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This is Part-1 of our free GED reviewer for the Reading portion. This measures your ability to understand, interpret, and analyze various types of texts.
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The passage below is incomplete. For questions 1-4, choose the option that correctly completes the passage.
Stove Repair and Installation
2272A South 6th Street
New York, NY 10453
Dear Mr. Rogers: I visited your store to determine a price range for installing a new wood-burning stove in my home. I openly disclosed that my budget for the project was around $4,000, with $5,000 being the absolute limit of my funds. I was told that this would be enough. However, your subsequent proposal with amounts totaling over $6,800 [Question−1]
I asked that my deposit check be returned as I could not afford the project. I then received a bill from you for $129 for consultation. While I understand that your time is valuable, none of your literature indicates a charge for the initial discussion of a potential project. Quite truthfully, I would not have scheduled the appointment [Question−2]
I called to discuss the invoice and explained over the telephone that I felt I was [Question−3] to compromise by paying one-half the bill. The store representative told me that someone would call me back regarding the invoice and [Question−4] Since no one has called me to express the non-acceptance of my offer, I am enclosing a check for $64.50.
J. E. Johnson
Question 1. However, your subsequent proposal with amounts totaling over $6,800______.
A. been disappointing in light of my budget limitations.
B. was disappointing in light of my budget limitations.✅
C. were disappointing in light of my budget limitations.
D. be disappointing in light of my budget limitations.
Question 2. Quite truthfully, I would not have scheduled the appointment_____.
A. if I had of known there was a charge.
B. if I had knowed there was a charge.
C. should I known there was a charge.
D. had I known there was a charge.✅
Question 3. I called to discuss the invoice and explained over the telephone that I felt I was ______ to compromise by paying one-half the bill.
A. misled at that time I offered
B. misled, at that time, I offered
C. misled. At that time, I offered✅
D. misled at that time, I offered
Question 4. The store representative told me that someone would call me back regarding the invoice and _____.
A. its payment.✅
B. their payment.
C. her payment.
D. it’s payment.
The passage below is incomplete. For questions 5-8 choose the best answer that correctly completes the passage.
To: All Residents
From: Margaret Gillingham
Date: May 16
Re: Parking & Pool Usage
As summertime approaches and residents are more likely to have visitors, our parking and pool usage rules bear repeating. Please remember that [Question−1] Please remind any visitors that they must obey the following rules if they are parking on our property:
• Park in designated visitor parking.
• Cars may not be parked in visitor parking for more than 48 hours.
• Visitors are strictly prohibited from parking in resident parking spots. Violators will be towed at owner’s expense.
• There is an overflow parking [Question−2] available visitor parking spots within the complex.
We plan to officially open the pool for summer this weekend! Please remember that residents are allowed [Question−3] have more than 2 guests in the pool area at a time. Guests must wear pool wristbands at all times within the pool area. If you would like guest wristbands, you can pick them up in the leasing office. Once you pick up a wristband, don’t lose [Question−4] because the wristbands cost $50 to replace.
Finally, make sure you have fun and enjoy all the amenities we have to offer. We look forward to a great summer with you!
Property Manager, Rolling Hills Apartment
Question 5. Please remember that _____.
A. their are designated visitor parking in front of each apartment building in the complex.
B. there is designated visitor parking in front of each apartment building in the complex.✅
C. there are designated visitor parking in front of each apartment building in the complex.
D. their is designated visitor parking in front of each apartment building in the complex.
Question 6. There is an overflow parking _____ available visitor parking spots within the complex.
A. lot, which is located across the street, if there are no✅
B. lot; which is located across the street if there are no
C. lot, that is located across the street, if there are no
D. lot that is located across the street; if there are no
Question 7. Please remember that residents are allowed ______ have more than 2 guests in the pool area at a time.
A. to bring guests to the pool, but residents may not✅
B. to bring guests to the pool, while residents may not
C. to bring guests to the pool and residents may not
D. to bring guests to the pool, or residents may not
Question 8. Once you pick up a wristband, don’t lose ______ because the wristbands cost $50 to replace.
For questions, 9-15 read the article and the letter below and answer the following questions.
County Clerk Warns Residents About Following Election Laws
By Mark Johannsen, Contributing Editor
Portage County Clerk Samantha Gustavson warned residents on Monday about the need for honesty and security with absentee ballots. These ballots, which allow residents to vote in elections even if they are going to be out of town on election day, are “official, legal documents,” she warned in Monday’s news release.
“If someone you know has received an absentee ballot, but will be unable to sign the ballot and return it before November 6, it is a crime for you to sign the ballot envelope for them and return it. Signing this legal document in someone else’s name will put you at personal legal risk and prevent this person’s ballot from being counted.”
Gustavson went on to warn residents that the county clerk’s office has very sophisticated ways of detecting malfeasance and that attempting to forge a ballot is just “not worth it.” According to Ohio state voting laws, anyone convicted of voting twice in an election could face up to 2 years in jail and be forced to pay a fine of up to $10,000.
