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English Passage

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Category: English Passage

Read the passage to answer question 7:

It is of course a little absurd to speak of Asia as a unity, and only opposition to Western Imperialism has caused people to think in these terms. Asia contains half the population of the world and at least three very distinct civilizations: that of Islam, that of India, and that of China. These differ from each other just as much as they differ from the civilization of Christened, there is not the faintest reason to expect them all to act in unison. What is to be hoped is, an endeavor after cultural or political unity, but a determination to uphold independence at home and to respect it elsewhere- and when | speak of independence, I am not only thinking of politics but also of culture. There is a great danger of too much cultural uniformity. No great civilization has ever been cosmopolitan.

What can cultural uniformity not lead to?

NTS 2010
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2 / 20

Category: English Passage

Read the passage and answer the questions given at the end of the passage:

Recent advances in science and technology have made it possible for geneticists to find out abnormalities in the unborn fetus and take remedial action to rectify some defects which would otherwise prove to be fatal to the child. Though genetic engineering is still at its infancy, scientists can now predict with greater accuracy a genetic disorder. It is not yet an exact science since they are not in a position to predict when exactly a genetic disorder will set in. While they have not yet been able to change the genetic order of the gene in germs, they are optimistic and are holding out that in the near future they might be successful in achieving this feat. However, genetic misinformation can sometimes be damaging for it may adversely affect people psychologically. Genetic information may lead to a tendency to brand some people as inferiors. Genetic information can therefore be abused and its application in deciding the sex of the fetus and its subsequent abortion is now hotly debated on ethical lines. But on this issue geneticists cannot be squarely blamed though this charge has often been levelled at them. It is mainly a societal problem. At present genetic engineering is a costly process of detecting disorders but scientists hope to reduce the costs when technology becomes more advanced. This is why much progress in this area is seen in scientifically advanced and rich countries like the U.S.A, UK and Japan. It remains to be seen if in the future this science will lead to the development of a race of supermen or will be able to obliterate disease from this world.

Which of the following is the same in meaning as the word “obliterate” as used in Passage?

PreMedPK MDCAT Mock 1
English
Passage
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Category: English Passage

Read the passage and answer the following question:

In earlier times, when every substance was believed to have its own qualities, there was no difficulty in believing that some substances were endowed with life, others not. Wood was wood, and water was water, and though transformations did occur, as in the disappearance of wood in the fire, they were not surprising in a world where the most miraculous changes were taking place under everyone’s every day. There was nothing but ‘doth suffer a sea-change into something rich and strange’. A seed put into the ground became in a short time a plant with leaves and flowers: the white and yolk of an egg turned into the flesh and bones and feathers of a chicken, which, no sooner was the shell cracked, jumped out and started running about.

There was nothing but ‘Doth suffer a sea-change into something rich and strange’ means:

PreMedPK MDCAT Mock 4
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Category: English Passage

Questions 7-8 are based on the following passage.

The fact that we were all as safe as kittens under a cook-stove did not, however, assuage in the least the fine despair and the grotesque desperation which seized upon the residents of the East Side when the cry spread like a grass fire that the dam had given way. Some of the most dignified, staid, cynical, and clear-thinking men in town abandoned their wives, stenographers, homes, and offices and ran east. There are few alarms in the world more terrifying than The dam has broken! There are few persons capable of stopping to reason when that clarion cry strikes upon their ears, even persons who live in towns no nearer than five hundred miles to a dam.
Identify the phrase in which the people of the East Side experienced one of the deadliest fears of their lives:

PreMedPK MDCAT Mock 5
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Category: English Passage

Read the passage to answer question 8:

It is of course a little absurd to speak of Asia as a unity, and only opposition to Western Imperialism has caused people to think in these terms. Asia contains half the population of the world and at least three very distinct civilizations: that of Islam, that of India, and that of China. These differ from each other just as much as they differ from the civilization of Christened, there is not the faintest reason to expect them all to act in unison. What is to be hoped is, an endeavor after cultural or political unity, but a determination to uphold independence at home and to respect it elsewhere- and when | speak of independence, I am not only thinking of politics but also of culture. There is a great danger of too much cultural uniformity. No great civilization has ever been cosmopolitan.

The author is in favour of:

NTS 2010
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6 / 20

Category: English Passage

Read the passage. Then answer the questions below.
Mona doesn’t like to ask people for help. But it is hard for her to perform daily activities on her own. She is almost 13, yet she is no larger than a 5-year-old. Mona has trouble keeping her balance and can’t walk very far. When she uses a wheelchair, she can’t push it herself. Fortunately, Mona has a wonderful service dog named Sam. A service dog is a dog that has been trained to assist someone who has a physical problem. Sam lets Mona lean on him when she walks. He also pulls her wheelchair and turns lights on and off. When Mona drops something, Sam picks it up. He even pulls her socks off at night.
Sam also helps Mona with everyday tasks at school. He carries her books from class to class in a special backpack. He puts Mona’s completed assignments in her teachers’ homework trays. In the lunchroom he throws away her trash.
Besides making Mona less dependent on other people, Sam helps her lead a fuller life.
Mona’s classmates flock around Sam like geese. This has helped her make friends. Sam also helps Mona be more active. With his aid, she raised over $500 in a walk-a-thon for her local humane society.
Because of Sam, Mona doesn’t have to ask people for help. Sam brings her closer to other kids. And he even helps her contribute to her community.

