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Universtiy

A university is a didactic institution that students attend to gain a higher education. Universities also serve as a great facility where people conduct research. The word “university” is derived from Latin, meaning “community of masters and scholars.” Traditional universities have been in existence for well over a thousand years.

They exist today as national, international, and provincial institutions. Universities provide not only an opportunity to learn and become more articulate, but also a dynamic education creating a foundation of independence and growth. In the United States, universities have become a staple of our country, establishing themselves as a popular option for students to continue their education after completing high school.

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A university, which is commonly referred to as college, sometimes offers some seemingly bizarre changes from middle school and high school. The nature of most universities in the United States allows students to live on the university campus, unlike earlier stages of education in which the student lived at home and commuted to school.

So, a less officious tone is usually a welcome change to students, perhaps contributing to a more amiable student environment. Students may also change, sometimes becoming more gregarious than they were in high school and less credulous.

The process of deciding what college to attend can be crucial, and oftentimes students become ambivalent about where to go. It’s important not to make the decision in a capricious manner. If you are an impetuous person by nature, you need to take your time and be meticulous in deciding what university is best for you.

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However, sometimes students procrastinate and end up missing deadlines, which is even worse! Sometimes, even after the decision is made after long and careful thought, students sometimes revert back to uneasiness as freshmen (college students in their first year) no matter how convivial the school is.

It is not uncommon for students to feel that they are not compatible with their school in the first year. But oftentimes these benign fears disappear in time for students, and they start enjoying college, realizing that a perfect situation is a whimsical, quixotic idea, and that experience can be pleasant

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The Guinness Book of World Records recognizes the University of Al Karaouine in Morocco founded in 859 AD as the oldest university in the world. However, skeptical critics maintain that this is not true, that the Guinness record is simply facetious or a result of negligent research instead of scrupulous research.

After the first wave of original founding universities, the second generation emerged in the form of medieval European schools. Many of the medieval universities in Western Europe were created through the sponsorship of the Roman Catholic Church. In Europe, young men continued their studies by moving on to a university when they finished their study of things such as grammar, music, and astronomy.

Unlike today, universities at the time were not as congenial towards women as they are today. Women were not even allowed to attend.

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The end of the medieval period marked the beginning of the transition of universities, culminating in today’s modern research university. New ideas and theories shaped the academic curriculum. By the 19th century, the structure of the German and the French universities became popular and were the chosen model for other universities.

Specifically, they emphasized personal growth, seminars, laboratories, and fastidious control over every aspect of the university. In terms of subject matter, religion was a main focus up until the 19th century. The pious emphasis was perhaps thought by some to be too parochial, so the emphasis moved to science, which remains a vital component of education today even though there has been a shift to parity across subjects.

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Along with this shift came a more cordial, affable atmosphere at universities. This has drawn critics, some cynical, that do not like what universities have become today. However, they remain a positive force in our world to many students.

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Match each word in the left column with a description in the right column that best matches its meaning

1. ____ Ambivalent

2. ____ Cynical

3. ____ Facetious

4. ____ Impetuous

5. ____ Officious

6. ____ Provincial

7. ____ Bizarre

A. Sudden, hasty, impulsive

B. Educational, instructive

C. Pessimistic, negative, mocking

D. Local, regional

E. Good fit, well-matched

F. Bossy, intrusive, fussy

G. Genial, amiable

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8. ____ Didactic

9. ____ Negligent

10. ____ Parochial

11. ____ Affable

12. ____ Articulate

13. ____ Compatible

14. ____ Congenial

15. ____ Cordial

H. Strange, weird, unusual

I. Nice, friendly

J. Teasing, joking

K. Narrow-minded, unsophisticated

L. Pleasant, friendly

M. Well-spoken, eloquent

N. Unsure, undecided

O. Careless, forgetful

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Match each word in the left column with a description in the right column that best matches its meaning

16. ____ Scrupulous

17. ____ Amiable

18. ____ Benign

19. ____ Convivial

20. ____ Gregarious

21. ____ Capricious

22. ____ Dynamic

A. Careful, thorough

B. Picky, choosy

C. Caring, harmless

D. Thorough, careful

E. Devout, religious

F. Unconvinced, doubtful

G. Naïve, trusting

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23. ____ Pious

24. ____ Quixotic

25. ____ Credulous

26. ____ Fastidious

27. ____ Meticulous

28. ____ Procrastinate

29. ____ Skeptical

30. ____ Whimsical

H. Dreamy, unrealistic

I. Unusual, quirky

J. Likable, social

K. Unpredictable, impulsive

L. Outgoing, sociable

M. Lively, active

N. Welcoming, friendly

O. Delay, postpone

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Multiple Choice

1. A “university” is also known as:

A. Supplemental school.

B. Post school.

C. College.

D. Grade school.

2. The oldest university in the world is the:

A. University of Paris.

B. Oxford University.

C. American University.

D. University of Al Karaouine.

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3. The oldest university was founded in:

A. 859

B. 1917

C. 1847

D. 238 B.C.

4. An old university policy prevented females from:

A. Eating with men

B. Living on campus

C. Attending a university

D. Taking classes with men

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5. The word “university” comes from:

A. German

B. French

C. Latin

D. Greek

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Choose whether each statement is true or false and write your answer in the space provided.

1. ____ The advantage of attending a university is always immediately felt.

2. ____ Deciding where to attend college can be one of the toughest decisions in a young person’s life.

3. ____ You should always visit a college’s campus before enrolling there.

4. ____ Most colleges do not offer on-campus housing.

5. ____ Universities provide a chance to become independent and mature.

6. ____ The German and French models of universities were popular and copied by other institutions.

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Short answer.

1. Why do students go to universities?

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2. What are some of the changes that universities present?

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3. How is the students life style different when living at a university?

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4. What are some important factors when selecting a university?

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Reading Questions

1. What is the writer’s main idea?

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2. What example supports the writer’s main idea?

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3. How does the example help the writer’s argument?

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4. What do you think about the story?

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Unit 6 – My Friends CE SAT

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My Friends

The term friendship refers to a relationship between people that involves mutual understanding, respect, and affection. Friends will welcome each other’s company and display trustworthiness towards each other in a way that is considered altruistic. Two friends’ interests will usually be alike, and they will enjoy different activities with each other. They will also help each other out by doing things such as giving advice in times of need.

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For many people, the level of friendship can vary. Some people have best friends and also acquaintances. The value that is placed on a friendship is often measured by how much a friend consistently demonstrates certain characteristics such as showing the desire for what is best for the other, sympathy, empathy, honesty, loyalty, and a variety of other qualities.

Friends can be one of the most important parts in a person’s life. A good friendship can make all the difference between having a great day or a bad day. As little fledglings, babies are usually surrounded by a family to support and care for them from the very first instant they are born. In a way, your family members are your first friends (perhaps you don’t remember the beginning because you were simply a newborn).

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The only difference is that you are related to them, and maybe you see them too often! The starting process to making new friends usually begins in school when you are young. This process can be difficult initially since we were all at least momentarily strangers before we met. As young children, we are novices when it comes to creating friendships. But the process is not as difficult as it sounds. Most children are blithe and find many new things captivating, so the process can be spontaneous.

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As we grow up and go to different schools, we make more friends and sometimes we also lose some. We discover that not all friendships are permanent; some friendships are ephemeral. In a way we are beginners again, except that we are more sanguine and know how to approach others better. We may be less effervescent or just as ebullient as our friends, but as friends we still find the same things engaging.

Friends put up with our sometimes erratic behavior, which is hopefully evanescent. They also allow us to enjoy things in life more. Fun activities are often even more fun when you do them with your friends.

For example, going to the movies, playing sports, eating lunch, and even simply hanging out can be more fun with your friends. Friends can also help us make judicious decisions in situations in which we may be a tyro.

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They can also turn the dullest moments into vivacious, resplendent occasions. Friends see our embarrassing moments and still accept us even though we may not be urbane. Having sporadic fights with friends is not uncommon. For example, if they are not prompt in meeting you at the movies, and you end up missing it, then you will probably be upset. But at the end of the day, you know that you are still friends.

