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SECTION – H

Time – 20 Minutes

19 Questions

1. During the Han dynasty, trade expansion to distant Persia allowed the Chinese to ---------their--------of other cultures.

(A) Deny . . . understanding

(B) Increase. .awareness

(C) Discourage. . Development

(D) Enhance. . Dismantling

(E) Strengthen. .avoidance

2. The ambitions politician promoted the tax cuts not so much for the citizen’ ---------as for his own -------.

(A) Reception. . Guarantee

(B) Welfare. . Reputation

(C) Disbelief. . Goodness

(D) Treachery. . Persistence

(E) Prosperity. . Downfall

3. Although certainly talented, the child could not really be called -------; there was nothing particularly ------- about his achievements.

(A) A virtuoso. . Precocious

(B) A genius. . Fanatical

(C) A natural. . Affected

(D) A prodigy. . Exceptional

(E) An upstart. . Modest

4. The tranquil story recounted by Ezra jack Keats in the snowy day ------ the calm presence of the book’s illustrations: both ------- the silence of a snow covered landscape.

(A) Captures. . Disrupt

(B) Masks. . Betray

(C) Mirrors. . Evoke

(D) Undercuts. . Exude

(E) Violates. . Embody

5. Jean-Michel basquiat’s ascendancy was truly -------; his provocative art suddenly propelled him from New York street artist to international celebrity.

(A) Piecemeal

(B) Digressive

(C) Meteoric

(D) Conventional

(E) Holistic

6. Because these speeding particles’ composition were quite different from of other low-energy cosmic rays, scientists dubbed them -------- cosmic rays.

(A) Intermitted

(B) Transitory

(C) Resilient

(D) Anomalous

(E) Mercurial

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Questions 7-19 are based on the following passage.

In this passage adapted from a 1999 memoir by a published writer, the author reflects on one of her childhood experiences with her grandmother in the 1950s.

The Author Reflects on One of Her Childhood Experiences
The author reflects on one of her childhood experiences

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Passage

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My first commissioned works was to write letters for her. “You write for me, honey?” She would say, holding out a ballpoint she had been given at a grocery store promotion. Clicking it like a castanet. My fee was cookies and milk, payable, during, and after completion of the

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project.

I settled down at her kitchen table while she rooted around the drawer where she kept coupons and playing cards and pieces of stationery. The paper was so insubstantial even ballpoint ink’ seeped through the other

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Side. “That’s OK.” She would say. “We only need one side.”

True. In life she was a gifted gossip, unfurling an extended riff of chatter from a bare motif of rumor. But her writing style displayed a brevity that made Hemingway’s prose look like nattering garrulity. She

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dictated her letters as if she were paying by the world.

“Dear sister;” she began, followed by a little time-buying cough and throat clearing. “We are all well here.” Pause. “And hope you are well too,” Longer pause. The steamy broth of inspiration heating up on her side of the

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table. Then, in a lurch, “Winter is hard so I don’t get out much.”

This was followed instantly by an unconquerable fit of envy; “not like you in California.” Then she came to a complete halt, perhaps demoralized by this evidence that

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you can’t put much on paper before you betray your secret self, try as you will to keep things civil.

She sat, she brooded, she stared out the window. She was looked in the perverse reticence of composition. She gazed at me. But I understood she did not see me. She

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was looking for her next though. “Read what I wrote,” she

would finally say, having lost not only what she was looking for but what she already had pinned down. I went over the little trail of sentences that led to her dead end.

More silence, then a sigh. “put ‘God bless you,’ “she

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said. She reached across to see the lean rectangle of words on the paper. “now leave some space,” she said,”

and put ‘love.” I handed over the paper for her to sign.

She always asked if her signature looked nice. She wrote her one word------Teresa-----with a flourish. For her,

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writing was painting, a visual art, not declarative but sensuous.

She sent her lean document regularly to her only remaining sister. Who lived in loss Angeles, a place she had not visited. They had last seen each other as children

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in their village in central Europe. But she that or thing from that world. There was no taint of reminiscence I her prose.

Even at ten I was appalled by the minimalism of these letters. They enraged me.”Is that all you have to say?” I

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would ask her, a nasty edge to my voice.

It wasn’t long before I began padding the text. Without telling her, I added an anecdote my father had told at dinner the night before, or I conducted this unknown reader through the heavy plot of my brother’s attempt to

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make first string on the St. Thomas hockey team. I allowed myself a descriptive aria on the beauty of Minnesota winters (for the benefit of my California reader who might need some background material on the subject of ice hockey). A little of this, a little of that ----- there was

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always something I could toss onto my grandmother’s meager soup to thicken it up.