Using the passage as a guide, which of the following dogs is most likely a service dog?

PreMedPK MDCAT Mock 3
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Category: English Passage

Read the Passage and Answer the Question:

Poetry begins in trivial metaphors, petty metaphors, “grace” metaphors, and goes on to the profoundest thinking that we have. Poetry provides the one permissible way of saying one thing and meaning another. People say. “Why don’t you say what you mean?” We never do that, do we? We like to talk in parables and in hints and in directions whether from diffidence or some other instinct.

What selection best describes the word “diffidence” as used in the passage?

PreMedPK MDCAT Mock 2
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8 / 20

Category: English Passage

Read the passage. Then answer the questions below.

Many people like to eat pizza, but not everyone knows how to make it. Making the perfect pizza can be complicated, but there are lots of ways for you to make a more basic version at home.

When you make pizza, you must begin with the crust. The crust can be hard to make. If you want to make the crust yourself, you will have to make dough using flour, water, and yeast. You will have to knead the dough with your hands. If you do not have enough time to do this, you can use a prepared crust that you buy from the store.

After you have chosen your crust, you must then add the sauce. Making your own sauce from scratch can take a long time. You have to buy tomatoes, peel them, and then cook them with spices. If this sounds like too much work, you can also purchase jarred sauce from the store. Many jarred sauces taste almost as good as the kind you make at home.

Now that you have your crust and your sauce, you need to add the cheese. Cheese comes from milk, which comes from cows. Do you have a cow in your backyard? Do you know how to milk the cow?

Do you know how to turn that milk into cheese? If not, you might want to buy cheese from the grocery store instead of making it yourself.

When you have the crust, sauce, and cheese ready, you can add other toppings. Some people like to put meat on their pizza, while other people like to add vegetables. Some people even like to add pineapple! The best part of making a pizza at home is that you can customize it by adding your own favorite ingredients.

In paragraph 4, the author asks a series of questions in order to

PreMedPK MDCAT Mock 3
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9 / 20

Category: English Passage

Read the passage to answer the question:

What is life? A little scum of no importance on the surface of an unimportant globe circling round a second-rate star? An accidental conglomeration of atoms which have come together by an odd chance, the result of an exceedingly improbable happening? That is what some astronomers would have us think. Looking out into the depth of space, they have discovered a universe of unthinkable dimensions. A billion suns in our own galaxy, beyond it perhaps a billion galaxies, only revealed to us as tiny smudges on a photographic plate. No wonder they are impressed by the enormous disparity between the scaffolding and the result. Life seemed to be, as Jeans said, ‘an utterly unimportant by-product’ in a universe which was clearly not designed for life, and which, to all appearances, is either totally indifferent or definitely hostile to it’. It seemed ‘incredible that the universe can have been designed primarily to produce life like our own; had it been so, surely we have might expected to find a a better proportion between the magnitude of the mechanism and the amount of the product.

According to the author if the universe had been designed primarily to produce life like our own then:

PreMedPK MDCAT Mock 4
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10 / 20

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Read the passage to answer the question:
To inquire about the meaning or object of one’s own existence or of creation generally has always seemed to me absurd from an objective point of view. And yet everybody has certain ideals that determine the direction of his endeavors and his judgments. In this sense, I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves-such an ethical basis I call more proper for a herd of swine. The ideals which have lighted me on my way and time after time given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. Without the sense of fellowship with men of like mind, of preoccupation with the objective, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific research, life would have seemed to me empty. The ordinary objects of human endeavor property, outward success, luxury-have always seemed to me contemptible.

The author of the passage followed which of the following objectives?

I.Truth

II. Goodness

III. Beauty

IV. Saints

NTS 2012
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Category: English Passage

Read the passage to answer the question:

What is life? A little scum of no importance on the surface of an unimportant globe circling round a second-rate star? An accidental conglomeration of atoms which have come together by an odd chance, the result of an exceedingly improbable happening? That is what some astronomers would have us think. Looking out into the depth of space, they have discovered a universe of unthinkable dimensions. A billion suns in our own galaxy, beyond it perhaps a

billion galaxies, only revealed to us as tiny smudges on a

photographic plate. No wonder they are impressed by the enormous disparity between the scaffolding and the result. Life seemed to be, as Jeans said, ‘an utterly unimportant by-product’ in a universe which was clearly not designed for life, and which, to all appearances, is either totally indifferent or definitely hostile to it’. It seemed ‘incredible that the universe can have been designed primarily to produce life like our own; had it been so, surely we have might expected to find a a better proportion between the magnitude of the mechanism and the amount of the product.

