PTE Multiple Choice Single Answer Sample Test 2

PTE reading practice-multiple choice single answer exercise. Read the text and answer the multiple-choice question by selecting the correct response. Only one response is correct.

1. Read the passage and answer the following question.

Diamonds, an occasional component of rare igneous rocks called lamproites and kimberlites, have never been dated satisfactorily. However, some diamonds contain minute inclusions of silicate minerals, commonly olivine, pyroxene, and garnet. These minerals can be dated by radioactive decay techniques because of the very small quantities of radioactive trace elements they, in turn, contain. Usually, it is possible to conclude that the inclusions are older than their diamond hosts, but with little indication of the time interval involved. Sometimes, however, the crystal form of the silicate inclusions is observed to resemble more closely the internal structure of diamond than that of other silicate minerals. It is not known how rare this resemblance is, or whether it is most often seen in inclusions of silicates such as garnet, whose crystallography is generally somewhat similar to that of diamond; but when present, the resemblance is regarded as compelling evidence that the diamonds and inclusions are truly congeneric.

The main purpose of the passage is to

A. Explain why it has not been possible to determine the age of the diamonds.
B. Explain how it might be possible to date some diamonds.
C. Compare two alternative approaches to determining the age of diamonds.
D. Compare a method of dating diamonds with a method used to date certain silicate minerals.

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