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GRE Critical Reading

Critical reading questions test your ability to understand and interpret what you read. This is probably the most important ability that you will need in graduate school and afterward. Although the passages may encompass any subject matter, you do not need to know anything about the subject discussed in the passage in order to answer the questions on that passage. The purpose of the question is to test your reading ability, not your knowledge of history, science, literature, or art.

The revised GRE contains both familiar and unfamiliar question types. Some of the unfamiliar questions involve logical reasoning and argument analysis.

Directions: The reading passage is accompanied by a set of questions based on the passage and any introductory material that is given. Answer the questions according to what is stated or implied in the passage.

1 Growing up in Atlanta during the heyday of the city's
  baseball team, the Atlanta Braves, gave me a unique
  perspective of America's national pastime. Witnessing
  the team and the city win a World Series title in 1996
5 forever connected my destiny with that of professional
  baseball; wherever I might be after that point in time,
  I will always remember the joy and emotion that I was
  filled with on that day.
  There are some who denigrate the sport because it does
10 not appear to incorporate a traditional sporting skill
  set, but it is baseball's unique nature that makes it
  remarkable. Instead of requiring athletes to run for
  extended lengths of time, like so many traditional
  forms of sport, baseball is an exercise in skill and
15 power, one that combines the precision of sports like
  golf or archery with the pure brawn of sports like
  weightlifting or the Olympic hammer throw. It is this
  distinct characteristic of combination that gives
  baseball its intrigue and singularity.
20 And to those critics who belittle the athletes
  themselves, I must ask, "Have you ever played baseball
  at a competitive level?" While the players themselves
  make their jobs look incredibly easy, it is only
  because they have both been born with incredible gifts
25 and trained for entire lifetimes to develop their
  skills. Five minutes spent competing against baseball's
  best would convince any naysayer of the sport's true
  legitimacy.

Q1. Which of the following best describes the tone of the author of the passage?

Personal and opinionated

critical reading Narrative

Neutral

Ambivalent

Equivocal

Q2. According to the author, baseball requires all of the following EXCEPT

skill

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precision

training

luck

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