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Some people are lucky enough to have lifelong friends. For many people, having lifelong friends is simply a preposterous idea. However, it does happen, and if you are fortunate enough to experience it, then you should not take it for granted. From the time when we are young neophytes to when we mature, nearly all aspects of life involve dealing with others, whether it’s for a flash of a second or a lengthy encounter. An opportunity for friendship can arise from any of a number of transient moments, but a lifelong friendship is something to be treasured.

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Match each word in the left column with a description in the right column that best matches its meaning

1. ____ Blithe

2. ____ Captivating

3. ____ Ebullient

4. ____ Effervescent

5. ____ Engaging

6. ____ Judicious

7. ____ Resplendent

A. For a moment or short time

B. Cheerful, happy

C. Appealing, attractive

D. Short-lived, brief

E. Animated, lively

F. Magnificent, stunning

G. Interesting, mesmerizing

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8. ____ Sanguine

9. ____ Urbane

10. ____ Vivacious

11. ____ Ephemeral

12. ____ Momentarily

13. ____ Evanescent

14. ____ Prompt

15. ____ Idea

H. Spirited, energetic

I. Thought, concept

J. Careful, cautious

K. Confident, optimistic

L. Brief, momentary

M. Stylish, elegant

N. Carefree, casual

O. On time, punctual

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Match each word in the left column with a description in the right column that best matches its meaning

16. ____ Spontaneous

17. ____ Instance

18. ____ Sporadic

19. ____ Flash

20. ____ Transient

21. ____ Beginner

22. ____ Newborn

A. Occasion, example

B. Irregular, periodic

C. Brief, temporary

D. Amateur, trainee

E. Baby bird, beginner

F. Novice, student, learner

G. Baby, child, infant

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23. ____ Erratic

24. ____ Novice

25. ____ Fledgling

26. ____ Starting

27. ____ Neophyte

28. ____ Young

29. ____ New

30. ____ Tyro

H. Apprentice, beginner

I. Brief moment, instant

J. Student, learner

K. Youthful, little

L. Random, spur-of-the-moment

M. Initial, opening

N. Recent, modern

O. Unpredictable, irregular

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Multiple Choice

1. Friends demonstrate all of the following qualities except:

A. Honesty

B. Loyalty

C. Sympathy

D. Greed

2. The rarest type of friendship is a(n):

A. Casual friendship

B. Acquaintance

C. Lifelong friendship

D. Unfriendly friendship

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3. Friendship is a process that begins:

A. In school and within the family

B. When we’re adults

C. Unnaturally

D. None of the above

4. Opportunities to make friends occur:

A. Whenever we meet people

B. A few times a year

C. Very rarely

D. Once a week

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5. Which group of people is naturally our first group of friends?

A. Family

B. Teachers

C. Neighbors

D. Students

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Choose whether each statement is true or false and write your answer in the space provided.

1. ____ Friends are there to care for each other in times of need.

2. ____ Making friends is always an easy process.

3. ____ A good friend usually makes a bad day worse.

4. ____ Children make most of their friends at school.

5. ____ Friends will always have disputes and arguments along the way.

6. ____ Lifelong friends are very common.

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Short answer.

1. What qualities make a good friend?

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2. What are the different types of friendships?

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3. How can friends make your life better?

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4. Give examples of arguments that friends often have.

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Reading Questions

1. What is the writer’s main idea?

______________________________________
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2. What example supports the writer’s main idea?

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3. How does the example help the writer’s argument?

______________________________________
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4. What do you think about the story?

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Unit 6 – My Friends CE SAT
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Unit 16 – Reading CE SAT

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Reading

Reading is an essential tool to have in life. By reading this sentence right now, you are practicing a skill that is one of the most fundamental, and vital abilities necessary to be successful. Reading is so common that we often do not realize how much we use it.

From the instruction manual on a video game system to the lyrics of our favorite song, we put our reading abilities into use. Reading is also necessary to get a job; even if you don’t have to read while performing the actual work, you still have to read the job application when you are applying.

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Reading is more crucial in today’s world than it ever was before. The ability to read is vital to be an informed citizen of this country, to succeed in your chosen career, and to attain individual fulfillment. Reading can also develop a person’s creativity.

It can even turn the most pugnacious person into a quiet scholar; and reserved individuals can become excited and energized. Unlike movies where everything is already predetermined by the producer, writer, and director, books allow you to create an idea in your mind of how a particular character appears. Reading allows for more imagination to how a scene ends. Of course authors supply descriptions of characters and events, but it is up to you to translate those words into visual images.

Many young people feel antagonistic and timorous towards books, choosing instead to listen to music or watch movies.

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Some mild mannered people become choleric and irascible when faced with reading a book. But little do they know that the very music they hear, and the movies they watch are based on reading. Not all reading is done by reticent people.

If musicians couldn’t read they would not be able to put song lyrics together, and if actors couldn’t read they would not be able to memorize their lines or any other scripts. There would not even be a script if the screenwriter couldn’t read. And having no movies or music would be a good reason to change any bellicose attitudes of reading.

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Reading may not be the easiest activity to conquer, but it is definitely one of the most rewarding activities once you learn to love it. Movies only last a couple hours, they do all the thinking for you, and they don’t exercise your brain. With books however, you have the benefit of taking your time and reading at your own pace. There are different types of books for all people; whether you are belligerent or demure, there are books for you! Sometimes books are so controversial that they are banned.

Famous books that were considered too contentious include I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, and even Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. Some of today’s most appreciated and revered books were almost effaced because they provoked the disputatious.

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However, despite the vehement arguments against their publication, they were determined to be acceptable. The subject of the censorship of books has been known to cause the most volatile of disputes. The line of allowance that separates the profane and artistic is rather thin.

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Since reading novels usually takes days instead of just a couple of hours, it is often a more memorable experience. Today’s fast-paced world presents few opportunities to relax and feel tranquil.

We are constantly bombarded with all kind of things every day, but we can escape all of that by entering a different world with books. Don’t be diffident or pusillanimous! Reading should not make us craven towards books; we should step up and accept the challenge! Not only will it be a rewarding and enjoyable experience, but it will provide you with permanent and invaluable benefits for the future.

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Vocabulary

Match each word in the left column with a description in the right column that best matches its meaning

1. ___ Craven

2. ___ Quiet

3. ___ Demure

4. ___ Reserved

5. ___ Diffident

6. ___ Reticent

7. ___ Efface

8. ___ Timorous

9. ___ Pusillanimous

10. ___ Tranquil

A. Modest, reserved, shy

B. Timid, cowardly

C. Wipe out, obliterate, erase

D. Hesitant, insecure, timid

E. Peaceful, serene, quiet

F. Calm, silence

G. Restrained, quiet, silent

H. Silent, quiet in personality

I. Cowardly, weak, fearful

J. Nervous, fearful

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11. ___ Belligerent

12. ___ Choleric

13. ___ Vehement

14. ___ Contentious

15. ___ Volatile

16. ___ Antagonistic

17. ___ Disputatious

18. ___ Bellicose

19. ___ Irascible

20. ___ Pugnacious

A. Aggressive, hostile

B. Irritable, grumpy

C. Intense, heated

D. Confrontational, prone to argue

E. Argumentative, truculent

F. Easily angered

G. Unstable, unpredictable

H. Combative, quarrelsome

I. Aggressive, argumentative

J. Controversial, touchy

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Multiple Choice

1. Reading is

A. An essential tool in life

B. A nonessential tool in life

C. A moderately important tool in life

D. None of the above

2. Compared to the past, today reading is

A. More difficult

B. More crucial

C. Less crucial

D. None of the above

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3. Reading is also tied to

A. Music

B. Movies

C. Video games

D. All of the above

4. The author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is

A. Mark Twain

B. Ernest Hemingway

C. Maya Angelou

D. J.K. Rowling

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5. Which book was initially banned from publishing?

A. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

B. Harry Potter

C. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

D. All of the above

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True or False

Choose whether each statement is true or false and write your answer in the space provided.

1. ___ It is common for many young people to dislike reading.

2. ___ Reading is one of the easiest activities to get the hang of.

3. ___ Reading allows for creativity and imagination of characters.

4. ___ Reading is only for certain types of people, like adults.

5. ___ Reading is necessary to be successful in life.

6. ___ Reading is a less beneficial activity than watching TV.

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Short Answer

1. How is reading related to music?

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2. How is reading related to movies?

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3. Why were certain books initially banned?

______________________________________
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4. How do feel about reading books? Do you think you read enough?

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Reading Questions

1. What is the writer’s main idea?

______________________________________
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2. What example supports the writer’s main idea?

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3. How does the example help the writer’s argument?

______________________________________
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4. What do you think about the story?

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Unit 15 – Vincent Van Gogh CE SAT

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Vicent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh was a very famous artist born in 1853 in the Netherlands. Van Gogh’s drawings and paintings are some of the world’s most renowned, most respected, and most expensive pieces. During his early years, Van Gogh worked for a company of art dealers. He then became a teacher for a short period of time. Then, Van Gogh became a missionary worker in a very poor mining area. Feeling apathy towards those jobs, he resigned and did not begin his career as an artist until he was twenty-seven years old.

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At first, Van Gogh’s style was comprised of using only darker, more somber colors. However, after he discovered Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism while in Paris, he became attached to the brighter, less drab colors and painting style. Van Gogh would later develop these styles into his own unique style, which he fully developed while living in Arles, France.

Van Gogh grew up with his father who was a minister of a church, his mom, two brothers and three sisters. He was considered very calm, placid, and contemplative as a child. This qualities were mistaken for him being nonchalant, impassive, and having a lackluster attitude. But in fact he was not stoic or stolid; he was quite the opposite. Van Gogh attended several schools throughout his youth and was often unhappy and dispassionate in his young age.

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This would foreshadow his later depression in life resulting in his unfortunate mental state. Although Van Gogh was constantly affected by his emotions, he was imperturbable when it came to his focus and devotion to art. His sullen attitude may have even fueled his works.

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Many people are indifferent towards art, or cannot appreciate certain aspects of it due to a lack of understanding. However, this is usually not the case with Van Gogh’s works of art. Some of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings include Portrait of Dr. Gachet, Still Life: Vase with Twelve Sunflowers, and The Starry Night. Although you may not recognize the names, you would probably recognize the paintings if they were shown to you.

Perhaps the most important person in Van Gogh’s life was his brother Theodorus, who constantly and unselfishly provided Vincent with financial support, keeping Van Gogh from spiraling down into a state of torpor or completely morose state of mind.

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Their lifelong friendship is evidenced through an abundance of letters they exchanged with each other. Their relationship provided Van Gogh with at least a somewhat peaceful and tranquil escape from his own mind. Most of Van Gogh’s other siblings were ignored, but Theodorus and Vincent were extremely close. His brother’s support was not enough however, to make Van Gogh impervious to depression.

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Van Gogh produced more than 2,000 pieces of art during the last ten years of his life. He was a pioneer of what came to be known as “Expressionism” and had a tremendous influence on 20th century art. Most of his best-known works were created in the last two years of his life, during which time he was so emotionally hurt that he sliced off part of his left ear after a lachrymose collapse in his companionship with artist Paul Gauguin. After this incident, Van Gogh frequently grieved, lamented, and suffered recurring spells of mental instability, unable to maintain his equanimity. Unfortunately Van Gogh was never able to find a serene, halcyon emotional state; he was stuck in a permanently lugubrious state of mind. He took his own life in 1890. Many people to this day feel remorse over the loss of Vincent Van Gogh.

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Match each word in the left column with a description in the right column that best matches its meaning

1. ____ Apathy

2. ____ Indifferent

3. ____ Dispassionate

4. ____ Lackluster

5. ____ Drab

6. ____ Stoic

7. ____ Ignore

A. Calm, composed

B. Harm, injure

C. Dull, boring, bland

D. Miserable, depressed

E. Unemotional, expressionless

F. Plain, dull

G. Mourn, feel sad

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8. ____ Stolid

9. ____ Impassive

10. ____ Torpor

11. ____ Grieve

12. ____ Morose

13. ____ Hurt

14. ____ Remorse

15. ____ Resigned

H. Emotionless, apathetic

I. Inactivity, indifference

J. Disregard, pay not attention to

K. Submissive, prepared to accept

L. Uncaring, uninterested

M. Unresponsive, emotionless

N. Lack of concern and interest

O. Sorrow, regret

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Match each word in the left column with a description in the right column that best matches its meaning

16. ____ Lachrymose

17. ____ Lament

18. ____ Somber

19. ____ Lugubrious

20. ____ Sullen

21. ____ Calm

22. ____ Nonchalant

A. Solemn, grave, serious

B. Cool, casual, carefree

C. Serene, calm, peaceful

D. Angry, grim

E. Peaceful, calm, tranquil

F. Resistant, resilient

G. Nonviolent, passive

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23. ____ Equanimity

24. ____ Peaceful

25. ____ Halcyon

26. ____ Placid

27. ____ Imperturbable

28. ____ Serene

29. ____ Impervious

30. ____ Tranquil

H. Untroubled, calm

I. Peaceful, tranquil, quiet

J. Miserable, sad

K. Composure, calmness

L. Tearful, sad

M. Easygoing, mild-mannered

N. Mourn, grieve

O. Calm, composed, collected

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Multiple Choice

1. Van Gogh was born in

A. France

B. Germany

C. Australia

D. The Netherlands

2. Van Gogh did not become an artist until he was

A. 33

B. 21

C. 15

D. 27

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3. During his life, Van Gogh produced more than _____ art pieces.

A. 2,000

B. 3,000

C. 4,000

D. 5,000

4. Van Gogh’s friendship that ended badly was with

A. Shawn Guan

B. Carson Baker

C. Paul Gauguin

D. Benjamin Lynch

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5. Which of the following is not a piece by Van Gogh?

A. The Starry Night

B. Portrait of Dr. Gachet

C. Still Life: Vase With Twelve Sunflowers

D. Blue Sunrise

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Choose whether each statement is true or false and write your answer in the space provided.

1. ____ Van Gogh constantly dealt with bouts of depression.

2. ____ Van Gogh cut off his index finger after Gauguin ended their friendship.

3. ____ Van Gogh was outgoing and talkative as a child.

4. ____ Van Gogh was born in 1835.

5. ____ Van Gogh was at one point a missionary worker before becoming an artist.

6. ____ Van Gogh died in of pneumonia in 1890.

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Short answer.

1. How did Van Gogh’s relationship with his brother help him?

______________________________________
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2. What did Van Gogh do before becoming an artist?

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3. How many siblings did Van Gogh have?

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4. How did Van Gogh’s emotional state affect him?

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Reading Questions

1. What is the writer’s main idea?

______________________________________
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2. What example supports the writer’s main idea?

______________________________________
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3. How does the example help the writer’s argument?

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4. What do you think about the story?

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Unit 15 – Vincent Van Gogh CE SAT
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Unit 14 – Penguins CE SAT

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Penguins

Penguins are a non-malevolent group of aquatic, flightless birds that live almost exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere. The number of penguin species has always been and is still a matter of debate. Depending on the authority, the number varies between seventeen and twenty living species. Other sources argue that there are even more different species and subspecies, so the issue is quite complicated. When discussed by vitriolic experts, the subject can become so heated that it sometimes leads to contemptuous attitudes, crass remarks, and brusque encounters. Oftentimes, experts scoff at opposing opinions as profane and rebuff, or ridicule them.

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Although all penguin species are native to the southern hemisphere, they do not, contrary to popular belief, abhor mild weather. In fact, only a few species of penguin actually live in the far south. Nearly a dozen kinds of penguins live in a moderate climate area, even as far north as the Galápagos Islands. So the myth that penguins live only in the freezing cold and have an aversion to temperate weather is simply not true.

