SAT Section 6 - Group 4

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SAT Section 6 - Group 4 - Quiz


For each question in this section, select the best answer from among the choices given and fill in the corresponding circle on the answer sheet.


Questions and Answers
  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. Despised . . discipline
    Explanation
    Mary despised her stringent upbringing, indicating that she strongly disliked or had a negative attitude towards it. However, as she grew older, she began to appreciate her grandmother's strict discipline, suggesting that she started to understand the value or importance of having rules and structure in her life.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. Acrid
    Explanation
    The word "acrid" means having an irritatingly strong and unpleasant taste or smell. In this context, Virgil's mouth is stinging and burning, indicating that the taste is strong and unpleasant. Therefore, he hurries to the kitchen for water to wash away the acrid taste.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    E. Predilection for . . atypical
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "predilection for . . atypical". This is because the sentence states that the marbled murrelet nests in forests many miles from the sea, which is considered atypical or unusual compared to other seabirds that nest on ocean cliffs and islands. "Predilection for" means a preference or inclination towards something, so the marbled murrelet has a preference for nesting in forests instead of the typical nesting areas for seabirds.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. Demise . . mystery
    Explanation
    The given correct answer, "demise . . mystery," suggests that the cause of Mozart's death is unknown and remains a puzzle or enigma. Over the years, numerous possibilities have been suggested by physicians, including poisoning, malnutrition, kidney disease, and heart failure. However, none of these theories have been proven, leaving his death shrouded in mystery.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    E. Reticent
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "reticent." This word means hesitant to speak or communicate, which aligns with the idea that the children were initially quiet or reserved. As the morning progressed, they became more talkative and started laughing, indicating a shift from being reticent to being more open and expressive.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. Picayune
    Explanation
    Oren missed the play's overarching significance, focusing instead on details so minor that they would best be described as "picayune." This means that Oren was overly concerned with trivial or insignificant details, completely overlooking the larger and more important meaning or message of the play.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. Culturally determined
    Explanation
    The author assumes that the "meaning" mentioned in the opening paragraph is culturally determined. This means that the interpretation or significance of something is influenced by the culture or society in which it is experienced. The author suggests that different cultures may have different understandings or interpretations of the same thing, indicating that meaning is not universally fixed but rather shaped by cultural context.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    C. A single text produced by a previously unknown society
    Explanation
    The most difficult expression of art to interpret in the context of the passage would be a single text produced by a previously unknown society. This is because the passage states that "texts from nonliterate societies can be difficult to interpret," implying that understanding the meaning and context of a text from a society that is completely unknown would be even more challenging.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. By illustrating his point within a particular context
    Explanation
    The author responds to the question posed in lines 3-9 by illustrating his point within a particular context. Instead of directly answering the question, the author provides an example or scenario that exemplifies his point. This allows the reader to understand the author's perspective and reasoning in a more concrete and relatable way.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. An informed outsider
    Explanation
    The author discusses Tanaina culture from the perspective of an informed outsider. This means that the author is knowledgeable about Tanaina culture but is not a part of it. They are able to provide insights and analysis about the culture from an objective standpoint, without any personal bias or emotional attachment.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    C. An understatement
    Explanation
    The sentence in lines 54-55 suggests that the author believes the word "difficult" to be an understatement.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. The key or legend to a map
    Explanation
    The statements in lines 59-65 serve a function most similar to the key or legend to a map. This is because, like a key or legend, these statements provide important information or explanations that help the reader understand and interpret the passage. Just like a key or legend helps to decipher symbols or colors on a map, these statements provide additional details or clarification about certain ideas or concepts mentioned in the passage.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    B. A verbal exchange can establish a binding contract.
    Explanation
    The correct answer suggests that the author's analysis of the folktale provides insight into Tanaina beliefs regarding the establishment of a binding contract through a verbal exchange. The passage likely discusses a folktale that portrays the significance of verbal agreements in Tanaina culture, highlighting the belief that such agreements can be legally binding. This insight into Tanaina beliefs sheds light on their cultural values and practices related to contracts and agreements.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. Plan inadequately for their own needs
    Explanation
    The phrase "porcupine women of this world" suggests that these individuals have a tendency to be prickly or defensive, much like a porcupine's quills. This implies that they are not good at planning for their own needs, as they may be too focused on protecting themselves or avoiding vulnerability. They may prioritize other things, such as leisure or relying on others for help, rather than taking care of their own needs.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    E. Poses a new peril for the porcupine woman
    Explanation
    The final paragraph suggests that the bear path mentioned earlier poses a new peril for the porcupine woman. This is implied by the mention of the bear's "great paws" and the description of the path as "a narrow track, winding through the underbrush." The use of the word "peril" suggests that the path presents a danger or threat to the porcupine woman, indicating that it poses a new challenge or obstacle for her.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. Original goal and her actual situation
    Explanation
    In lines 83-87, the description of the porcupine woman suggests that there is a difference between her initial goal or intention and her current situation or reality. This implies that she had a specific plan or objective in mind, but circumstances have led her to a different outcome. The emphasis on her "original goal" and "actual situation" indicates that there is a contrast between what she initially wanted and what has actually happened to her.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    C. A warning about ill-conceived assent
    Explanation
    This folktale can be seen as a warning about ill-conceived assent because it likely tells a story about someone who agrees to something without fully understanding the consequences or implications. The folktale may highlight the dangers of making hasty decisions or entering into agreements without careful consideration. It serves as a cautionary tale to remind individuals to think before they agree to something, emphasizing the importance of fully understanding the terms and potential outcomes before giving consent.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    C. Appreciation of the folktale as a means of communicating values
    Explanation
    The correct answer is appreciation of the folktale as a means of communicating values. This is because the folktale is being described as a commentary on legal relations, implying that it uses storytelling to convey important messages or lessons about law and society.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    E. To read a text is not necessarily to understand it.
    Explanation
    The author's argument suggests that simply reading a text does not guarantee understanding. This implies that there may be other factors or skills involved in comprehending a text, such as interpretation, analysis, or contextual knowledge. The statement aligns with the author's argument as it emphasizes the limitations of reading alone in achieving understanding.

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