SAT Literature Practice Test 22

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Question 11 questions

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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.

1. It can be inferred that Troy played baseball

A. before the outbreak of World War I
B. long before the period in which Selkirk played right field for the Yankees
C. before Jackie Robinson was born
D. before the major leagues were racially integrated
E. until his near brush with death

2. Which of the following best expresses the meaning of Troy's statement that "There ought not never have been no time called too early!" (lines 10-11) ?

A. We should judge past conditions in light of their historical context.
B. It is a shame that we must wait for society's flaws to be corrected by progress and social change.
C. Most individuals are born before the time period in which they could most prosper or succeed.
D. The language we use to describe the world affects the way we experience the world.
E. Despite the appearance of progress, social conditions do not really improve.

3. Troy mentions his encounter with Josh Gibson's daughter to

A. prove that Selkirk had been unqualified to play right field for the Yankees
B. cite an example of a black athlete whose skills in his view exceeded those of Jackie Robinson
C. pay tribute to the greatest of right fielders in the Negro Leagues
D. illustrate the disparity in the economic rewards available to white and to black professional baseball players before the integration of Major League Baseball
E. emphasize his point that times have not changed

4. Troy's tone in lamenting the injustice of his baseball career is one of

A. evenhanded objectivity
B. harsh political fervor
C. lingering resentment
D. naïve idealism
E. pompous self-pity

5. Troy begins a speech by personifying death and then proceeds to

A. ignore Rose's well-meaning advice
B. revert to his previous bragging about his prowess as a baseball player
C. make a comparison expressing his fearlessness of death
D. make an analogy that shows that he believes he can evade death
E. explain what he believes it will feel like to die

6. Which of the following stylistic devices are employed by the playwright to evoke the atmosphere of the scene?

I. soliloquy

II. double entendre

III. nonstandard English

A. I only
B. II only
C. III only
D. I and III only
E. II and III only

7. Troy's attitude toward death is primarily one of

A. contemptuous denial
B. naïve self-delusion
C. boastful nonchalance
D. awed anticipation
E. thinly veiled cowardice

8. From the passage, it can be inferred that Troy and Bono are

A. opponents in a long-standing dispute
B. former teammates of Josh Gibson
C. baseball players of two different generations
D. flirtatious colleagues
E. old friends

9. Rose's role in the passage can best be described as

A. inquisitive
B. condemning
C. justifying
D. instigating
E. attentive

10. It can be inferred that Rose's feelings for Troy are characterized by

A. affectionate concern
B. sarcastic mockery
C. reverent admiration
D. apathetic dismissal
E. jealous anxiety

11. Which of the following would most logically precede the discussion excerpted in this passage?

A. A discussion about whether Troy's son can expect to be discriminated against in his sports career because he is black
B. A debate over whether Troy should compete for a spot at the Yankees' spring training camp
C. A debate over the merits of racially integrated neighborhoods
D. A discussion of the great moments in Troy's baseball career
E. A discussion of persistent racial unrest in American society