SAT Reading: Comprehension Quiz I

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SAT Reading Quiz: This 15-question quiz is modeled off of the reading comprehension section of the SAT Critical Reading exam and contains questions that can be answered by thoroughly reading the passage. Also see the "Free SAT Reading Comprehension Study Guide" offered by ProProfs Free SAT school. ProProfs Quiz School also has other quizzes on SAT Reading Comprehension.

  
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  • 1. 
    In line 1, "observing" most nearly means:
    • A. 

      Gathering data

    • B. 

      Carefully watching

    • C. 

      Taking note of

    • D. 

      Monitoring and recording

    • E. 

      Presiding over


  • 2. 
    The purpose of introducing the alligator in line 15 is to:
    • A. 

      Present a character that most people are personally familiar with

    • B. 

      Provide an example for a previously mentioned argument

    • C. 

      Contrast the aforementioned example with an alternative point of view

    • D. 

      Include a common symbol of justice

    • E. 

      Create a tense and abrasive mood


  • 3. 
    The word "endured" on line 22 most nearly means:
    • A. 

      Survived

    • B. 

      Celebrated

    • C. 

      Incurred

    • D. 

      Admonished

    • E. 

      Continued


  • 4. 
    According to lines 6-26, why is retribution not the sole component of justice?
    • A. 

      The pain of defeat can never be compromised

    • B. 

      Punishment cannot suffice to mend some transgressions

    • C. 

      Some people are simply evil

    • D. 

      Most punishments are not strong enough to deter people from future crimes

    • E. 

      It is difficult to assess what the correct punishment is for a crime


  • 5. 
    Based on the paragraph beginning on line 27, the author would most likely agree that providing aid to the poor
    • A. 

      Is a foolish endeavor

    • B. 

      Results in a greater number of poor people

    • C. 

      Is an unfair action

    • D. 

      Cannot mend society's ills

    • E. 

      Represents a form of social justice


  • 6. 
    On line 30, "stricken" most nearly means:
    • A. 

      Buffetted

    • B. 

      Hit

    • C. 

      Surprised

    • D. 

      Inflicted

    • E. 

      Paraded


  • 7. 
    Why does the author not consider the passer-by in the third paragraph a "just" man?
    • A. 

      He is unfair to the destitute man

    • B. 

      He has malicious intent

    • C. 

      He will not provide equal treatment to the man

    • D. 

      He cannot recognize the right of the destitute to beg

    • E. 

      He does not desire to help the man


  • 8. 
    What is the distinction between fairness and justice, according to the author?
    • A. 

      Fairness is equal compense, while justice is not

    • B. 

      Fairness is just, and justice is fair

    • C. 

      Fairness is a human endeavor and justice is a metaphysical quest

    • D. 

      Fairness involves achievable goals while justice does not

    • E. 

      Fairness regards parity while justice involves a remedy


  • 9. 
    Which of the following situations would the author find absolutely just?
    • A. 

      A boy finds ten dollars on the ground and returns it to the owner

    • B. 

      A church donates old clothes to the needy

    • C. 

      A patron of a bar pays back his tab (bill)

    • D. 

      A soccer player is ejected after playing too roughly

    • E. 

      A mother nurses her child


  • 10. 
    The author's perspective on justice is best described as
    • A. 

      Fleeting

    • B. 

      Reverent

    • C. 

      Disparaging

    • D. 

      Ambivalent

    • E. 

      Pretentious


  • 11. 
    Which of the following statements would the author of this passage most likely disagree with?
    • A. 

      Justice is a difficult concept to define

    • B. 

      It is sometimes difficult to choose a just course of action

    • C. 

      Many people have flawed ideas regarding justice

    • D. 

      Our criminal justice system provides true justice

    • E. 

      You cannot always return injustice "in kind"


  • 12. 
    In line 5, "nature" most nearly means:
    • A. 

      Ecosystem

    • B. 

      Environment

    • C. 

      Unity

    • D. 

      Essence

    • E. 

      Diversity


  • 13. 
    Which of the following attempts at justice would the author consider arcane?
    • A. 

      Providing welfare for citizens

    • B. 

      Requiring treatment for the criminally insane

    • C. 

      Forcing students to sign a pledge of academic honesty

    • D. 

      Creating a support network for victims of domestic violence

    • E. 

      Mandating the equal allotment of resources after a divorce


  • 14. 
    How would the author most likely respond to the claim that the death penalty deters potential criminals from committing murder?
    • A. 

      The death penalty is inhumane

    • B. 

      It is always wrong to murder another human being, even in the form of social punishment

    • C. 

      The death penalty is the most effective form of justice available

    • D. 

      The death penalty is unfair because it affects certain socio-economic classes more than others

    • E. 

      The death penalty cannot provide solace for those affected by a murderer


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