Chapter 4: PROPOSITIONS
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In this exercise, you will be given a passage to read--a sentence or short paragraph--followed by one or more numbered statements. Your task is to say whether the statement is asserted in the passage, by choosing Asserted or Unasserted.


1 Gerard Manley Hopkins was either a genius or insane.
1) Gerard Manley Hopkins was a genius
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
2 The rhododendron is a woody shrub that grows best in acid soil and shade.
1) The rhododendron grows best in shade
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
3 If ice were heavier than water, ponds would freeze solid in winter.
1) Ice is heavier than water
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
4 Tension can produce headaches, ulcers, and other physical problems, but some people thrive on it.
1) Tension can produce ulcers
2) Some people thrive on tension.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
5 Tension can produce headaches, ulcers, and other physical problems, but some people thrive on it.
1) Tension can produce ulcers
2) Some people thrive on tension.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
6 Alphonse became very embarrassed when someone noticed that his socks didn't match.
1) Alphonse's socks did not match
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
7 While biologists believe the wombat to be a hardy species, no wombat has ever survived more than a week in captivity.
1) The wombat is a hardy species
2) No wombat has ever survived more than a week in captivity.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
8 While biologists believe the wombat to be a hardy species, no wombat has ever survived more than a week in captivity.
1) The wombat is a hardy species
2) No wombat has ever survived more than a week in captivity.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
9 Though Southeast Asia is now the major rubber-producing area in the world, the rubber tree was originally found only in Brazil, which guarded its monopoly until the nineteenth century when an Englishman named Henry Wickham smuggled out a boatload of seeds.
1) Brazil guarded its monopoly on rubber until the nineteenth century
2) Henry Wickham smuggled a boatload of seeds out of Brazil.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
10 Though Southeast Asia is now the major rubber-producing area in the world, the rubber tree was originally found only in Brazil, which guarded its monopoly until the nineteenth century when an Englishman named Henry Wickham smuggled out a boatload of seeds.
1) Brazil guarded its monopoly on rubber until the nineteenth century
2) Henry Wickham smuggled a boatload of seeds out of Brazil.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
11 Among the many advantages of a vegetarian diet are these: Scientists have established that vegetarians are less susceptible to diseases such as heart attacks and hypertension. And the protein in the grain used to fatten animals would feed ten times as many people if eaten directly.
1) Vegetarians are less susceptible to hypertension
2) A vegetarian diet has many advantages.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
12 Among the many advantages of a vegetarian diet are these: Scientists have established that vegetarians are less susceptible to diseases such as heart attacks and hypertension. And the protein in the grain used to fatten animals would feed ten times as many people if eaten directly.
1) Vegetarians are less susceptible to hypertension
2) A vegetarian diet has many advantages.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
13 If all the households in the country had the most energy-efficient appliances now available, the savings in electricity use would mean that no new power plants would be required for at least ten years.
1) All households in the country have the most energy-efficient appliances now available
2) No new power plants will be required for at least ten years.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
14 If all the households in the country had the most energy-efficient appliances now available, the savings in electricity use would mean that no new power plants would be required for at least ten years.
1) All households in the country have the most energy-efficient appliances now available
2) No new power plants will be required for at least ten years.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
15 The overnight express mail services fear that the increasingly widespread use of fax machines will hurt their business.
1) The use of fax machines is increasingly widespread
2) The use of fax machines will hurt the overnight express mail services.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
16 The overnight express mail services fear that the increasingly widespread use of fax machines will hurt their business.
1) The use of fax machines is increasingly widespread
2) The use of fax machines will hurt the overnight express mail services.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
17 Even if there is no major difference between the Democrats and Republicans in policy, the existence of two parties serves, like a free press, as a check on corruption and incompetence by the party in power.
1) There is no major difference in policy between Democrats and Republicans
2) A free press serves as a check on corruption and incompetence by the party in power.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
18 Even if there is no major difference between the Democrats and Republicans in policy, the existence of two parties serves, like a free press, as a check on corruption and incompetence by the party in power.
1) There is no major difference in policy between Democrats and Republicans
2) A free press serves as a check on corruption and incompetence by the party in power.
Identify statement.
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
19 If the high-priced boutiques on Columbus Avenue, which have been going out of business recently, had examined their prospective clientele more carefully, they would not have located in that neighborhood.
1) There are high-priced boutiques on Columbus Avenue
2) The high-priced boutiques on Columbus Avenue have been going out of business recently.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
20 If the high-priced boutiques on Columbus Avenue, which have been going out of business recently, had examined their prospective clientele more carefully, they would not have located in that neighborhood.
1) There are high-priced boutiques on Columbus Avenue
2) The high-priced boutiques on Columbus Avenue have been going out of business recently.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted


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