The largest living penguin species is the Emperor Penguin. Adults average a height of about 3 feet, 7 inches tall and weigh at least 75 pounds. The smallest penguin species is the Little Blue Penguin, also known as the Fairy Penguin or the Blue Penguin.

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They stand at around 16 inches tall and weigh only 2.2 pounds. Most penguins eat seafood such as fish, squid, and other forms of sea life caught while swimming underwater. Penguins spend their lives on land and under water, never saying farewell to either surface.

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Penguins apparently have no fear or animosity towards ribald humans and do not find us odious or repugnant. They have even been known to approach groups of explorers without hesitation. The reason for this lack of antipathy and rancor is probably that there are no land predators in Antarctica or the nearby offshore islands that prey on or attack penguins.

Instead, penguins are at risk at sea from underwater predators such as the leopard seal. Penguins are also lucky that the areas where penguins make their homes are not too populated. This gives them space and reduces threats to their homes such as those of insolent animals that might desecrate their environment. Their habitats are also away from places where reprehensible humans destroy animals’ environments and turn them into a sordid area.

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Penguins’ body shapes and aerodynamics allow them to live an aquatic life. Penguins do not spurn flying, their wings have become flippers, useless for flight in the air. In the water however, penguins are actually very agile. Within their smooth plumage, a layer of air is preserved ensuring buoyancy. The air layer also helps insulate the birds when in cold waters. On land, penguins use their tails and wings to help them maintain balance for standing and walking in an upright position.

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All penguins’ bodies are counter-shaded. That is, they have a white underside and a dark (mostly black) upper-side. Some people think the color combination is beautiful, while others think it is heinous. This counter-shading serves as camouflage for the penguins.

A predator looking up from below has difficulty distinguishing between a white penguin belly and the reflective water surface. The dark plumage on their backs camouflages them from above. Any other color scheme would be too flagrant and would jeopardize the penguins’ safety.

To travel, penguins either waddle on their feet or slide on their bellies across the snow, a movement known as “tobogganing,” which allows them to conserve energy and move relatively fast at the same time.

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Penguins can also jump with both feet together if they want to move more quickly or over steep rocky terrain. Their eyes are also adapted for underwater vision, and serve as their primary means of locating prey and avoiding predators filled with hostility.

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Match each word in the left column with a description in the right column that best matches its meaning

1. ____ Brusque

2. ____ Rebuff

3. ____ Contemptuous

4. ____ Ridicule

5. ____ Crass

6. ____ Scoff

7. ____ Farewell

A. Sneering, condescending

B. Hurtful, cruel, spiteful

C. Criticize, make fun of

D. Insensitive, asinine, rude

E. Rejection, refusal

F. Mock, ridicule, jeer

G. Quarrel, fight

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8. ____ Spurn

9. ____ Insolent

10. ____ Vitriolic

11. ____ Argue

12. ____ Heinous

13. ____ Debate

14. ____ Profane

15. ____ Reprehensible

H. Parting, goodbye

I. Reject, snub, slight

J. Critical, blameful, accusing

K. Disrespectful, wicked, irreverent

L. Rude, disrespectful

M. Shocking, terrible, scandalous

N. Discuss, dispute, argue

O. Abrupt, rude, curt

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Match each word in the left column with a description in the right column that best matches its meaning

16. ____ Desecrate

17. ____ Egregious

18. ____ Ribald

19. ____ Flagrant

20. ____ Sordid

21. ____ Abhor

22. ____ Malevolent

A. Bitterness, spite, hatred

B. Vengeance, payback

C. Distasteful, low, disgusting

D. Hate, loathe, dislike

E. Wicked, nasty, mean

F. repulsive, horrible, revolting

G. Blatant, deliberate

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23. ____ Animosity

24. ____ Odious

25. ____ Antipathy

26. ____ Rancor

27. ____ Aversion

28. ____ Repugnant

29. ____ Enmity

30. ____ Revenge

H. Dislike, hatred, loathing

I. Rude, vulgar

J. Extraordinarily bad, flagrant

K. Opposition, aversion, dislike

L. Damage, vandalize, destroy

M. Hostility, hatred, ill-will

N. Disgusting, revolting, nauseating

O. Hostility, hate, antagonism

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Multiple Choice

1. The number of penguin species range from.

A. 30-40.

B. 20–30.

C. 5-10.

D. 17-20.

2. The largest species of penguin is the

A. Emperor Penguin.

B. Blue Penguin.

C. Crown Penguin.

D. Babolat Penguin.

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3. Throughout their lives, penguins live

A. On water.

B. On land.

C. Both .

D. None of the above.

4. Penguins’ wings are used for

A. Flight.

B. Swimming.

C. Eating.

D. Running.

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5. Penguins eat.

A. Fish.

B. Squid.

C. None of the above.

| D. Both A and B.

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Choose whether each statement is true or false and write your answer in the space provided.

1. ____ Penguins learn to fly at an early age.

2. ____ Penguins are fearful of humans.

3. ____ Penguins use their tails and wings to maintain balance and stand upright.

4. ____ The leopard seal is one of penguins’ several predators.

5. ____ Penguins are colored in a counter-shaded design.

6. ____ Penguins are naturally malevolent creatures.

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Short answer.

1. Why are penguins counter-shaded?

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2. Why do penguins not fear humans?

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3. How big can Emperor penguins become?.

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4. How big are Little Blue Penguins?

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Reading Questions

1. What is the writer’s main idea?

______________________________________
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2. What example supports the writer’s main idea?

______________________________________
______________________________________
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3. How does the example help the writer’s argument?

______________________________________
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4. What do you think about the story?

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Unit 14 – Penguins CE SAT
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Unit 13 – Medicine CE SAT

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Medicine

Medicine refers to the practice concerned with maintaining or restoring human health through study, diagnosis, and treatment. Physicians, also known as doctors, are the individuals that are qualified and receive approbation to study and practice medicine. Since the 19th century, only those with a medical degree have been considered worthy to practice medicine. Physicians are some of the most venerated members of society.

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The medical profession is composed of the group of people formally trained and authorized to apply medical knowledge. Many countries and legal jurisdictions have regulations on who is permitted to practice medicine. Within the medicine field, there are various specialties, such as family practice, cardiology, neurology, sports medicine, research, or public health.

Human societies have had various systems of health care practice since the beginning of recorded history. The earliest type of medicine in most cultures was the use of plants, herbs, and animal parts. This medicine was usually used in conjunction with specious rituals of various kinds. Some of these apocryphal beliefs include animism (the belief that inanimate objects have spirits), spiritualism (appealing to gods or communion with ancestor spirits), and shamanism (vesting an individual with mystic powers).

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Medicine, as it is practiced today, developed largely in the late eighteenth century, and early nineteenth century in England, Germany, and France. Even today, there are still many different viewpoints concerning the proper application of medicine.

Sometimes, when it is disputable which opinion is right or better than another, experts may belittle and deride each other which can leave many people feeling acrimonious. However, most doctors today are viewed with deference because of their prestigious position in society. Many people would trade places to be in a doctor’s shoes.

Many physicians are so easygoing and casual that their attitude belies the dedication and effort put forth to take care of patients. Some doctors are so good that they receive adulation and acclaim in the form of accolades for their work

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Some doctors are experts in their field and are extolled for it. However if an unfortunate calumny were to spread, all of this can be taken away in a second. The field of medicine is constantly changing and new theories and ideas are constantly being tested. Many new findings are deprecated or denounced if they seem too absurd and do not have adequate support.

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So, although rare, some reports may even be embellished or fabricated in order to gain approval from the medical field. These spurious documents are usually quickly exposed. Gossip in the field of medicine can spread like wildfire if a promising new advancement is discovered.

A vital aspect of medicine is the relationship between the patient and doctor. Although many people visit the doctor’s office for similar problems such as a cold, flu, shots and others, their experiences can be vastly different, depending on the attitude of the doctor. Sometimes the doctor’s attitude can make the difference in the visit being fun or painful.

