Chapter 4: PROPOSITIONS
- Practice -
Part B


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 The fact that half of his freshman class believe in leprechauns was a shock to the new philosophy professor.
1) Half of the new philosophy professor's freshman class believe in leprechauns
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
2 AT&T had a monopoly on long distance telephone communications until 1968, when the MCI Corporation opened a competing service between Chicago and St. Louis.
1) AT&T had a monopoly on long distance telephone service until 1968
2) The MCI Corporation began competing with AT&T in 1968.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
3 AT&T had a monopoly on long distance telephone communications until 1968, when the MCI Corporation opened a competing service between Chicago and St. Louis.
1) AT&T had a monopoly on long distance telephone service until 1968
2) The MCI Corporation began competing with AT&T in 1968.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
4 The philosophers and scientists of ancient Greece believed that fire is a material substance, but we now know that it is a process.
1) Fire is a material substance
2) The scientists of ancient Greece believed that fire is a material substance.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
5 The philosophers and scientists of ancient Greece believed that fire is a material substance, but we now know that it is a process.
1) Fire is a material substance
2) The scientists of ancient Greece believed that fire is a material substance.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
6 The ancient kingdom of Bactria, which covered a region including parts of present-day Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, was founded and ruled by Greeks after Alexander the Great conquered the region.
1) Bactria was an ancient kingdom including parts of present-day Pakistan
2) Alexander the Great conquered the region covered by Bactria.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
7 The ancient kingdom of Bactria, which covered a region including parts of present-day Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, was founded and ruled by Greeks after Alexander the Great conquered the region.
1) Bactria was an ancient kingdom including parts of present-day Pakistan
2) Alexander the Great conquered the region covered by Bactria.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
8 If the fetus is an actual human being, not merely a potential one, then it has a right to life.
1) The fetus has a right to life
2) The fetus is not merely a potential human being.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
9 If the fetus is an actual human being, not merely a potential one, then it has a right to life.
1) The fetus has a right to life
2) The fetus is not merely a potential human being.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
10 Mary didn't go out with Tom, even though she said he asked her to.
1) Tom asked Mary out.
2) Mary did not go out with Tom.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
11 Mary didn't go out with Tom, even though she said he asked her to.
1) Tom asked Mary out.
2) Mary did not go out with Tom.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
12 If Israel allows the creation of a Palestinian state on the West Bank, its own survival will be jeopardized. But if it does not allow the creation of such a state, Palestinian unrest will continue.
1) If Israel allows the creation of a Palestinian state on the West Bank, its own survival will be jeopardized.
2) Palestinian unrest will continue.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
13 If Israel allows the creation of a Palestinian state on the West Bank, its own survival will be jeopardized. But if it does not allow the creation of such a state, Palestinian unrest will continue.
1) If Israel allows the creation of a Palestinian state on the West Bank, its own survival will be jeopardized.
2) Palestinian unrest will continue.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
14 Everyone who has seen the newly restored Sistine Chapel, which reveals the bright, almost gaudy colors of Michelangelo's original work, either loves it or hates it, but no one is indifferent.
1) Everyone loves the newly restored Sistine Chapel
2) Michelangelo’s original work used bright colors.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
15 Everyone who has seen the newly restored Sistine Chapel, which reveals the bright, almost gaudy colors of Michelangelo's original work, either loves it or hates it, but no one is indifferent.
1) Everyone loves the newly restored Sistine Chapel
2) Michelangelo’s original work used bright colors.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
16 Some music theorists hold that the sonata form, with its three stages of exposition, development, and recapitulation, is best suited for expressing complex emotional themes.
1) The sonata form has three stages
2) The sonata form is best suited for expressing complex emotional themes.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
17 Some music theorists hold that the sonata form, with its three stages of exposition, development, and recapitulation, is best suited for expressing complex emotional themes.
1) The sonata form has three stages
2) The sonata form is best suited for expressing complex emotional themes.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
18 Sales of personal computers will increase 15% next year, according to an electronics industry consultant.
1) Sales of personal computers will increase 15% next year.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
19 The spending bill that Congress passed last month was widely criticized as irresponsible.
1) Congress passed a spending bill last month
2) The spending bill was irresponsible.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
20 The spending bill that Congress passed last month was widely criticized as irresponsible.
1) Congress passed a spending bill last month
2) The spending bill was irresponsible.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted




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