SAT Literature Practice Test 8

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Question 6 questions

Time 6 minutes

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Directions: This test consists of selections from literary works and questions on their content, form, and style. After each passage or poem, choose the best answer to each question.

Try some of the techniques you learned in the chapters on poetry and prose to complete this drama exercise. Do the specific questions first and the general ones next.

This excerpt is from Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw.

1. The central contrasts in the passage are expressed in all of the following pairs EXCEPT

A. A lady in a florist's shop … "flower girls"
B. Buckingham Palace … "the Tower of London"
C. Mrs. Pearce … "the King"
D. proper bedroom … "the back kitchen"
E. good and do whatever you're told … "naughty and idle"

2. From his speech, it seems clear that Higgins views Eliza as

A. a naïve child
B. an obedient servant
C. a potential wife
D. a futile project
E. a tenacious competitor

3. According to the passage, all of the following are characteristic of a "lady" EXCEPT

A. articulate speech
B. employment in a florist's shop
C. private transportation
D. fine clothing
E. the leisure not to work

4. The first four lines of Higgins' speech imply

A. the discipline developed in a military background like Eliza's
B. Higgins' prejudice about people of different social classes
C. Higgins' long familiarity with Eliza and her character
D. the insight Higgins has into what motivates women
E. Eliza's preference for direction over explanation

5. Higgins's speech can best be described as

A. condescending
B. didactic
C. instructive
D. explicatory
E. apathetic

6. From the passage, Higgins may accurately be described as all of the following EXCEPT

A. presumptuous
B. generous
C. arrogant
D. self-important
E. determined