Doctors should always be tolerant and helpful towards their patients, never using caustic remarks to disparage the ones they should be helping.

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The patients don’t necessarily have to exalt their doctor and sometimes if a doctor makes a serious mistake, the patient may go off on a diatribe and impugn the doctor.

The physicians that are caring and understanding are usually the ones that are commended and eulogized. Unfortunately, sometimes doctors have to break bad news to patients. It is a difficult task, but the worst thing a doctor could do is equivocate. Any kind of attempt to prevaricate will inevitably have drastic consequences. Honesty is vital to the doctor-patient relationship.

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Vocabulary

Match each word in the left column with a description in the right column that best matches its meaning

1. ____ Acrimonious

2. ____ Belittle

3. ____ Caustic

4. ____ Denounce

5. ____ Deprecate

6. ____ Deride

7. ____ Diatribe

A. Denounce, criticize, condemn

B. An attack, harangue, rant

C. Hold responsible, charge

D. Tribute, honor, award

E. Scathing, sarcastic, corrosive

F. Deal, skill, exchange

G. Praise, entrust, hand over

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8. ____ Disparage

9. ____ Impugn

10. ____ Trade

11. ____ Acclaim

12. ____ Accolade

13. ____ Adulation

14. ____ Approbation

15. ____ Commend

I. Adoration, admiration, reverence

J. Ridicule, mock, disdain

K. Demean, put down

L. Approval, consent

M. Condemn, accuse

N. Belittle, denigrate

O. Approval, praise

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Vocabulary

Match each word in the left column with a description in the right column that best matches its meaning

16. ____ Deference

17. ____ Eulogize

18. ____ Exalt

19. ____ Extol

20. ____ Venerate

21. ____ Apocryphal

22. ____ Belie

23. ____ Calumny

A. False, sham, erroneous

B. Contradict, disprove

C. Mythical, legendary

D. Hedge, stall, evade

E. Prevaricate, beat around the bush

F. Make up, manufacture

G. Admire, worship

H. Rumor, scandal, hearsay

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24. ____ Embellish

25. ____ Equivocate

26. ____ Fabricate

27. ____ Gossip

28. ____ Prevaricate

29. ____ Specious

30. ____ Spurious

I. Respect, reverence

J. Extol, sing the praises of

K. Bogus, counterfeit, illegitimate

L. Decorate, adorn, exaggerate

M. Slander, defamation

N. Praise, applaud

O. Revere, idolize

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Multiple Choice

1. Medicine refers to the practice concerned with maintaining or restoring human health through:

A. Study, prediction, hypothesis
B. Study and experiments
C. Study, diagnosis, and treatment
D. Observation, hypothesis, and approbation

2. Another word for “Doctor” is

A. Physicist
B. Physician
C. Pharmacist
D. Scientist

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3. The following are sub-branches of the medicine field except:

A. Cardiology
B. Itchyology
C. Neurology
D. Sports medicine

4. Doctors receive ________ to study and practice medicine.

A. Specious
B. Apocryphal
C. Animism
D. Approbation

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5. The earliest type of medicine in most cultures was the use of

A. Dirt and water
B. Rubbing alcohol
C. Plants, herbs and animal parts
D. None of the above

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True or False

Choose whether each statement is true or false and write your answer in the space provided.

1. ____ Within the medicine field, there are various specialties
2. ____ Human societies have had various different systems of health care practice since at least the beginnixng of recorded history.
3. ____ Shamanism is a neurological disorder.
4. ____ Honesty is vital to the doctor-patient relationship, even when bad news is being delivered.
5. ____ The field of medicine remains constant and has few changes in practice or new theories.
6. ____ Equivocation is an essential skill in a doctor-patient relationship.

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Short Answer

1. Discuss some of the early types of medicine and beliefs that were practiced

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2. Explain the Doctor-patient relationship and why it is vital.

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3. Who can practice medicine and what is necessary to do so?.

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4. Why is the practice of medicine so essential to our society?

______________________________________
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Reading Questions

1. What is the writer’s main idea?

______________________________________
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2. What example supports the writer’s main idea?

______________________________________
______________________________________
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3. How does the example help the writer’s argument?

______________________________________
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4. What do you think about the story?

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Unit 12 – The American Red Cross CE SAT

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The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross, headquartered in Washington D.C., is an aid organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief, and education within the United States. It is part of a larger organization called the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which has branches worldwide.

There is nothing boring or banal about disasters; and although many insensitive people may show apathy towards helping others suffering damages from natural disasters, the Red Cross is everywhere and makes sure to help those in need.

The American Red Cross is not a taciturn organization. They are impartial and respond to wherever there is need. There is a common metaphoric and pithy phrase that the Red Cross is a giant first aid kit.

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In addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross also offers services in five other areas: community services for the poor; aid and support for the military and their families; the collection, processing, and distribution of lifesaving blood; educational programs promoting health and safety; and international relief and development programs.

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The American Red Cross is governed by volunteers and supported by community donations. It is divided nationwide into 800 chapters, each dedicated to saving lives and helping people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Annually, more than one million Red Cross volunteers assemble relief efforts for families affected by disasters, train almost twelve million people in lifesaving skills, and exchange more than a million emergency messages for U.S. military service.

Annually, more than one million Red Cross volunteers assemble relief efforts for families affected by disasters, train almost twelve million people in lifesaving skills, and exchange more than a million emergency messages for U.S. military service.

The Red Cross is also the largest supplier of blood and blood products to more than 3,000 hospitals across the nation. Those statistics are not sarcasm or a hyperbole.

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The Red Cross also assists victims of international disasters and conflicts throughout numerous locations worldwide. The American Red Cross supplies about 44% of the donated blood in the United States.

In December of 2004, the American Red Cross finished building their largest blood processing facility in the United States, located in Pomona, California on the campus grounds of the California State Polytechnic University. Each year, the American Red Cross makes immediate responses to more than 70,000 disasters, including house or apartment fires (the leading cause of disaster responses), hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous material spills, transportation accidents, explosions, and other natural or man-made disasters.

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Oftentimes when disaster strikes, chaos can break out and acquisitive individuals begin looting (a jargon or an euphemism for robbing, stealing, and plundering).

Although the American Red Cross is not a government agency, its authority to provide disaster relief was formalized in 1905, when the Red Cross was chartered by Congress. The succinct charter, which is not laconic or concise by any means, is not only a grant of power, but also an order of duties and obligations to the nation, to disaster victims, and to the people who support its work with their donations. The American Red Cross disaster relief focuses on meeting people’s immediate emergency disaster-caused needs.

When a disaster strikes or threatens to do so, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, and health and mental health services which are congruent with the basic of human needs. The broad spectrum of services provided by the American Red Cross resulted in the charter being anything but terse.

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In addition to these services, the core of Red Cross disaster relief is the assistance given to individuals and families affected by disasters in order to enable them to resume their normal daily activities independently.

You can help the Red Cross by doing your part even by doing simple things such as donating food that you find bland or don’t eat, or by donating the clothes that you might find to be prosaic, plain, and/or hackneyed and don’t wear. Everyone has trite clothing that can be given away to help out those in need. You can also help by donating blood.

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There is such a great and constant need for blood that it is somewhat of an enigma, leading many puzzled people to wonder why more people don’t donate blood. It’s almost ironic that there is blood available in every person yet it is not easily obtained from able people.

If you feel that your daily routine is too tedious, ordinary, or insipid, you can change your life by becoming a volunteer. By doing such simple things, one can make such a tremendous difference in the lives of others.

