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The blue moons of today are called blue moons because of their rarity and not because of their(15)color; however, the expression “blue moon” may have come into existence in reference to unusualcircumstances in which the moon actually appeared blue. Certain natural phenomena of giganticproportions can actually change the appearance of the moon from Earth. The eruption of theKrakatao volcano in 1883 left dust particles in the atmosphere, which clouded the sun and gave themoon a bluish tint. This particular occurrence of the blue moon may have given rise to the expression(20)that we use today. Another example occurred more than a century later. When Mount Pinatuboerupted in the Philippines in 1991, the moon again took on a blue tint.20. This passage is about(A)an idiomatic expression21. How long has the expression “once in a blue moon”been around?22. A blue moon could best be described as(A)a full moon that is not blue in color(B)3523. The word “hue” in line 7 is closest in meaning to24. Which of the following might be the date of a “bluemoon"?25. How many blue moons would there most likely be ina century?(A)(B)354
(C)70(D)10026. According to the passage, the moon actually lookedblue27. The expression "given rise to" in line 19 could bestbe replaced by28. Wherein the passage does theauthordescribe the duration of a lunar cycle?Questions 29-40The organization that today is known as the Bank of America did start out in America, butunder quite a different name. Italian American A.P. Giannini established this bank on October 17,1904, in a renovated saloon in San Francisco’s Italian community of North Beach under the nameLineBank of Italy, with immigrants and first-time bank customers comprising the majority of his first(5)customers. During its development, Giannini's bank survived major crises in the form of a naturaldisaster and a major economic upheaval that not all other banks were able to overcome.One major test for Giannini’s bank occurred on April 18, 1906, when a massive earthquakestruck San Francisco, followed by a raging fire that destroyed much of the city. Giannini obtained twowagons and teams of horses, filled the wagons with the bank’s reserves, mostly in the form of gold,(10)covered the reserves with crates of oranges, and escaped from the chaos of the city with his clients’funds protected. In the aftermath of the disaster, Giannini’s bank was the first to resume operations.

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