was bone dry, almost powdery. He let
the dirt sift through his fingers and it turned to dust in the wind. Ato Jemal put his hands on his
hips and surveyed the field. It was well seeded, that he knew. He seeded it himself, yet nothing
sprang from the dirt. "Well, there's only one thing left to do," he said to himself. Ato Jemal
headed to church.

1. What does Ato Jemal do for a living?


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2. Why is Ato Jemal cursing the sun?

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3. Why does Ato Jemal go to church at the end of the passage?


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DILLA University
College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Department of English Language and Literature
Reading (EnLa2042) Test-2 Time Allowed 40’
Direction -II: Read each sentence; then choice and circle the best logical inference form the
given sentence. (3 points)
1. When I get to work I pass out papers and set up a game for the kids to play. When
everyone arrives, we read a story and discuss it. The bell rings and it is time for lunch. I
correct some papers and prepare the next lesson.
A. cashier C. comedian
B. teacher D. Dentist
2. Before the show I practice my lines. I like to look into the mirror and pretend. I fix my
hair and makeup and get into my costume. Before the curtain rises, I am nervous but
eager to begin performing.
A. Doctor C. Teacher
B. actor D. Comedian
3. “After school, my brother and I put on our boots, hat, and gloves and went outside to
build a snowman. We had a snowball fight, too. After a while, we went in and had some
hot chocolate that my mom made.” When did this happen
A. daytime/summer C. daytime/winter
B. nighttime/summer D. nighttime/winter

Direction -III: Read each sentence and choose and circle the most logical inference. On the
blank below the sentence, tell in precise words why that inference makes sense.
(2 points)

1. Aster asked Seble if she could borrow her math textbook.


A. Seble’s math textbook is red.
B. Aster cannot find her math textbook.
C. Seble lost Aster’s math textbook.
D. The class has a math test tomorrow.

Why do you think so?


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2. Alex’s breath smells really good


A. Alex does not like gum
B. Alex just brushed his teeth
C. Alex ate some vegetable
D. Alex has a dentist appointment.

Why do you think so?


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DILLA University
College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Department of English Language and Literature
Reading (EnLa2042) Test-2 Time Allowed 40’
Directions: Read each sentence and choose the inference that would be best. Draw a picture
that matches your choice. ©
1. The floor is wet.
A. Jake spilled his juice.
B. Jake played ball.
C. Jake sand a song.
2. He cooks food all day long.
A. He works in a clothing store.
B. He works in a restaurant.
C. He works at the zoo.
3. Pam packed a basket with food.
A. Pam is going to take a nap.
B. Pam is going on a picnic.
C. Pam is going to the bank.
4. Peter grabbed Joe’s backpack by mistake.
A. Peter is mean.
B. Joe’s and Peter’s backpacks look alike.
C. The backpack is old.

Direction -I: Read each passage and then respond to the questions. Each question will ask
you to make a logical inference based on textual details. Explain your answer by
referencing the text. (6 points)

Peter slowly got off the ground and wiped the dust from his pants. There were several tears in
both legs. He could see blood through the holes. He picked the gravel from his wounds, wiped
off the dust and looked at the motorbike. The bike was on its side, the front wheel was turned
around, and the wheel was spinning. Peter's elbow and shoulder gave him pain as he struggled to
pull the heavy bike upright once again. He resumed his position in the seat and headed once
more for home. When he got there, he quickly grabbed the hose and sprayed down the
motorbike. He wiped it down with a rag from his father's garage and then parked it against the
wall. He walked inside of his house where his mother was shocked to see him. "Oh my
Goodness! By heavens, what happened to you, Peter?" Peter did not even hesitate, "I got
attacked by a dog after school by David's house. It was one of his neighbor's dogs."

1. How did Peter injure himself?


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2. Why does Peter wash his bike off when he gets home?