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Vocabulary

Match each word in the left column with a description in the right column that best matches its meaning

1. ____ Apathy

2. ____ Insensitive

3. ____ Congruent

4. ____ Concise

5. ____ Impartial

6. ____ Laconic

7.____ Succinct

A. Matching, similar, harmonious

B. Purism, A sugar coated expression

C. Satire, sarcasm, contrariness

D. Cold, distant, quiet, introverted

E. Riddle, puzzle

F. Indifference, lack of concern

G. Pithy, concise, laconic

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8. ____ Taciturn

9. ____ Pithy

10. ____ Terse

11. ____ Acquisitive

12. ____ Enigma

13. ____ Euphemism

14. ____ Hyperbole

15. ____ Irony

H. Exaggeration, overstatement

I. Brief, succinct, terse

J. Condensed, curt, succinct

K. Callous, tactless, numb

L. Neutral, unbiased

M. Economical, curt, to the point

N. Short, brief

O. Greedy, avaricious

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Vocabulary

Match each word in the left column with a description in the right column that best matches its meaning

16. ____ Malapropism

17. ____ Jargon

18. ____ Metaphoric

19. ____ Puzzled

20. ____ Sarcasm

21. ____ Banal

22. ____ Bland

A. Monotonous, uninteresting

B. Average, common, regular

C. Banal, characterless, mundane

D. Trite, stale, worn-out

E. Slang, terminology, language

F. Simple, basic, pure

G. Insipid, tasteless, featureless

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23. ____ Boring

24. ____ Hackneyed

25. ____ Insipid

26. ____ Ordinary

27. ____ Plain

28. ____ Prosaic

29. ____ Tedious

30. ____ Trite

H. Corny, unoriginal, Clichéd

I. Symbolic, allegorical

J. Dull, uninteresting, flavorless

K. Humorous or ludicrous misuse of words

L. Perplexed, baffled, bewildered

M. Irony, mockery, cynicism

N. Commonplace, dull

O. Tedious, unexciting

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Multiple Choice

1. The American Red Cross is headquartered in.

A. Paris.

B. Houston.

C. New York.

D. Washington D.C.

2. The American Red Cross provides:

A. Emergency assistance.

B. Disaster relief.

C. Education.

D. All of the above.

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3. The American Red Cross is part of the International Federation of Red Cross and __________ Societies.

A. A. Red Moon.

B. B. Red Crescent.

C. C. Blue Cross.

D. D. Red Croissant.

4. The American Red Cross is divided nationwide into _________ chapters:

A. A. 50.

B. B. 80.

C. 900.

D. 10,000.

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5. The American Red Cross is the largest supplier of __________ to more than 3,000 hospitals across the nation.:

A. Medical Clothes.

B. Blood.

C. Emergency vehicles.

D. Doctors.

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True or False

Choose whether each statement is true or false and write your answer in the space provided.

1. ____ The Federation of Red Cross has branches worldwide, not just in the United States.

2. ____ The American Red Cross is a taciturn organization.

3. ____ The Red Cross is governed by volunteers and supported by community donations.

4. ____ The American Red Cross supplies about 90% of the donated blood in the United States.

5. ____ The American Red Cross’s largest blood processing facility in the U.S. is located in New York.

6. ____ The American Red Cross makes immediate responses to over 70,000 disasters a year.

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Short Answer

1. How does the Red Cross offer disaster relief?

______________________________________
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2. What services other than disaster relief does the Red Cross offer?.

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3. What incidents often require assistance from the Red Cross and what is the leading cause of disaster responses?.

______________________________________
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4. What are some ways in which you can help the Red Cross?.

______________________________________
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Reading Questions

1. What is the writer’s main idea?

______________________________________
______________________________________
______________________________________

2. What example supports the writer’s main idea?

______________________________________
______________________________________
______________________________________

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3. How does the example help the writer’s argument?

______________________________________
______________________________________
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4. What do you think about the story?

______________________________________
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Unit 11 – Paris CE SAT

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Paris

Paris is the capital city of France, and is located in the northern region. It has an estimated population of a little over two million people. The population of France is twelve million, making it one of the most populated areas in Europe.

Today, Paris is one of the world’s leading business and cultural centers, and its influence on politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, and art all contribute to its status as a major global city. All of these various influences are diffused throughout the city. When visiting Paris, digressing from your original plan is common since there are so many things to do there. Even if you are a recluse, you will likely run into something appealing to your taste.

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The very name “Paris” often incites thoughts of romance and love. Much like the French language is said to be the language of love, Paris is considered a romantic city of love. The city is also an important hub of intercontinental transportation and is home to universities, sporting events, opera houses, and famous museums. Paris is home to some of opera’s virtuoso performers.

All of these traits and many more, make Paris an attraction for over 30 million foreign visitors per year. Instead of xenophobes, Paris is filled with tourist attractions and accommodations for people. The atmosphere in Paris is known for being joyful and it could probably convert a misanthrope. Paris is a place where philistines can become cultured and educated. In Paris, no one is a pariah.

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Naturally, French is the national language, and since it is very precise and detailed, it can be difficult to master. However, there are languages that are more verbose and more of a circumlocution. Trying to speak the language to native Parisians without sufficient practice may get you labeled a charlatan.

So if you are voluble, make sure you know how to speak the language. In terms of living, the cost of living is relatively high so if you are profligate you may want to be wary.

Three of the most famous Parisian landmarks are the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Napoleonic Arc. These monuments attract visitors from near and far, from pragmatists to idealists. The Invalides Museum is the burial place for many great French soldiers and mercenaries, and of course Napoleon.

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The Pantheon church is where many of France’s illustrious men and women are buried. The Palais Garnier, built in the later Second Empire period, houses the Paris Opera and the Paris Opera Ballet, while the former palace of the Louvre now houses one of the most famous museums in the world, the Louvre Museum. The Louvre is worldly renowned for the many famous works of art that it houses, including Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”.

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The city of Paris and the Louvre are very often the subjects of an exorbitant amount of movies, books, art pieces, and many other works. These works range from fact filled documentaries to great works of fiction.

Paris and the Louvre recently played a central part in the The Da Vinci Code, a fictitious book (and now also a movie) based on rumors that Da Vinci himself was part of a clandestine and cryptic group that had inside knowledge on the bloodline of Jesus Christ. In the story, the surreptitious group and its activities are said to have taken place in Paris.

The book itself became popular due to its intriguing subject and because it was not too loquacious or prolix for the average reader. The book actually instigated a firestorm of controversy.

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Many opponents of the book felt that the story was merely an attempt to undermine the Catholic and Christian religions and make a profit while doing so. Many people tried to obviate its release, but the law prevented them from stymieing its circulation. Nevertheless, there was a tremendous amount of garrulous protesting around the world. The furtiveness and duplicity of the subject matter intrigued millions of people around the world.

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Vocabulary

Match each word in the left column with a description in the right column that best matches its meaning

1. ___ Clandestine

2. ___ Cryptic

3. ___ Duplicity

4. ___ Furtive

5. ___ Incite

6. ___ Instigate

7. ___ Obviate

A. Prevent, avert, hinder

B. Exile, outsider, recluse

C. Impostor, fake, con

D. Weaken, undercut, damage

E. Sly, sneaky, stealthy

F. Vulgar, boorish, barbarous

G. Underhanded, furtive,

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8. ___ Stymie

9. ___ Surreptitious

10. ___ Undermine

11. ___ Charlatan

12. ___ Hedonist

13. ___ Misanthrope

14. ___ Pariah

15. ___ Philistine

H. Cynic, skeptic, hater

I. Secret, underground, covert

J. Incite, bring about, set off

K. Enigmatic, obscure, mysterious

L. Provoke, instigate

M. Pleasure seeker, profligate

N. Bewilder, confuse, stump

O. Dishonesty, disloyalty

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Vocabulary

Match each word in the left column with a description in the right column that best matches its meaning

16. ___ Pragmatist

17. ___ Profligate

18. ___ Scapegoat

19. ___ Virtuoso

20. ___ Xenophobe

21. ___ Circumlocution

22. ___ Diffuse

A. Prodigy, genius, maestro

B. Stray, deviate, wander

C. Talkative, chatty, voluble

D. Realist, practical person

E. Protracted, verbose, flowery

F. Fall guy, victim, whipping boy

G. One scared of the foreign

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23. ___ Digress

24. ___ Garrulous

25. ___ Loquacious

26. ___ Mercenary

27. ___ Prolix

28. ___ Recluse

29. ___ Verbose

30. ___ Voluble

H. Rambling, meandering, evading

I. Hermit, loner, ascetic

J. Dissolute, immoral, extravagant

K. Vociferous, fluent, articulate

L. Disperse, disseminate, wordy

M. Containing many words

N. Long-winded, wordy, effusive

O. Legionnaire, professional soldier

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Multiple Choice

1. Paris is located in the ______ region of France.

A. Southern

B. Northern

C. Eastern

D. Western

2. Paris has an estimated population of around

A. 100,000

B. 2 million

C. 10 million

D. 500,000

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3. Paris is home to opera’s _____ performers.

