Chapter 4: PROPOSITIONS
- Practice -
Part C


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 A bee farmer, unlike a crop farmer, prefers dry weather early in the summer, because the heavy sun creates a stronger nectar flow than do clouds and rain.
1) Because heavy sun creates a stronger nectar flow than do clouds and rain, bee farmers prefer dry weather in early summer
2) A crop farmer does not prefer dry weather early in the summer.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
2 A bee farmer, unlike a crop farmer, prefers dry weather early in the summer, because the heavy sun creates a stronger nectar flow than do clouds and rain.
1) Because heavy sun creates a stronger nectar flow than do clouds and rain, bee farmers prefer dry weather in early summer
2) A crop farmer does not prefer dry weather early in the summer.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
3 If the Phillies hit as well as they could, they would be the best team in the league and would probably win the pennant.
1) The Phillies are the best team in the league
2) If the Phillies hit as well as they could, they would probably win the pennant.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
4 If the Phillies hit as well as they could, they would be the best team in the league and would probably win the pennant.
1) The Phillies are the best team in the league
2) If the Phillies hit as well as they could, they would probably win the pennant.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
5 King Oedipus was heroic because, unlike contemporary rulers, he held himself responsible even for those actions whose consequences he could not have foreseen.
1) King Oedipus could not have foreseen the consequences of some of his actions
2) Contemporary rulers do not hold themselves responsible for actions whose consequences they could not have foreseen.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
6 King Oedipus was heroic because, unlike contemporary rulers, he held himself responsible even for those actions whose consequences he could not have foreseen.
1) King Oedipus could not have foreseen the consequences of some of his actions
2) Contemporary rulers do not hold themselves responsible for actions whose consequences they could not have foreseen.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
7 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
8 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
9 The sharply realized character of Jay Gatsby makes Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby" a great work of literature.
1) "The Great Gatsby" is a great work of literature
2) "The Great Gatsby" is a great work of literature because the character of Jay Gatsby is sharply realized.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
10 The sharply realized character of Jay Gatsby makes Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby" a great work of literature.
1) "The Great Gatsby" is a great work of literature
2) "The Great Gatsby" is a great work of literature because the character of Jay Gatsby is sharply realized.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
11 Even if we accept the idea that the brain is an information processing system, like a computer, we should realize that the brain, unlike a computer, is a self-organizing system, capable of changing itself in response to the nature of the variables it processes.
1) The brain is an information processing system
2) A computer is not capable of changing itself in response to the nature of the variables it processes.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
12 Even if we accept the idea that the brain is an information processing system, like a computer, we should realize that the brain, unlike a computer, is a self-organizing system, capable of changing itself in response to the nature of the variables it processes.
1) The brain is an information processing system
2) A computer is not capable of changing itself in response to the nature of the variables it processes.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
13 Most scholars believe that the music of the ancient Greeks was monophonic--that is, that it did not have harmony or counterpoint.
1) The music of the ancient Greeks was monophonic
2) Monophonic music does not have harmony or counterpoint.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
14 Most scholars believe that the music of the ancient Greeks was monophonic--that is, that it did not have harmony or counterpoint.
1) The music of the ancient Greeks was monophonic
2) Monophonic music does not have harmony or counterpoint.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
15 If the Soviet Union wants to stimulate its economy--and it must do so if it wishes to continue competing militarily with the West—it will have to loosen the grip of central planning, which discourages innovation and risk-taking.
1) If the Soviet Union wishes to continue competing militarily with the West, it must stimulate its economy
2) Central planning discourages risk-taking.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
16 If the Soviet Union wants to stimulate its economy--and it must do so if it wishes to continue competing militarily with the West—it will have to loosen the grip of central planning, which discourages innovation and risk-taking.
1) If the Soviet Union wishes to continue competing militarily with the West, it must stimulate its economy
2) Central planning discourages risk-taking.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
17 The upper level government jobs that are filled by political appointees offer high salaries but not much job security.
1) Upper level government jobs offer high salaries
2) The upper level government jobs that are filled by political appointees do not offer much job security.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
18 The upper level government jobs that are filled by political appointees offer high salaries but not much job security.
1) Upper level government jobs offer high salaries
2) The upper level government jobs that are filled by political appointees do not offer much job security.
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
19 The expert from the Center for Disease Control remarked that if the flu epidemic originated in Asia, as many suppose, then the flu virus was either a new strain or one that had not been around for a long time.
1) The flu virus was a new strain
2) Either the flu virus.
Identify statement 1).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted
20 The expert from the Center for Disease Control remarked that if the flu epidemic originated in Asia, as many suppose, then the flu virus was either a new strain or one that had not been around for a long time.
1) The flu virus was a new strain
2) Either the flu virus was a new strain or it had not been around for a long time .
Identify statement 2).
a) Asserted
b) Unasserted




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