SAT Section 6

19 Questions | Total Attempts: 500

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  • 1. 
    As a child, Mary ------- her stringent upbringing; however, as she grew older she began to appreciate her grandmother’s strict -------.
    • A. 

      Tolerated . . autonomy

    • B. 

      Despised . . discipline

    • C. 

      Embraced . . authority

    • D. 

      Disavowed . . abstinence

    • E. 

      Loathed . . liberality

  • 2. 
    His mouth stinging and burning, Virgil hurried to the kitchen for water to wash away the dish’s ------- taste.
    • A. 

      Earthy

    • B. 

      Exotic

    • C. 

      Cloying

    • D. 

      Acrid

    • E. 

      Succulent

  • 3. 
    Since other seabirds customarily nest in colonies on ocean cliffs and islands, the marbled murrelet’s ------- nesting in forests many miles from the sea must be considered -------.
    • A. 

      Ambivalence about . . hypothetical

    • B. 

      Indifference to . . bold

    • C. 

      Insistence upon . . evident

    • D. 

      Aversion to . . dangerous

    • E. 

      Predilection for . . atypical

  • 4. 
    The cause of Mozart’s ------- is a long-standing medical -------: over the years, physicians have suggested more than 100 possibilities, including poisoning, malnutrition, kidney disease, and heart failure.
    • A. 

      Mortality . . phenomenon

    • B. 

      Bereavement . . controversy

    • C. 

      Genius . . enigma

    • D. 

      Demise . . mystery

    • E. 

      Death . . trial

  • 5. 
    At first the children were -------, but as the morning progressed they began to laugh and talk eagerly.
    • A. 

      Ostentatious

    • B. 

      Myopic

    • C. 

      Solicitous

    • D. 

      Puerile

    • E. 

      Reticent

  • 6. 
    Oren missed the play’s overarching significance, focusing instead on details so minor that they would best be described as -------.
    • A. 

      Pragmatic

    • B. 

      Indelible

    • C. 

      Moribund

    • D. 

      Picayune

    • E. 

      Impervious

  • 7. 
    Questions 7-19 are based on the following passage. Click Here to Read the Passage. In the opening paragraph, the author assumes that the “meaning” (line 8) is
    • A. 

      Culturally determined

    • B. 

      Intensely personal

    • C. 

      Essentially moralistic

    • D. 

      Permanently inscrutable

    • E. 

      Uniquely artistic

  • 8. 
    In the context of the passage, which “expression of art” (line 9) would be the most difficult to interpret?
    • A. 

      A contemporary play written by a prolific playwright

    • B. 

      A fable from a nonliterate society with which anthropologists are very familiar

    • C. 

      A single text produced by a previously unknown society

    • D. 

      A sitcom from the early days of television

    • E. 

      A single myth from an ancient culture

  • 9. 
    How does the author respond to the question posed in lines 3-9 ?  
    • A. 

      By proposing an innovative strategy

    • B. 

      By confirming the futility of such analysis

    • C. 

      By describing a personal experience with the problem

    • D. 

      By illustrating his point within a particular context

    • E. 

      By documenting a traditional approach to the problem

  • 10. 
    The author discusses Tanaina culture from the perspective of
    • A. 

      A concerned parent

    • B. 

      A bewildered visitor

    • C. 

      A performance artist

    • D. 

      An informed outsider

    • E. 

      An indignant reader

  • 11. 
    The sentence in which "difficult" appears (lines 54-55) indicates that the author considers the word to be
    • A. 

      An exaggeration

    • B. 

      An estimate

    • C. 

      An understatement

    • D. 

      A contradiction

    • E. 

      A preconception

  • 12. 
    Questions 7-19 are based on the following passage. Click Here to Read the Passage. In relation to the passage, the statements in lines 59-65 serve a function most similar to which of the following items?
    • A. 

      A menu in a restaurant

    • B. 

      The key or legend to a map

    • C. 

      A department store directory

    • D. 

      The outline of a term paper

    • E. 

      An illustration of a fairytale

  • 13. 
    Questions 7-19 are based on the following passage. Click Here to Read the Passage. The author’s analysis of the folktale offers which insight into Tanaina beliefs?
    • A. 

      A fanciful story is most suitable for an audience of children.

    • B. 

      A verbal exchange can establish a binding contract.

    • C. 

      A person who behaves impulsively is most often sincere.

    • D. 

      A shared task should be divided fairly between two people.

    • E. 

      A painstaking plan may nonetheless fail to anticipate all problems.

  • 14. 
    The “porcupine women of this world” (lines 76-77) are best described as people who
    • A. 

      Plan inadequately for their own needs

    • B. 

      Postpone necessary work in favor of leisure

    • C. 

      Depend heavily upon help from their close friends

    • D. 

      Return repeatedly to their favorite places

    • E. 

      Flee quickly from any laborious task

  • 15. 
    The final paragraph (lines 76-87) suggests that the bear path mentioned in lines 51-52 is significant because it
    • A. 

      Foreshadows the arrival of a benevolent character from Tanaina folklore

    • B. 

      Suggests an alarming alternative to crossing the river

    • C. 

      Marks the boundary of the beaver’s natural surroundings

    • D. 

      Explains the porcupine woman’s fear of unfamiliar territory

    • E. 

      Poses a new peril for the porcupine woman

  • 16. 
    In lines 83-87, the description of the porcupine woman emphasizes the discrepancy between her
    • A. 

      Social position and her private feelings

    • B. 

      Physical wealth and her moral poverty

    • C. 

      Hostile action and her ultimate gratitude

    • D. 

      Original goal and her actual situation

    • E. 

      Grandiose ambition and her real needs

  • 17. 
    As a commentary on legal relations, this folktale is best described as
    • A. 

      An example of traditional practices

    • B. 

      An outline for social behavior

    • C. 

      A warning about ill-conceived assent

    • D. 

      A criticism of obsolete customs

    • E. 

      A parody of actual situations

  • 18. 
    As a commentary on legal relations, this folktale is best described as
    • A. 

      Excitement at an unexpected discovery

    • B. 

      Admiration of the storyteller’s performance

    • C. 

      Appreciation of the folktale as a means of communicating values

    • D. 

      Enthusiasm for the Tanaina culture’s concept of legality

    • E. 

      Enjoyment of the comical aspects of the folktale

  • 19. 
    Which statement is most consistent with the author’s argument?
    • A. 

      Translating a literary text requires formal linguistic training.

    • B. 

      Tales transmitted by a nonliterate society elude transcription in later eras.

    • C. 

      Listening to a skilled storyteller is more instructive than entertaining.

    • D. 

      Simple enjoyment of a tale is incompatible with scholarly analysis.

    • E. 

      To read a text is not necessarily to understand it.