Reading Keys - Online Practice
Understanding the Terms General and Specific

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Directions: In each group of sentences, select the most specific one. When you are done, hit the Submit button. You will receive a score and see explanations in boxes to the right of the choices.

1 a. In spring, the hill country of Texas is a carpet of gorgeous wildflowers.

b. Texas is known for its glorious scenery.
c. In March and April, the Texas hill country is a carpet of wild bluebonnets, red paintbrush, and white poppies.

2 a. Neglect, or the failure to provide enough food, clothing, or shelter, is the most common form of child abuse.

b. The U.S. National Center on Child Abuse recognizes four common types of child abuse.
c. In the U.S., child abuse is a serious social problem.

3 a. When we are happy, we are more likely to offer others a helping hand.

b. Many different things influence our behavior.
c. Our emotions influence our behavior.

4 a. Smoking is bad for our health.

b. Smoking has been linked to lung cancer and heart disease.
c. Smoking has been linked to many diseases.

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