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1. The mission was surreptitious in nature. Surreptitious means:

  1. transforming
  2. dangerous
  3. invasive
  4. secret

2. The desert conditions were torrid for the Israeli division operating in the Sinai. Torrid means:

  1. excessively hot
  2. aggravating
  3. lukewarm
  4. inhospitable

3. The adventurer left with a feeling of trepidation. Trepidation means:

  1. uncertainty
  2. extreme depression
  3. ambivalence
  4. fearfulness

4. The fish exhibited an unctuous appearance at the fish market. Unctuous means:

  1. fresh
  2. dirty
  3. oily
  4. lucid

5. The venal politician preyed upon his constituents during his time in office. Venal means:

  1. barbaric
  2. current
  3. ambivalent
  4. corrupt

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  1. D
  2. A
  3. D
  4. C
  5. D


1. 897.54 - 48.39 =

  1. 849.15
  2. 813.15
  3. 859.15
  4. 814.15

2. 893.42 + 82.77 =

  1. 976.09
  2. 976.29
  3. 986.19
  4. 976.19

3. A senior paid $3.47, $9.50 and $2.50 for lunch during a basketball tournament. What was the average amount he paid over three days?

  1. $5.18
  2. $5.25
  3. $5.16
  4. $5.37

4. 89.35 x 32.75 =

  1. 2826.23
  2. 2925.31
  3. 2926.21
  4. 2837.41

5. Using the following equation, solve for (x): 3x - 4y = 25 and (y)=2

  1. x =10
  2. x = 11
  3. x = 12
  4. x = 13


  1. A
  2. D
  3. C
  4. C
  5. B

Reading Comprehension

The questions in this section are based on the following passage:

The Panama Canal is a fifty-one mile ship canal through the Isthmus of Panama that connects the Caribbean Sea with the Pacific Ocean. The Spanish recognized the importance of such a canal as early as the sixteenth century. From 1879 to 1881, the French engineer Ferdinand de Lesseps attempted to build a canal Panama, but the project failed because of poor planning, and lack of funding. Late nineteenth century commercial and military interests prompted the U.S. government to undertake the project.

After actively promoting Panama's independence, the Theodore Roosevelt administration completed the Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty in 1903, negotiated by Secretary of State John Hay, by which Panama granted the United States the right to construct, maintain, operate, and defend the canal. Between 1907 and 1914, after a major public-health program to eradicate the mosquitoes that transmitted yellow fever the U.S. army colonel George W. Goethals (1858-1928) directed nearly 35,000 workers who completed the greatest construction project the world had ever seen to that time.

Seven sets of locks raise and lower approximately 50 ships every twenty-four hours en route between the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. To pass through the canal takes approximately eight hours. For ships traveling between the East and West coasts of the United States, the canal route is some 8,000 nautical miles shorter than the route around the tip of South America. On voyages between the East coast of North American and the West Coast of South America and Asia, the savings is some 3,500 miles.

Almost immediately after the signing of the Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty, the Panamanian government protested its provisions that granted the United States titular sovereignty and economic control over the ten-mile-wide Canal Zone. As a result of the Hull-Alfaro Treaty (1936) and the Eisenhower-Remon Treaty (1955), the Republic of Panama's share of administrative responsibilities in the Canal Zone was increased, and Panamanians gained greater economic opportunities in the Canal Zone.

A rising wave of Panamanian nationalism after World War II demanded more. After violent demonstrations in Panama in 1958 and 1964, new treaty negotiations began. Finally, the 1977 New Panama Canal Treaties provided for a joint U.S. Panamanian Commission that administered the canal's operations until the year 2000, when the canal was turned over to the Panamanian government. The treaties included safeguards for U.S. security interests. While Panamanians readily approved the treaties in a plebiscite, the U.S. Senate ratified them only after a bitter debate over the "abandonment" of a prized U.S. possession.

1. Which of the following statements about the Panama Canal does the passage best support?

  1. The Panama Canal is currently under the control of the United States.
  2. The Panama Canal is a fifteen mile strip across the Isthmus of Panama.
  3. The Panama Canal was completed by the French in 1881.
  4. The Panama Canal was created by George W. Goethals an army colonel.
  5. The Panama Canal decreases travel time from the East and West Coasts of America by 2000 nautical miles.

2. From the passage, it can be inferred that the Canal is a major source of revenue for the Panamanian government. Which of the following sentences supports this claim the best?

  1. A rising wave of Panamanian...
  2. Between 1907 and 1914...
  3. The treaties included...
  4. As a result of the Hull-Alfaro...
  5. Finally, the 1977 New Panama Canal...

3. The word plebiscite as used in this passage refers to

  1. vote
  2. candidate
  3. census
  4. direction
  5. unification

4. What was Theodore Roosevelt's contribution to the process of building the Canal according to the summary?

  1. Limiting the number of mosquitoes in Panama
  2. Maintaining the Canal Zone
  3. Completing the Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty
  4. Completing the Hull-Alfaro Treaty
  5. Allowing Panamanian control of the Canal

5. Which of the following did not contribute to the conflict between the U.S. and Panamanian government according to the summary?

  1. U.S. need for security in the region.
  2. Economic opportunities in the region
  3. 1977 New Panama Canal Treaties
  4. Length of the Canal building project
  5. U.S. Senate's debate over "abandonment"


  1. D
  2. D
  3. A
  4. C
  5. D

Natural Sciences

1. Which of the following does not help determine heart rate?

  1. body temperature
  2. physical activity
  3. concentration of ions
  4. anaerobic cellular metabolism

2. Which of the following is not considered a layer of the heart?

  1. epicardium
  2. endocarcium
  3. myocardium
  4. vasocardium

3. The right lung has ____ lobes and the left lung has ____ lobes.

  1. 2, 3
  2. 3, 2
  3. 4, 2
  4. 2, 4

4. Aerobic respiration in cells occurs in the ______.

  1. cytoplasm
  2. nucleus
  3. mitochondria
  4. cell membrane

5. Which of the following terms matches the definition: collapse of a lung.

  1. anoxia
  2. atelectasis
  3. dyspnea
  4. hypercapnia


  1. D
  2. D
  3. B
  4. C
  5. B

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