SAT Practice Test Paper 1 Section C Questions and Answers Part 3

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(1) On my nineteenth birthday, I began my trip to Mali, West Africa.

(2) Some 24 hours later I arrived in Bamako, the capital of Mali.

(3) The sun had set, and the night was starless.

(4) One of the officials from the literacy program I was working was there to meet me.

(5) After the melee in the baggage claim, we proceeded to his car.

(6) Actually, it was a truck.

(7) I was soon to learn that most people in Mali that had automobiles actually had trucks or SUVs.

(8) Apparently, there not just a convenience bit a necessity when you live on the edge of the Sahara.

(9) I threw my bags into the bed of the truck, and hopped in to back of the truck, and hopped into the back of the cab.

(10) Riding to my welcome dinner, I started out the widows of the truck and took in the city.

(11) It was truly a foreign land to me, and I knew that I knew that I was an alien there.

(12) “What am I doing here?” I thought.

(13) It is hard to believe but seven months later I returned to the same airport along the same road that I had traveled on that first night in Bamako, and my perspective on the things that I saw had completely changed.

(14) The landscape that had once seemed so desolate and lifeless now was the homeland of people that I had come to love.

(15) When I looked back at the capital, Bamako, fast recording on the horizon, I did not see a city foreboding and wild in its foreignness.

(16) I saw the city which held so many dear friends.

(17) I saw tea-drinking sessions going late into the night.

(18) I saw the hospitality and open-heartedness of the people of Mali.

(19) The second time, everything looked completely different, and I knew that it was I who had changed and not it.

26. Which of the following is the revision of sentence 4 (reproduced below) ?

One of the officials from the literacy program I was working was there to meet me.

(A) As it is now.

(B) One of the literacy program I was working՚s officials was working to meet me.

(C) There, was one of the officials from the literacy program I was working to meet me.

(D) One of the officials from the literacy program where I worked had been there to meet me.

(E) One of the officials from the literacy program where I would be working was there to meet me.

27. Which of the following is the best way to revise sentence 7 (reproduced below) ?

I was soon to learn that most people in Mali that had automobiles actually had trucks or SUVs.

(A) Change “I was soon to learn” to “I was soon learning”

(B) Change “that had automobiles” to “who had automobiles”

(C) Replace “or” with “and”

(D) Add commas after “Mali” and “automobiles”

(E) Add on apostrophe to make “SUVs” read “SUV՚s”

28. Sentence 13 (reproduced below) would be best revised to which of the following choices?

It is hard to believe but seven months later I returned to the same airport along the same road that I had traveled on that first night in Bamako, and my perspective on the things that I saw had completely changed.

(A) As it is now.

(B) It is hard to believe, but seven months later I returned to the same airport along the same road that I had traveled on that first night in Bamako: my perspective on the things that I saw had completely changed.

(C) It is hard to believe but seven months later I returned to the same airport along the same road that I had traveled on that first night in Bamako, and my perspective completely changed on the things I saw.

(D) It is hard to believe, but seven months later, when I returned to the same airport along the same road that I had traveled on that first night in Bamako, my perspective on the things I saw had completely changed.

(E) It is hard to believe, but seven months later I returned to the same airport along the same road that I had traveled on that first night in Bamako, and my perspective on the things that I saw having completely changed.

29. If you were to combine sentences 16 - 18 (reproduced below) into one sentence, which of the following would be the best choice?

I saw the city which held so many dear friends. I saw tea-drinking sessions going late into the night. I saw the hospitality and open-heartedness of the people of Mali.

(A) I saw the city which held so many dear friends; I saw tea-drinking sessions going late into the night; I saw the hospitality and open-heartedness of the people of Mali.

(B) I saw the city which held so many dear friends, drinking tea into late in the night, and the hospitality and open-heartedness of the people of Mali.

(C) I saw the city which held so many dear friends, I saw tea-drinking sessions going late into the night, I saw the hospitality and open-heartedness of the people of Mali.

(D) I saw the city which held so many dear friends, tea-drinking sessions going late into the night, the hospitality and open-heartedness of the people of Mali.

(E) I saw the city which held so many dear friends: tea-drinking sessions going late into the night, the hospitality and open-heartedness of the people of Mali.

30. Which of the following must be done to sentence 8 (reproduced below) to make it conform to the rules of written English?

Apparently, there not just a convenience but a necessity when you live on the edge of the Sahara.

(A) Eliminate the comma after “Apparently”

(B) Change “there” to “they are”

(C) Add commas after “convenience” and “necessity”

(D) Change “you live” to “one lives”

(E) Add “Desert” after “Sahara”

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