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Analytical Ability

Each of the following questions from 26 to 31 contain a short paragraph, and each paragraph presents an argument. Your task is to read the paragraph carefully and determine the main point the author is trying to make. What conclusion can be drawn from the argument? Each paragraph is followed by five statements.One statement supports the authorís argument better than the others do. The best way to approach these questions is to first read the paragraph and then restate the authorís main argument, or conclusion, in your own words.

26. If youíre a fitness walker, there is no need for a commute to a health club. Your neighborhood can be your health club. You donít need a lot of fancy equipment to get a good workout either. All you need is a well-designed pair of athletic shoes.

This paragraph best supports the statement that

(a) fitness walking is a better form of exercise than weight lifting
(b) a membership in a health club is a poor investment
(c) walking outdoors provides a better workout than walking indoors
(d) fitness walking is a convenient and valuable form of exercise

27. It is well known that the world urgently needs adequate distribution of food, so that everyone gets enough. Adequate distribution of medicine is just as urgent. Medical expertise and medical supplies need to be redistributed throughout the world so that people in emerging nations will have proper medical care.

This paragraph best supports the statement that

(a) the majority of the people in the world have never been seen by a doctor
(b) food production in emerging nations has slowed during the past several years
(c) most of the worldís doctors are selfish about giving time and money to the poor
(d) many people who live in emerging nations are not receiving proper medical care

28. The criminal justice system needs to change. The system could be more just if it allowed victims the opportunity to confront the person who has harmed them. Also, mediation between victims and their offenders would give the offenders a chance to apologize for the harm they have done.

This paragraph best supports the statement that victims of a crime should

(a) learn to forgive their offenders
(b) have the right to confront their offenders
(c) learn the art of mediation
(d) insist that their offenders be punished

29. In the past, consumers would rarely walk into an ice cream store and order low-fat ice cream. But that isnít the case today. An increasing health consciousness combined with a much bigger selection of tasty low-fat foods in all categories has made low-fat ice cream a very profitable item for ice cream store owners.

This paragraph best supports the statement that

(a) low-fat ice cream produces more revenue than other low-fat foods
(b) ice cream store owners would be better off carrying only low-fat ice cream
(c) ice cream store owners no longer think that low-fat ice cream is an unpopular item
(d) low-fat ice cream is more popular than other kinds of ice cream

30. A few states in this country are considering legislation that would prohibit schools from using calculators before the sixth grade. Other states take a different position. Some states are insisting on the purchase of graphing calculators for every student in middle school.

This paragraph best supports the statement that in this country

(a) there are at least two opinions about the use of calculators in schools
(b) calculators are frequently a detriment to learning math
(c) state legislators are more involved in education than ever before
(d) the price of graphing calculators is less when schools buy in bulk

31. One of the warmest winters on record has put consumers in the mood to spend money. Spending is likely to be the strongest in thirteen years. During the month of February, sales of existing single-family homes hit an annual record rate of 4.75 million.

This paragraph best supports the statement that

(a) consumer spending will be higher thirteen years from now than it is today
(b) more people buy houses in the month of February than in any other month
(c) during the winter months, the prices of single-family homes are the l
(d) warm winter weather is likely to affect the rate of home sales


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