29.Mobile phone waves are always absorbed through the soft-tissue of the scalp 

Can’t tell-We are told these waves can be absorbed which indicates that in certain circumstances they are not.

30.Older mobile phones produce more radiation

 True-This is stated in the text.

31.Being closer to the antenna of the mobile phone or close to the mobile phone mast increases the amount of radiation exposure 

Can’t tell – we are told it “could” increase this, which means there is doubt and so we can’t tell.

32.Many studies have been carried out into the harmful effects of mobile phone radiation

 True – stated in the text.

33.There are many problems facing researchers when trying to conduct  research into mobile phone dangers 

True – again this is alluded to in the text

34.The radiation that mobile phones produce is ionising electromagnetic radiation

 False – the text tells us it is non-ionising.

35.If a person was asked how much they used their phone they would not be able to remember 

Can’t tell -  we are told that they “may” not be able to give an accurate answer so we can’t tell

36.People use phones mainly for texting now

 Cant tell- we are given an example where one user who used to use the mobile phone for calls may now using it more for texting, but not given any real world figures.

37.If you are using an old mobile phone you are less likely to receive radiation from it 

False- we are told older mobiles produce more radiation.

38.Monitoring the harmful effects of mobile phones is problematic 

True-stated in the text

39.No one lived in America before it was discovered by Colombus

 Can’t tell – we are told he was the first European to discover it, but nothing about what happened, if anything, before this . Note – you may already know the history quite well, but in these questions you must not rely on anything other than the text – even if you think the text is wrong about something!

40.English settlers often chose to build smaller settlements

 Can’t tell – we are told they built the largest, but they may have built smaller ones, and the majority of their other settlements may have been small –we just don’t know.

41.New England was first colonised by the puritans

 False – the Pilgrims were there 10 years previously.

42.The puritans left England to escape persecution 

Can’t tell- we aren’t told why they left England, and we are not allowed to use our own knowledge therefore we cannot tell.

43.The American revolutionary war broke out between the thirteen colonies and the British 

True-stated in text

44.The militia were poorly equipped and did not have uniforms

False- We are told they were “many” who did not have uniforms which implies some did, so to say the militia did not have uniforms is not true.

45.George Washington was decisive in battle 

Can’t tell – we are told he was a good strategist but nothing about being decisive or not.

46.The colonies nor the British had the money to pay for munitions and food needed for the campaign

 Can’t tell- we are told the colonies didn’t but are not given any information about the British situation.

47.The battle of Saratoga happened roughly four years before the battle of Yorktown

True – the dates are in the text so it is easy to infer that this is true.

48.The independence of the USA was declared after the British were forced out of New York 

False –We are told in the first paragraph that Independence was declared in 1776, but we are then told the British left New York by 1783, which implies that before 1783 there were still British in New York.

49.Writing a book is a popular hobby 

Can’t tell – we aren’t told whether it is or isn’t.

50.Most books are fiction 

Can’t tell – We aren’t given any figures on this

51.Writers know what they will write about before they start 

False –we are told most writers do, therefore some don’t.

52.Writers who don’t get publish have not developed a targeted focus for their story

 False- we are told that most writers who forget this don’t get published, which means that some who forget do get published.

53.Anti-hero characters are usually men

 Can’t tell – It is not stated in the text at all so we don’t know.

54.“Good guy” characters appear in books more often than anti-hero characters

 True- We are told nearly all books have a good guy, and that anti-heroes belong to a subgenre, and that they’re never in the same book together, therefore good guy characters are more common in books.

55.Anti-hero and “good guy” characters never appear in stories together 

True-this is stated in the text

56.Shorter books are easier to publish than longer books

 Can’t tell- we are told that it is easier to publish novellas than novels, and it just so happens that novellas are shorter than novels. However, just because this is true, does not mean that every short book is easier to publish every long book. 

57.Fiction writers undertake research before writing

 False – we are told that most do, which means some don’t therefore this phrase is false.

58.Writing a book takes lots of time

 Can’t tell – we are told it “can be” a time consuming process.



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