SAT Questions and Answers Model Paper-6 Important Questions Section C

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Section - C

Time - 25 minutes

25 Questions

1. Mala based her new online business in the … , because she wanted to work far away from the crowded, expensive city.

(A) Metropolis

(B) Neighborhood

(C) Countryside

(D) Emporium

(E) Multitude

2. In his vivid representation of the African American experience, painter Romare Bearden often used colors so … that viewers could not take their eyes off his works of art.

(A) Sensible

(B) Residual

(C) Vibrant

(D) Mannered

(E) Formulaic

3. By discovering how to … an affordable substitute for cortisone from soybeans, Percy Julian helped to make arthritis treatment … large numbers of people.

(A) Eliminate. . Superfluous for

(B) Synthesize. . Prohibitive for

(C) Compromise. . Feasible for

(D) Constitute. . Irrelevant to

(E) Create. . Accessible to

4. Although the women in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries who undertook botanical illustration were primarily … , their contributions as naturalists and cataloguers actually helped … the field as an academic discipline.

(A) Researchers. . Depreciate

(B) Amateurs. . Legitimize

(C) Entrepreneurs. . Subsidize

(D) Biologists. . Eschew

(E) Historians. . Chronicle

5. To end his lecture on time, Professor Burke decided to … his final point and address it instead at the next class meeting.

(A) Improvise

(B) Amend

(C) Forgo

(D) Reiterate

(E) Promote

6. Although A. S. Byatt՚s stories are elaborate and some-times contain supernatural elements, her characters do not seem … ; on the contrary, they are quite …

(A) Simplistic. . Eccentric

(B) Realistic. . Memorable

(C) Abstruse. . Incomprehensible

(D) Contrived. . Plausible

(E) Intricate. . Complex

7. Dr. Allan was told informally of several intriguing cases that accorded with her theory, but this … evidence could not provide the confirmation that a more … series of experiments would.

(A) Anecdotal. . Systematic

(B) Theoretical. . Convoluted

(C) Impressionistic. . Analogous

(D) Unsubstantiated. . Dilatory

(E) Dogmatic. . Rigorous

8. Despite the … of books written about Greta Garbo, she ultimately remains … , an inscrutable personality.

(A) Ardor. . A paragon

(B) Profusion. . An icon

(C) Bounty. . An icon

(D) Obtuseness. . A paradox

(E) Dearth. . A mystery

Questions 9 - 10 are based on the following passage.

Questions 9 - 10 Are Based on the Following Passage
Line no.Passage
5When we came home, Aunt Sylvie would certainly be home, too, enjoying the evening, for so she described her habit of sitting in the dark. Evening was her special time of day. She gave the world three syllables, and indeed I think she liked it so well for its Tendency to smooth, to soften.
10She seemed to dislike the disequilibrium of counterpoising a roomful of light against a worldful of darkness. Sylvie in a house was more or less like a mermaid in a ship՚s cabin. She preferred it sunk in the very element it was meant to exclude.

9. The reference to Aunt Sylvie՚s pronunciation in line 4 serves to

(A) Capture a distinctive regional dialect

(B) Highlight a double meaning of a word

(C) Provide an ominous foreshadowing

(D) Underscore a particular misconception]

(E) Give evidence of a contrary personality

10. The last sentence of the passage suggests that Sylvie felt a house should be a

(A) Shelter from darkness and danger

(B) Defense against unwelcome visitors

(C) Mysterious and adventurous place

(D) Reminder of the cabin of a ship

(E) Part of the world outdoors

Questions 11 - 12 are based on the following passage.

Questions 11 - 12 Are Based on the Following Passage
Line no.Passage
5Some people boast of having a sixth sense, professing to know or see things that others cannot, Fortune-tellers, mind readers, and mystics all lay claim to this power, and, in so doing, elicit widespread fascination in others, especially book publishers and television production. The questionable
10Field of parapsychology is of course founded on the belief that at least some people actually possess this mysterious power. But to me, the real mystery is why so many fortune-tellers choose to work the phones on television psychic hotlines instead of becoming insanely wealthy stock traders
On wall street.

