SAT Questions and Answers Model Paper 2 Important Questions Section B

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Section - B

Time - 25 minutes

24 Question

1. Jacob felt great … about his upcoming trip to Brazil; indeed, he could hardly contain his enthusiasm.

(A) Concern

(B) Uncertainty

(C) Confusion

(D) Generosity

(E) Excitement

2. The Professor՚s classroom manner was quite … never revealing the warmth and playfulness she showed in private.

(A) Witty

(B) Sincere

(C) Lively

(D) Formal

(E) Friendly

3. Instead of taking notes during the interview; the journalist recorded the celebrity՚s remarks on tape and later … them.

(A) Disavowed

(B) Transcribed

(C) Anticipated

(D) Retracted

(E) Recollected

4. Like several other important advances in medicine, penicillin was a somewhat … discovery resulting from … combination of blind chance and technical expertise.

(A) Progressive. . A reliable

(B) Wonderful. . An unlucky

(C) Untimely. . A profitable

(D) Ordinary. . An fortunate

(E) Accidental. . A favorable

5. Author Luis Zalamea calls novels writing a … experience, one that cleanses him of feeling of rebellion and frustration.

(A) Subliminal

(B) Perpetual

(C) Stupefying

(D) Cathartic

(E) Corrosive

6. The scientist was … in her evaluation of her own research, choosing to analyze and report on seemingly … results as well as those that were more expected.

(A) Meticulous . . Aberrant

(B) Resolute. . Embryonic

(C) Deferential. . Convoluted

(D) Objective. . Quotidian

(E) Myopic. . Unequivocal

7. Writer john worthen suggested that, in some cases, biographers should be … , considering all available details rather than making … a first principle.

(A) Forthright. . Relevance

(B) Cynical. . Incrimination

(C) Inclusive. . Selection

(D) Libelous. . Discrimination

(E) Comprehensive. . Drudgery

8. Grover Pease Osborne՚s 1893 economics treatise was remarkably … since it foresaw that technological advance would increase the availability of natural resources.

(A) Naïve

(B) Tenacious

(C) Prescient

(D) Influential

(E) Intelligible

Question 9 – 10 are based on the following passage.

Question 9 – 10 Are Based on the Following Passage
5The package that arrived yesterday contained foliage from the most famous tamarind tree in India, the tree that spreads over the tomb of the legendary singer Tansen, who brought on the rains just by singing about them, and whose golden voice caused the emperor Akbar to proclaim him one
10of the nine gems of his court. Even today, Tansen՚s reputation is such that singer travel to his tomb to his tomb to pluck foliage from the branches to make into throat concoctions, hoping their voices will become as pure as that of their illustrious predecessor, he who had caused the
palace lamps to light up just by singing the Deepak Raag Four centuries ago.

9. The narrator refers to the “rains” (line 4) and the “place lamps” (lines 10 - 11) primarily to

(A) Explain the purpose of a practice

(B) Illustrate the depths of a passion

(C) Dramatize the magnitude of a talent

(D) Emphasize the soundness of a belief

(E) Show the consequence of a decision

10. The passage implies that the “singers” (line 7) view Tansen with

(A) Consternation

(A) Ambivalence

(C) Wariness

(D) Pride

(E) Awe

Question 11 – 12 are based on the following passage.

Question 11 – 12 Are Based on the Following Passage
5Archaeologists have traditionally thought that the rise of agriculture required early farmers to settle down near their crops. But new findings suggest that Catalhoytik, Turkey … a large Neolithic village of such early farmers … was smack in the middle of marshy wetlands. Archaeologist Arlene Rosen՚s
10Analysis of fossil remains of wheat and barley found at Catalhoyuk indicates that the grain was grown in a dry area. Some experts reject the implication that Catalhoyuk՚s farmers cultivated distant fields, since large quantities of grain would have had to be transported.
However, archaeobotanist Eleni Asouti has shown that the wood used for contraction at Catalhoyuk grew at least twelve kilometers away the village.

