Part V Short Answer Questions

Directions: In this part there is a short passage with 5 questions or incomplete statements. Read the passage carefully. Then answer the questions or complete the statements in the fewest possible words (not exceeding 10 words).

There is no doubt that adults, and even highly educated adults, vary greatly in the speed and efficiency of their reading. Some proceed very slowly throughout; others dash along too quickly and then have to reread. Poor readers, in particular, may lack the ability to vary their manner of reading according to the type of reading matter and to their intentions in reading it. A good reader can move at great speed through the text of a novel or similar light reading matter. He may be able to skim a page, picking up a word or two here and there, and gain a general idea of the whole of it before proceeding more slowly. But even then he will vary his pace, concentrating on the key words and passages, perhaps rereading them several times, and pass more quickly over the remainder. A less efficient reader tends to maintain the same speed whatever material he reads. Consequently even light reading matter gives him little pleasure because he reads so slowly. But this pace may be too fast for really difficult material, which requires special concentration at difficult points. A type of reading which necessitates careful attention to detail is proofreading, in which the reader, in order to detect misprints in a sample print, has to notice not so much the meaning of what he reads as the exact shape and order of letters and words in the text. This is extremely difficult for most people, since they are accustomed to overlook such details. In fact, considerable practice is required to perform this task efficiently, and it can be done only by reading very slowly, paying comparatively little attention to the general meaning of the text.

  1. What is a good reader?

  2. There are differences in reading speed among _________.

  3. What is the focus of proofreading?

  4. How does a less efficient reader tend to read?

  5. What is the passage mainly about?