SAT Questions and Answers Model Paper-3 Important Questions Section F

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Time – 25 minutes

25 Questions

1. The scientist warned that global warming might … a dangerous … of some mosquito-borne diseases, resulting in an increasing number of epidemics around the world.

(A) Precede. . Decline

(B) Stimulate. . Resurgence

(C) Eliminate. . Plague

(D) Deter. . Expansion

(E) Induce. . Quarantine

2. The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were the era when Pueblo pottery was least likely to be … and from which, consequently, the fewest authentic examples …

(A) Discovered. . Originate

(B) Preserved. . Survive

(C) Promoted. . Disappear

(D) Counterfeited. . Persist

(E) Mishandled. . Endure

3. Some psychologists argue that a … of choices can be paralyzing, since too many options can impede meaningful selection.

(A) Prohibition

(B) Manifestation

(C) Misapplication

(D) Modicum

(E) Plethora

4. His goal was to … the committee՚s deliberations, and a measure of his success was the ease with which a decision was reached.

(A) Translate

(B) Obfuscate

(C) Facilitate

(D) Debilitate

(E) Exacerbate

5. The Classical Age of Greece, 500 B. C. to 323 B. C. , was characterized by contradictions: it was a mix of superstition and … , of … concepts and centuries – old traditions.

(A) Intuition. . Radical

(B) Rationality. . Revolutionary

(C) Reason. . Reputable

(D) Revolution. . Established

(E) Conjecture. . Progressive

6. Celia Tomlinson personifies … ; She overcame poverty, language barriers, and discrimination to found, own, and operate her own engineering company.

(A) Tenacity

(B) Nonchalance

(C) Circumspection

(D) Expediency

(E) Munificence

7. The crude animated effects … projected images from seventeenth-century lantern slides have now been recognized as … of modern film animation.

(A) Complemented by. . Antecedents

(B) Forestalled by. . Harbingers

(C) Depicted in. . Derivatives

(D) Featured in. . Replieas

(E) Afforded by. . Forerunners

8. The … of impact craters on Venus suggests that erosion may have smoothed its surface over the past billion years.

(A) Magnitude

(B) Panoply

(C) Spate

(D) Ruggedness

(E) Paucity

Question 9 – 10 are based on the following passage.

9 – 10 Are Based on the Following Passage
Line No.Passage
5As a professional television critic, I have had to endure a forced, Contractual separation from the discriminating TV viewer՚s favorite phrase: “You couldn՚t pay me to watch that” . But that՚s how I feel about miniseries. To me, they are beach reading without the beach, airport
10Reading with the airport. They last just the wrong amount of time – they don՚t have the compressed energy of a short story, and they՚re not expansive and open-ended, like a regular series or a novel. A miniseries is like an infomercial – by the time you decide whether
You want to buy the product, you՚ve logged too many hours in front of the television.

9. The statement in lines 4 – 6 ( “To me … airport” ) serves to

(A) Advance an opinion through a comical story

(B) Justify a criticism by citing evidence

(C) Express a negative sentiment in humorous terms

(D) Analyze a theory by citing everyday examples

(E) Note a pressing problem by describing its consequences

10. In lines 9 – 11 ( “A miniseries … television” ) , the author makes use of which of the following?

(A) Allusion

(B) Analogy

(C) Understatement

(D) Personification

(E) Euphemism

Question 11 – 12 are based on the following passage.

11 – 12 Are Based on the Following Passage
Line No.Passage
5From the start, Cirque du Soleil was hardly a conventional circus. It had outrageous costumes, original music, and clever performs – but no animals. Despite the dearth of beasts, it was a rousing success. Those initial decisions were brilliant, since they essentially redefined
10The genre. By not featuring animals. Cirque eliminated one of the most costly and controversial parts of any circus. And by shifting the focus from an event geared to kids to one designed for adults. Cirque pulled in an audience the traditional circus had never seen: adult
Theatergoers accustomed to paying steeper ticket prices.