11. The author implies that the “people” (line 1) are

(A) Mavericks

(B) Dilettantes

(C) Oracles

(D) Charlatans

(E) Pragmatists

12. The tone of the author՚s comment in the last sentence ( “But … Street” ) is most accurately as

(A) Sardonic

(B) Baffled

(C) Condescending

(D) Didactic

(E) Pensive

Questions 13 - 25 are based on the following passage.

These passages are adapted from observations made by two twentieth-century historians on how nations – and people – make use of their sense of their own history.

Passage 1

Questions 13 - 25 Are Based on the Following Passage
Line no.Passage
5Although when use the word “history” we instinctively think of the past, this is an error, for history is actually a bridge connecting the past with the present and pointing the road to the future. This fact Daniel Webster expressed many years ago in memorable nautical terms:
10“… When the mariner has tossed for many days in thick weather, and on an unknown sea, he naturally avails himself of the first pause in the storm, the earliest glances of the sun, to take his latitude and ascertain how far the elements have driven him from his true course.” Webster
15here indicates One of the cardinal utilities of history. Since humanity is always more or less storm-driven, history serves as a crucial navigational instrument for the nations which, tossed as they are by wind and current, would be lost in confusion if they could not indentify their position.
20History enables bewildered bodies of human beings to grasp their relationship with their past, and helps them chart their immediate forward course. And it does more than this. By giving people a sense of continuity in all their efforts, red-flagging error, and chronicling immortal worth,
25it confers on them a consciousness of unity, a realization of the value of individual achievement, and a comprehension of the importance of planned effort, as contrasted with aimless drifting.

Modern people, especially when harried and perplexed by

30the sweep of events, peer earnestly into history for some illumination of their predicament and prospects, Even though they may only read magazine articles or listen to the radio or television. And when great events rouse people to their most responsible temper, and fierce
35national ordeals awaken them to a new sense of their capacities, they turn readily to the writing of history, for They wish to instruct, and to its reading, for they want to learn. It was no accident that the first world war fostered such an interest in history that for a time the number of
books in English devoted to history exceeded the titles in fiction.

Passage 2

Questions 13 - 25 Are Based on the Following Passage 2
Line no.Passage
40The historian has much to answer for. History … that is, written history and the examples it provides … has made and unmade nations , gives courage to the oppressed and undermined the oppressor, has justified aggression and
45overridden law. After Germany՚s defeat of France in 1870, a French historian exclaimed with unwilling admiration that the nineteenth-century Germans used their history as a means toward unity and a weapon of war; but that the story of his own country as written by his compatriots had
50Taught the French people “above all to hate one another.” Past heroism breeds future heroism, past cowardice the cowardice of the future. History tends to repeat itself by a process of almost deliberate imitation. We have been told what to expect of ourselves and, by
55expecting, we do it.

But what is this motivating force? What is written history? The nineteenth-century English historian Froude sonorously hailed it as “A voice forever sounding across the centuries the laws of right and wrong.” Written history

60Is, in fact, nothing of the kind; it is the fragmentary record of the often inexplicable actions of innumerable bewildered human beings set down and interpreted according to their own limitations by other human beings, equally bewildered. The tribunal of history judges about as
65Fairly as any random batch of court judges. But only a minority of people are able to recognize this fact, and, of that minority, only a minority will act upon it. The rest of us will go through life with a silt of moral and political prejudice washing about the brain – all derived directly and
70Indirectly, by way of textbooks and propaganda and theaters and the marketplace, from historical writings.

It used to be said that history should be written without prejudice that the historian must not step aside to draw a moral. The first cannot be done; the second should not.

75Historians should always draw morals. If the accurate, judicious and highly trained scholars fail to do so, the unscrupulous and unqualified will do it for them, and the deluded public will listen gaping to false but more emphatic prophets. Historians who neglect the education
Of the public are responsible for the villainous stuff to which the public will go instead. A nation does not create the historians it deserves; the historians are far more likely to create the nation.

