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SAT Reading: Understanding Reading Passages Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. How can the initial stages of analysis help you feel connected to a piece of literature?

Question 2 2.

Read the passage and answer the question:

In the sleek, glittering world of science fiction I found mental liberation from Fargo Middle School, with its grimy, pea-green tiles that hadn't been cleaned in years and grody old posters about the dangers of peer pressure. I got detention once for daydreaming in class - and then I started getting detention on purpose, so I could sit in the quiet office and dream of alien civilizations and the laws of robotics, instead of trudging home to a house overflowing with siblings to bother me. The office was stuffy and airless, with a revolting carpet in mottled brown and orange and dented filing cabinets marching along the walls, but I wasn't really there so it never bothered me much.

In this passage, the school is described as…

Question 3 3. The three basic parts of literary analysis are

Use this material to answer question #4

This is a portion of the poem 'Mending Wall' by Robert Frost

Something there is that doesn't love a wall,

That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,

And spills the upper boulders in the sun;

And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.

The work of hunters is another thing:

I have come after them and made repair

Where they have left not one stone on a stone,

But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,

To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,

No one has seen them made or heard them made,

But at spring mending-time we find them there.

I let my neighbour know beyond the hill;

And on a day we meet to walk the line

And set the wall between us once again.

We keep the wall between us as we go.

Question 4 4. In Robert Frost's 'Mending Wall', what is the denotation of walking the line?

Question 5 5. What is tone?

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Question 6 6. When you do a close reading of a passage or sentence, you…

Question 7 7. What should you consider when visualizing?

Question 8 8.

It might be easy for Chase to brave Mrs. Stetson's wrath from the lofty height of the 7th grade, but I was still in elementary school and not very enthused about a plan that could potentially get my pocket money stopped for a week.

'Are you sure we won't get caught?'

Chase rolled his eyes. 'I never get caught. Ask Sam.'

It can be inferred from this passage that…

Question 9 9. Pick the answer choice that best describes the gist of 'Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer' in one sentence:

Question 10 10. A student finds herself constantly trying to figure out what the author meant when she reads sections of her textbook. Which of the following is NOT a way to improve her reading for the gist of the section?

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Question 11 11. Why is visualization important?

Question 12 12. Which of the following BEST demonstrates a reader who is using a big picture reading strategy?

Question 13 13. What should you NOT focus on when making connections to the text?

Question 14 14. When does the process of analyzing a text begin?

Question 15 15. Which of the following is NOT a connotation associated with the word grave?

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Question 16 16.

Read the passage and answer the question:

In the sleek, glittering world of science fiction I found mental liberation from Fargo Middle School, with its grimy, pea-green tiles that hadn't been cleaned in years and grody old posters about the dangers of peer pressure. I got detention once for daydreaming in class - and then I started getting detention on purpose, so I could sit in the quiet office and dream of alien civilizations and the laws of robotics, instead of trudging home to a house overflowing with siblings to bother me. The office was stuffy and airless, with a revolting carpet in mottled brown and orange and dented filing cabinets marching along the walls, but I wasn't really there so it never bothered me much.

What is the setting of this passage?

Question 17 17.

What is the mood of the following passage?

Nearly in tears, the proud father beamed as he handed his newborn daughter to his mother. The grandmother smiled wide and cradled the baby in her arms.

Question 18 18.

'I didn't mean to! I just - I forgot that when you leave you have to turn the water supply off! I'm so sorry.'

It can reasonably be inferred from this passage that…

Question 19 19. What is the definition of 'gist'?

Question 20 20. An author creating a structure is NOT similar to:

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Question 21 21. Pick the word with a negative connotation:

Question 22 22.

Emily has always loved marshmallow treats, but if she eats too many, she gets a headache from all the sugar. One day, her father buys a big bag of marshmallow treats and hides them in the kitchen so he can give them to Emily as a surprise. When he comes home from work, he finds the bag gone. Emily claims the dog ate it, but she blushes when she says it, and that evening he finds that the bottle of headache medicine is also empty.

It can most reasonably be inferred from this little story that…

Question 23 23. Janine has to read a chapter per night of a novel for her English class. When should she use visualization as a reading strategy?

Question 24 24. You have a dinner party and all the guests ask for seconds. What is the most logical conclusion?

Question 25 25. The denotation of a word is…

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Question 26 26.

Read the passage and answer the question:

In the sleek, glittering world of science fiction I found mental liberation from Fargo Middle School, with its grimy, pea-green tiles that hadn't been cleaned in years and grody old posters about the dangers of peer pressure. I got detention once for daydreaming in class - and then I started getting detention on purpose, so I could sit in the quiet office and dream of alien civilizations and the laws of robotics, instead of trudging home to a house overflowing with siblings to bother me. The office was stuffy and airless, with a revolting carpet in mottled brown and orange and dented filing cabinets marching along the walls, but I wasn't really there so it never bothered me much.

Which of the following best characterizes the attitude of the narrator towards his physical surroundings?

Question 27 27. Why is structure so important in writing fiction?

Question 28 28. What is visualization when reading?

Question 29 29. The best approach to making an inference is to _____.

Question 30 30. At the beginning of William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, we are given the information that the characters live in Verona. What basic part of comprehension does this information fulfill?

SAT Reading: Understanding Reading Passages Chapter Exam Instructions

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