Directions: in this
part, you will read a selection of texts,
such as magazine and newspaper articles,
letters, and advertisements. Each text is
followed by several questions. Select the
best answer for each question and mark the
letter (A), (B), (C), or (D) on your answer
Questions 172-173 refer
to the following notice.
Following the City Council's
unanimous decision on Friday, the new pollution
emission charge will go into effect on Tuesday
at midnight. The new fee will be 0.25% of
a car's current value, and 0.5% of a truck's
current value. All residents must pay the
fee before the end of the year. The money
collected will be used for the Clean Air
Program. There are exceptions for low-income
households. An information booklet is available
at the city office on Pine Street.
172. To whom
does this notice apply?
(A) People who purchase vehicles after midnight
(B) Vehicle owners who live in the city
(C) Low-income individuals only
(D) Most car and truck owners
173. When does
the program begin?
(A) The following day
(B) At the end of the year
(C) On Tuesday
(D) After the council takes a vote
174-175 refer to the following article.
around the city demonstrated today
in front of Brisco Services. Over
100 people took part in the planned
event to express their frustration
at high property prices. They claim
that large companies, which are able
to pay skyrocketing rents, are pushing
real estate prices out of control.
Community service organizations and
other non-profit groups, who often
aren't able to pay the rents, may
be forced to leave the city. They
warn that they won't be able to provide
the necessary services to those people
who need them the most. The agencies
are asking some of the most profitable
companies to work with them in developing
creative solutions. The agencies claim
that their services benefit Brisco
and the community.
Which organizations are upset?
(A) Big corporations
(B) The city government
(C) The customer service industry
(D) Those that help citizens
Why did the agencies demonstrate?
(A) Property is too expensive
(B) To get funding from Brisco
(C) Brisco controls them
(D) The community isn't interested
in their services