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1 Genre in Hollywood movies is a constant but inconstant thing. Horror, Western, Sci-Fi: all of these are staples of Hollywood production, but the amount varies widely. For example, as the number of Westerns has stayed at or below about 25 per year since the 1960s, the number of Horror films, especially Zombie and Vampire films, 2 has risen dramatically between 1960 and 2000, during which time the production of Vampire films has increased nearly six-fold.

1. Which of the following choices would best introduce the essay by pointing to the potential confusion in how to understand the role of genre in Hollywood films?

  • A. NO CHANGE
  • B. While many movie genres are staples in Hollywood, the popularity of these genres has changed over time.
  • C. Everyone knows that the highest form of Hollywood film is the drama.
  • D. There's a lot that you may not know about how films are made in Hollywood.

2. Which of the following gives information consistent with the graph?

  • A. NO CHANGE
  • B. has risen dramatically between 1960 and 2000, during which time the production of Zombie films has increased nearly six-fold.
  • C. has declined sharply between 1960 and 2000, during which time the production of Zombie films has decreased to almost a sixth.
  • D. has declined sharply between 1960 and 2000, during which time the production of Zombie films has increased nearly four-fold.

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While the saying goes that there's "no accounting for the public's taste," 3 lots of people like lots of different things. Why should the number of Westerns have remained relatively low while the number of Zombie films has skyrocketed? Maybe we should ask the question another way: what do people today get from Zombie films that they don't from Westerns?

3. Which of the following choices would offer the most effective transition between the paragraph and the current one?

  • A. NO CHANGE
  • B. these trends nonetheless invite us to try.
  • C. a lot of people don't even care about Zombie movies.
  • D. science has not yet shown that zombies exist.

[3]

Westerns dominated the 1920s. Zombie films have dominated the 1990s and 2000s. Beginning with these facts alone, we can start to see why these films might have been popular in different eras. 4The 1920s, for instance, was an American moment of crusade. 5Only a tough sheriff, the kind one might get in an old-west town, could find the perfect balance between justice and 6 brutality. Thus, if the world could not be contained by law and order, at least here was an imaginary space that could be in the West.

4. The writer is considering deleting the phrase in different eras and ending the sentence with a period after the word popular. Should the phrase be kept or deleted?

  • A. Kept, because the meaning of the sentence changes without the phrase.
  • B. Kept, because it is interesting to think about history and film together.
  • C. Deleted, because the essay is more concerned with the genres' popularity across time periods.
  • D. Deleted, because the essay is already dull and could stand to have some words removed.

5. At this point, the writer wants to insert an idea that will support the idea given in the previous sentence ("The 1920s…crusade"). Which of the following true statements would offer that support?

  • A. These were crusades altogether distinct from those conducted by the Catholic Church starting in 1095.
  • B. The U.S. is still interested in crusade today, so it's hard to see why they don't make as many Westerns anymore.
  • C. Led by Woodrow Wilson's plan for a U.S.-led League of Nations, the world, reeling from World War I, wanted justice among the outlaws.
  • D. The stock market wouldn't crash for another nine years, at which point people would really freak out.

6. Which of the following alternatives to the underlined portion would NOT be acceptable?

  • A. brutality, and if
  • B. brutality: if
  • C. brutality; thus, if
  • D. brutality, thus, if

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It may seem that genre conventions never change. Because they never change, it probably seems like a Western today follows the same set of rules as a Western from 100 years ago. 7What the rise in Zombie films shows, however, is that the genres themselves change, and they provide different things to different eras. 8This is not to say that one genre is better than the other—that it's better, for instance, to watch a tough cowboy fight off a gang of cattle rustlers—but it is to say that these genres hold a lot more than their mere entertainment value.

7. Which of the following gives the most effective way to combine the previous two sentences, reproduced below?

It may seem that genre conventions never change. Because they never change, it probably seems like a Western today follows the same set of rules as a Western from 100 years ago.

  • A. (keep the sentences as they are)
  • B. It may seem that genre conventions never change; because of it, it could be argued that a Western today follows the same set of rules as a Western from 100 years ago.
  • C. It may seem that genre conventions never change, that a Western today follows the same set of rules as a Western from 100 years ago.
  • D. Because Westerns today follow the same set of rules as they did 100 years ago, it seems to most outside observers that genre conventions never change.

8. At this point, the author is considering adding the following true statement:

For what it's worth, my personal favorite is Jacques Tourneur's I Married a Zombie, which is based loosely on Jane Eyre.

Should the writer make this addition here?

  • A. Yes, because the essay as a whole is filled with these kinds of examples and personal preferences.
  • B. Yes, because the author's quirky choice shows that he has an off-beat perspective.
  • C. No, because the author's strange choice disqualifies him from discussing popular taste.
  • D. No, because the essay as a whole is not primarily focused on the author's personal preferences.

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The 1990s and 2000s, dominated as they are by Zombie films, show that contemporary conflicts are not so far away. Although we now have the world at the click of a button, Zombie films show that we are not all that interested in that world. Instead, we are interested in and suspicious of the people around us. Whether coworkers or fellow students, the people around us, especially when 9 viewed as a mass, can seem almost "dead." And the reasons for this are fairly obvious: our private or online personalities have become so robust that the "real world" outside cannot help but seem dull or claustrophobic by comparison.10

9. Which of the following alternatives to the underlined portion would be LEAST acceptable?

  • A. taken
  • B. espied
  • C. seen
  • D. regarded

10. The writer is considering replacing the word robust in the preceding sentence with the word healthy. Should the writer make the change or keep the sentence as it is?

  • A. Make the change, because the word robust is not familiar to many readers.
  • B. Make the change, because the word healthy provides a more accurate representation of people's medical conditions.
  • C. Keep the sentence as it is, because the word healthy changes the meaning in a way inconsistent with the passage as a whole.
  • D. Keep the sentence as it is, because the word robust keeps the level of vocabulary within the passage at an appropriately high level.

11. The best placement for paragraph 5 would be

  • A. where it is now.
  • B. before paragraph 1.
  • C. after paragraph 2.
  • D. after paragraph 3.