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Making Inferences (Grade 8)

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Making Inferences

Have you ever heard someone say that it was so quiet, you could hear a pin drop? It may be hard to imagine anyplace that is that quiet since the world is a very noisy place! Some experts worry that the majority of people suffer from noise pollution due to a definite lack of silence.

No matter where you go, there is always some kind of noise, even if it is only traffic moving in the distance, or clocks ticking, people talking and walking, dogs barking, or music playing. There is one place you can go where the only sounds you will be able to perceive are the beating of your heart and the sound of your breathing. Such a place may seem peaceful, but it is actually unpleasant for almost anyone who stops by to visit.

What is the world's quietest place? It is a room called the anechoic chamber and it is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The floor, ceiling, and walls are lined with fiberglass wedges that are built to absorb sound. A number of companies use this room for testing the sound quality of their products. However, visitors are also allowed to go in the room and just sit in the dark and listen to absolutely nothing. Most people want out fairly quickly, and so far, no one has lasted more than 45 minutes before wanting back out into a noise-filled world.
1. 
Which of the following statements can be inferred from this passage?
  1. Noise pollution is creating health problems for many people.
  2. Companies rarely take the sound quality of their products seriously.
  3. The majority of people are quite uncomfortable with complete silence.
  4. There is no place in the country that is completely noise-free
2. 
What conclusion best fits with the information in this passage?
  1. Anechoic chambers are found in several cities across the country.
  2. Fiberglass wedges are frequently used in room construction.
  3. People are often forced to endure the silence in this unique chamber.
  4. A truly silent place is extremely difficult to find in today's world.
3. 
What does the term anechoic most likely mean?
  1. Sound quality testing
  2. Free of sound
  3. Only natural noise
  4. Noise pollution

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