Verbal Aptitude – Read a passage and evaluate a statement – Trial Version

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In tropical rainforests the climate remains hot and damp all the year round. In the artic it is cold all year and high up in mountain ranges the climate is much colder than in nearby low-lying lands. Climate is not the same as weather. The weather can change quickly whereas the climate describes the likely weather conditions over a much longer period of time. The world is divided into fi ve climate zones. Polar is the only zone where it is always cold, tropical where it is hot all year round, temperate where there are warm summers and cold winters, desert where it is dry and cool, and forest where the summers are cool and short. Great climate changes have occurred, an example of which is the last ice age. Mankind can affect climate when, for example, he causes great forest fi res that create so much smoke that the sun is obscured for months, cooling a region. More recently man has affected the climate as a result of pollution from industry causing the earth to warm through what is called the greenhouse effect.


In a tropical rainforest the climate is the same winter and summer.
A. True
B. False
C. Cannot tell


 
2) Between 1797 and 1815 Europe went through the Napoleonic wars. This
period saw France at war with the kingdoms of Prussia, Russia, Austria, Spain
and Britain. At that time the French army was the most powerful in Europe.
By 1808 France had conquered much of the continent and had created the
largest European empire since the Romans two thousand years before.
Napoleon Bonaparte was its emperor and the military leader who oversaw
the many major victories. However, a disastrous campaign in Russia, retreat
from the Spanish peninsular and British supremacy at sea eventually allowed
a combined European force to defeat Napoleon’s army at Waterloo.

By 1808 Napoleon headed an empire that controlled most of the continent of Europe.
A. True
B. False
C. Cannot tell
3) The theory goes that everything around us is built up of tiny particles called atoms. Some materials are made up of only one type of atom; these are called elements. An example is hydrogen. Others are made up of different  sorts of atom bonded together into molecules. These are called compounds.
Water, for example, is a compound made up of molecules that contain two hydrogen and one oxygen atom. The force which holds atoms together is called bonds. Atoms are made up of even smaller particles such as neutrons, electrons and protons. Neutrons and protons are made up of even smaller particles. These have been called quarks and gluons. The search is on for the particles that make up quarks.

All substances are made up of elements.
A. True
B. False
C. Cannot tell
4) Asia is the world’s largest continent and stretches from the Baring Sea in the east to Turkey and Europe in the west. Its southern border comprises many islands, including those that make up Indonesia. Since independence of colonial powers Asian economies have boomed. First were Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea and later Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. More
recently China and India have enjoyed rapid economic growth. The southwest and central parts of the continent are deserts. The Himalayan mountains divide the cold north from the tropical south. The people of Asia make up over two-thirds of the world’s population and they live in the birthplace of the world’s earliest civilizations.

The continent of Antarctica is smaller than Asia.
A. True
B. False
C. Cannot tell
5)

Credit card fraud has reached £500 million despite the introduction of new controls. Figures show that losses to fraud rose by 20 per cent last year. Most frauds result from cards intercepted in the post. One hundred thousand cards were posted to customers every day last year. This represents rich pickings for fraudsters. The banks knew the year would be difficult because it was thought that fraudsters would try to commit as many crimes as possible before new controls were introduced. It is hoped that this time next year the effect of the new measures will be known and that the level of fraud will have fallen considerably.


Credit card fraud committed as a result of cards intercepted through the post has reached £500 million.
A. True
B. False
C. Cannot tell

6) Light is made up of electromagnetic waves. These vary in length and it is
these differences that we perceive as different colours. White light has all the
wavelengths of the light spectrum mixed up together. An object looks
coloured because light falls on it and it reflects only certain parts of the spectrum.
The rest of the spectrum is absorbed by the object. An object that
looks white reflects all the light that falls on it. An object that looks red
reflects the red part of the spectrum and absorbs the rest. Our eyes detect
these different reflected waves and we see them as different colours.

White light is an amalgam of all the wave lengths of light.
A. True
B. False
C. Cannot tell
7) Traditionally medicine was the science of curing illness with treatments. For thousands of years people would have used plants and would have turned to priests for cures. In more recent times illness has been attributed less to the intervention of gods or magic and instead to natural causes. Medicine today is as much concerned with prevention as cure. Doctors use treatments of many types, including radiation and vaccination, both of which were unknown until very recent times. Other treatments have been known about and practised for centuries. Muslim doctors were skilled surgeons and treated pain with opium. When Europeans first reach the Americas they found healers who used many plants to cure illnesses. The Europeans adopted
many of these treatments and some are still effective and in use today.

The author of the passage believes that prevention is better than cure.
A. True
B. False
C. Cannot tell
8)

In tropical rainforests the climate remains hot and damp all the year round. In the artic it is cold all year and high up in mountain ranges the climate is much colder than in nearby low-lying lands. Climate is not the same as weather. The weather can change quickly whereas the climate describes the likely weather conditions over a much longer period of time. The world is divided into fi ve climate zones. Polar is the only zone where it is always cold, tropical where it is hot all year round, temperate where there are warm summers and cold winters, desert where it is dry and cool, and forest where the summers are cool and short. Great climate changes have occurred, an example of which is the last ice age. Mankind can affect climate when, for example, he causes great forest fi res that create so much smoke that the sun is obscured for months, cooling a region. More recently man has affected the climate as a result of pollution from industry causing the earth to warm through what is called the greenhouse effect.


