Currently, there are many activities available to the traveler besides witnessing the changing colors of the leaves. There is an all-organic sheep farm where visitors can see how a traditional sheep farm operates. 25 There are also hundreds of miles of scenic drives in the area. Route 42, for instance, is an excellent site for spotting bald eagles. For more information on vacations in the Catskills, call the Office of Public Information.
1. What is the author’s main purpose in this passage?
(A) to promote the Catskills as a vacation destination
(B) to introduce visitors to famous Catskills entertainers
(C) to describe the history of the Catskills region
(D) to compare the Catskills to New England
2. The word “rugged” in line 6 could be best replaced by which of the following?
3. According to the passage, which of the following caused the decline in the number of resorts in the 1970s?
(B) shorter vacations
(C) affordable air travel
(D) more traffic
4. Which of the following is closest in meaning to the word “legendary” in line 7?
5. The phrase “sprang up” in line 8 most probably refers to something that has
(A) burst forth
(B) spread out
(C) operated vigorously
(D) joined together
6. In what season would a tourist most likely have visited the Catskills in the 1950s?
7. Which of the following most reflects the author’s tone in this passage?
(A) light and encouraging
(B) informative and scientific
(C) humorous and sceptical
(D) regretful and reminiscent
8. What does the passage imply that a visitor might be lucky enough to do?
(A) see fall leaves in color
(B) see a kind of bird
(C) work on a sheep farm
(D) drive on scenic roads
9. As used in line 23, the word “witnessing”could best be replaced by
10. As used in line 25, the word “drives” refers to
11. As used in line 26, which of the following could best replace the word “spotting”?
12. The author implies that in the Catskills there are few
ANSWER KEY: A – B – C – C – A – D – A – B – C – A – B – C