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G-TELP Level 3 Reading and Vocabulary Sample Test #1
« on: November 29, 2009, 05:26:23 PM »
Reading and Vocabulary Section

You will read four passages. Each passage is followed by comprehension and vocabulary questions. From the four choices for each item, choose the best answer. Then blacken in the correct circle on your answer sheet.

PART 1. Read the following article and answer the questions. The underlined words in the passage are for vocabulary questions.


As Europe's largest city, London has a population of about eight million. The bustling metropolis has magnificent museums, exceptional galleries, gourmet restaurants, and fabulous shopping centers. London is where the country's news and money are made, and where the central government is located.

In 43 A.D., the Romans established Londinium in a valley north of the Thames River. They built a bridge to give access to the south, a facility that made possible for Londinium to become a prosperous trading center over the years. But 18 years later, the Iceni tribe led by Queen Boudicca attacked Londinium and razed it to the ground. Eventually, the Romans regained control and rebuilt the city. To protect it from further invasion, they renamed the city as London and built a wall around it. Inside the defensive wall was an area that is now known as “The Square Mile,” which was to become the financial center of the present-day United Kingdom. 

In 1665, rats that came to London through trading ships brought bubonic plague to the city. The disease spread quickly because people lived in very close quarters and hygiene standards were very low. The city was plagued by the disease throughout the year and about 100,000 people died. Despite all of the hardships brought about by the disease, however, London made many advances. The search of the people for preventive measures, causes, and cures led to the basic medical and sanitation practices of the time.

In the 11th century, William the Conqueror built the Tower of London, which has since become one of the most famous buildings in the world. Another major tourist attraction today is Westminster Abbey; this architectural masterpiece of the 13th to 16th centuries has been the setting for every royal coronation since 1066 and for numerous other royal occasions. Today, aside from being a place for regular worship, this church has also become a venue for celebrating great events in England. And every year, London's traditional sights—Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and St. Paul's Cathedral—continue to attract millions of tourists.[/size]
From © 2003, and other sources

47.  About how many people are living in London today?   

       (a) 8 million
       (b) 9 million
       (c) 10 million
       (d) 11 million

       Answer: ⓐ  ⓑ  ⓒ  ⓓ

48.  Who founded the city of Londinium?

       (a) The Iceni
       (b) William the Conqueror
       (c) Queen Boudicca
       (d) The Romans

       Answer: ⓐ  ⓑ  ⓒ  ⓓ

49.  When did the bubonic plague hit London?
      (a) in 1665 A.D.
      (b) in 1666 A.D.
      (c) in 43 A.D.
      (d) in 61 A.D.

      Answer: ⓐ  ⓑ  ⓒ  ⓓ

50.  What aspect of London was not mentioned?     

(a)   its history
(b)   its tourist spot
       (c) its products
       (d) its population

       Answer: ⓐ  ⓑ  ⓒ  ⓓ

51.  In the context of the passage, hygiene means__________.

       (a) health
       (b) production
       (c) living
       (d) cleanliness

       Answer: ⓐ  ⓑ  ⓒ  ⓓ

52.  In the context of the passage, plagued means__________.

       (a) destroyed
       (b) afflicted
       (c) influenced
       (d) controlled

      Answer: ⓐ  ⓑ  ⓒ  ⓓ

PART 2. Read the following historical biography and answer the questions. The underlined words in the passage are for vocabulary questions.


Jacqueline Lee Bouvier was born in Southampton, New York, on July 28, 1929. She grew up mainly in New York, Rhode Island, and Virginia in wealthy, cultured surroundings, and as a child showed great skill at horsemanship. After attending Vassar College in the United States and the Sorbonne in France, she graduated from George Washington University in 1951. She then took a job as an inquiring photographer for the Washington Times-Herald the following year. It was at this time that her path crossed that of John Kennedy’s; the incumbent senator had the reputation of being the city’s most eligible bachelor. Their romance grew slowly and privately, but in 1953, their wedding in Newport attracted nationwide publicity.

When Kennedy became the US president, Jacqueline gave herself the task of making Washington, D.C., a source of pride and a center of culture. She supervised the redecoration of the White House and encouraged the preservation of nearby buildings. She participated in the planning of a national cultural center, which was later named the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

On Nov. 22, 1963, while the president and Jacqueline were in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, an assassin shot and mortally wounded the president. She accompanied his coffin to Washington, D.C., and walked in the funeral procession, an act of gallant courage that won her the people’s admiration. After that, however, the public would never allow her the privacy she desired for herself and her children. For her peace of mind, she moved with her children to New York City. Five years later, on Oct. 20, 1968, she married a wealthy Greek businessman, Aristotle Onassis. The marriage eventually foundered but the couple never divorced.

