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GED Sample Test

Today I am going to list questions from a GED Language Arts Reading Practice Test. Everyone is always seraching for a free GED practice test, look no further! Take your time and take the sample GED test below. Record your answers on a seperate sheet of paper or on the notepad program on your computer scree. Good Luck!

Language Arts & Reading Sample GED Test

Do Americans Eat too Much Fast Food?
A few years ago, in a moment of culinary cross-cultural crisis, the gracious owners of a Japanese restaurant offered my family their house delicacy. With a flourish and a smile, they palced before us an elegantly sliced and uncooked lobster tail.

Not only was the tail raw, but it share the plate with the body to which it had so recently been attached. Right above the creature’s eyes were two antennae. Still twitching.

This was the night I came up with Goodman’s First Rule for Dining: never eat anything while it’s watching you.

Now however, after reading Eric Schlosser’s “Fast Food Nation,” I look back on that dining adventure with something akin to nostalgia. He has convinced me that the problem isn’t that americans have to intimate a relationship with their dinner but rather too distant.

On any given day one-quarter of adult Americans eat at a fast-food restaurant. In any given week, the typical American downs three hamburgers and four orders of french fries. In any given month, 90 percent of American Children between the ages of 3 and 9 eat at a McDonald’s restaurant.

Despite the fact that we spend $110 billion a year on fast food- more than we do on Higher Education, software or new cars- few of us have any idea where the food comes from, how it gets to the plate, or what’s in it. We don’t raise it, we don’t harvest it, we don’t cook it. We just take it wrapped and ready.

“The whole experience of buying fast food has become so routine,” writes Schlosser, “so thoroughly unexceptional and mundane that it is now taken for granted, like brushing your teeth or stopping for a red light. It has become a social custom as American as a small, rectangular handheld, frozen and reheated apple pie.”

It’s Schlosser’s muck-and-Big-Mac-raking task to deconstruct the food- industrial complex. He shows that American impact not only on our eating habits but values.” The industry has created a cheap, expendable work force and a network on vast factory farms.
(From “If we are what we eat, we’re in trouble” by Ellen Goodman, Boston Globe, 2/11/01.)

1. Why did the auther include the example of the lobster at the beginning of the essay?

  • 1) to contrast Japanese and American eating habits
  • 2) to show her knowledge of other cultures
  • 3) to explain what is wrong with eating animals
  • 4) to ridicule the eating habits of some people
  • 5) to strengthen her argument ofr more nutritious food
  • 2) Which of the following actions would Schlosser most likely compare to buying a fast food meal?

  • 1) planning a party for Saturday night
  • 2) writing a letter to a friend
  • 3) building a shelving unit
  • 4) flipping a light switch
  • 5) teaching a child how to tie his shoe
  • 3) What is meant by the line “It’s Schlosser’s muck-and-Big-Mac-raking task” (last paragraph)
    Schlosser has taken it upon himself to

  • 1) Compare meals from different fast food companies
  • 2) explain why fast food appeals to so many people
  • 3) defend the popularity of fast food
  • 4) persuade people never to eat at fast-food restaurants again
  • 5) expose the fast-food industry for what it is and its far-reaching effects
  • 4) Which of the following best describes the author’s approach toward her topic?

  • 1) technical
  • 2) informal
  • 3) resentful
  • 4) objective
  • 5) respectful
  • 5) Later in this essay the author writes, “It’s 6p.m Do you know where your chicken nuggets has been? It’s probably come off the overdeveloped breast of a new breed of chicken. It’s been reconstituted, stabilized, breaded, frozen, reheated, flavored with beef additives, and set on a plate containing twice as much fat per ounce as hamburger.”

    Base on this information and the except, if the author were to write Goodman’s Second Rule for Dining, which would it most likely be?

  • 1) Learn how your food is prepared
  • 2) Eat a variety of healthful foods
  • 3) Always avoid raw lobster
  • 4) Never eat any type of chicken
  • 5) Appreciate the food you have
  • Answers to the GED Language Arts & Reading Sample Test

    1, 4, 5, 2, 1

    That concludes the Language Arts and Reading GED pretest. The idea with test like the one above is to not get distracted by the other answer choices. As you can see there are some answer choices that have nothing to do with the question at all. If during your GED test you use process of elimination you will be able to easily eliminate these answers. Always read and re-read the questions and your answers. Make sure you can put the questions into your own words or rephrase it so it makes sense to you. Good Luck!

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