Holding the Deck
“Most people bring a book with them everywhere they go,” a good friend once noted to me. “It’s very anti-social. You bring a deck of cards.”
There’s something very nice about having your own deck. You never need to rely on someone 1 equipment if you want to start a game. If I ever develop a hankering for a friendly game, all I need are a few people. This compulsion is not 2 I just like passing the time with some new or old friends. 
Perhaps this is because 4 from a large family and I am accustomed to having friendly faces around. When I travel, I try to keep 5 of cards visible, in case a stranger is looking to strike up a game. I know I certainly enjoy a ride more 6 I have made a new acquaintance. Who knows if 7 will be an eccentric millionaire who wants to offer me a job?
Until I started playing on flights, I never realized how many types of games there are. I grew up playing Go Fish, Gin Rummy, and the occasional game of Whist, although I never quite understood the rules. But a random seatmate on a train or long bus ride can open me up to a world of new games and rules.
Rules for dozens of different games 8 as if in a jumbled encyclopedia, in my head.  Generally, though, once I start playing a few hands of a certain game, old instincts kick in, and I am able to hold my own even with seasoned veterans.
My love of playing cards, however, is not without 10 fair share of drawbacks. I’m not just talking about the constant need to buy another deck when the corners of the cards start to bend. There’s 11 the fact that I 12 into high stakes games that are way over my head. Sometimes, I will foolishly comply.
(1) 13 with some heavy hitters, my friends advised me not to play for money. (2) But I feel the occasional loss of cash is made up for in the making of new friends. (3) Overall, I am inclined to agree. (4) I had, in fact, lost forty dollars inside of an hour, even though I thought I knew what I was doing.  
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If the writer were to delete the phrases “friendly game” and “passing the time” from this paragraph, the paragraph would primarily lose:CorrectIncorrect
Which of the following alternatives to the underlined portion would NOT be acceptable?CorrectIncorrect
At this point, the writer is considering adding the following true statement:
If I haven’t played a certain game in a while, I’ll almost always need a refresher on how to play.
Should the writer make this addition here?CorrectIncorrect
Which of the following sequences of sentences makes this paragraph most logical?CorrectIncorrect
Question 15 asks about the preceding passage as a whole
Upon reviewing this essay, the writer is thinking about deleting the opening paragraph. Should that paragraph be kept or deleted?CorrectIncorrect