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

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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.


Neutrons are made up of quarks and gluons.
A. True
B. False
C. Cannot tell

2) 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
3) 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.

The passage states that the battle of Waterloo took place in 1815.
A. True
B. False
C. Cannot tell
4)

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.


The atom is the smallest particle of matter.
A. True
B. False
C. Cannot tell

5) 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.

Practitioners of modern medicine make use of many techniques and technologies.
A. True
B. False
C. Cannot tell
6) 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.

Top of the table of types of fraud are those committed with credit cards stolen from people’s post.
A. True
B. False
C. Cannot tell
7) 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 paint reflects more light than red paint.
A. True
B. False
C. Cannot tell
8) 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 colonial era was a disaster for Asia.
A. True
B. False
C. Cannot tell
9)

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
10)

The ambulance service estimates that as many as 500 lives are lost because of the slower emergency response times caused by road humps. Some claim that road humps, or sleeping policemen as they are sometimes called, cost more lives than are saved as a result of the traffic being slowed. Critics of road humps also claim that they cause more pollution as drivers repeatedly slow down and speed up and that they cause more congestion by disrupting
the flow of traffic. Residents complain of the noise of cars crossing them and accelerating away from them. Some of these claims run counter to published research which shows that road humps cause average speeds to drop by 10 mph and as a result save lives. Since 1980 and the widespread introduction of road humps, figures show that the level of deaths and serious
injury fell by 60 per cent.


Delays to the ambulance service and environmental concerns are raised as objections to road humps.
A. True
B. False
C. Cannot tell

11) The ambulance service estimates that as many as 500 lives are lost because of the slower emergency response times caused by road humps. Some claim that road humps, or sleeping policemen as they are sometimes called, cost more lives than are saved as a result of the traffic being slowed. Critics of road humps also claim that they cause more pollution as drivers repeatedly slow down and speed up and that they cause more congestion by disrupting
the flow of traffic. Residents complain of the noise of cars crossing them and accelerating away from them. Some of these claims run counter to published research which shows that road humps cause average speeds to drop by 10 mph and as a result save lives. Since 1980 and the widespread introduction of road humps, figures show that the level of deaths and serious
injury fell by 60 per cent.

Drivers find road humps annoying.
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.

Medicine is a science that owes its success to modern treatments.
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) 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.

More of the world’s population live in Asia than in any other continent.
A. True
B. False
C. Cannot tell
15) 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.

At the height of Napoleon’s victories the French army was the largest in Europe.
A. True
B. False
C. Cannot tell

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