PTE reading multiple choice single answer 5
Read the text and answer the multiple choice question by selecting the correct response. Only one response is correct.
1. Palmyra is an ancient Semitic city in present day Homs Governorate, Syria, Archaeological finds date back to the Neolithic period, and the city was first documented in the early second milennium BC. Palmyra changed hands on a number of occasions between different empires before becoming a subject of the Roman Empire in the first century AD. The city grew wealthy from trade caravans, the Palmyrenes were renowned merchants who established colonies along the Silk Road and operated throughout the Roman Empire. Palmyra’s wealth enabled the construction of monumental projects, such as the Great Colonnade, the distinctive tower tombs. The city’s social structure was tribal,and its inhabitants spoke Palymyrene; Greek was used for commercial and diplomatic purposes. The culture and produced distinctive art and architecture that combined eastern and western traditions. The city’s inhabitants worshiped local Semitic deities, Mesopotamian and Arab gods.
Question: How did Palmyra became an affluent and rich city?
a. The Romans had an excellent governance system.
b. Palmyra was blessed by local Semitic deities.
c. The local merchants did exceptional trading.
d. The art and architecture of Palmyra attracted rich art connoisseurs from around the world.
2. Alain de Botton is a brave and highly intelligent writer who writes about complex subjects, clarifying the arcane for the layman. Now, with typical self assurance, he has turned to the subject of architecture influences mood and behavior. It is not about the specifically architectural characteristics of space and design, but much more about the emotions that architecture inspires in the users of buildings. Yet architects do not normally talk nowadays very much about emotion and beauty. They talk about design and function. De Bottom’s message, then is fairly simple abut worth while precisely because it is simple, readable and timely. His commendable aim is to encourage architects, and society more generally, to pay more attention to the psychological consequences of design in architecture: architecture should be treated as something that affects all our lives, our happiness and well-being.
Question: What does Alain de Botton want to convey through his latest writing?
a. Architecture has a positive effect on our lives and well-being.
b. Good architects can word off evil influences.
c. To help understands the Aesthetics and psychological consequences behind architecture.
d. That he is at ease with all subjects when it comes to writing
e. The selfish motive behind architecture design and function.
Question 1:- c. The local merchants did exceptional trading..
Question 2: a. Architecture has a positive effect on our lives and well-being.