Chapter 4: PROPOSITIONS
- Practice -
Part A


Multiple Choice:
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No. of Questions = 20

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 Tambourines and gongs are percussion instruments.
1) Tambourines are percussion instruments and gongs are percussion instruments
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
2 The Surgeon General said that cigarette smoking is an addiction.
1) Cigarette smoking is an addiction
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
3 Even though the economy was strong, the incumbent lost the election.
1) The economy was strong
2) The incumbent lost the election even though the economy was strong.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
4 Even though the economy was strong, the incumbent lost the election.
1) The economy was strong
2) The incumbent lost the election even though the economy was strong.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
5 If trees give off oxygen, then the concentration of oxygen over the tropical rain forest should be higher than elsewhere.
1) Trees give off oxygen
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
6 The standard QWERTY layout on a typewriter keyboard is awkward--and it was designed to be awkward. At the turn of the century, when the typewriter was invented, the keys were mechanically driven, and they could be jammed if a typist went too fast.
1) The QWERTY layout was designed to be awkward
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
7 Although four-cylinder cars get good gas mileage, they usually don't have much power.
1) Four-cylinder cars usually don't have much power
2) Four-cylinder cars get good gas mileage.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
8 Although four-cylinder cars get good gas mileage, they usually don't have much power.
1) Four-cylinder cars usually don't have much power
2) Four-cylinder cars get good gas mileage.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
9 All of the junior executives who asked for a raise were summarily dismissed.
1) All of the junior executives were summarily dismissed
2) All of the junior executives who asked for a raise were summarily dismissed.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
10 All of the junior executives who asked for a raise were summarily dismissed.
1) All of the junior executives were summarily dismissed
2) All of the junior executives who asked for a raise were summarily dismissed.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
11 Aristotle was an ancient Greek philosopher who lived from 384 to 322 B.C. Though he was a student of Plato, he rejected many of Plato's doctrines, such as the theory that we are born with innate knowledge. Aristotle held instead that all knowledge is acquired through the senses.
1) Aristotle was a Greek
2) We are born with innate knowledge.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
12 Aristotle was an ancient Greek philosopher who lived from 384 to 322 B.C. Though he was a student of Plato, he rejected many of Plato's doctrines, such as the theory that we are born with innate knowledge. Aristotle held instead that all knowledge is acquired through the senses.
1) Aristotle was a Greek
2) We are born with innate knowledge.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
13 Although Bill and Bob are identical twins, the women they married are not at all alike.
1) Bill and Bob are twins
2) Bill's wife is not at all like Bob's wife.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
14 Although Bill and Bob are identical twins, the women they married are not at all alike.
1) Bill and Bob are twins
2) Bill's wife is not at all like Bob's wife.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
15 The recent acquisition of a nuclear capability by Pakistan poses a danger to stability in the Indian basin.
1) Pakistan recently acquired nuclear capability
2) Stability in the Indian basin is endangered by Pakistan's recently acquired nuclear capability.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
16 The recent acquisition of a nuclear capability by Pakistan poses a danger to stability in the Indian basin.
1) Pakistan recently acquired nuclear capability
2) Stability in the Indian basin is endangered by Pakistan's recently acquired nuclear capability.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
17 Despite the heroic efforts of the rescue team, all the passengers on the downed airplane either died or were severely hurt
1) The efforts of the rescue team were heroic
2) All the passengers on the downed airplane died.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
18 Despite the heroic efforts of the rescue team, all the passengers on the downed airplane either died or were severely hurt.
1) The efforts of the rescue team were heroic
2) All the passengers on the downed airplane died.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
19 The Volkswagen Beetle, which some people consider the finest compact car ever made, has not been produced since 1974.
1) The Volkswagen Beetle is the finest compact car ever made
2) Some people consider the Volkswagen Beetle the finest compact car ever made.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
20 The Volkswagen Beetle, which some people consider the finest compact car ever made, has not been produced since 1974.
1) The Volkswagen Beetle is the finest compact car ever made
2) Some people consider the Volkswagen Beetle the finest compact car ever made.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted




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