A. Recluse

B. Xenophobe

C. Virtuoso

D. Misanthrope

4. All of the following are Parisian landmarks except the _____.

A. Notre Dame Cathedral

B. Eiffel Tower

C. Saigon

D. Napoleonic Arc

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5. The _____ museum houses the Mona Lisa.

A. Notre Dame

B. Pantheon

C. Invalides

D. Louvre

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True or False

Choose whether each statement is true or false and write your answer in the space provided.

1. ____ The capital city of France is Paris.

2. ____ Today, Paris is one of the world’s leading business and cultural centers.

3. ____ Paris is one of the least populated areas in Europe.

4. ____ Although Paris is a very beautiful city, there are not many things to do there.

5. ____ Paris is considered a romantic city.

6. ____ Paris is an attraction for over 30 million foreign visitors a year.

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Short Answer

1. What kind of things does Paris have influences on in the world?

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2. Name and discuss some of the famous landmarks of Paris.

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3. Discuss some of the cultural attractions of Paris such as its museums.

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4. Would you like to visit Paris some day? Why or why not?

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Reading Questions

1. What is the writer’s main idea?

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2. What example supports the writer’s main idea?

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3. How does the example help the writer’s argument?

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4. What do you think about the story?

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Categories
Continuing Education English books English CE High School HS Advanced High SAT Preparation

Unit 10 – Superheroes CE SAT

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Superheroes

Since the unveiling of Superman in 1938, the very concept of superheroes has swept the world over, first through comic books, then cartoons, and eventually, live-action films. A superhero is a fictional character who is both a pacifist and a zealot in crime-fighting and righteousness.

Sometimes, superheroes have a young sidekick that oftentimes has his or her rebellious moments because he or she likes to play the hero too. Together, the heroes fight crime, insurgents, or whatever the evil villain may be.

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The storylines that superheroes are in usually have the same thematic elements and conflicts, such as a ruthless villain that the protagonist has to deter. The villainous character can range anywhere from an arrogant or vainglorious person with superpowers himself, to a two-faced demagogue.

He is almost always an iconoclast as well, trying to destroy the very idea of the equality of man and trying to climb his way to the top. While villains often have heretic ways, the hero on the other hand stands firm in his belief of good and morality.

Contrasting with the decency of the hero, the villain usually has a pretentious façade and has an authoritarian aura about him, especially when dealing with his own partners-in-crime, showing that he looks out for only himself and uses others to help him gain his high status.

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Sometimes, the villain may be the autocrat or despot of the entire city and have the city under his control.

It is up to the superhero to defeat the supercilious nemesis and bring peace to the city and its people by helping to bring justice to where it is needed.

The villain will usually be accompanied by some of the more amateur and haughty thugs who stoop to robbery and chicanery, only to be caught by the hero who will try to repress, and ultimately defeat them.

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The superhero is a great partisan of fairness and peace, but works undercover and does not seek fame or rewards, which shows them to be humble and acting selflessly. Thus, many of them have a secret identity they exploit which also helps them to not attract attention or have the presumptuous villain target and obliterate his friends or family. In order to successfully hide their identity, some heroes wear masks to hide their face and don their identifiable and trademark costumes.

Another common element in superhero stories is betrayal. Occasionally, the superhero is a member or leader of a partnership or a whole team of heroes. One of the characters on the team may be persuaded and tricked by the disdainful villain, and used as bait against the others.

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Under the control of the villain, the corrupted team member could perform acts of perfidy and could even be brought to subjugating the innocent city— or worse, his own teammates. The betraying team member can be characterized from an aloof and pompous show off, to the quiet and isolated vigilante trying to repress his inner demons.

A superhero is almost always subservient to society and believes in impartiality and integrity. Never condescending, the hero humbly takes up the responsibility to save the innocent from the corruption of the adversary, and the clutches of evil. Never trying to raze the fine line of fairness and honor, the hero stands strong and tall, on the side of justice, and for the good of humanity.

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Vocabulary

Match each word in the left column with a description in the right column that best matches its meaning

1. ___ Aloof

2. ___ Condescending

3. ___ Arrogant

4. ___ Disdainful

5. ___ Haughty

6. ___ Pompous

7. ___ Presumptuous

A. Snooty, High and mighty

B. Disdainful, scornful

C. Oppressor, autocrat

D. Dissenter, protestant, skeptic

E. Fanatic, believer, advocate

F. Strict, totalitarian, dictatorial

G. Patronizing, Pompous

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9. ___ Supercilious

10. ___ Vainglorious

11. ___ Autocrat

12. ___ Authoritarian

13. ___ Despot

14. ___ Heretic

15. ___ Zealot

H. Audacious, bold, insolent

I. Scornful, mocking

J. Distant, Standoffish

K. Narcissistic, bigheaded

L. Conceited, proud

M. Snobbish, flaunting

N. Ostentatious, affected, showy

O. Tyrant, dictator

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Vocabulary

Match each word in the left column with a description in the right column that best matches its meaning

16. ___ Iconoclast

17. ___ Demagogue

18. ___ Insurgent

19. ___ Pacifist

20. ___ Partisan

21. ___ Chicanery

22. ___ Coerce

A. Fraud, deception

B. Discourage, prevent

C. Abuse, manipulate

D. Cruel, callous, merciless

E. Follower, supporter

F. Treachery, betrayal, disloyalty

G. Subdue, conquer, overpower

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23. ___ Deter

24. ___ Exploit

25. ___ Obliterate

26. ___ Perfidy

27. ___ Raze

28. ___ Repress

29. ___ Ruthless

30. ___ Subjugate

H. Nonconformist, rebel, radical

I. Tear down, level, ruin

J. Guerrilla, rebel, mutinous

K. Politician, revolutionary

L. Persuade, compel

M. Peace lover, antiwar

N. Wipe out, destroy

O. Dominate, hold back, inhibit

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Multiple Choice

1. A superhero is usually

A. A demagogue

B. An iconoclast

C. A heretic

D. None of the above

2. A villain is usually

A. Heroic

B. Vainglorious

C. Honest

D. Fair

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3. A superhero strives to achieve a high level of ______.

A. Chicanery

B. Supercilious

C. Despot

D. Selflessness

4. To “Obliterate”, means to

A. Save

B. Repeat

C. Destroy

D. None of the above

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5. A superhero is a great of fairness and peace.

A. Despot

B. Presumptuous

C. Exploit

D. Partisan

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True or False

Choose whether each statement is true or false and write your answer in the space provided.

1. The Unveiling of Superman in 1938 greatly contributed to the fame and popularity of superheroes.

2. Superheroes often have a partner or sidekick.

3. The protagonist is usually the villain.

4. The villains never have superpowers.

5. Although superheroes stand and believe in good, villains often display heretic ways.

6. A villain’s pretentious façade contrasts with the decency of the hero.

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Short Answer

1. Why do superheroes usually work undercover?

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2. Describe some traits of a superhero.

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3. Describe some traits of a villain.

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4. Name your favorite superhero and discuss why you like him/her.

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Reading Questions

1. What is the writer’s main idea?

______________________________________
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2. What example supports the writer’s main idea?

______________________________________
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3. How does the example help the writer’s argument?

______________________________________
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4. What do you think about the story?

