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This passage is adapted from Charles Anderson, "Conflict Minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo – Tin Processing Plants, a Critical Part of the Tin Supply Chain" © 2015 by U.S. Geological Survey

1. Based on the passage, the author would most likely consider tin to be

  • A. expensive.
  • B. practical.
  • C. complicated.
  • D. synthetic.

2. Which choice provides the best evidence for the answer to the previous question?

  • A. Lines 14-18 ("Crushed…tin")
  • B. Lines 38-40 ("Electrolytic…tin")
  • C. Lines 58-61 ("Because tin…storage")
  • D. Lines 65-66 ("The tin…opaque")

3. The overall structure of the passage could best be described as

  • A. a complete analysis of a naturally occurring element.
  • B. an overview of the steps and results of a process.
  • C. an introduction written for a geology course.
  • D. an explanation of the solution to a problem.

4. The most likely application of tin produced by means of electrolytic processing would be

  • A. plating for commonly produced canned goods, to be widely distributed.
  • B. miniature figurines designed to be painted and displayed.
  • C. small amounts of material intended for scientific analysis.
  • D. solder sold worldwide as part of a campaign to market lead-free products.

5. Between the first and second paragraphs, the focus shifts from

  • A. meticulous attention to detail to broad, assumptive generalizations.
  • B. scientific analysis of the properties and uses of a material to industrial processes.
  • C. detailed description of a series of steps to implementation of a result.
  • D. overview of a specific cycle to its role in the mining industry.

6. What can most reasonably be inferred about the Safe Water Drinking Act from the passage?

  • A. It specified the nature and percentage of the components of solder.
  • B. It may have impacted what elements a company chose to use in making solder.
  • C. It promoted tin over lead for all applications.
  • D. It prompted shifts in the manufacture and distribution of canned goods.

7. The author indicates that the demand for tin in part exists because

  • A. tin can be found in nature.
  • B. tin of nearly 100% purity can be produced.
  • C. tin is the best conductor of electricity.
  • D. of tin's impact on an individual's health.

8. Which choice provides the best evidence for the answer to the previous question?

  • A. Lines 1-2 ("Tin is…cassiterite")
  • B. Lines 38-40 ("Electrolytic…tin")
  • C. Lines 42-44 ("Solder…connection")
  • D. Lines 58-61 ("Because tin…storage")

9. As used in line 66, "opaque" most nearly means

  • A. dark.
  • B. wide.
  • C. impenetrable
  • D. dense.

10. The sentence in lines 79-81 ("Companies changed…business") primarily serves to

  • A. indicate a continuation of an existing chain.
  • B. describe the many uses for a product.
  • C. show the sole difficulty in answering a question.
  • D. support an earlier statement through an example.