When Mr. Onassis died in 1975 and she was widowed for a second time, Jacqueline began a career in publishing and eventually became a senior editor at Doubleday, where she specialized in works on performing arts and on Egyptian art and literature. She died in New York City on May 19, 1994.[/size]
Source: Encyclopedia Americana and other sources

53.  Where was Jacqueline born?

      (a) in Massachusetts
      (b) on Rhode Island
      (c) in Virginia
      (d) in New York

      Answer: ⓐ  ⓑ  ⓒ  ⓓ

54.  As a child, what skill did Jacqueline excel in?
      (a) treating horses
      (b) riding horses
      (c) painting horses
      (d) training horses

      Answer: ⓐ  ⓑ  ⓒ  ⓓ

55.  What was Mr. Kennedy’s job when Jacqueline met him?

      (a) congressman
      (b) city mayor
      (c) senator
      (d) president

      Answer: ⓐ  ⓑ  ⓒ  ⓓ

56.  How old was Jacqueline when she died?

      (a) more than 66 years
      (b) less than 62 years old
      (c) about 64 years old
      (d) exactly 63 years old

      Answer: ⓐ  ⓑ  ⓒ  ⓓ

57.  In the context of the passage, supervised means __________.

      (a) ordered
      (b) completed
      (c) initiated
      (d) managed

      Answer: ⓐ  ⓑ  ⓒ  ⓓ

58.  In the context of the passage, foundered means __________.

      (a) changed
      (b) ended
      (c) failed
      (d) worked

      Answer: ⓐ  ⓑ  ⓒ  ⓓ

PART 3. Read the following personal letter and answer the questions. The underlined words in the letter are for vocabulary questions.

November 29, 2009

Dear Jennifer,
Oh, how I missed you last summer! I'm so glad that my Dad’s job at the Cambodian Embassy will only last until June this year. Then we can come home at last the following month. I’d love to spend the summer with you at Vancouver Beach like we always did.

Everything in Cambodia is so different from British Columbia! I don't know if I'll ever get used to living here. You wouldn’t believe it—we are required to wear a uniform to go to school? It's awful! The school requires a maroon skirt, a white blouse, and a ridiculous floral-pattern tie, not to mention a pair of disgusting long, white socks.

I've already made several nice friends here, but don't worry—no one could ever match you as my most trusted friend! After school, I sometimes go to my classmate Melinda's apartment. She likes the same music and the same movies you and I enjoy. In fact, Melinda and I are attending Taylor Swift’s concert here next month!
That's all for now. I must start my homework for my World History class tomorrow. My professor wants us to write an analysis of the impact of the Renaissance on European history and I don't even know where to begin! Write back soonest, OK?


59.  When will Annie go back to British Columbia?

 (a) in August
 (b) in July
 (c) in June
 (d) in May

Answer: ⓐ  ⓑ  ⓒ  ⓓ

60.  Where does Annie usually spend her summer?

 (a) at school
 (b) in Jennifer’s house
 (c) at the beach
 (d) in Cambodia

 Answer: ⓐ  ⓑ  ⓒ  ⓓ

61.  How does Annie describe her school uniform?

 (a) oversized
 (b) tight-fitting
 (c) colorful
 (d) unattractive

 Answer: ⓐ  ⓑ  ⓒ  ⓓ

62.  Who is Melinda?

 (a) Annie’s classmate
 (b) Annie’s Mom
 (c) Annie’s best friend
 (d) Annie’s teacher

 Answer: ⓐ  ⓑ  ⓒ  ⓓ

63.  In the context of the passage, the word ridiculous means __________.

 (a) radical
 (b) fabulous
 (c) large
 (d) laughable

 Answer: ⓐ  ⓑ  ⓒ  ⓓ

64.  In the context of the passage, the word analysis means __________.

 (a) script
 (b) commercial
 (c) review
 (d) summary

Answer: ⓐ  ⓑ  ⓒ  ⓓ

PART 4. Read the following announcement and answer the questions. The underlined words in the announcement are for vocabulary questions.

Music Department

The Music Department will offer voice lessons for students from 8 to 16 years of age starting this February. A variety of vocal styles will be offered, including classical, jazz, pop, bossa nova, country, and R&B.

Basic Vocalizing (maximum of 25 students)
8-11 years old 

This class focuses on basic singing techniques and tips to help singers feel relaxed and confident on stage. It will also teach budding singers how to choose the best songs that suit their vocal capacity.

Instructor: Nelly Channing
Saturdays 8:30-11:30 p.m.
Enrollment fee: $350 (one semester)

Acting for Young Singers (maximum of 25 students)
12-16 years old

The class will guide young singers as they explore the acting side of singing. Through theater exercises, they will learn to be comfortable assuming and presenting a character to an audience. The semester will finish with a performance by each student of a song from a selected musical theater production.

Instructor: Orlando Brown
Saturdays 2:00-5:30 p.m.
Enrollment fee: $450 (one semester)

Those with little or no singing experience are welcome! For reservations, contact Donna Cussack at local 626. Enroll now![/size]

65.  At most, how many students will be accepted in each of the courses?

      (a) 11
      (b) 12
      (c) 16
      (d) 25

      Answer: ⓐ  ⓑ  ⓒ  ⓓ

66.  What time does the Basic Vocalizing class start?

       (a) 8:30 a.m.
       (b) 11:30 a.m.
       (c) 2:00 p.m.
       (d) 5:30 p.m.

       Answer: ⓐ  ⓑ  ⓒ  ⓓ

67. How often is the Acting for Young Singers class held?

       (a) every day
       (b) every other day
       (c) twice a week
       (d) once a week

       Answer: ⓐ  ⓑ  ⓒ  ⓓ

68.  What was not mentioned in the announcement?

       (a) the teachers for each class
       (b) the venue of the classes
       (c) the fee for each class
       (d) the schedule of the classes

       Answer: ⓐ  ⓑ  ⓒ  ⓓ

69.  In the passage, budding means __________.

       (a) youthful
       (b) interesting
       (c) inspiring
       (d) aspiring

       Answer: ⓐ  ⓑ  ⓒ  ⓓ

70.  In the passage, explore means __________.

       (a) study
       (b) watch
       (c) try
       (d) perform

       Answer: ⓐ  ⓑ  ⓒ  ⓓ

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