Reading Comprehension Practice

 

 

Reading Comprehension is a very common component on standardized tests, including College Entrance, Armed forces entrance, Nursing Entrance and High School tests.

Reading Comprehension Practice Questions

Directions: Read the following paragraphs and answer the questions that accompany them. Circle the correct answer, which you believe most accurately satisfies the requirements of each question. The answer key is located at the end of this test.

Passage 1

Warm air has a lower density than cool air, so warm air rises within cooler air, similar to hot air balloons. Clouds form as warm air carrying moisture rises within cooler air. As the warm air rises, it cools. The moist water vapor begins to condense. When the moisture condenses, this releases energy that keeps the air warmer than its surroundings, so that it continues to rise. If enough instability is present in the atmosphere, this process will continue long enough for cumulonimbus clouds to form, which support lightning and thunder. All thunderstorms, regardless of type, go through three stages: the cumulus stage, the mature stage, and the dissipation stage. Depending on the conditions present in the atmosphere, these three stages can take anywhere from 20 minutes to several hours to occur.

1. The idea that can be inferred from Passage 1 is:

  1. Warm air is denser than cool air
  2. All thunderstorms will go through three stages.
  3. Thunderstorms may occur without clouds present.
  4. The stages of a thunderstorm are finished in just a few minutes.

2. When warm air rises through colder air, it results in:

  1. Evaporation.
  2. Humidity.
  3. Clear skies.
  4. Condensation.

3. What is the correct order?

  1. Warm air rises, cools as it gets higher, water condenses, warms the air, and the air rises more.
  2. Warm air rises, warms up more as it get higher, water condenses, warms the air, and the air rises more.
  3. Warm air rises, cools as it gets higher, water condenses, cools the air, and the air rises more.
  4. None of the above.

4. Cumulonimbus clouds are forming now.  What must be true?

  1. The process of warm air rising and water condensing hasn’t started.
  2. The process of warm air rising and water condensing is just starting now.
  3. The process of warm air rising and water condensing has being going on for some time.
  4. None of the above.

 

Answer Key

1. B

All thunderstorms will go through three stages.  This is taken directly from the text, “All thunderstorms, regardless of type, go through three stages: the cumulus stage, the mature stage, and the dissipation stage.”

2. D
Condensation.  From the passage, “As the warm air rises, it cools. The moist water vapor begins to condense as the temperature cools.”

3. A
The correct order of the process is seen in this passage:

“Clouds form as warm air carrying moisture rises. As the warm air rises, it cools. The moist water vapor begins to condense as the temperature cools. This releases energy that keeps the air warmer than its surroundings. The result is that it continues to rise.”

4. C
From the passage,we see that “if enough instability is present in the atmosphere, this process will continue long enough for cumulonimbus clouds to form,” where ‘this process’ is the process of rising air, condensing water drops generating heat, causing the air to rise further.

 



About the Author

Brian has a BA in Economics, and an MA in Psychology. He lives in British Columbia, Canada. He has traveled widely and has written extensively on education, testing and tests.

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  1. Bebe says:

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  2. Mike says:

    great articles! thanks

  3. anonymous says:

    there’s no anwser key…

  4. Anonymous says:

    Very good.Thanks

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