READ 1100 Final Exam Study Tips

Review the following topics in your textbook and notes. 

1.      Fact and Opinion (3 questions)

        Sample Question 1: No painter of the Renaissance was greater than Michelangelo.  Fact, Opinion, Both
  An answer key can be found at the bottom of the page.

        Sample Question 2: According to the book How to Study in College, one in every four students does not know how to study.  Fact, Opinion, Both

        Sample Question 3.  How to Study in College, written by S. Paulk, is too simplistic for today's college student.
  Fact, Opinion, Both

2.      Vocabulary in Context (5 questions)

        Sample Question 4.  When Jill accused her husband of prevarication, he swore he had never lied to her.
  a. cheating on her      b. ignoring her      c. lying to her.   

        Sample Question 5.  I had strange feeling that something terrible was about to happen and that tomorrow's trip might presage danger to come.
a. foretell                   b. prepare            c. fortify        d. forbid

3.      Main Ideas (stated and unstated) (5 questions)

4.      Purpose (5 questions)

        Sample Question 6:  Teachers who work with at-risk students should be given higher pay than those who work with talented students.
a. inform        b. persuade        c. entertain        d. describe

5.      Key Details (1 question)

6.      Patterns of Organization (6 questions)

ONLY the patterns listed below will be featured on the final.

            Comparison--how two things are ALIKE

            Contrast--how two things are DIFFERENT

            Cause and effect

            Simple Listing

              Definition

Sample Question 7: At the football game last week, I noticed three types of sports fans: the fair-weather fans, the die-hard fans, and the superstitious fans.
a. comparison        b. contrast        c. time order        d. classification

7.      Tone (2 questions)

Know the meanings of these modifiers.

        Enthusiastic

        Angry

        Amused

        Impassioned

        Sympathetic

        Concerned

        Cheerful

9.      Inferences (7 questions)

        Sample Question 8.  A table that showed that 33% of the characters on television were women would suggest that
  a. Television shows are more interested in female characters than male characters.
  b. About two-thirds of the characters on television must be male.
 

10.  Bias 2 to 4 questions.

 
Sample Question 9. Pope Benedict Makes First Trip to Turkey
      a. neutral       b. biased   

  Sample Question 10.  Why Johnny Can't Read: Schools Favor Girls

      a. neutral       b. biased

11Careless Logic.  4 to 11 questions.

 

Supplemental Practice

Practice with most of the above topics is available in the Writing Lab under Townsend Press. The MOST frequently missed questions on the final during Fall Semester were the fact and opinion questions, vocabulary in context questions, and inference questions.

For Vocabulary in Context:       Advanced Word Power (most challenging)

                                                Ten Steps to Advancing College Reading

                                                Ten Steps to Improving College Reading

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For Fact and Opinion:              Ten Steps to Advancing College Reading

                                                Ten Steps to Improving College Reading

For Inference:                           Ten Steps to Advancing

                                                Ten Steps to Improving

For Main Ideas, Details            Ten Steps to Advancing

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Tone, Purpose                         and Ten Steps to Improving

Patterns of Organization            Ten Steps Advancing or Improving

                                                Relationships II

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Answer Key to Sample Questions

1. Opinion.  Not everyone would agree that Michelangelo was the best painter of the Renaissance.

2. Fact.  We can read the book to find out whether that statistic is true.

3. Both.  It is a fact that the book was written by Paulk, but it is an opinion that the book is too simplistic.

4. When Jill accused her husband of prevarication, he swore he had never lied to her.
  a. cheating on her      b. ignoring her      c. lying to her.     (the clue is at the end of the sentence)  

5.  I had strange feeling that something terrible was about to happen and that tomorrow's trip might presage danger to come.
a. foretell                   b. prepare            c. fortify        d. forbid  (The clue: a feeling that something was about to happen).

6. Teachers who work with at-risk students should be given higher pay than those who work with talented students.
a. inform        b. persuade        c. entertain        d. describe 

7. At the football game last week, I noticed three types of sports fans: the fair-weather fans, the die-hard fans, and the superstitious fans.
a. comparison        b. contrast        c. time order        d. classification

8.  A table that showed that 33% of the characters on television were women would suggest that
  a. Television shows are more interested in female characters than male characters.
  b. About two-thirds of the characters on television must be male.  (Note: If 33% of the characters are women, then about 1/3 of the characters are female; thus, 2/3 must be male.)


 
Sample Question 9. Pope Benedict Makes First Trip to Turkey
      a. neutral       b. biased
     On the basis of this headline, we do not know whether the writer is in favor or not in favor of the Pope's visit.   

  Sample Question 10.  Why Johnny Can't Read: Schools Favor Girls

      a. neutral       b. biased
                           Note: We don't have any evidence that schools favor girls.

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