11. Which of the following, if true, would most challenge the “implication” (line 8) ?

(A) Catalhoyuk՚s farmers obtained through trade the wheat and barley that Rosen analyzed

(B) Catalhoyuk՚s farmers understood the impact of soil conditions on crops productivity

(C) Catalhoyuk՚s farmers alternated on an annual basis the crops they planted.

(D) Catalhoyuk՚s farmers shared wheat and barley fields with neighboring villages.

(E) Catalhoyuk՚s farmers used wood that deteriorated in the damp environment.

12. The author mentions Asouti՚s research mostly like because it

(A) Undermines the claim that the villagers somehow transported materials across distances

(B) Reinforces archaeologists՚ traditional view of the rise of agriculture

(C) Provides support for the view that Catalhoyuk՚s farmers could have cultivated distant fields

(D) Offers a unique perspective on Neolithic farming practices

(E) Qualifies Rosen՚s theories about the Catalhoyuk farmers

Questions 13 – 24 are based on the following Passages.

Passage 1 is adopted from a 2000 book written by a historian; passage 2 is adopted from a 1990 autobiography of a well-known African American photographer.

Passage 1

Questions 13 – 24 Are Based on the Following Passages
Line No.Passage 1
5In the mid – 1930s, photographer Margaret Bourke – white wrote an essay in which she explained (perhaps to herself as much as to the reading public) the significance of a photographer՚s “Point of view.” She claimed that this aspect was paramount, transcending all the necessary, technical
10elements in the image – making process. The principal questions Bourke – White posed in the essay reveal a personal test of sorts in judging a photographer՚s point of view … ″ How alive I he? Does he know what is happening in the world? How Sensitive has he become during the
15course of his own photographic development to the world – shaking changes in the social scene about him? ″ Here the ideal photographer proves his or her worthiness in the profession by having developed a social consciousness along the way; the extent to which he or she may be taken
20seriously as a professional rides on a level of sensitivity to social issues.

If Bourke-White came to documentary photography through a desire to bring her work closer to the “realities of life,” as she wrote in 1936, she probably recognized the

25Advantages that words could offer her images. At the same time that Bourke – White՚s picture of people needed supportive text, Southern novelist Erskine Caldwell՚s words about people needed pictures. In 1936 Caldwell found himself in search of “the best photographer available.”
30He intended to make a comprehensive survey of the American South in an attempt to prove that the social problems portrayed in his best – selling fiction posed genuine challenge. Critics and censors had railed against Caldwell՚s stories for misrepresenting the south during that
35Era by dwelling on the effects of illiteracy, racism, and poverty. Caldwell hoped to change their minds with a new piece of notification that would be filled with telling photographs. His show of faith in the camera as a recorder of truth and photography as an objective medium placed
40Caldwell squarely within a mainstream intellectual mentality that wholeheartedly embraced photographs, giving the images credibility as powerful articles of truth.

Earth in 1936 the novelist contacted Bourke – White. She accepted his offer with enthusiasm. On the trek that the

Novelist and the photographer took through seven Southern states, Bourke – White would get many opportunities to prove her sensitivity to the “World – shaking changes in the social scene.”

Passage 2

Questions 13 – 24 Are Based on the Following Passages
Line No.Passage


When I arrived in Washington, D. C. , in January 1942, I was surprised to find that life there embodied some of the bigotry then prevalent in other parts of the United States. Roy Stryker, who hired me, met my dismay with advice.

″ You brought a camera to town with you, ″ Stryker told me. ″ If you use it intelligently, you might help turn things

55Around. it՚s a powerful instrument in the right hands. “Speaking of bigots, he said,” it՚s not enough to photograph one of them and label his photograph bigot. Bigots have a way of looking like everyone else. You have to get at the Source of their bigotry. And that՚s not easy. that՚s what
60you՚ll have to work at, and that՚s why I took you on. Read. Read a lot … . Go through these pictures files. They have a lot to say about what՚s happening here and other places throughout this country. They are an education in themselves. ″
65When our development was disbanded a year later, what I had learned in that time outdistanced the bigotry to which I had been subjected, and the experience had proved to be crucial to my training as a documentary journalist – far more important than those technical aspects involving the
70Use of a camera. I had been forced to take a hard look backward at Black history; to realize the burdens of those who had lived through it. Now, I was much better prepared to face up to the history yet to be made, the events to come, Another significant realization had taken hold … a good
75Documentary photographer՚s work has as much to do with his heart as it does with his eye. I had learned that the camera can lie; that not only was it capable of being untruthful, but also that it could be Machiavellian. It all depended how its users chose to see things. With deliberate
80Intent, the most righteous human being could be made to look evil. What individuals actually stand for, good or bad, now urges me to try to catch the truth of them. I learned to use the camera as a means of persuasion as long as that persuasiveness is conducted with a sense of fair play. Yet, I
Remained aware of the possibility that what may appear as truth to me may not be acceptable as truth to others. that՚s the way things are.

