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Field 202: Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) Sample Multiple-Choice Questions Competency 0001 Reading Read the passage below; then answer the eight questions that follow. Joshua Cooper Ramo from The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us and What We Can Do About It 1 Gertrude Stein was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, on February 3, 1874. Her father, Daniel, was a German Jewish immigrant who had made a fortune in the American railway boom of the nineteenth century but held, somewhere, the idea and hope of the kind of polish a feeling for European life might give his children. When Gertrude was a girl, he moved the family briefly back across the Atlantic before finally settling in Oakland,…show more content…
It destroyed their judgment. 6 Every important historical moment is marked by these sorts of shifts to new models of living, which expand in velocity and complexity well past what the current ways of thinking can handle. Our moment is no exception. And usually the source of the greatest historical disasters is that so few people at the time either recognize or understand the shift. Artists, with their tuned instincts for the new, often do. _______________________ 1Cubism: visual art style of the early twentieth century in which images were generally fractured into geometric facets From: THE AGE OF THE UNTHINKABLE by Joshua Cooper Ramo. Copyright © 2009 by Joshua Cooper Ramo. By permission of Little, Brown and Company. All rights reserved. 1. In Paragraph 1, the repetition of the phrase "well-rounded, prosperous" emphasizes: A. the sophistication of Stein's family. B. the predictability of the life Stein rejected. C. the flowering of Stein's creative powers. D. the contempt for convention Stein embodied. Answer: B Correct Response: B. 2. In Paragraph 2, the author develops the idea that "Europe was where [Stein] was most likely to see what interested her most" primarily by: A. contrasting "the classical European way of life" with "the dances of Nijinsky, the sentences of Joyce, the paintings of Braque." B. describing Paris in terms of "the speed of its trains" and "the
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