13. The author of each passage argues that people use their nations՚ history as a way to

(A) Bring about harmony among disparate groups

(B) Settle disputes over important precedents

(C) Make decisions about future actions

(D) Influence citizens of other nations

(E) Create myths fostering patriotism

14. The primary purpose of Passage 1 is to

(A) Define what is meant by the term “history” in Western culture

(B) Draw a parallel between collective and individual histories

(C) Describe the benefits of having a sense of history

(D) Clarify misconceptions about history

(E) Justify the public՚s interest in history

15. The author of passage 2 would most likely argue that a nation՚s history differs a “crucial navigational instrument” (line 13, Passage 1) in that history

(A) May offer flawed, even misleading, direction

(B) Is not easily understood by every head of state

(C) Helps to promote embarrassment, even shame

(D) Offers little guidance on certain national issues

(E) Must be studied in the context of a society՚s values

16. In line 26, “the sweep of events” most directly refers to events that happen

(A) Secretly and remain undisclosed

(B) Routinely and appear unimportant

(C) Swiftly and seem overwhelming

(D) Accidently and confirm improvements

(E) Predictably and confirm expectations

17. The author of Passage 1 assumes that historians functions as

(A) Wise and respected policy makers

(B) Strict and disciplined instructors

(C) Adventurous and articulate explorers

(D) Knowledgeable and indispensable guides

(E) Carefree and impetuous speculators

18. The author of passage 2 would most likely consider the “number” (line 35, Passage 1) an example of the

(A) Appetite for history that makes the public vulnerable to irresponsible historians

(B) Demand for history books that makes unscrupulous historians wealthy

(C) Interest in history that leads readers to overestimate their own expertise

(D) Need for heroic figures whose stories provide inspiration

(E) Tendency of history texts to proliferate during wartime

19. The primary purpose of passage 2 is to

(A) Present a strongly held opinion

(B) Describe the methodology of a historian

(C) Analyze a famous historian՚s work

(D) Defend a widely held point of view

(E) Discredit the validity of a project

20. In line 54, “sounding” most nearly means

(A) Measuring

(B) Greeting

(C) Proclaiming

(D) Fathoming

(E) Examining

21. The author of Passage 1 would most likely characterize the “tribunal of history” mentioned in line 60 passage 2 as

(A) Detached and uniformed

(B) Divisive and demanding

(C) Objective and illuminating

(D) Vast and mysterious

(E) Conventional and superficial

22. In line 74, “gaping” most directly emphasizes the

(A) Public՚s appetite for documented facts

(B) Audience՚s susceptibility to persuasion

(C) Scholars՚ approach to conducting research

(D) Historians՚ desire to entertain readers

(E) Readers՚ preference for familiar explanations

23. The author of passage 2 argues that written history often functions as a

(A) Useful description of documented facts

(B) Glorious commemoration of past greatness

(C) Powerful motivation for future reforms

(D) Dubious training in scholarly detachment

(E) Questionable model for future conduct

24. The “minority” (line 61, Passage 2) would most likely view the “sense of continuity” mentioned in line 19, Passage 1 with

(A) Disdain for its political implications

(B) Ambivalence about its popular appeal

(C) Curiosity about its future effects

(D) Appreciation of its short-term advantages

(E) Skepticism about its accuracy

25. The author of Passage 1 and the author of Passage 2 differ most strongly on which topic?

(A) The appeal of history

(B) The reliability of historians

(C) The impact of tumultuous events

(D) The Dearth of accessible historical documents

(E) The relevance of the past to the present

NOTE: The reading passages in this test are brief excerpts or adaptations of excerpts from the published material. The ideas contained in them do not necessarily represent the opinions of the College Board or Educational Testing Service. To make the test suitable for testing purposes, we may in some cases have altered the style, contents, or point of view of the original.