1st A government official and photographer best known for heading the documentary photography project of the Farm Security Administration during the Depression.

2nd Unscrupulous and cunning.

13. Both Bourke – White (Passage 1) and the author of Passage 2 believe that the technical skills needed for documentary photography.

(A) Do not receive the attention they deserve

(B) Cannot be acquired quickly or easily

(C) Can pose a financial hardship to the photographer

(D) Are less important than the photographer՚s insights into the subject matter

(E) Should be standardized so that professional photographers learn the same basic skills

14. Which question would the author of passage 2 most likely feel needs to be added to the list of questions in lines 9 - 12, Passage 1 ( “Him … him” ) ?

(A) Can he accept the criticism of more experienced observers?

(B) Does he avoid distorting his subjects?

(C) Does he realize the time required to hone his skills?

(D) Is he aware of problems in the world around him?

(E) Is he tolerant of human weakness?

15. In line 11, “course” most nearly means

(A) Progression

(B) Direction

(C) Serving

(D) Class

(E) Race

16. In line 16, “rides” most nearly means

(A) Depends

(B) Travels

(C) Continuous

(D) Sails

(E) Conveys

17. Caldwell (Passage 1) and Stryker (Passage 2) share which assumption about documentary photographs?

(A) They are likely to be popular, even among those they criticize.

(B) They can promote harmony among different groups of people.

(C) They can persuade skeptical viewers that social injustices do exist.

(D) They are useful in convincing leaders to take action.

(E) They should present human experience as dignified and inspiring.

18. In line 49, Stryker comments on the “camera” Primarily to

(A) Sympathize with the author about the difficulties of his new job

(B) Compliment the author՚s diligence

(C) Encourage the author՚s interest in politics

(D) Offer a solution to the author՚s dissatisfaction

(E) Warn the author about being too idealistic

19. In line 55 - 56 ( “that՚s … on” ) , Stryker՚s point is that the author was hired to

(A) Capture subtle evidence of an attitude

(B) Depict a range of emotional reaction

(C) Record national events of historic significance

(D) Analyze relationships among individuals

(E) Portray distinctive personalities favorably

20. Bourke White would most likely interpret lines 66 - 69, passage 2 ( “I had … come” ) , as an

(A) Argument for the need to anticipate future crises

(B) Example of a commonplace view of photography

(C) Illustration of a fascination with world history

(D) Expression of a concern about a profession

(E) Indication of the essential qualification of a photographer

21. The passages imply that Bourke-White, Caldwell, and Stryker share which assumption about people?

(A) When people act collectively, they get better results.

(B) When people propose social reforms, they must anticipate opposition.

(C) People have always wanted to improve their living conditions.

(D) People who set out to change the world are overly optimistic.

(E) People should be aware of the problems of their society.

22. In line 69, the author uses the word “history” to refer to

(A) Major changes in political leadership

(B) Social challenges that lay in the future

(C) Written records accompanying photographs

(D) Unexpected discoveries that shocked society

(E) Surprising patterns in his personal life

23. Which aspect of Caldwell՚s project (Passage 1) best illustrates the “possibility” mentioned in lines 80 - 82, passage 2 ( “Yet … others” ) ?

(A) The earlier commercial success of Caldwell՚s fiction

(B) The scope of Caldwell՚s intended survey

(C) The earlier objections to Caldwell՚s stories

(D) The use of photographs to support the written word

(E) The expected public effect of Caldwell՚s finished book

NOTE: Item #24 not included for scoring