SAT Section 3 - Group 2

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This is the Practice SAT test Section 3.


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  • 1. 
    The following sentences test correctness and effectiveness of expression. Part of each sentence or the entire sentence is underlined; beneath each sentence are five ways of phrasing the underlined material. Choice A repeats the original phrasing; the other four choices are different. If you think the original phrasing produces a better sentence than any of the alternatives, select choice A; if not, select one of the other choices. In making your selection, follow the requirements of standard written English; that is, pay attention to grammar, choice of words, sentence construction, and punctuation. Your selection should result in the most effective sentence—clear and precise, without awkwardness or ambiguity. EXAMPLE: Laura Ingalls Wilder published her first book and she was sixty-five years old then. (A) and she was sixty-five years old then (B) when she was sixty-five (C) at age sixty-five years old (D) upon the reaching of sixty-five years (E) at the time when she was sixty-five 1. The library is older than it but still just as beautiful as the courthouse.
    • A. 

      Older than it but still just as beautiful as the courthouse

    • B. 

      Older and it is just as beautiful as the courthouse

    • C. 

      Older than the courthouse; it is just as beautiful

    • D. 

      Older than the courthouse but just as beautiful

    • E. 

      Just as beautiful as the courthouse and it is older than it.

  • 2. 
    Winslow Homer, one of America’s foremost artists, spent his last 27 years and painted on the scenic Maine coast.
    • A. 

      Spent his last 27 years and painted

    • B. 

      Spent his last 27 years having painted

    • C. 

      Spent his last 27 years painting

    • D. 

      Having spent his last 27 years doing his painting

    • E. 

      Spending his last 27 years painting

  • 3. 
    Researchers are experimenting with various techniques for preventing the accumulation in water of high levels of nitrogen, which can kill plants and animals.
    • A. 

      Nitrogen, which can kill plants and animals

    • B. 

      Nitrogen; plants and animals can be killed

    • C. 

      Nitrogen, that is what can kill plants and animals

    • D. 

      Nitrogen, they could kill plants and animals

    • E. 

      Nitrogen, and they can kill plants and animals

  • 4. 
    When the news spread how new goldfields were discovered in Nome, Alaska, thousands abandoned Dawson, the site of the previous gold rush.
    • A. 

      How new goldfields were discovered

    • B. 

      How there was discovery of new goldfields

    • C. 

      About new goldfields, and they were discovered

    • D. 

      About new goldfields, and they were discovered

    • E. 

      About new goldfields that had been discovered

  • 5. 
    When the Berlin Wall, long a symbol of the Cold War, began to be torn down in 1989, five million people went to Berlin to celebrate that.
    • A. 

      To celebrate that

    • B. 

      For its celebration

    • C. 

      To celebrate

    • D. 

      In celebration of that

    • E. 

      In celebrating

  • 6. 
    To complete the music program, a student must present one vocal performance, one instrumental performance, and composing one original work.
    • A. 

      And composing one original work

    • B. 

      And one original composition

    • C. 

      With one original composition

    • D. 

      And to compose one original work

    • E. 

      As well as the student's original composition

  • 7. 
    Zookeepers have expanded one’s definition of care to include concern for the animal’s mental state as well as for its physical well-being.
    • A. 

      Have expanded one’s definition of care to include

    • B. 

      Have expanded one’s definition of care, including

    • C. 

      Expand their definition of care, they include

    • D. 

      Expanding the definition of care to include

    • E. 

      Have expanded their definition of care to include

  • 8. 
    The time and the place for such a large event is subject to approving from the mayor’s office.
    • A. 

      The time and the place for such a large event is subject to approving from the mayor’s office.

    • B. 

      For such a large event, the time and the place are subject to the mayor’s office’s approving them.

    • C. 

      The time and the place for such a large event are subject to the approval of the mayor’s office.

    • D. 

      The time and place for such a large event are subject to be approved by the office of the mayor.

    • E. 

      Subject to the approval of the mayor’s office are the time and place for such a large event taking place.

  • 9. 
    New Zealand’s Kaikoura Peninsula, a ruggedly beautiful spit of land, borders an undersea canyon that is home to the sperm whale and the giant squid.
    • A. 

      Borders an undersea canyon that is

    • B. 

      Bordering an undersea canyon,

    • C. 

      And it borders an undersea canyon, which is

    • D. 

      Which borders an undersea canyon,

    • E. 

      Is the border of an undersea canyon, being

  • 10. 
    In similarity with some other great works, the enduring horror tale Frankenstein was first published anonymously; its author, Mary Shelley, wrote the novel when she was not quite nineteen years old.
    • A. 

      In similarity

    • B. 

      As

    • C. 

      Like what happened with

    • D. 

      Like the case with

    • E. 