The title of the passage can be:

PreMedPK MDCAT Mock 5
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12 / 20

Category: English Passage

Read the passage. Then answer the questions below.
Mona doesn’t like to ask people for help. But it is hard for her to perform daily activities on her own. She is almost 13, yet she is no larger than a 5-year-old. Mona has trouble keeping her balance and can’t walk very far. When she uses a wheelchair, she can’t push it herself.
Fortunately, Mona has a wonderful service dog named Sam. A service dog is a dog that has been trained to assist someone who has a physical problem. Sam lets Mona lean on him when she walks. He also pulls her wheelchair and turns lights on and off. When Mona drops something, Sam picks it up. He even pulls her socks off at night.
Sam also helps Mona with everyday tasks at school. He carries her books from class to class in a special backpack. He puts Mona’s completed assignments in her teachers’ homework trays. In the lunchroom he throws away her trash.
Besides making Mona less dependent on other people, Sam helps her lead a fuller life.
Mona’s classmates flock around Sam like geese. This has helped her make friends. Sam also helps Mona be more active. With his aid, she raised over $500 in a walk-a-thon for her local humane society.
Because of Sam, Mona doesn’t have to ask people for help. Sam brings her closer to other kids. And he even helps her contribute to her community.

Which of the following would be the best title for this passage?

PreMedPK MDCAT Mock 5
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13 / 20

Category: English Passage

Questions 7-8 are based on the following passage.

The fact that we were all as safe as kittens under a cook-stove did not, however, assuage in the least the fine despair and the grotesque desperation which seized upon the residents of the East Side when the cry spread like a grass fire that the dam had given way. Some of the most dignified, staid, cynical, and clear-thinking men in town abandoned their wives, stenographers, homes, and offices and ran east. There are few alarms in the world more terrifying than The dam has broken! There are few persons capable of stopping to reason when that clarion cry strikes upon their ears, even persons who live in towns no nearer than five hundred miles to a dam.
Identify the phrase in which the people of the East Side experienced one of the deadliest fears of their lives:

NTS 2011
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Category: English Passage

Questions 7-8 are based on the following passage. The fact that we were all as safe as kittens under a cook-stove did not, however, assuage in the least the fine despair and the grotesque desperation which seized upon the residents of the East Side when the cry spread like a grass fire that the dam had given way. Some of the most dignified, staid, cynical, and clear thinking men in town abandoned their wives, stenographers, homes, and offices and ran east. There are few alarms in the world more terrifying than’ The dam has broken! There are few persons capable of stopping to reason when that clarion cry strikes upon their ears, even persons who live in towns no nearer than five hundred miles to a dam.

The phrase “spread like a grass fire” means

NTS 2011
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Category: English Passage

Read the passage. Then answer the questions below.

Many people like to eat pizza, but not everyone knows how to make it. Making the perfect pizza can be complicated, but there are lots of ways for you to make a more basic version at home.

When you make pizza, you must begin with the crust. The crust can be hard to make. If you want to make the crust yourself, you will have to make dough using flour, water, and yeast. You will have to knead the dough with your hands. If you do not have enough time to do this, you can use a prepared crust that you buy from the store.

After you have chosen your crust, you must then add the sauce. Making your own sauce from scratch can take a long time. You have to buy tomatoes, peel them, and then cook them with spices. If this sounds like too much work, you can also purchase jarred sauce from the store. Many jarred sauces taste almost as good as the kind you make at home.

Now that you have your crust and your sauce, you need to add the cheese. Cheese comes from milk, which comes from cows. Do you have a cow in your backyard? Do you know how to milk the cow?

Do you know how to turn that milk into cheese? If not, you might want to buy cheese from the grocery store instead of making it yourself.

When you have the crust, sauce, and cheese ready, you can add other toppings. Some people like to put meat on their pizza, while other people like to add vegetables. Some people even like to add pineapple! The best part of making a pizza at home is that you can customize it by adding your own favorite ingredients.

As used in paragraph 1, which word means the opposite of complicated?