This news release comes directly on the heels of recent accusations by Republican leadership that voter fraud is a serious problem in our country. When asked, via email, if voter fraud is a serious problem in Portage County, Gustavson responded, “we have no reason to believe that voter fraud is occurring in our county to the degree that it is a ‘problem.’ We just want to be sure that people understand the rules and that no one accidentally puts themselves in legal jeopardy. If someone were to find a blank ballot that is not intended for them, they should discard it immediately or return it to the county clerk’s office.”
Letter to the County Clerk
To: Portage County Clerk’s Office
From: Ines Mendina, Aurora resident
Date: October 17
Dear Mrs. Gustavson,
I was very upset to read your press release about potential voter fraud with absentee ballots in our county. In an article written in the Aurora Advocate, you stated that you don’t believe voter fraud is a problem in our county. So, why did you need to write a press release about it? We have a serious problem in our country with misinformation, and these types of thoughtless warnings only add fuel to the fire. Republicans in Congress and the Oval Office are screaming about voter fraud and the threat that it poses to our country with no evidence to suggest that any of this fraud is occurring.
Warnings like yours only feed into this rhetoric. Even though you don’t believe it’s a problem, you send out a warning to Portage County residents without thinking twice. Residents see your warning and hear Republican leaders shouting about voter fraud and begin to think that this is a real problem in our county. You need to understand how your actions as an elected official affect your constituents.
If you don’t think voter fraud is a real problem in Portage County, why didn’t you also mention that in your press release? I find it hard to believe that you’re intentionally providing misinformation to our residents in order to sow distrust in the voting process, but whether it was intentional or not, that’s what you have done. Everyone in this country deserves the right to vote and have their voice heard, and it’s carelessness like this that threatens that right. Absentee ballots serve an important role in the voting process, and warnings like these could motivate voters to call for a ban on all absentee votes. Please have your office immediately release a statement expressing your lack of concern over actual voter fraud.
Question 9. Which detail in the letter from Ines Mendina supports the idea that the county clerk’s warnings are “thoughtless”?
A. “I find it hard to believe that you’re intentionally providing misinformation…”
B. “…could motivate voters to call for a ban on all absentee votes.”✅
C. “I was very upset to read your press release about potential voter fraud…”
D. “Republicans in Congress and the Oval Office are screaming about voter fraud…”
Question 10. What purpose does the following sentence serve in the letter: “I find it hard to believe that you’re intentionally providing misinformation to our residents in order to sow distrust in the voting process, but whether it was intentional or not, that’s what you have done”?
A. It serves as an accusation that the county clerk is working to support Republican leadership.
B. To directly accuse the county clerk of lying to residents of Portage County.
C. It is meant to make the county clerk feel guilty for how her press release has potentially affected residents of Portage County.✅
D. It supports the writer’s assertion that the county clerk didn’t do anything wrong.
Question 11. Which of the following words or phrases helps to express Medina’s disappointment with “Republican Leaders”?
C. “fuel to the fire”
Question 12. How do the views expressed in Johannsen and Mendina’s passages differ?
A. Johannsen believes Gustavson is willfully lying to Portage County, while Mendina thinks that Gustavson just doesn’t understand the consequences of her actions.
B. Johannsen’s passage is unbiased, while Mendina’s passage is very opinionated.✅
C. Mendina believes Gustavson is willfully lying to Portage County, while Johannsen thinks that Gustavson just doesn’t understand the consequences of her actions.
D. Mendina’s passage is unbiased, while Johannsen’s passage is very opinionated.
Question 13. What implication is Johannsen making in the opening sentence of his 4th paragraph?
A. The county clerk has been motivated by Republican leadership, who assert that voter fraud is a big problem.✅
B. The county clerk is not doing her job properly and needs to be investigated.
C. People who fill out absentee ballots are voting illegally.
D. Voter fraud is a big problem in Portage County.
Question 14. What is the purpose of including the phrase, “which allows residents to vote in elections even if they are going to be out of town on election day” in the first paragraph of Johannsen’s article?
A. It’s important for the readers to know what absentee ballots are in order to understand the article.✅
B. The writer is sarcastically suggesting that Portage County shouldn’t allow absentee ballots
C. The county clerk has explained absentee ballots incorrectly and the writer wants to provide the correct information.
D. According to the article, most residents of Portage County don’t know what absentee ballots are.
Question 15. What is the purpose of including information about the legal penalties associated with voter fraud in the news article?
A. To point out to residents that voter fraud is not a real problem in Portage County.
B. So that residents who want to commit voter fraud know how they will be punished.
C. To let residents know that Gustavson is telling truth about legal consequences.✅
D. To show residents that the penalty for voter fraud is not very severe, Gustavson’s, warning isn’t really worth listening to.