The following questions were selected from the 80 that make up a test that in the past has been given to individuals applying for jobs as District of Columbia police officers. It is similar to tests still in use.
The test was the focus of a federal court case brought in 1970 by two black applicants to the city police force. They contended that the test was discriminatory but the U. S. Supreme Court upheld the test in 1976.
The official answers are not available.
1. Ordinary means most nearly (a) uncommon; (b) worthless; (c) usual; (d) tiresome; (e) lasting.
2. Strands of fiber used in a rope are twisted or braided together chiefly in order to make the rope (a) more flexible; (b) less expensive; (c) unbreakable; (d) more rigid; (e) stronger.
3. (Reading) "Although the types of buildings in ghetto areas vary from the one-story shack to the large tenement building, they are alike in that they are all drab, unsanitary, in disrepair, and often structurally unsound."
The quotation best supports the statement that all buildings in ghetto areas are (a) overcrowded; (b) undesirable as living quarters; (c) well constructed; (d) about to be torn down; (e) seldom inspected.
4. Accident is related to negligence as safety is related to (a) indifference; (b) appliance; (c) security; (d) danger; (e) carefulness.
5. The saying "Muddy springs will have muddy streams" means most nearly (a) A bad ending does not always follow a bad beginning. (b) No effort should be made to improve what is worthless. (c) Causes are usually less important than results. (d) Good cannot come out of evil. (e) What cannot be corrected must be accepted.