In deserts the winter is cooler than the summer.
A. True
B. False
C. Cannot tell

9) Light is made up of electromagnetic waves. These vary in length and it is
these differences that we perceive as different colours. White light has all the
wavelengths of the light spectrum mixed up together. An object looks
coloured because light falls on it and it reflects only certain parts of the spectrum.
The rest of the spectrum is absorbed by the object. An object that
looks white reflects all the light that falls on it. An object that looks red
reflects the red part of the spectrum and absorbs the rest. Our eyes detect
these different reflected waves and we see them as different colours.

The passage states that an object that looks blue absorbs all but the blue wavelengths of light.
A. True
B. False
C. Cannot tell
10)

The theory goes that everything around us is built up of tiny particles called atoms. Some materials are made up of only one type of atom; these are called elements. An example is hydrogen. Others are made up of different  sorts of atom bonded together into molecules. These are called compounds.
Water, for example, is a compound made up of molecules that contain two hydrogen and one oxygen atom. The force which holds atoms together is called bonds. Atoms are made up of even smaller particles such as neutrons, electrons and protons. Neutrons and protons are made up of even smaller particles. These have been called quarks and gluons. The search is on for the particles that make up quarks.


A molecule is a cluster of atoms held together by bonds.
A. True
B. False
C. Cannot tell
11)

Credit card fraud has reached £500 million despite the introduction of new controls. Figures show that losses to fraud rose by 20 per cent last year. Most frauds result from cards intercepted in the post. One hundred thousand cards were posted to customers every day last year. This represents rich pickings for fraudsters. The banks knew the year would be difficult because it was thought that fraudsters would try to commit as many crimes as possible before new controls were introduced. It is hoped that this time next year the effect of the new measures will be known and that the level of fraud will have fallen considerably.


The new measures are already in place.
A. True
B. False
C. Cannot tell

12) Traditionally medicine was the science of curing illness with treatments. For thousands of years people would have used plants and would have turned to priests for cures. In more recent times illness has been attributed less to the intervention of gods or magic and instead to natural causes. Medicine today is as much concerned with prevention as cure. Doctors use treatments of many types, including radiation and vaccination, both of which were unknown until very recent times. Other treatments have been known about and practised for centuries. Muslim doctors were skilled surgeons and treated pain with opium. When Europeans first reach the Americas they found healers who used many plants to cure illnesses. The Europeans adopted
many of these treatments and some are still effective and in use today.

Vaccination is a relatively recent discovery.
A. True
B. False
C. Cannot tell
13)

Credit card fraud has reached £500 million despite the introduction of new controls. Figures show that losses to fraud rose by 20 per cent last year. Most frauds result from cards intercepted in the post. One hundred thousand cards were posted to customers every day last year. This represents rich pickings for fraudsters. The banks knew the year would be difficult because it was thought that fraudsters would try to commit as many crimes as possible before new controls were introduced. It is hoped that this time next year the effect of the new measures will be known and that the level of fraud will have fallen considerably.


The new measures are sophisticated anti-fraud strategies.
A. True
B. False
C. Cannot tell

14)

The theory goes that everything around us is built up of tiny particles called atoms. Some materials are made up of only one type of atom; these are called elements. An example is hydrogen. Others are made up of different  sorts of atom bonded together into molecules. These are called compounds.
Water, for example, is a compound made up of molecules that contain two hydrogen and one oxygen atom. The force which holds atoms together is called bonds. Atoms are made up of even smaller particles such as neutrons, electrons and protons. Neutrons and protons are made up of even smaller particles. These have been called quarks and gluons. The search is on for the particles that make up quarks.


It can be inferred from the passage that molecules are made up of neutrons, electrons and protons.
A. True
B. False
C. Cannot tell

15)

In tropical rainforests the climate remains hot and damp all the year round. In the artic it is cold all year and high up in mountain ranges the climate is much colder than in nearby low-lying lands. Climate is not the same as weather. The weather can change quickly whereas the climate describes the likely weather conditions over a much longer period of time. The world is divided into fi ve climate zones. Polar is the only zone where it is always cold, tropical where it is hot all year round, temperate where there are warm summers and cold winters, desert where it is dry and cool, and forest where the summers are cool and short. Great climate changes have occurred, an example of which is the last ice age. Mankind can affect climate when, for example, he causes great forest fi res that create so much smoke that the sun is obscured for months, cooling a region. More recently man has affected the climate as a result of pollution from industry causing the earth to warm through what is called the greenhouse effect.


The passage states that the weather in high mountain ranges is cooler than in nearby low-lying areas.
A. True
B. False
C. Cannot tell


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