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There are several passages in this test. Each passage is accompanied by several questions. After reading a passage, choose the best answer to each question and fill in the corresponding oval on each question. You may refer to the passages as often as necessary.
SOCIAL SCIENCE: Passage A is adapted from the article "The Other Humans: Neanderthals Revealed" by Stephen S. Hall (© 2008 by The National Geographic Society). Passage B is adapted from the editorial "Fossils for All" by the editors of the journal Scientific American (© 2009 by Scientific American, Inc.).
The main function of the question in lines 4-6 is to:
As it is used in line 25, the term genetic bombshell most nearly refers to Pääbo and his team’s:
Harvati is described as using 3D measurements of Neanderthal and early modern human fossils primarily to:
Passage B indicates that, in terms of age, the Lucy fossil is:
Based on Passage B, which of the following is a reason some major museums declined to be part
of the tour of the Lucy exhibit?
As is it used in lines 87-88, the term period of exclusivity most nearly refers to the:
The main purpose of the fifth paragraph of Passage B (lines 79-84) is to:
Which statement provides the most accurate comparison of the tone of each passage?
The authors of both passages would most likely agree that the discussion of human origins would best be furthered through scientists’ willingness to:
Compared to Passage A’s discussion of the fossil of the original Neanderthal man, Passage B’s discussion of the Lucy fossil can best be
NATURAL SCIENCE: This passage is adapted from the article "Silence of the Pikas" by Wendee Holtcamp (© 2010 by Wendee Holtcamp).
The primary purpose of the passage is to
In lines 53-55, the author poses a question about the cause of pika disappearances that she:
According to the passage, one of Beever’s findings that supports island biogeography theory is:
According to the passage, the study published in Ecological Applications indicates that a pika
population is most stressed by a summer with
It can most reasonably be inferred from the passage that one reason pikas easily overheat is that they:
The passage indicates that compared to a talus field, scree habitats have:
The passage indicates that the perfect sanctuary for a pika on a long winter night is located:
In the passage, the behavior of pikas during winter is characterized in part as:
The passage states that biologists dub mountaintop habitat patches "sky islands" because:
It can most reasonably be inferred from the passage that as compared to pika populations on the top of a mountain, those at lower mountain elevations are more likely to: