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PTE Quiz – Reading – Multiple Choice Question (Single Answer)

After reading a text, answer a multiple-choice question on the content or tone of the text by selecting one response. Please leave your answer in the comment below, answer and explanation will be provided tomorrow.

It is a curious tradition that the clock on the tower of Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford is always five minutes later than standard British time. The explanation for this lies in the conservative nature of the Cathedral’s clergy. It was only when the railways arrived in the middle of the nineteenth century that it became important for clocks throughout the country to be synchronised, however difficult this might be. When the Cathedral was asked to come into line, the clergy discussed the request but decided that this was an idea that needed to prove its worth before being adopted.

Why does Christ Church Cathedral clock give a different time from other British churches?

a) Oxford likes to be different from other places.

b) It was initially a protest against the coming of the railway.

c) Cathedral staff were reluctant to act too quickly.

d) It was very difficult to alter the time on the clock.

C (Cathedral staff were reluctant to act too quickly.): conservative nature … an idea that would need to prove its worth

Zebras are members of the horse family. However, these ‘stripey horses’  are not used for riding. Keen riders have occasionally attempted to try. Although zebras have at times let someone sit on their back, the rider soon discovered that a zebra’s neck is stiffer than a horse’s, lacking the suppleness that enables riders to control the horse. The structure of a zebra’s back also makes it less suitable for riding. It would undoubtedly be possible to breed zebras that would ride well, but with the arrival of the internal combustion engine there has not been much incentive to do so.

What is the writer’s conclusion about zebras?

a) Zebras are not as similar to horses as they initially appear.

b) People have little motivation to develop a zebra that could be ridden.

c) It is unlikely that people could develop a zebra that would be good to ride.

d) Motorised vehicles are gradually reducing the numbers of zebras that are being bred.

B (People have little motivation to develop a zebra that could be ridden.): It would undoubtedly be possible to breed a zebra that would ride well but … there hos not been much incentive to do so.



  1. Apurva Peshavaria February 9, 2019 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    1) C
    2) A

  2. yenzelani February 9, 2019 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    1) B

  3. jinu February 10, 2019 at 5:14 am - Reply


  4. Gurpreet kaur February 11, 2019 at 9:51 am - Reply

    1) b
    2) c

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