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English Proficiency Test (EPT) Reviewer – Reading Comprehension Practice Part 6

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Directions: In this test you will read several passages. Answer all the questions that follow by encircling the correct answer.

Passage F

    1. This is a true story of something that happened just a few years ago in a foreign university:
    2. There was a professor of philosophy in a school who was a deeply committed atheist. His primary goal for one required class was to spend the entire semester attempting to prove that God did not exist. His students were always afraid to argue with him because of his impeccable logic. For twenty years he taught his subject and no one ever had the courage to go against him. Sure, some argued in class at times, but no one ever really went against him because of his reputation.
    3. At the end of every semester, on the last day, he would say to his class of 30 students, “ if there is anyone here who still believes in God, stand up.” In those twenty years, no one ever stood up. They knew what he was going to do next. He would say, “Because anyone who believes in God is a fool. If God existed, he could stop this piece of chalk from hitting the ground and breaking. Such a simple task to prove that He is God, and yet He can’t do it.”
    4. And every year, he would drop the chalk onto the tile floor of the classroom and it would shatter into a hundred pieces. All of the students would do nothing but to stop and stare. Most of the students thought indeed that God couldn’t exist.
    5. Well, a few years ago there was a freshman who happened to enroll. He had heard the stories about this professor. He was required to take the class for his major, and he was afraid. But for three months that semester, he prayed every morning that he would have the courage to stand up, no matter what the professor said, or what the class thought. Nothing they said could ever shatter his faith.
    6. Finally, the day came. The professor said, “If there is anyone here who still believes in God, stand up!”
    7. The professor and the class of 30 people looked at him, shocked, as he rose from his seat at the back of the classroom. The professor shouted, “You FOOL! If God existed, he would keep this piece of chalk from breaking when it hits the ground!” He processed to drop the chalk, but as he did, it slipped out of his hand, into his pants, down his leg, and off his shoes. As it hit the ground, it simply rolled away unbroken,
    8. The professor’s jaw dropped as he stared at the chalk. He looked up at the young man, and then ran out of the lecture room. The young man, who had stood, proceeded to walk to the front of the room and shared his faith for the next half hour.

QUESTIONS:

  1. What was the professor’s method of proving there is no God.
    A. Dropping a piece of chalk on the floor and having it roll.
    B. Intimidating his students to agree with him that there is no God
    C. Dropping a piece of chalk on the floor and demanding that God stop it from breaking.
    D. Asking his students at the end of the semester as to who still believes in God.
  2. In what sway was the new student different from the other students?
    A. He has a stronger faith.                              C. he knows what he is fighting for.
    B. He is smarter and brighter.                       D. he is ambitious and aggressive.

  3. Which paragraph mentions how the new student prepared for his encounter with his atheist professor?
    A. Paragraph 3             B. Paragraph 5                     C. Paragraph 7                  D. Paragraph 8

  4. The pronoun “him” in the second paragraph refers to
    A. The student who stood up.                                   C. the professor.
    B. One of the class members.                                   D. God.

  5. What conclusion can be derived from the above story?
    A. Men of knowledge and wisdom have no need for faith.
    B. Faithless people lead unhappy lives.
    C. Faith is all that a person needs to survive.
    D. Faith can surmount even most resistant obstacles.

  6. What word is synonymous or closet in meaning to the word “impeccable” as used in the second paragraph?
    A. faultless                         B. astonishing                  C. changeable                  D. inconsistent
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