PTE Reading Mock Test 2


    Welcome to your PTE Reading Mock Test 2

    The study of pathology, including the detailed (1)______________ of the body, including dissection into specific maladies, dates back to antiquity. Rudimentary understanding of many conditions was present in most early societies and is attested to in the records of the earliest historical societies. By the Hellenic period of ancient Greece, a concerted causal study of disease was underway , with many (2)__________ early physicians having developed methods of diagnosis and prognosis for a number of diseases.The medical practices of the Romans and those of the Byzantines continued from these Greek roots, but, as with many areas of scientific (3)__________, growth in understanding of medicine stagnated some after the Classical Era, but continued to (4)___________ develop throughout numerous cultures.

    inquiry   slowly   notable   query   examination   knowledge   casually 
    Although Botswana is rich in diamonds, it has high unemployment and stratified socioeconomic classes. In 1999, the nation (1)_______ its first budget deficit in 16 years (2)________ of a slump in the international diamond market. Yet Botswana (3)_________ one of the wealthiest and most stable countries on the (4)_________.

    endures    because    enjoyed    continent    remains    while    suffered
    Now-a-days, under the modern system of education, however (1)__________ it may be, when a young man comes out of the university, there seems to be this (2)________ in him that the higher the standard of living raises, the less should a man work. Thus, mathematically, the higher the standard of living, according to this misconceived notion, the less the (3)________. Ultimately, what should be the highest standard of living then? No work! This leads to an unhealthy ambition among the workers.

    misconception    work    better    good    comfort    apprehension 
    I noticed George Ramsay at the restaurant. He was starting into space. He looked as though the burden of the whole world sat on his shoulders. I (1)__________ at once that his unfortunate brother was causing trouble again. I suppose every family has a black sheep. Tom has been (2)__________ trail to his family for twenty years. He had begun life decently enough; he went into business, married and had two children. The Ramsay were (3)_______ respectable people, and there was every reason to suppose that Tom Ramsay would have a useful and (4)_________ career.

    sore    bitter    believed    perfectly    suspected    honourable    profitable 

    Studies focusing the impact of computer models to support policy-making processes in organizations have (1)_________that client involvement in the model-building process is often a (2)_________ for effective model building. One important reason is that the process of model building is frequently more important than the resulting model. Model building itself is largely a (3)_________ process about the problem. Most planning about the characteristics of an ill-structured problem are gained during the (4)_________ process of designing a computer model, rather than after is model is finished. Another important reason is the most information in an organization lays in the mental models of organizations members.
     evolving    exhibited    elongated    critical    support    indicated    tedious 

    1. That has been the recipe for private equity groups during the past 200 years.

    2. Add some generous helpings or debt, a few spoonfuls of management incentives and trim all the fat.

    3. Take an under performing company.

    4. Leave to cook for five years and you have a feast of profits.

    1. Inevitably, these discussions focus on present day dilemmas.

    2. In the early years of the 21st century the impact of immigrants on the welfare state has become a staple of discussion among policy makers and politicians

    3. But the issues themselves are not new and have historical roots that go much deeper than have been acknowledged.

    4.It is also the recurrent theme in the press, from the highbrow pages of propects to the populism of daily mail.
    1. Read the passage and answer the following question.

    Researchers suggest that there are creatures that do not know what light means at the bottom of the sea.They don’t have either eyes or ears; they can only feel.There is no day or night for them. There are no winters, no summers, no sun, no moon, and no stars. It is as if a child spent its life in darkness in bed, with nothing to see or hear. How different our own life is! Sight shows us the ground beneath our feet and the heavens above us – the sun, moon, and stars, shooting stars, lightning, and the sunset. It shows us day and night. We are able to hear voices, the sound of the sea, and music. We feel we taste, we smell. How fortunate we are!

    Ques 1. Judging from the passage, we can say that this story is mainly about?
    2. Read the passage and answer the following question.

    Autism is a brain development disorder that impairs social interaction and communication and causes restricted and repetitive behavior, all starting before a child is three years old. The genetics of autism are complex and it is generally unclear which genes are responsible for it. Autism affects many parts of the brain but how this occurs is also poorly understood. Autism is strongly associated with agents that cause birth defects. Other proposed causes, such as childhood vaccines, are controversial and the vaccine hypotheses lack convincing scientific evidence. The number of people known to have autism has increased dramatically since the 1980s. Parents usually notice signs in the first two years of their child’s life. Early behavioral cognitive intervention can help children gain self-care, social and communication skills but there is no cure for it. Few children with autism live independently after reaching adulthood, but same become successful and an autistic culture has developed, with same seeking a cure and others believing that autism is a condition rather than a disorder.

    Ques 2. It can be understood from the passage that
    1. Read the passage and answer the following question.

    The crisis begins in the womb with unplanned parenthood. Women with unplanned pregnancies are less likely to seek prenatal care. In the U.S. 80% of teenage pregnancies and 56% of all pregnancies are unplanned. The problems continue after birth where unplanned pregnancies and unstable partnerships often go hand in hand. Since 1950, the number of single-parent families has nearly tripled. More than 25 percent of all births today are to unmarried mothers. As the number of single parent families grows and more women enter the workforce, infants and toddlers are increasingly in the care of people other than their parents. Most disturbingly, recent statistics show that American parents are increasingly neglecting or abusing their children. In only four years from 1987-1991, the number of children in foster care increased by over 50 percent. Babies under the age of one are the fastest growing category of children entering foster care. The crisis affects children under the age of three most severely, the report says. Yet, it is this period from infancy through preschool years that sets the stage for a child’s future.

    Ques 1. What can be the possible reasons for the increasing neglect and abuse of children?
    2. Read the passage and answer the following question.

    The first English attempts to colonize North America were controlled by individuals rather than companies. Sir Humphrey Gilbert was the first Englishman to send colonists to the New World. His initial expedition, which sailed in 1578 with a patent granted by Queen Elizabeth was defeated by the Spanish. A second attempt ended in disaster in 1583 when Gilbert and his ship were lost in a storm.

    In the following year, Gilbert’s half brother, Sir Water Raleigh, having obtained a renewal of the patent, sponsored an expedition that explored the coast of the region that he named “Virginia.” Under Raleigh’s direction efforts were then made to establish a colony on Roanoke Island in 1585 and 1587. The survivors of the first settlement on Roanoke returned to England in 1586, but the second group of colonists disappeared without leaving a trace.

    The failure of the Gilbert and Raleigh ventures made it clear that the tasks they had undertaken were too big for any one colonizer. Within a short time, the trading company had supplanted the individual promoter of colonization.

    Ques 2. Which of the following statements can be supported by this text?


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