PreMedPK MDCAT Mock 4
Passage
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16 / 20

Category: English Passage

Read the passage. Then answer the questions below.
Mona doesn’t like to ask people for help. But it is hard for her to perform daily activities on her own. She is almost 13, yet she is no larger than a 5-year-old. Mona has trouble keeping her balance and can’t walk very far. When she uses a wheelchair, she can’t push it herself.
Fortunately, Mona has a wonderful service dog named Sam. A service dog is a dog that has been trained to assist someone who has a physical problem. Sam lets Mona lean on him
when she walks. He also pulls her wheelchair and turns lights on and off. When Mona drops
something, Sam picks it up. He even pulls her socks off at night.
Sam also helps Mona with everyday tasks at school. He carries her books from class to class in a special backpack. He puts Mona’s completed assignments in her teachers’ homework trays. In the lunchroom he throws away her trash.
Besides making Mona less dependent on other people, Sam helps her lead a fuller life.
Mona’s classmates flock around Sam like geese. This has helped her make friends. Sam also helps Mona be more active. With his aid, she raised over $500 in a walk-a-thon for her local humane society.
Because of Sam, Mona doesn’t have to ask people for help. Sam brings her closer to other kids. And he even helps her contribute to her community.

In paragraph 4, the author writes, “Mona’s classmates flock around Sam like geese.” Which of the following literary techniques is used in this sentence?

PreMedPK MDCAT Mock 5
Passage
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17 / 20

Category: English Passage

Read the passage and answer the question given at the end of the passage:

Recent advances in science and technology have made it possible for geneticists to find out abnormalities in the unborn fetus and take remedial action to rectify some defects which would otherwise prove to be fatal to the child. Though genetic engineering is still at its infancy, scientists can now predict with greater accuracy a genetic disorder. It is not yet an exact science since they are not in a position to predict when exactly a genetic disorder will set in. While they have not yet been able to change the genetic order of the gene in germs, they are optimistic and are holding out that in the near future they might be successful in achieving this feat. However, genetic misinformation can sometimes be damaging for it may adversely affect people psychologically. Genetic information may lead to a tendency to brand some people as inferiors. Genetic information can therefore be abused and its application in deciding the sex of the fetus and its subsequent abortion is now hotly debated on ethical lines. But on this issue geneticists cannot be squarely blamed though this charge has often been leveled at them. It is mainly a societal problem. At present genetic engineering is a costly process of detecting disorders but scientists hope to reduce the costs when technology becomes more advanced. This is why much progress in this area is seen in scientifically advanced and rich countries like the U.S.A, UK and Japan. It remains to be seen if in the future this science will lead to the development of a race of supermen or will be able to obliterate disease from this world.

Which of the following is the same in meaning as the phrase ‘ ‘holding out” as used in the passage?

PreMedPK MDCAT Mock 4
English
Passage
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18 / 20

Category: English Passage

Read the passage to answer the question:
To inquire about the meaning or object of one’s own existence or of creation generally has always seemed to me absurd from an objective point of view. And yet everybody has certain ideals that determine the direction of his endeavors and his judgments. In this sense, I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves-such an ethical basis I call more proper for a herd of swine. The ideals which have lighted me on my way and time after time given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. Without the sense of fellowship with men of like mind, of preoccupation with the objective, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific research, life would have seemed to me empty. The ordinary objects of human endeavor property, outward success, luxury-have always seemed to me contemptible.

Which of the following is contemptible for the author?

PreMedPK MDCAT Mock 4
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Category: English Passage

Read the passage and answer the question given at the end of the passage:

Recent advances in science and technology have made it possible for geneticists to find out abnormalities in the unborn fetus and take remedial action to rectify some defects which would otherwise prove to be fatal to the child. Though genetic engineering is still at its infancy, scientists can now predict with greater accuracy a genetic disorder. It is not yet an exact science since they are not in a position to predict when exactly a genetic disorder will set in. While they have not yet been able to change the genetic order of the gene in germs, they are optimistic and are holding out that in the near future they might be successful in achieving this feat. However, genetic misinformation can sometimes be damaging for it may adversely affect people psychologically. Genetic information may lead to a tendency to brand some people as inferiors. Genetic information can therefore be abused and its application in deciding the sex of the fetus and its subsequent abortion is now hotly debated on ethical lines. But on this issue geneticists cannot be squarely blamed though this charge has often been levelled at them. It is mainly a societal problem. At present genetic engineering is a costly process of detecting disorders but scientists hope to reduce the costs when technology becomes more advanced. This is why much progress in this area is seen in scientifically advanced and rich countries like the U.S.A, UK, and Japan. It remains to be seen if in the future this science will lead to the development of a race of supermen or will be able to obliterate disease from this world.

Which of the following is true regarding the reasons for progress in genetic engineering?

PreMedPK MDCAT Mock 3
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Category: English Passage

Answer on passage:

The high school math department needs to appoint a new chairperson, which will be based on seniority. Ms. West has less seniority than Mr. Temple, but more than Ms. Brody. Mr. Rhodes has more seniority than Ms. West, but less than Mr. Temple. Mr. Temple doesn’t want the job. Who will be the new math department chairperson?

PreMedPK MDCAT Mock 5
Logical Reasoning
Logical Problems
Passage
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