SAT Writing and Language Practice Test: The UK and the Euro

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The UK and the Euro

[1] The United Kingdom is a longstanding member of the European Union (EU), a multinational political organization and economic world leader 1 elected over the course of the past half-century. [2] However, there is one key feature of the EU in which the UK does not 2 participate; the monetary union known as the Eurozone, consisting of countries that share the euro as currency. 3 [3] While the nation's public opinion has remained generally supportive of that decision, evidence suggests that the euro's benefits for the UK might, in fact, outweigh the risks. [4] When the EU first implemented the euro in 1999, intending to strengthen collective economy across the union, Britain was permitted exclusion and continued using the pound instead. [5] This, UK leaders hoped, would shield Britain from financial dangers that the euro might suffer. Proponents for avoiding the euro point 4 to faltering economies in the Eurozone region throughout the Eurozone. To join a massive, multinational economy would involve surrendering taxable wealth from one's own region to aid impoverished countries that may be some thousands of miles away. If a few economies in the Eurozone suffer, all of the participating nations suffer, too. Other proponents point to details of financial policy such as interest rates and territory responsibilities, fearing loss of agency and political traction.5

But complications loom: the UK's current EU status may be untenable. In recent years, EU leaders seem to intend to transition all members 6 toward the Eurozone, for many reasons, this action appears necessary for protecting nations involved and ensuring the monetary union's long-term success. These conditions may potentially force the UK to choose either the security of its multidecade EU membership, or the pound and all it entails for Britain's economy. Enjoying both may not remain possible.7

[1] Regarding Britain's intent to be protected from the Eurozone's economic dangers, this hope never quite materialized. [2] The UK saw economic downturns of its own during the euro's problematic years thus far. [3] Many families in the UK still struggle to pay their bills in the face of higher than normal unemployment rates. [4] It seems that regardless of shared currency, the economies of Britain and its Eurozone neighbors are too closely 8 intertwined for one to remain unscathed by another's crises.9

Perhaps this question of economic security has been the wrong one. Due to Britain's location and long-standing trade relationships with its neighbors, economies will persist to be somewhat reliant on each other, euro or not. 10 Furthermore, political security, power, and protection bear more significance for the future. If the UK hopes to maintain and expand its influential presence in world leadership, its association and close involvement with greater Europe is invaluable. Considering that the euro probably offers a lower risk margin than many have supposed, the benefits of euro adoption 11 : to secure EU membership and strengthen its cause, bid Britain carefully reconsider.

1.

  • A. NO CHANGE
  • B. determined
  • C. advanced
  • D. built

2.

  • A. NO CHANGE
  • B. participate: the monetary
  • C. participate, the monetary
  • D. participate. The monetary

3. To present the ideas of this paragraph in logical order, the most appropriate place for sentence 3 to appear is

  • A. where it is now.
  • B. after sentence 1.
  • C. after sentence 4.
  • D. after sentence 5.

4. Which choice best completes the sentence?

  • A. NO CHANGE
  • B. to faltering economies throughout the Eurozone.
  • C. to faltering economies in most if not all Eurozone countries.
  • D. to faltering economies in Eurozone countries throughout Europe.

5. Which statement most clearly communicates the main claim of the paragraph on the previous page?

  • A. The UK's taxable wealth would decrease if it assisted impoverished countries.
  • B. Economic independence from impoverished countries would still be possible.
  • C. The UK would take on significant economic risk if it adopted the euro as its currency.
  • D. Euro adoption would require subsequent economic assistance on the UK's behalf.

6.

  • A. NO CHANGE
  • B. toward the Eurozone. For many reasons,
  • C. toward the Eurozone, for many reasons.
  • D. toward the Eurozone. For many reasons.

7. Which choice best summarizes details that support the main claim in this paragraph?

  • A. The UK wants to maintain the pound as its currency.
  • B. All EU members may soon have to accept the euro.
  • C. The UK faces a difficult decision regarding its EU membership.
  • D. All member nations want to ensure the success of the EU.

8.

  • A. NO CHANGE
  • B. disparate
  • C. identical
  • D. relevant

9. Which sentence is least relevant to the central idea of this paragraph?

  • A. Sentence 1
  • B. Sentence 2
  • C. Sentence 3
  • D. Sentence 4

10.

  • A. NO CHANGE
  • B. Or,
  • C. Also,
  • D. However,

11.

  • A. NO CHANGE
  • B. —to secure EU membership and strengthen its cause—
  • C. : to secure EU membership and strengthen its cause—
  • D. ; to secure EU membership and strengthen its cause,