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DILLA University
College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Department of English Language and Literature
Reading (EnLa2042) Test-2 Time Allowed 40’
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3. Why does Peter tell his mother the story about the dog?
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Direction -II: Read each sentence; then choice and circle the best logical inference for the
given sentence. (3 points)
1. Even spiders that do not build webs from silk use it for a variety of purposes, such as
constructing egg sacs and nursery tents.
A. All spiders build webs.
B. Spiders that build webs don’t build egg sacs or nursery tents.
C. Silk is used by all spiders.
2. There is more quartz in the world than any one kind of feldspar, but the feldspars as a
group are five times more common than quartz.
A. One type of quartz is five times more plentiful than feldspar.
B. Quartz is less common than the feldspars.
C. The most common type of feldspar is as plentiful as quartz.
3. Illegible handwriting does not indicate weakness of character, as even a quick glance at
the penmanship of George Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, or John Kennedy reveals.
A. Washington, Roosevelt, and Kennedy all had handwriting that was difficult to read.
B. A person’s handwriting reveals a lot about that person.
C. The author believes that Washington, Roosevelt, and Kennedy all had weak
characters.

Direction -III: Read each sentence and choose and circle the most logical inference. On the
blank below the sentence, tell in precise words why that inference makes sense.
(2 points)

1. The car windows are wet.


A. It is raining.
B. It is windy.

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DILLA University
College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Department of English Language and Literature
Reading (EnLa2042) Test-2 Time Allowed 40’
C. It is cold.
D. It is sunny.

Why do you think so?


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2. Dereje took Chala’s bike home by mistake.


A. Dereje has the same bike as Chala.
B. Chala doesn’t like his bike.
C. Dereje likes to take things that are not his.
D. Chala’s bike is blue.

Why do you think so?


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ANSWER

Directions: Read each passage and then respond to the questions. Each question will ask you to
make a logical inference based on textual details. Explain your answer by referencing the text.

Mr. Johnson looked up at the sky. It was clear as far as the eye could see, except for the cruel
sun. The insatiable sun drained the land of all moisture. He cursed the sun. Mr. Johnson ran his
fingers through one of the rows of dirt and grabbed a handful. It was bone dry, almost powdery.
He let the dirt sift through his fingers and it turned to dust in the wind. Mr. Johnson put his hands
on his hips and surveyed the field. It was well seeded, that he knew. He seeded it himself, yet
nothing sprang from the dirt. "Well, there's only one thing left to do," he said to himself. Mr.
Johnson headed to church.

1. What does Mr. Johnson do for a living?


How do you know this?

Suggested Answer
Mr. Johnson is a farmer.

Answer Explanation
I know this because he is surveying a field that he has seeded.

2. Why is Mr. Johnson cursing the sun?


How do you know this?

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DILLA University
College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Department of English Language and Literature
Reading (EnLa2042) Test-2 Time Allowed 40’
Suggested Answer
Mr. Johnson curses the sun because it has not rained in a while and the sun is drying out his
fields.

Answer Explanation
I know this because when Mr. Johnson grabs dirt from the field, and the dirt is very dry. This
indicates that it has not rained in a while. Additionally, Mr. Johnson's crops are not growing,
which indicates that they are not getting enough water or light. In this case it seems like they
aren't getting enough water.
3. Why does Mr. Johnson go to church at the end of the passage?
How do you know this?

Suggested Answer
Mr. Johnson goes to church at the end of the passage to pray for rain.
Answer Explanation
I know this because Mr. Johnson says, "Well, there's only one thing left to do" before he heads to
church. The last thing that he can do then is pray.

Peter slowly got off the ground and wiped the dust from his pants. There were several tears in
both legs. He could see blood through the holes. He picked the gravel from his wounds, wiped
off the dust and looked at the motorbike. The bike was on its side, the front wheel was turned
around, and the wheel was spinning. Peter 's elbow and shoulder gave him pain as he struggled to
pull the heavy bike upright once again. He resumed his position in the seat and headed once
more for home. When he got there, he quickly grabbed the hose and sprayed down the
motorbike. He wiped it down with a rag from his father's garage and then parked it against the
wall. He walked inside of his house where his mother was shocked to see him. "Oh my Good!
By heavens, what happened to you, Pablo?" Pablo did not even hesitate, "I got attacked by a dog
after school by David's house. It was one of his neighbor's dogs."

