NNPC/TOTAL Verbal Ability Exam Test

Welcome to your NNPC/TOTAL Verbal Ability Exam Test

Verbal Ability:
Critical Reasoning: For these questions, select the best of the answer choices given.

All German cars are safe. Dale drives a German car, so his car is safe.
Which of the following arguments contains logic that closely resembles that of the preceding argument?
(A) The newest cars often get better gas mileage. Helen has a new car, which must get better gas mileage.
(B) A few of the candidates for governor are women. Dr. Lopez is a woman.
(C) No brands of natural peanut butter contain preservatives. The peanut butter in Dave’s cabinet contains preservatives.
(D) Every shark has a tailfin. The hammerhead is a kind of shark and therefore has a tailfin.
(E) Some days of the week are Saturdays and Sundays. Today is neither Saturday nor Sunday.

1 out of 8

Dr. Jacobson stood up at the recent town hall meeting and declared that building a new shopping center at the corner of George and Vidalia Streets would be a bad move. He cited transportation department statistics indicating that the intersection would become overloaded with traffic, and would be very dangerous for motorists and pedestrians alike. The mayor dismissed Dr. Jacobson’s opinion, on the grounds that the proposed shopping center is within a block of Dr. Jacobson’s practice.

Why is the mayor’s argument weak?
(A) He does not challenge Dr. Jacobson’s argument, but merely challenges him personally.
(B) He does not acknowledge the location of his own office.
(C) He fails to recognize that Dr. Jacobson would probably welcome a new shopping center near his practice.
(D) He does not support his view with statistics from the transportation department. (E) He doesn’t realize that Dr. Jacobson is about to retire.

2 out of 8

26. The latest movie by a certain director gets bad reviews before it opens in theatres. Consequently, very few people go to the movie and the director is given much less money to make his next movie, which is also unsuccessful.
What can be inferred from this scenario?
(A) This director makes terrible movies.
(B) The general public does not pay attention to movie reviews.
(C) The movie reviewers were right about the first movie.
(D) Movie reviewers exert influence on the movie quality.
(E) The director will not make another movie.

3 out of 8

The most important determinant of success in life is education. Even children from broken or dysfunctional homes tend to establish themselves as solid citizens so long as they obtain a high school education. On the other hand, children who fail to earn a high school diploma are much less likely to avoid prison, welfare, or divorce.

Which of the following statements most effectively strengthens the above argument? (A) A recent study demonstrated a link between education and lifetime earnings.
(B) Most federal prisoners receive a high school diploma while incarcerated.
(C) Research indicates that college graduates from abusive homes are more likely to be arrested.

(D) Individuals with heart problems are more likely to have postgraduate education. (E) Children from functional homes are more likely to attend preschool.

4 out of 8

Members of Congress should not be paid. After all, members of the school board receive no payment, and are therefore not beholden to any particular group.
Which of the following facts most significantly weakens the above argument?
(A) Members of Congress can also serve on the school board.

(B) Being in Congress is a full-time job, while school board members have time to pursue other occupations.
(C) Congress only is in session during part of the year.
(D) Members of Congress typically have been successful in their prior professional lives. (E) Members of Congress are not allowed to show favoritism to any particular group.

5 out of 8

(1) All A are B. (2) Some B are C.

Which of the following is true?
(A) All A are C.
(B) No A are C.
(C) Some A are C.

(D) No C are A.
(E) None of the above.

6 out of 8

The Tigers football team usually loses when they score fewer than 30 points. In their game against the Wildcats, they scored 24 points.
Which of the following statements would logically complete the argument with the above premises?

(A) The Tigers lost to the Wildcats.
(B) The Wildcats are the best football team in the league. (C) The Wildcats probably lost to the Tigers.
(D) The Tigers are not a very good football team.
(E) The Tigers probably lost to the Wildcats.

7 out of 8

In the 2000 local election, only 28% of individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 voted. In the 2004 local election, however, candidates made more of an effort to appeal to these younger voters, so turnout was slightly higher at 39%. Which of the following pieces of information weakens the above argument?

(A) The candidates for city council were ages 55, 72, and 64.
(B) The turnout among voters between the ages of 35 and 44 was 42% in 2004.
(C) Turnout among African-Americans between 18 and 25 decreased from 2000 to 2004.
(D) The polls stayed open later on Election Day in 2000.
(E) In 2004, a referendum on lowering the legal age for purchasing alcohol to 18 was on the ballot.

8 out of 8

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