UMAT Practice Question 4

In the following passage, an adolescent boy talks about living with a disability.

As I have been disabled all my life, I have managed to cope with the purely practical problems arising with a minimum of fuss. I felt no loss, because I had no feelings of 'normality' to compare with. One of my physical problems is that I am short, about 127 centimetres tall. I was constantly mistaken by strangers for a little kid. It's a real pain for a 16-year-old boy to be handed a kid's menu every time he enters a restaurant. it is even worse when mere coherent speech is greeted with awe.

For the writer, the main problem with his disability is:

A. the embarrassment of being short.

B. never knowing what it is to be 'normal'.

C. dealing with other people's preconceptions.

D. coping with the practical problems caused by his condition.

Solution: Option A is incorrect as there is no evidence of embarrassment  - he goes to restaurants, orders food and deals with strangers. Option B is incorrect, as he says "I felt no loss, because I had no feelings of 'normality' to compare with". Option D can be ruled out as he clearly states "I have managed to cope with the purely practical problems arising with a minimum of fuss". Words like "it's a real pain" and "it is even worse" show that he is indeed having problems dealing with other people's preconceptions.

The correct answer is C.