Of course, the protagonist of the hockey tale was not “my brother.” He was “my grandson.” I departed from my own life without a regret and breezily inhabited my

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grandmother’s. I complained about my hip joint, I bemoaned the rising cost of hamburger, and hinted at the inattention of my son’s wife (that is, my own mother, who was next door, oblivious to treachery).

In time, my grandmother gave in to the inevitable.

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Without ever discussing it, we understood that when she came looking for me , clicking her ballpoint. I was to write the letter, and her job was to keep the cookies coming. I abandoned her skimpy floral stationery which badly cramped my style, and thumped down on the table a

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stack of ruled

“Just say something interesting,” she would say. And I was off to the races.

I took over her life in prose. Somewhere along the line, though. She decided to tack full possession of her sign-off.

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She asked me to show to write “love” so she could add it to “Teresa” in her own hand. She practiced the new world many times on scratch paper before she allowed herself to commit it to bottom of a letter.

But when she finally took the leap, I realized I had

forgotten to tell her about the comma. On a single slanting line she written: love Teresa. The words didn’t look like a closure, but a command.

7. In the opening paragraph, the author characterizes writing letters for her grandmothers as a

(A) Privilege

(B) Favor

(C) Business transaction

(D) Dreaded responsibility

(E) Punishment

8. In line 26, “betray” most nearly means

(A) Tempt

(B) Deceive

(C) Desert

(D) Disappoint

(E) Reveal

9. The sentence beginning with “more silence” (line 35) primarily emphasizes the grandmother’s sense of

(A) Anticipation

(B) Resignation

(C) Despair

(D) Satisfaction

(E) Resolve

10. The sentence in lines 40-42 (“For her . . . sensuous”) serves primarily to explain why the grandmother

(A) Asked her granddaughter to reread her letters

(B) Had not felt it necessary to learn to write

(C) Was very particular about the style of her stationery

(D) Sought approval regarding the appearance of her signature

(E) Thought it was important for her granddaughter to write well

11. The granddaughter’s question in line 50 primarily conveys her

(A) belief that her grandmother’s letters did not offer enough details

(B) Determination to include everything her grandmother wanted to say

(C) Resentment about having to write letters for her grandmother

(D) Irritation that her grandmother was avoiding certain painful subjects

(E) Sense that her grandmother did not write to her sister often enough

12. The granddaughter’s actions in lines 52-62 (“It . . . up”) are motivated by her desire to

(A) Have a more interesting life

(B) Write a more entertaining letter

(C) Make her grandmother happy

(D) Encourage her grandmother’s sister to visit

(E) Develop her own skills as a writer

13. The parenthetical reference in lines 58-60 serves to

(A) Explain why the grandmother envied her sister in California

(B) Suggest that the child found writing letters for her grandmother to be rewarding

(C) Give an example of a subject that the grandmother asked her granddaughter to write about

(D) Highlight the granddaughter’s desire to have others appreciate her writing skills

(E) Emphasize the granddaughter’s sense of tailoring her writing to an audience

14. In lines 62, “meager soup” refers to the

(A) Emotional ties between family members

(B) Grandmother’s modest lifestyle

(C) Grandmother’s limited writing skills

(D) Substance of the grandmother’s letter

(E) Meals served by the grandmother

15. The granddaughter’s attitude in lines 63-69 (“Of course . . . treachery”) is best described as

(A) Guilty

(B) Wary

(C) Conscientious

(D) Optimistic

(E) Self-satisfied

16. The granddaughter used “ruled” (line 76) paper because she

(A) Disliked the floral pattern on her grandmother’s stationery

(B) Began to view the letter writing as an onerous assignment

(C) Assumed that she would teach her grandmother’s how to write

(D) Required more space than her grandmother’s stationery provided

(E) Anticipated having to write multiple letters for her grandmother

17. The phase “off to the races” (line 78) Indicates that the author

(A) Viewed writing as a game

(B) Plunged enthusiastically into her task

(C) Rushed to finish the letters as quickly as possible

(D) Avoided a direct request

(E) became extremely competitive

18. Lines 79-82 (“I tool . . . hand”) suggest that the grandmother wanted to learn how to write “love because she

(A) Wanted to improve her writing skills

(B) Realized that her letters needed an appropriate closing

(C) Was impatient with what seemed to be interference from her granddaughter

(D) Felt that it was important to contribute more directly to the letters

(E) Began to feel closer to her sister as her letters became more personal

19. The passage is best interpreted as an account of

(A) The formative stage of a writer’s development

(B) A long-standing rivalry between two sisters

(C) A common experience of immigrants in the United States

(D) A basic misunderstanding about the purpose of writing letters

(E) A grandmother’s aspirations for her granddaughter

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