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Which meal(s) eaten away from home have worse results for dieters than for non-dieters?
The article doesn't state which meal is the worse for non-dieters.
Dinner eaten away from home is worse because people consume fewer whole grains and vegetables.
Breakfast eaten away from home is worse because it increases the percent of calories from saturated and solid fat, alcohol, and added sugar (So FAAS) in a day.
Breakfast and lunch eaten away from home are worse because they increase the percent of calories from saturated fats.
Why is it difficult to measure the effect of food away from home on diet quality?
People eat out too much, so it is not possible to collect accurate data.
Researchers are unable to assess the nutritional quality of people's diets.
Peoples' food preferences are too complex and may even be unmeasurable.
Too many unknown variables affect the data.
Which statement is not a detail from the passage?
Eating breakfast away from home can result in an increase in fatty protein consumption.
Eating food away from home is connected to bad food choices.
In general, people who eat breakfast away from home consume more calories.
Eating dinner away from home results in less vegetable consumption.
What is the meaning of the word “associated” in the first paragraph?
What is the major difference between matter at the nanoscale and matter at larger scales such as millimeters or inches?
At the nanoscale, metals are bendable, and at larger scales they are rigid.
Matter has different and special characteristics at the nanoscale.
At the nanoscale, matter has the same properties as matter at the atomic level.
There is no difference.
Which claim from the passage best describes the benefits of nanotechnology?
Scientists can develop novel technologies and products.
Nanotechnology is defined as the understanding and control of matter at dimensions of roughly 1 to 100 nanometers.
The different colors can be used in simple medical tests to indicate infection or disease.
Unique properties of materials emerge.
What is the author’s primary purpose in writing this essay?
to explain how to utilize the nanoscale
to review the conversion between the nanoscale and nanotechnology
to advocate for the usage of more nanotechnology
to describe nanotechnology and what it is
Which sentence best summarizes the benefits of the new silk technology?
The new technology allows for closer interaction between machines and living tissue, paving the way for more advanced implantable devices.
These implants have the potential to maximize the contact between electrodes and brain tissue, while minimizing damage to the brain.
They could provide a platform for a range of devices with applications in epilepsy, spinal cord injuries, and other neurological disorders.
The arrays could potentially read the complex signals in the brain that direct movement, and then route those signals to healthy muscles or prosthetic devices.
Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of the silk brain recording device?
Different rates of dissolution
The author suggests that persistent passivity and imperturbability may be a direct result of which of the following?
Drug-induced stimulation of the amygdala.
A stroke that resulted in severe tissue damage in the limbic system.
Encephalitis as a result of head trauma.
Activation of a strategically implanted electrode in a patient’s amygdala.
Which statement is not listed as a detail within the passage?
Electrode stimulation of the amygdala can elicit extreme aggressive acts.
Scientists are able to isolate the functions of even small regions of the human brain.
Typically temperamental rhesus monkeys with amygdala damage are completely imperturbable.
Subjects who experience this utter rage and fearlessness have no rational foundation for their reaction.
What is the main idea of the passage?
The human brain is as complex as it is mysterious.
Patients with damaged amygdalas are less aggressive than individuals with healthy ones.
Electrode stimulation is a valuable tool for researchers who study the human brain.
Scientists have learned a lot about how the amygdala affects human emotion.
In the context of the passage, “accommodate” means to
arrange lodging for
make allowances for
The author of the passage would probably agree with which of the following statements relating corrective lenses and aging eyes?
A dancer with a broken bone needs a cast to protect it.
A hiker reinforces a fraying backpack strap with duct tape.
A traveler gets a passport before going abroad.
An athlete stretches before a game to avoid a potential injury.
What was the author’s primary purpose for writing this essay?
to define what presbyopia is
to describe how eyes age and the function of corrective lens
to compare and contrast nearsightedness with farsightedness
to review the anatomy of the human eye
Which of the following is an accurate paraphrasing of the underlined phrase?
Many people are intrigued by the relationship between bacteria and plant life.
Bacteria and alfalfa plants have a symbiotic relationship.
Bacteria in alfalfa is worth studying.
The gardening community is very invested in the bacteria found in alfalfa.
In the context in which it appears, "naked" most nearly means which of the following?
Which of the following can NOT be inferred from the passage?
A 1-month-old alfalfa plant will have more bacteria than a 5-month-old plant.
A soil without lime will not grow bacteria.
Bacteria is located inside the root nodules.
A 3-month-old alfalfa plant will have more bacteria than a one-year-old plant.
The author of the passage suggests which of the following about bacteria?
Bacteria feeds on lime.
Bacteria is visible to the human eye.
Bacteria is compact by nature.
Bacteria is a plant, not an animal.
According to the passage, dietary calcium intake
was measured by means of a semi-quantitative medical examination.
was discovered to decrease the chance of symptomatic kidney stone formation, after adjustment for age.
increases the excretion of oxalate through the urinary tract.
is impossible to accurately measure.
The passage suggests that in conducting this medical study, researchers
drew few conclusions beforehand on the indeterminate outcome of their scientific research.
discovered associations they had not been looking for.
had little interest in calcium’s effect on organs other than the kidneys.
neglected researching how the intake of calcium can reduce urinary excretion of oxalate.
What is the main focus of this passage?
How dietary calcium affects kidneys.
How kidneys function.
How kidney research is conducted.
How Stanford researchers perform studies.
The passage cites all of the following as causing psychological problems for women medical students EXCEPT
feelings of alienation from teachers and fellow students
prevailing societal conceptions about doctors
declining admissions of women to medical schools
expressions of sexism by peers and superiors
The author of the passage is concerned that
medical schools practice widespread discrimination on the basis of sex
feelings of isolation among women medical students are partly the result of social stereotypes
some medical school policies are deliberately designed to make women students feel isolated
social norms must change before institutional bias can decline
The author cites factual information in support of which of the following contentions?
Women students have more negative experiences in medical school than male students.
Medical schools are moving rapidly to eliminate the effects of sexual bias.
Many women are psychologically damaged by the feelings of alienation in medical school.
Many women medical students feel a need for officially sponsored support services.
The passage suggests that which of the following would be likely to reduce the isolation felt by women medical students?
An increased proportion of women in medical schools.
A decrease in the number of women filling faculty positions in medical schools.
A decrease in support services available to women students.
A more complete segregation between men and women in medical schools.
In terms of its tone and form, the passage is most appropriately described as
an impassioned polemic
an indignant protest
a reasoned appeal
a detached summary
Which of the following describes the purpose of the passage?
to describe the causes of cystic fibrosis
to explain how cystic fibrosis is passed down through families
to overview the causes of CF and how it is carried
to review why some Americans have CF, but others do not
In context, the word “defective” in the first sentence of the passage means which of the following?
Which statement is not a detail from the passage?
Most children with CF are diagnosed by age 2.
About 1 in 39 Caucasian Americans have the CF gene.
Millions of Americans carry a CF gene, but do not have symptoms.
Mucus is a thick, sticky fluid that cystic fibrosis sufferers produce internally.