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1. A three-foot octopus can crawl through a hole  ------ in diameter.

  (A) than one inch less

  (B) less than one inch

  (C) one less inch than

  (D) tan less one inch


2. ------adopted the decimal system of coinage in 1867.

(A) Canada

  (B) When Canada

  (C) Canada, which

  (D) There was Canada


3. Generally, the representatives ------ a legislature

  are constitutionally elected by a broad spectrum

  of the population.

  (A) who they compose

  (B) who compose

  (C) had compose

  (D) compose


4. The Actor’s Studio, a professional actors’

  workshop in New York City, provides

  ------where actors can work together without the

  pressure of commercial production.

(A) a place and

  (B) a place

  (C) so that a place

  (D) a place is


5. ------ that life began billions of years ago in the


(A) It is believed

  (B) In the belief

  (C) The belief

  (D) Believing


6. by 1872 the United States had 70 engineering

  colleges, ------ astonishing expansion credited

  largely to the Morrill Act of 1862.

(A) because

  (B) an

  (C) to which

  (D) was


7. The artist Romare Bcarden was ------ whose

  yellows, deep blues, and fuchsias contrasted

  strongly with photographic gray in his bright


(A) with a gift for color

  (B) a gifted colorist

  (C) a gift with colorful

  (D) gifted with coloring


8. The most important chemical catalyst on this

  planet is chlorophyll, -------carbon dioxide and water react to form carbohydrates.

(A) whose presence

  (B) which is present

  (C) presenting

  (D) in the presence of which


9. One theory of the origin of the universe is

  -------from the explosion of a tiny, extremely

  dense fireball several billion years ago. 

(A) because what formed

  (B) the formation that

  (C) that it formed

  (D) when forming


10. Roads in the United States remained crude,

   ------- with graved or wood planks, until the

   beginning of the twentieth century.

 (A) were unsurefaced or they covered them

   (B) which unsureface or covered

   (C) unsurfaced or covered them

   (D) unsurfaced or covered

11. portrait prints were the first reproductions of

 American paintings ------- widely distributed in

 the United States.

 (A) were

   (B) that which

   (C) that being

   (D) to be


12. Abigail Adams was prodigious letter writer,

   ------- many editions of her letters have been


 (A) who

   (B) and

   (C) in addition to

   (D) due to


13. In geometry, an ellipse may be defined as

   the locus of all points -------distances from

   two fixed points is constant.

 (A) which as the sum of

   (B) of the sum which

   (C) whose sum of whose

   (D) whose sum that the



14. -------at the site of a fort established by the

   Northwest Mounted Police, Calgary is now one

   of Canada’s fastest growing cities. 

   (A) Built

   (B) It is built

   (C) To build

   (D) Having built


15. An image on a national flag can symbolize

   political ideals that -------express.

   (A) take many words to otherwise would.

   (B) would take to many otherwise words

   (C) many words to take would otherwise

   (D) would otherwise take many words to












16. A variation of collodion photography was the tintype, which captured images on a black or dark

       A                                                                      B                                          C

   brown metal plate instead from on glass. 


17. In cases of minor injury to the brain. Amnesia is likely to be a temporarily condition.

        A                B                                 C                   D

18. The system of chemical symbols, first devised about 1800. gives a concise and instantly recognizable

               A                                                                                                     B

   description of a element or compound.

                        C         D

19. The fact that white light is light composed of various wavelengths may be demonstrating by

     A                                             B                                                             C

   dispersing a beam of such light through a prism.


20. Over the course of history, much civilizations developed their own number systems.

    A                                   B                                            C                     D

21. In the United States during the Second World War, each trade unions and employers avoided federal

                                                                              A                        B

   limits on wages by offering employees nontaxable medical benefits.

                            C                   D                       

22. Philosophy is the study of the nature of reality, knowledge, existent, and ethics by means of rational

                             A                                                           B             C     D


23. Poems vary in length from brief lyric poems to narrative or epic poems, which can be as broad in

                 A   B                                   C           

   scope than a novel.


24. The population of California more than doubled during the period 1940-1960, creating problems in

                                            A                        B

   road-building and provide water for its arid southern section.

                                C                                      D

25. Although based it on feudal models, the colony of Pennsylvania developed a reputation for a

                     A                                                                         B           C

   progressive political and social outlook.


26. Hard and resistant to corrosion, bronze is traditionally used in bell casting and is the material used

    A                                                          B

   widely most for metal sculpture.

       C                         D

27. The Appalachian Mountains formation a natural barrier between the eastern seaboard and the vast

                                                  A                                  B

   lowlands of the continental interior of North America.

      C                                D

28. The United States census for 1970 showed that the French-speaking residents of Louisiana were one

                        A         B                                                                         C

   of the country’s most compact regional linguistic minority.


29. When used as food additives, antioxidants prevent fats and oils from become rancid when exposed

      A              B                                      C

to air, and thus extend their shelf life.


31. Copper was the first metallic used by humans and is second only to iron in its utility through

                                 A                   B                       C

    the ages.


32. Despite the fact that lemurs are general nocturnal, the ring-tailed lemur travels by day in bands of

     A                                        B                                                     C

   four to twelve individuals.


33. The Western world is beset with the range of problem that characterize mature, postindustrial

                                            A                        B                                C



34. Acrylic paints are either applied using a knife or diluted and spreading with a paintbrush.

                 A          B                C                                       D

35. Some marine invertebrates, such as the sea urchin and the starfish, migrates from deep water to

                                               A                                                  B

   shallow during spring and early summer to spawn.

     C                                                     D

36. Marshes, wetland areas characterized by plant grassy growth, are distinguished from swamps,

                                           A                        B                                               C    

   wetlands where trees grown.


37. Wampum, beads used as a form of exchange by some Native Americans, was made of bits of

                                           A                     B                                                        C

   seashells cut, drill, and strung into belts.


38. Kangaroos use their long and powerful tails for balance themselves when sitting upright or

                         A                   B         C                                    D


39. Proper city planning provides for the distribution of public utilities, public buildings, parks, and

                                          A                   B 

   recreation centers, and for adequate and the inexpensive housing.

           C                                                             D

40. Most traditional dances are made up of a prearranged series of steps and movements, but modern

    A                                        B                                                                      

   dancers are generally free to move as they choice.

                                     C                      D


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