GED Sample Questions: Reasoning Through Language Arts Reading Technical Information

By Murray Shukyn, Dale E. Shuttleworth, Achim K. Krull

On the Reasoning through Language Arts portion of the GED, you may be asked to answer questions about a technical passage. This could include directions on how to complete, like the following.

The questions in this article refer to the following excerpt from Russell Hart’s Photography For Dummies, 2nd Edition (Wiley).

What’s The Secret To Loading Batteries?

If you’ve ever had to figure out where to stick batteries in your child’s latest electronic acquisition, then loading batteries in your point-and-shoot shouldn’t be a challenge. Turn off your camera when you install them; the camera may go crazy opening and closing its lens. (Some cameras turn themselves off after you install new batteries, so you have to turn them back on to shoot.)

With big point-and-shoot models, you typically open a latched cover on the bottom to install batteries. More compact models have a battery compartment under a door or flap that is incorporated into the side or grip of the camera. You may have to pry open such doors with a coin.

More annoying are covers on the bottom that you open by loosening a screw. (You need a coin for this type, too.) And most annoying are battery covers that aren’t hinged and come off completely when you unscrew them. If you have one of these, don’t change batteries while standing over a sewer grate, in a field of tall grass, or on a pier.

Whether loading four AAs or a single lithium, make sure that the batteries are correctly oriented as you insert them. You’ll find a diagram and/or plus and minus markings, usually within the compartment or on the inside of the door.

If your camera doesn’t turn on and the batteries are correctly installed, the batteries may have lost their punch from sitting on a shelf too long. Which is where the battery icon comes in.

If your camera has an LCD panel, an icon tells you when battery power is low.

  1. Where will you be installing the batteries?

    • (A)an electronic acquisition

    • (B)a children’s toy

    • (C)a big point-and-shoot

    • (D)a camera

  2. What is the easiest model in which to replace the batteries?

    • (A)compact models

    • (B)big point-and-shoots

    • (C)screw bottoms

    • (D)covers not hinged

  3. Why should locations such as sewer grates and tall grass be avoided when changing batteries?

    • (A)Water can get in the camera.

    • (B)Your lens may get dirty.

    • (C)Your card might be ruined.

    • (D)The battery cover may be lost.

  4. How do you ensure that the batteries are correctly oriented?

    • (A)Use four AAs.

    • (B)Use a single lithium.

    • (C)Empty the compartment.

    • (D)Find a diagram.

  5. What tells you whether the batteries are low?

    • (A)the LCD panel

    • (B)the battery icon

    • (C)the battery compartment

    • (D)a single lithium battery

Answer Key

  1. D. a camera.

    The batteries are installed in a camera. Other answer choices, such as electronics or a children’s toy, have no meaning in this excerpt. Point-and-shoot, while another term for a camera, isn’t the best answer, because not all cameras are point-and-shoot.

  2. B. big point-and-shoots.

    The easiest model in which to replace batteries is the point-and-shoot camera. The other answer choices — compact models, screw bottoms, and different types of covers — don’t relate directly to the question.

  3. D. The battery cover may be lost.

    Avoid all the locations mentioned so that you don’t lose your battery cover if you drop it. Sewer grates and tall grass are places where the cover could easily be lost. The rest of the answer choices refer to issues other than losing battery covers.

  4. D. Find a diagram.

    To ensure that the batteries are correctly oriented, you must find the diagram and use it. Other choices, such as using four AAs or a single lithium, or emptying the compartment, don’t answer the question.

  5. B. the battery icon.

    You must check the battery icon to see whether the batteries are low. LCD panels show a variety of information, so that option is not the best choice. According to the passage, battery compartment and lithium battery aren’t correct answers.