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q2a_1In 2007, computer scientist Luis von Ahn was working on converting printed books into a digital format. He found that some words were distorted enough that digital scanners couldn't recognize them, but most humans could easily read them. Based on that finding, von Ahn invented a simple security test to keep automated "bots" out of websites.The first version of the reCAPTCHA test asked users to type one known word and one of the many words scanners couldn’t recognize. Correct answers proved the users were humans and added data to the book-digitizing project.

Which choice best states the main purpose of the text?
written 1 (7a)
q2a_2The following text is adapted from Edith Nesbit’s 1906 novel The Railway Children.

"Mother did not spend all her time in paying dull [visits] to dull ladies, and sitting dully at home waiting for dull ladies to pay [visits] to her. She was almost always there, ready to play with the children, and read to them, and help them to do their home-lessons. Besides this she used to write stories for them while they were at school, and read them aloud after tea, and she always made up funny pieces of poetry for their birthdays and for other great occasions."

According to the text, what is true about Mother?
written 2 (10a)
q2a_3The following text is from Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel Jane Eyre. Jane works as a governess at Thornfield Hall.

"I went on with my day’s business tranquilly; but ever and anon vague suggestions kept wandering across my brain of reasons why I should quit Thornfield; and I kept involuntarily framing advertisements and pondering conjectures about new situations: these thoughts I did not think to check; they might germinate and bear fruit if they could."

Which choice best states the main purpose of the text?
written 3 (8b)
q2a_4Born in 1891 to a Quechua-speaking family in the Andes Mountains of Peru, Martín Chambi is today considered to be one of the most renowned figures of Latin American photography. In a paper for an art history class, a student claims that Chambi’s photographs have considerable ethnographic value—in his work, Chambi was able to capture diverse elements of Peruvian society, representing his subjects with both dignity and authenticity.

Which finding, if true, would most directly support the student's claim?
written 4 (13a)
q2a_5Many archaeologists will tell you that categorizing excavated fragments of pottery by style, period, and what objects they belong to relies not only on standard criteria, but also on instinct developed over years of practice. In a recent study, however, researchers trained a deep-learning computer model on thousands of images of pottery fragments and found that it could categorize them as accurately as a team of expert archaeologists. Some archaeologists have expressed concern that they might be replaced by such computer models, but the researchers claim that outcome is highly unlikely.

Which finding, if true, would most directly support the researchers' claim?
written 5 (16b)
q2a_randomizer_2_to_3Indicates randomizer q2a_2 or q2a_3randomizer q2a_2 or q2a_3
q2a_randomizer_4_to_5Indicates randomizer q2a_4 or q2a_5randomizer q2a_4 or q2a_5
q2a_randomizer_trIndicates randomizer number correct vignetterandomizer number correct written comprehension vignette
q2a_saIn the written comprehension test, you read three passages and answered three questions. Trying to be as objective and accurate as possible, how many questions do you think you answered correctly?number correct written comprehension
q2a_trSuppose that ^FLNamesOrder[1], a hypothetical person, got ^q2a_randomizer_tr out of 3 questions right in the written comprehension test. Please rate ^FLNamesOrder[1]'s level of WRITTEN COMPREHENSION by clicking the circled number that best matches their level of ability.WRITTEN COMPREHENSION VIGNETTE