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Questions 1- 2 refer to the following letter.

From: Russell Glanz []

To: Leslie Bonham []

Subject: Monroe Park

Dear Mayor Bonham:

I am writing in regard to the proposed law banning the feeding of pigeons in Monroe Park.

I would like to express my support for this legislation. I do not dislike pigeons but I feel that they are unsanitary and a nuisance.
I love Monroe Park but have been forced to stay away from the area. I used to go running and have picnics in the park, but the pigeon population is out of hand and it is nearly impossible to do anything without a pigeon getting in the way. Last time my family and I had a picnic, a pigeon kept landing on our table and coming back despite our efforts to make it leave.
People must stop feeding these birds. If this legislation passes, I believe park conditions will be overall improved. It will be cleaner and more pleasant.

Thank you for your time and your concern for our city.


Russell Glanz


1. What is the main purpose of this e-mail?

2. What does Mr. Glanz recall?

Question 3 - 4 refer to the following email

From: Jack Bates []

To: Sales staff

Subject: Tuesday

I just got word that James Macy, Vice President of Sales, will be visiting the store next Tuesday. He will be here to check overall and individual sales, discuss strategy, give tips, and have lunch with us.
I would like everyone to work hard until then and think about what you’re doing right and/or wrong. Mr. Macy is very down-to-earth and friendly. Relax, act natural, be professional, and everything will be fine.
I’m sure Mr. Macy will give great insight into how to improve our sales. Although our sales are slightly above our goals, there is always room for improvement.


Jim Bates


3. What is the main purpose of the e-mail?

4. What advice does Mr. Bates give to his employees?

Questions 5 - 7 refer to the following information.

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This secluded property is surrounded by trees and has a small pond. It has a newly painted interior, and new storm windows. Situated by Vermont ski areas, this house is a great vacation house.

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5. What can be concluded about the house?

6. What is NOT a feature of the house?

7. What has been done to improve the house?

Questions 8 - 10 refer to the following information.

Attention Merring Employees:

Merring & Co. believes investing time in employees and family is as important as investing in the stock market. Without our wonderful, hard-working employees, our business would be nothing.

To show our appreciation, Merring & Co. will be hosting an employee golf tournament on Saturday, May 3 at Yorkshire Golf Course beginning at 9 a.m. A cash award of $1,000 will go to the winner.

Registration is from March 10-17. Forms are available online or in the General Affairs Department. Registration is $3. Immediate family members are also invited to participate in the tournament.

In addition to the golf tournament, there will be a children’s putting contest at the Yorkshire Mini-Putt. A barbecue will follow the main tournament with refreshments provided.

Please bring your family and join the Merring family for a fun-filled day. For more information, visit

8. What is compared with the importance of employees and family?

9. When will the tournament occur?

10. What will happen after the tournament?

Question 11 - 13 refer to the following letter
Michelle Kahn
126 N. Clark Street Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60610
Gilbert’s Woodworks
912 Cruse Avenue
Helena, MT 59601

Dear Mr. Cruz:

I recently visited a friend who had her cabinets custom-made by your company. I loved the craftsmanship and detail of the cabinets and would like to know more about the services you offer.

My mother’s birthday is in two months and I would like to replace her coffee table with something special.

Although your company is based in Montana, I was wondering if you would be able to deliver to Chicago. If you would, please send me a catalog or some company brochures about the work your company offers. I’m looking for something elegant.

Thank you for your time and help. I look forward to hearing from you.


Michelle Kahn
11. How did Ms. Kahn hear about Gilbert’s Wordworks?

12. What does Ms. Kahn want to have made?

13. What best describes the style Ms. Kahn prefers?

Questions 14 -16 refer to the following information.

Byron rejects $29.5 billion offer

Drugmaker Byron rejected a $29.5 billion hostile takeover bid by Crotrex after a long meeting at Byron’s company headquarters in Baltimore.

Calling the bid inadequate after beating market expectations for two consecutive quarters, Byron’s chief Floyd Lehman hinted the company might be willing to deal “if Crotrex doesn’t undervalue Byron,” which is currently worth about $39 a share.

Yet a spokesman for Crotrex said it would be unwilling to negotiate the price but would consider changing other terms of the agreement. Talks are expected to resume next week.

14. What does the article mainly discuss?

15. What can be concluded about Byron?

16. What is the problem?

Questions 17 - 20 refer to the following information.

Playtime makes Brainy Babies

By Karen Viera

Playtime, Inc., a leading maker of infant and toddler products, announced a new division including books and teaching materials called Baby School.

Marketed as a baby’s first experience with learning, the division is aimed at the growing number of parents who enroll their children in educational centers at and sometimes before the age of two.

Ranging from numbers to animals and even foreign languages, Baby School Books will include titles from most subjects. “We came up with the idea after hearing about basic foreign language classes attended by parents with their infants,” said Playtime Planning Executive Robert R. Hershire. “Studies show that educating children at their earliest years can help increase scores and possibly boost IQs. Parents are responding positively, which is encouraging.”

Baby School’s first publications will include a book of beginning words in phrases in Spanish, French, and German. There will also be a book of numbers and beginning math as well as introductory science, which will include topics such as animals and space.

“We’re confident we will get a positive response based on the interest we’ve already experienced,” said Hershire referring to high orders from book and baby stores. Baby School products will debut this Friday.

17. What is Playtime?

18. Who is Karen Viera?

19. What might be included in Baby School Books?

20. The word “debut” in paragraph 5, line 3 is closest in meaning to:

Questions 21 -25 refer to the following information.


I have two orchestra-side tickets for Saturday, July 30 for the musical Chicago but have to leave town for business. The show is at the Ambassador Theatre on 49th Street in Manhattan. Tickets are $175, originally $230, but willing to negotiate. Please call Phil at (917) 690-9879


From: Amelia Deco []

To: Geneva Herrera []

Subject: Saturday


How have you been? Sorry I had to cancel our dinner on Friday. I’ve been so busy with work I haven’t had time to do anything.

Anyway, I’d like to make it up to you. I just bought tickets for Chicago this Saturday. It starts at 8 p.m. and the seats are great. We could have an early dinner before we go. It’ll be my treat.

Please let me know if you’re interested as soon as possible so I can make reservations somewhere. I’d love to catch up and see how you’re doing. You can reach me at my office.

I look forward to seeing you!




21. What is being advertised?

22. How much did Phil probably pay?

23. What does Ms. Deco want to do on Saturday at 8 p.m?

24. What is implied from the e-mail?

25. Where can Ms. Deco be reached?