11. The passage focuses primarily on which characteristic of the founders of Cirque du Soleil?

(A) Their innovativeness

(B) Their impracticality

(C) Their perseverance

(D) Their interest in the performing arts

(E) Their disdain for training animals

12. Why does the author consider Cirque du Soleil a success?

(A) It survived a series of nearly devastating challenges.

(B) It provided a new source of entertainment for parents.

(C) It was an outlet for the designers՚ creative impulses.

(D) It made a number of shrewd financial decisions.

(E) It rescued an obsolete genre from near oblivion.

Questions 13 - 25 are based on the following passage.

This passage is adapted from a novel based on the life of Dr. May china a medical pioneer in Harlem during the 1920s. Here the protagonist relates several of her childhood experiences.

13 - 25 Are Based on the Following Passage
Line No.Passages
5The summer I turned five. Mama decided she՚d had enough of the lower East side. At least for me. She hadn՚t told papa, or anyone, but she՚d been saving money since before we came to New York. And she never touched it, not for food or fuel or clothes. That money was mine. She
10Took the money she՚d saved, paid off a full year of tuition, and bought a train ticket for me to the Bordentown school a top primary school for black children in the east tucked away into sleepy Bordentown, New jersey, about one hundred miles south of New York.
15It was my first time away from home, the first time in my life that I was to spend even a night separated from my mother. I cried bitterly the entire trip. But when I arrived at the school gates, almost immediately, all of my little-girl fears evaporated.
20A gorgeous chocolate-skinned woman named miss Morrison showed me up to the second-floor dormitory. There I saw the most amazing thing an entire roomful of fidgeting, giggling, pouncing little girls just like me. I had never been around children my own age, and they seemed
25To me to be almost fantastic, like the little elves and fairies that my father made up stories about. I believed then, in my truest heart, that they՚d been made and set down in this palace specifically for me.

Those days at Bordentown were some of the best of my

30childhood. Being the youngest children at the school. My class of five year olds wasn՚t as strictly monitored as the others were. So we spent much of our time in devilish pursuits, wandering the fields and gardens surrounding the school. Searching for the spark of creation we used to
35mold the ordinary into the magical. On the grounds, we unearthed wild artichokes and ate them raw, while they were still wet from the morning dew. We little girls lay in the dirt on our bellies and ate raspberries and blackberries and strawberries off due the vine until our faces dripped
40purple with juice.

In the woods along the railroad tracks that ran beside the river, there had once been a vineyard. It had long since grown over with thickets. We waded in among the Brambles to pick grapes, fat like marbles and big as an

45eyeball, so dense and juicy they looked almost black. We steadily ignored the snakes, beetles, and all other manner of creatures that were supposed to send our little-girl selves off screaming … but never did.

Of the academics, I don՚t recall much except that I got a

50copy of a book by Charles Kingsley called water babies as a reward for high scholarship. That delicious woman Miss Morrison handed me the book and said. “May, you know you՚re smart. We know you՚re smart. we՚re not going to Let you back away from that.” And then I was dismissed
55left alone with a pride swelling in my chest so big and tight that I couldn՚t speak. I just sat with my book, with my feeling, and coddled it silently, dreaming of growing up so I could be a teacher too, and stay at school with Miss Morrison forever.
60In this way, I began to discover myself, to understand the fact that I existed apart from mother, father, and teacher. It dawned within me that I was more than a thought that smiled when someone else smiled and walked with an Outstretched hand. I wouldn՚t ever vanish because my
65mother turned out a light and walked away a long distance off by herself.

Upon learning this about myself, mirrors became attractive to me for the first time in my life. Reflecting pools, the headmaster՚s teapot … anything that showed

70my face. The lamp beside my bed stayed on during the night because the glimmering light dropped a curtain at the window, erasing fields, oak branches, and the fight and full circle of the moon. Only my face remained.

I found that I could make mirrors out of anything.

