Are you smarter than a 12th-grader? A reading comprehension quiz.

Jake Turcotte/Staff

The National Assessment of Educational Progress has just released the results of math and reading tests that 12th-graders took last year. The average score on the reading portion was higher than in 2005, but lower than in 1992. What follows are six sample questions from the reading section. Overall on the test, 38 percent of students scored at or above a proficient level in reading. How many questions can you answer correctly?

According to the rental agreement, what is the first action the landlord will take if the rent is not paid on time?

Keep the security deposit

 

Terminate the tenant's contract

 

Send a seven-day notice

 

Require one month's rent in advance

 

According to the rental agreement, which of the following is the landlord required to do?

Maintain and repair air-conditioning units

 

Provide a stove and refrigerator

 

Arrange for weekly trash disposal

 

Supply the tenant with multiple keys

 

According to the rental agreement, when would the tenant have to pay the rent with cash or money order?

When the rent is late

 

When the rent is being mailed

 

When a notice has been posted

 

When a check has been returned

 

According to the rental agreement, what is one situation in which the tenant might lose some of the security deposit?

When the landlord has not received the rent on time

 

When there has been any reasonable wear to the property

 

When the rent check has been dishonored and returned

 

When the tenant moves out and leaves belongings behind

 

Section 8 of the rental agreement states that under certain circumstances, the tenant will reimburse the landlord. This means that the tenant must:

Notify the landlord about a forwarding addres

 

Pay the landlord back for excessive damage

 

Pay an additional security deposit

 

Return all keys when vacating the property

 

In Section 12, the rental agreement states that the landlord can enter and show the house to "prospective residents." The agreement is referring to people who:

Are interested in living in the house

 

Wish to make future improvements

 

Lived in the house before

 

Help the landlord do inspections