4. How did Peter injure himself?


Peter fell off of the motorbike.
5. How do you know this?
I know this because the story begins with Peter and the motorbike on the ground. Also,
Peter has dust and gravel in his wounds.
6. Why does Peter wash his bike off when he gets home?
He is attempting to cover up the accident.
7. How do you know this?
I know this because he lies to his mother about what happened to him
8. Why does Peter tell his mother the story about the dog?
She is probably against the motorbike and would take it away or put restrictions on its
use, or he doesn't want her to worry.
9. How do you know this?
I know this because Peter goes to great lengths to conceal the accident from his mother.

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DILLA University
College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Department of English Language and Literature
Reading (EnLa2042) Test-2 Time Allowed 40’
Read each sentence; then circle the one answer choice that is a logical inference based upon
that sentence.

4. Even spiders that do not build webs from silk use it for a variety of purposes, such as
constructing egg sacs and nursery tents.
A. All spiders build webs.
B. Spiders that build webs don’t build egg sacs or nursery tents.
C. Silk is used by all spiders.
5. There is more quartz in the world than any one kind of feldspar, but the feldspars as a
group are five times more common than quartz.
A. One type of quartz is five times more plentiful than feldspar.
B. Quartz is less common than the feldspars.
C. The most common type of feldspar is as plentiful as quartz.
A. Illegible handwriting does not indicate weakness of character, as even a quick glance at
the penmanship of George Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, or John Kennedy reveals.
A. Washington, Roosevelt, and Kennedy all had handwriting that was difficult to
read.
B. A person’s handwriting reveals a lot about that person.
C. The author believes that Washington, Roosevelt, and Kennedy all had weak
characters.
Read each sentence and choose the most logical inference. On the blank below the sentence,
tell why that inference makes sense.

E. The car windows are wet.


E. It is raining.
F. It is windy.
G. It is cold.
H. It is sunny.

Why do you think so?


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F. The blanket smells like a wet dog.


A. It is raining out.
B. The dog was laying on the blanket.
C. The blanket is old.
D. The dog smells bad.

Why do you think so?


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DILLA University
College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Department of English Language and Literature
Reading (EnLa2042) Test-2 Time Allowed 40’
1. “In short, adoption is a ever-present social institution in American society, creating
invisible relationships with biological and adoptive loved ones that touch far more
people than we imagine.”
a. In America, more people are adopted than was originally thought.
b. adoption touches a surprising number of people throughout American society.
c. Because adoptees are “invisible,” their circumstances are hard to imagine.
d. Relationships between biological and adoptive kin have international scope.

2. “While raising a family is inherently stressful, adoption is filled with additional tensions
that are unique to the adoptive relationship.
a. Families that adopt children can avoid some of the tensions inherent in biological
families.
b. Raising a family under stressful conditions can discourage potential adoptive parents.
c. The adoptive relationship is inherently stressful.
d. Families with an adopted member face more challenges than biological families.
3. "Third, in a nation that holds important blood relationships, adoptive families and
adoptees are stigmatized because of their lack of biological relationship."
a. Nations that sanctify blood relationships are often stigmatized.
b. Adoptive families and adoptees are treated like criminals in nations that over-value
blood relationships.
c. Where blood kinship is excessively valued, adoption is considered inferior
d. In some nations, adoptees do not have the same legal relationship to their adoptive
parents as blood kin have to their birth parents.
4. "Opposing these adoptees, some birth mothers argued that they were promised secrecy
when they gave up their children for adoption and that breaking that promise was an
invasion of privacy."
a. Some birth mothers who were promised secrecy about their role felt that breaking
that promise was an invasion of their privacy.
b. In order to retain their privacy, some birth mothers refused to reveal their identities
when they relinquished their children for adoption.
c. Some adoptees support their birth mothers’ right to secrecy, even if it was promised
to them when they gave their children for adoption.
d. Some birth mothers felt that their biological children’s search for them invaded
privacy the mothers were promised.

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