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Categories
Animals Continuing Education English books English CE High School HS Advanced High SAT Preparation

Unit 9 – Sharks CE SAT

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Designed By:
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Created and illustrated By:
Angelo Romero and Camilo Sanabria

Sharks

Sharks are one of the most feared creatures of the ocean. They are the dominant predator of the waters of the ocean. However, sharks are also the most misunderstood animal. Due to the large amount of often glamorized media reports of sharks attacking humans, whether in the news or in movies, there is a common misconception that sharks are “man-eating machines” that prey on humans. The disagreeable and common belief that sharks instinctively attack humans is false. Even some of the most cantankerous and petulant sharks will not bother us unless we provoke them first.

Unfortunately the nature of a shark is rather incorrigible, but the great majority of times they do not attack out of a spiteful will to harm humans. Sometimes sharks attack humans because they mistakenly view people on surfboards, or swimmers to be seals.

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However, some kinds of sharks exhibit more violent behavior than others. That is not to say that they are necessarily out to attack humans, but they are more likely to attack in general. The top three sharks with the most recorded attacks are the Great White Shark, the Tiger shark, and the Bull shark.

It would be highly precocious to not ever vex these three kinds of sharks as they are extremely obdurate and grumpy. The Great White Shark can grow up to twenty-one feet long and weigh up to 7,000 lbs.

The Whale shark is probably the most (or one of the most) docile sharks of its species. These sharks are named Whale sharks because of their similar filter-eating habits of the whale, the largest living fish. The compliant Whale shark is known for its playfulness and gentleness. Unlike some of the “carnivorous” sharks in the sea, this shark feeds only on plankton, krill, and algae.

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A precaution you should take while swimming in the ocean is to not wear any jewelry because a shark can mistake the flashy sheen for the scales of a fish or prey. Also, keep in mind that flailing and splashing in the water doesn’t scare sharks away. Instead, it actually attracts them even more because they will mistake you for a wounded aquatic animal— a perfect prey. It is extremely difficult to out-swim a shark, as some can swim as fast as forty-three miles an hour. Sometimes sharks give off subtle warning signs when approached by a suspected predator or danger, such as exaggerated or contorted swimming movement.

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The remora fish, or suckerfish, have a tendency to “suction-cup” themselves onto sharks like parasites and live off of their hosts. They attach themselves to the shark for transportation, protection, and sometimes food. Another shark, the Pacific Angel shark, is flat like a stingray and remains concealed in the sand at the bottom of the ocean floor. This shark can remain hidden like this for weeks at a time and will not move until a decent prey swims over it. Then the Angel shark will attack its prey and eat it.

Wobbegong sharks are particularly intractable and recalcitrant because they are known for fastening their jaws on a prey and not letting go. They are extremely difficult to remove once they have bitten. Wobbegong sharks are extremely flexible, and even if a human grabs ahold of their fin tails, they can easily bend around and bite. Like many of the shark species, this stubborn fish won’t attack unless it gets peevish or querulous.

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These days, the sharks that are being held captive in aquariums are being treated in a servile and fawning manner. The sycophants and toadies (usually the divers) have to keep the sharks’ living conditions and exocentric environments at a perfect ocean temperature and salinity in order for the shark to survive just as if it were living in the real ocean. Despite numerous attempts, not once has an aquarium been able to keep a Great White Shark behind walls as it would usually carp or smash itself against the glass. In one instance, an aquarium decided to house a 100 lb, 5 ½ feet long great white shark in their aquarium.

However, the shark had to be removed after several instances where it attempted to eat the other sharks in the aquarium, fatally wounding them. In some ways, sharks must be rather obsequious living in beautiful aquariums. They are held under the greatest care by professionals, instead of swimming near trashy beaches. Nevertheless, they are still confined behind glass walls and limited space.

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The mating of sharks is not a gentle courtship. When courting, instead of ingratiating themselves or trying to impress the female, the male shark will engage in a captious swim with her and will often resort to violently biting or scratching the female until she accepts him. Female sharks either produce eggs or give birth to live pups, depending on the species. Sharks may have up to 40 pups at a time.

Sadly, for the last fifteen years, the number of sharks of nearly all the different species has declined by more than fifty percent. A number of various human activities are attributable to such a drastic decrease in the shark population. The most prevalent of these activities includes hunting sharks. Sometimes sharks are hunted for food.

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Most of the time, however, they are hunted for sport, or for their skin, which can easily be sold for a profit. Sometimes, humans can be more curmudgeon than the sharks themselves. One thing that is a fact for sure is that humans are a much greater threat to the existence of sharks than vice versa. Within a couple of decades, sharks may be extinct.

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Vocabulary

Match each word in the left column with a description in the right column that best matches its meaning

1. ___ Compliant

2. ___ Docile

3. ___ Grumpy

4. ___ Incorrigible

5. ___ Intractable

6. ___ Obdurate

7. ___ Precocious

A. Incurable, hopeless

B. Stubborn, difficult

C. Submissive, yielding

D. Heartless, unsympathetic

E. Developing an ability sooner

F. Freeloader, leech

G. Similar to virtual reality

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8. ___ Recalcitrant

9. ___ Stubborn

10. ___ Vex

11. ___ Exocentric

12. ___ Parasite

13. ___ Fawning

14. ___ Servile

15. ___ Flashy

H. Unruly, noncompliant

I. Persistent, unyielding

J. Submissive, weak

K. Passive, quiet

L. Showy, gaudy

M. Cranky, grouchy

N. Annoy, irk

O. Obedient, conforming

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Vocabulary

Match each word in the left column with a description in the right column that best matches its meaning

16. ___ Sycophant

17. ___ Ingratiate

18. ___ Toady

19. ___ Obsequious

20. ___ Trashy

21. ___ Cantankerous

22. ___ Captious

A. Flattering, submissive

B. Fault-finding, difficult to please

C. Bad-tempered person

D. Hard, tricky, not easy

E. Cheap, tacky, worthless

F. Complain, grumble, nag

G. Hidden, obscured, covered

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23. ___ Difficult

24. ___ Disagreeable

25. ___ Carp

26. ___ Peevish

27. ___ Concealed

28. ___ Petulant

29. ___ Curmudgeon

30. ___ Querulous

H. Make oneself favorable

I. Bad-tempered, irritable

J. Crabby, cranky, grumpy

K. Argumentative, confrontational

L. Flattering, brown-nosing

M. Grouchy, irritable

N. Flatterer, seeker of self-interest

O. Unpleasant, offensive

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Multiple Choice

1. Which shark is not one of the top three attackers of humans?

A. Tiger Shark

B. Hammerhead Shark

C. Great White Shark

D. Bull Shark

2. The Great White Shark can grow as long as

A. 21 feet

B. 11 feet

C. 41 feet

D. 32 feet

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3. The most peaceful shark is the

A. Bull Shark

B. Leopard Shark

C. Whale Shark

D. None of the above

4. Some sharks can swim as fast as

A. 43 miles an hour

B. 72 miles an hour

C. 64 miles an hour

D. 25 miles an hour

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5. Over the last 15 years the number of sharks has

A. Increased

B. Decreased

C. Remained the Same

D. Fluctuated inconsistently

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True or False

Choose whether each statement is true or false and write your answer in the space provided.

1. ___ Great White Sharks can weight as much as 10,000 lbs

2. ___ To deter sharks, you should wear jewelry in the water.

3. ___ The Pacific Angel Shark is similar to the stingray.

4. ___ Sharks are truly “man-eating machines.”

5. ___ Flailing and splashing in water deters sharks.

6. ___ Wobbegong sharks are know to lock their jaw when biting.

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Short Answer

1. What is the future of sharks as a species?

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2. Why have the number of sharks begun to decrease?

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3. Describe the remora fish.

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4. How do you feel about sharks? Explain.

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Reading Questions

1. What is the writer’s main idea?

______________________________________
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2. What example supports the writer’s main idea?

______________________________________
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3. How does the example help the writer’s argument?

______________________________________
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4. What do you think about the story?

______________________________________
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