Reading Skills Practice Test - PART I

PASSAGE 1
In 1787, 55 delegates from 12 states gathered in Philadelphia to write the U.S. Constitution. Future President George Washington led the convention. Other famous attendees included James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, and Alexander Hamilton.

At that time, the U.S. was governed by the Articles of Confederation. This document had been adopted in 1781. The delegates did not think the Articles of Confederation set up a strong central government. They wanted to create a new law of the land. It took the delegates 16 weeks to draft our Constitution. It went into effect in 1789, after it was ratified by the states.



PASSAGE 2
Some American deserts have become battlegrounds for fights between dune-buggy drivers and environmentalists. Many drivers like to race their buggies across deserts. They enjoy the open spaces, sandy surface, and challenging dunes. But environmentalists argue that buggies can hurt unique desert animals. For example, the desert tortoise in California's Mojave Desert is an endangered species. Dune buggies have killed many tortoises and destroyed their homes in the sand.



PASSAGE 3
In 1995, an ancient mummy was found on Mount Ampato in Peru. Buried 500 years ago, the body had been preserved by freezing temperatures. Its burial site was exposed when a volcano melted the mountain's snowcap.

Experts say the body belonged to an Inca girl. The Incas ruled much of South America for over a hundred years. Found with the mummy were several Inca artifacts. Experts are studying them to learn more about the Incas.



PASSAGE 4
Do you like animals? If so, think about veterinary medicine as a profession. Veterinarians treat all animals, not just pets. Many vets specialize in treating farm animals. Others work at zoos. Still others try to prevent the spread of diseases from animals to humans. To become a vet, you must attend college and veterinary school.

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6th, 7th, & 8th grade keyboarding & computer applications teacher and FBLA adviser
Grand Ridge Middle School
Grand Ridge, FL

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