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What's the Easiest Verbal Reasoning Question Ever Written?

Verbal reasoning tests are not easy. They're designed not to be. If they were, they wouldn't be very useful in differentiating a person's language and comprehension skills. Of course, just as test takers sometimes get it wrong, so too do examiners. Here we take a look at the easiest verbal reasoning question ever written.

We’ve been through thousands of verbal reasoning questions and millions of answers to find the one. The needle in the haystack. The verbal reasoning question that everyone can answer. And here it is:

Q) The passage states that there are both health benefits and risks associated with eating sushi?

A) True
B) False
C) Cannot Say

Passage

Although considered quintessentially Japanese, sushi actually originated in southern China. Prior to the 14th century, sushi - meaning “sour-tasting” - was made by wrapping fish in fermented rice. This preserving process caused the fish to gradually ferment and acquire a sour flavour. Originally, only the fish was eaten. Over time, vinegar replaced the fermenting process. Sushi as we know it today dates from the mid-19th century, when fresh fish was wrapped in rice as a fast, convenient food.

There are a wide variety of sushi types, all containing rice. Nigirizushi, for example, is rice topped with fish and bound with a seaweed wrapper called nori. Futomaki are nori rolls filled with fish or vegetarian ingredients. Sushi chefs undergo extensive training, including presentation as well as preparation.

Because seafood and rice are low in fat and no cooking oils are used to prepare raw fish, sushi is widely viewed as healthy. Western sushi, however, often contains fattening ingredients, such as mayonnaise. Some fish used in sushi, such as tuna, can contain high concentrations of mercury. Eating incorrectly prepared sushi can result in food poisoning, caused by bacteria such as salmonella. Parasites, such as anisakis worms, can be found in some raw fish, causing illness if consumed.

Solution

Answer: True. This statement accurately sums up the last paragraph. While sushi is low in fat (a benefit), eating it could potentially cause illness (a risk).

Results

1,702 takers, 1,599 correct, 103 wrong, 94% success

So there you go - that was the easiest verbal reasoning question ever written. An impressive 94% of people got that one right. If you didn’t, don’t panic, you’re not alone. But perhaps, now is the time for some practicing!