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  • Don’t get into the minor details of the passage; just focus on what each paragraph has to say
  • As you read, create a map of the passage; you must remember what thing is located where in the passage
  • Once you read the question, come back to the part of the passage that is likely to have the answer
  • Compare the options and eliminate the incorrect choices based on the evidence that you see in the passage
  • Choose the answer once you are convinced of the right choice

Reading Comprehension Practice Passage

Maps made by non-Native Americans to depict Native American land tenure , resources and population distributions appeared almost as early as Europeans’ first encounters with Native Americans and took many form: missionaries’ field sketches, explorers’ drawings, and surveyors’ maps, as well as maps rendered in connection with treaties involving land transfers. Most existing maps of Native American lands are reconstructions that are based largely on archaeology, oral reports, and evidence gathered from observers’ accounts in letter, diaries, and official reports; accordingly, the accuracy of these maps is especially dependent on the mapmakers’ own interpretive abilities.

Many existing maps also reflect the 150-year role of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in administering tribal lands. Though these maps incorporate some information gleaned directly from Native Americans, rarely has Native American cartography contributed to this official record, which has been compiled, surveyed, and authenticated by non-Native American. Thus our current cartographic record relating to Native American tribes and their migrations and cultural features, as well as territoriality and contemporary trust lands, reflects the origins of the data, the mixed purposes for which the maps have been prepared, and changes both in United States government policy and in non-Native Americans’ attitudes toward an understanding of Native Americans.


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Question: Which of the following best describes the content of the passage?

A chronology of the development of different methods for mapping Native Americans
A discussion of how the mapmaking techniques of Native Americans differed from those of Europeans
An argument concerning the present-day uses to which historical maps of Native American lands are put
An argument concerning the nature of information contained in maps of Native American lands
A proposal for improving the accuracy of maps of Native American lands

Question: The passage mentions each of the following as a factor affecting current maps of Native American lands EXCEPT

United States government policy
non-Native Americans’ perspective on Native Americans
origins of the information utilized to produce the maps
changes in ways that tribal lands are used
the reason for producing the maps

Question: The passage suggests which of the following about most existing maps of Native American lands?

They do not record the migrations of Native American tribes.
They have been preserved primarily because of their connection with treaties involving land transfers.
They tend to reflect archaeological evidence that has become outdated.
They tend to be less accurate when they are based on oral reports than when they are based on written documents.
They are not based primarily on the mapmakers’ firsthand observations of Native American lands.

Question: All of the following are examples of the type of evidence used in creating “Most existing maps” EXCEPT

a nineteenth-century government report on population distribution of a particular tribe
taped conversations with people who lived on Native American tribal lands in the early twentieth century
aerial photographs of geological features of lands inhabited by Native Americans
findings from a recently excavated site once inhabited by a certain Native American people
a journal kept by a non-Native American explorer who traveled in Native American territory in the early nineteenth century

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