      Like

  • 11. 
    The book is useful because it offers not just philosophy and theory but also tells you what and how to live every day.    
    • A. 

      But also tells you what and how to live every day

    • B. 

      But also it gives ways of everyday living

    • C. 

      But also advice for everyday living

    • D. 

      But also it gives practical advice for everyday life

    • E. 

      And also tells you what to do and how to live every day

  • 12. 
    The following sentences test your ability to recognize grammar and usage errors. Each sentence contains either a single error or no error at all. No sentence contains more than one error. The error, if there is one, is underlined and lettered. If the sentence contains an error, select the one underlined part that must be changed to make the sentence correct. If the sentence is correct, select choice E. In choosing answers, follow the requirements of standard written English. Example:  The other delegates and him immediately accepted the resolution drafted by the neutral states. No error 12. The country found that its economy was growing more stronger, with an improved outlook and more opportunities for training and employment. No error
    • A. 

      Was growing

    • B. 

      More stronger

    • C. 

      An improved

    • D. 

      For training

    • E. 

      No error

  • 13. 
    The iris, the colored part of the eye, contains delicate patterns that are unique to each person, offering a powerful means of identification. No error
    • A. 

      Contains

    • B. 

      Are

    • C. 

      Unique to

    • D. 

      Means of

    • E. 

      No error

  • 14. 
    The newly elected Prime Minister, to the dismay of opponents from other parties, have argued for the strict regulation of campaign financing. No error
    • A. 

      Newly elected

    • B. 

      To the dismay

    • C. 

      Have argued

    • D. 

      The strict regulation

    • E. 

      No error

  • 15. 
    Studies have suggested that eating nuts—almonds in particular—might help to lower blood cholesterol levels in humans and reducing the risk of heart disease by protecting the blood vessels. No error
    • A. 

      Have suggested

    • B. 

      Lower

    • C. 

      Reducing

    • D. 

      By protecting

    • E. 

      No error

  • 16. 
    In English literature James Boswell is the prime example of a biographer who, by ensuring the immortality of another author, has achieved immortality for himself. No error
    • A. 

      In

    • B. 

      By ensuring

    • C. 

      Another

    • D. 

      Himself

    • E. 

      No error

  • 17. 
    Because the garden was untended, the windows had no shutters, and the lawn overrun by weeds, people passing by the old house assumed that it was unoccupied. No error
    • A. 

      Untended

    • B. 

      Had no

    • C. 

      Overrun

    • D. 

      Passing by

    • E. 

      No error

  • 18. 
    Until recently, most people entering politics feel that loss of privacy was a fair price to pay for the chance to participate in policy making. No error
    • A. 

      Entering

    • B. 

      Feel

    • C. 

      A fair price

    • D. 

      For

    • E. 

      No error

  • 19. 
    Only by tapping their last reserves of energy were the team members able to salvage what was beginning to look like a lost cause. No error
    • A. 

      Only by tapping

    • B. 

      Were

    • C. 

      To salvage

    • D. 

      What was beginning

    • E. 

      No error

  • 20. 
    When Doris Lessing published The Golden Notebook in 1962, it instantly established herself as one of the most important literary voices of her generation. No error
    • A. 

      It

    • B. 

      Instantly established

    • C. 

      As one

    • D. 

      Most important

    • E. 

      No error

  • 21. 
    Not many authors have described the effects of environmental pollution as effective as Rachel Carson, whose work is still a model for nature writers. No error
    • A. 

      Not many

    • B. 

      Have described

    • C. 

      As effective as

    • D. 

      A model for

    • E. 

      No error

  • 22. 
    It was a Chinese American grower who finally succeeded with adapting the now familiar orange tree to the American climate. No error
    • A. 

      It was

    • B. 

      With adapting

    • C. 

      Now familiar

    • D. 

      To

    • E. 

      No error

  • 23. 
    The survey indicated that workers in the United States hope that his or her wages will keep pace with the rising cost of living. No error
    • A. 

      Hope

    • B. 

      His or her

    • C. 

      Keep pace with

    • D. 

      Rising

    • E. 

      No error

  • 24. 
    In Angkor, Cambodia's ancient city, a clever designed reservoir, five miles long and one mile wide, supplied fish and helped farmers to produce three crops of rice annually. No error
    • A. 

      Clever

    • B. 

      Supplied fish

    • C. 

      And

    • D. 

      To produce

    • E. 

      No error

  • 25. 
    Last summer, when Mary's aunt and uncle flew from Turkey to visit their relative and tour and the United States, Mary invited Sandhya and I to her house to meet them. No error
    • A. 

      Flew from

    • B. 

      And tour

    • C. 

      I

    • D. 

      To meet

    • E. 

      No error

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