TOEFL Reading Multiple Choice Exercise 14

Read the passage and choose the best answer to each question.

1. What is NOT correct about Germany's size?

    It is roughly the size of Montana.

    It has an area of 356,959 square kilometers.

    It is the sixth largest country in the world.

2. What countries border Germany in the Alps?

    Poland and Austria

    Bavaria and Switzerland

    Switzerland and Austria

3. What are the Alps?




4. What country borders Germany to the north?




5. What is Germany's most important river?

    the Rhine

    the Neckar

    the Moselle

6. What is NOT a reason that the Rhine is the busiest waterway in Europe?

    The Rhine's tributaries keep the flow high in winter.

    Snow melting in the Alps during spring and summer keeps the flow high.

    The Rhine originates in Switzerland.

7. In the last paragraph, what is the meaning of the word "originates"?




8. Where is Germany's highest mountain peak located?

    in the Salzburg Alps

    in the Bavarian Alps

    in the Algäuer Alps

The Geography Of Germany

Roughly the size of Montana and situated even farther north, unified Germany has an area of 356,959 square kilometers. Extending 853 kilometers from its northern border with Denmark to the Alps in the south, it is the sixth largest country in Europe. At its widest, Germany measures approximately 650 kilometers from the Belgian-German border in the west to the Polish frontier in the east.

Germany's portion of the Alps accounts for a very small part of the country's area and consists only of a narrow fringe of mountains that runs along the country's border with Switzerland and Austria from Lake Constance in the west to Salzburg, Austria, in the east. The western section of the German Alps are the Algäuer AlpsAlgäuer Alps, located between Lake Constance and the Lech River. The Bavarian Alps, the central section, lie between the Lech and Inn rivers and contain Germany's highest peak, the Zugspitze (2,963 meters). The Salzburg Alps, which begin at the Inn River and encircle Berchtesgaden, make up the easternmost section of Germany's Alps.

The Rhine, Germany's longest and most important river, originates in Switzerland, from where it flows into Lake Constance (actually a river basin). At the lake's west end, it begins a long course (800 kilometers) to the Netherlands, at first marking the boundary between Germany and Switzerland and later that between Germany and France. Of the Rhine's three most important tributaries, the Moselle River drains parts of the Rheinish Uplands, the Main drains areas between the Central German Uplands and the Franconian Alb, and the Neckar River drains the area between the Black Forest and the Swabian Alb. Because these rivers keep the Rhine high during the winter and because melting snow in the Alps keeps it high during the spring and summer, the river generally has a high steady flow, which accounts for its being the busiest waterway in Europe.

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