75Inside, outside, anywhere. It gave me magic. And, as it՚s in the nature of children to draw as close to magic as Possible and adore it, the other children began to love me. Little girls followed me and fought over who could hold my hand next. Little boy goy quite when I passed and made
80Small circles in the dirt with their toes. Then teachers hugged and cuddled me, engulfing me in scents Of cinnamon and lavender. And I don՚t think they even knew why. But I did, I understood exactly why, because shortly after Miss Morrison gave me water babies, I՚d taken it under my bed and, with a large quill pen, written on the inside cover.

This is May՚s.

13. Lines 2 – 5 ( “She hadn՚t … mine” ) emphasize that mama

(A) Was planning to move away from New York

(B) Had never wanted to live in the city

(C) Put her daughter՚s education above basic necessities

(D) Was concerned about not being able to pay the bills

(E) Was impatient with her daughter՚s behavior

14. The narrator՚s description of the Bordentown School in lines 8 – 10 ( “tucked … New York” ) suggests that

(A) The town in which the school was located had little appeal for May

(B) The town of Bordentown was unknown outside of New Jersey

(C) The school was much smaller than other schools in the town

(D) The School was situated in a quiet and secluded location

(E) The school had little connection to the town of Bordentown

15. The second paragraph (lines 11 – 15) focuses primarily on

(A) The excitement of going on a trip

(B) A stirring account of an escape

(C) An intense emotional transition

(D) The reasons for Mama՚s decision

(E) May՚s defiance of her mother՚s wishes

16. In line 21, “fantastic” most nearly means

(A) grotesque

(B) Agitating

(C) Eccentric

(D) Superb

(E) Fanciful

17. The narrator՚s statement in lines 22 – 24 ( “I believed … me” ) primarily serves to

(A) Foreshadow a later disappointment

(B) Emphasize the origin of a misconception

(C) Reveal the strength of a conviction

(D) Confess a level of self-absorption

(E) Explain an alarming perception

18. In line 29, “pursuits” most nearly means

(A) Studies

(B) Activities

(C) Vocations

(D) Hobbies

(E) Chases

19. Lines 30 - 31 ( “searching … magical” ) primarily suggest that the children were

(A) Hoping to discover new species of plants and animals

(B) Seeking to understand how living things grow

(C) Trying to find answers to their questions about nature

(D) Using their imaginations to perceive the world differently

(E) Escaping from an oppressive classroom routine

20. Which statement best describes the way the little girls responded to the “creatures” (line 43) Outdoors?

(A) They were unfazed by their encounters with them.

(B) They enjoyed playing with them.

(C) They did everything they could to avoid contact with them.

(D) They pretended to be terrified of them.

(E) They reacted to them in a predictable fashion.

21. The description in lines 50 – 53 ( “And then … silently” ) suggests that May experienced a new sense of

(A) Self – esteem

(B) Duty

(C) Impassivity

(D) Nervousness

(E) Pressure

22. Lines 58 – 62 ( “It dawned … herself” ) suggest that May came to recognize that she

(A) Was not the person other people thought she was

(B) Existed as an independent person

(C) Did not have to pretend to be cheerful when she was not

(D) No longer needed the guidance of adults

(E) Could withstand being rejected by other people

23. In context, the references to “mirrors” (lines 63 and 70) suggest that May was feeling

(A) Self-confident and autonomous

(B) Self-aggrandizing and shrewd

(C) Self-conscious and embarrassed

(D) Self-conscious and embarrassed

(E) Self-effacing and humble

24. It can be inferred from the discussion of “magic” beginning in line 71 that May

(A) Was mystified by her classmates՚ attraction to her

(B) Was uncomfortable with her classmates՚ attention

(C) Used her new popularity to make others do her bidding

(D) Encouraged people to make a fuss over her

(E) Radiated a sureness and poise that appealed to everyone

25. The narrative point of view in the passage is that of

(A) A doctor explaining why she chose medicine as a career

(B) A child announcing an important realization attained while living away from home

(C) A mother describing her daughter՚s experiences at school

(D) An objective narrator presenting multiple perspectives within a story

(E) An adult reflecting on certain memorable childhood events