SAT Subject Literature Practice Test 25

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Question 8 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. The "Colonists" (line 10) are most likely

A. prisoners
B. readers
C. British sailors
D. Sydney's citizens
E. American observers

2. The sentence "It is true, all are not yet in a state of completion; but, be it remembered, that what was done gradually in England, in the course of many centuries, has been here effected in the comparatively short period of sixty years" (lines 14-18) serves which of the following purposes in the passage?

A. It admits a flaw and accepts the argument.
B. It outlines a counterargument and then provides justification.
C. It argues a new point and then returns to the main theme.
D. It explains a previous point, giving the history behind the argument.
E. It compares two cities and finds one superior.

3. The phrase "mean moment" (line 20) can best be rephrased as

A. evil intent
B. unhappy time
C. average length
D. routine description
E. small importance

4. The main differences between the three paragraphs can be best described as

A. paragraph one addresses the reader, paragraph two continues the argument, and paragraph three summarizes the passage so far
B. paragraph one sets the passage's goals, paragraph two tells a history, and paragraph three describes an actual situation
C. paragraph one begins the history, paragraph two continues it, and paragraph three concludes it
D. paragraph one is descriptive, paragraph two is historical, and paragraph three relates a narrative
E. paragraph one is ornate, paragraph two is more subdued, and paragraph three cites examples

5. The second paragraph implies that

A. Australia was unsuitable for habitation
B. Captain Phillip did not have the backing of the British government
C. before the American revolution, Britain used to send its prisoners to America
D. Australia had never before been visited by the British
E. the "First Fleet" encountered an existing city near Manly Beach.

6. Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of Sydney, according to the passage?

A. religious buildings
B. perpendicular side streets
C. a long coastline
D. a shallow harbor
E. good weather

7. The final sentence, "This, at first, gives the place an air of unpleasing sameness and formality, to those accustomed to the winding and romantic streets of an ancient English town; but the eye soon becomes reconciled to the change, and you cease to regret the absence of what is in so many respects undesirable," most nearly means

A. at first, Sydney seems homogenous to people who like England's historical curved streets, but once you get used to it you stop thinking that windy streets are a good thing
B. at first, Sydney seems overly formal to people who have studied England's history, but eventually you grow accustomed to it and stop noticing it
C. at first, Sydney seems unpleasant to English visitors, but once they accept Sydney for what it is, they grow to love it
D. at first, Sydney's streets seem too similar to England's streets; but once you get to know Sydney you find that's not the case
E. at first, Sydney seems too rigid to fans of England's historical curved streets, and people are at first apt to regret their visit to Sydney

8. It is reasonable to infer that the author of the passage

A. worries that he or she does not have the full support of Australia's citizens
B. believes that Sydney is better than London
C. supports urban planning
D. is sensitive about his native land
E. finds Sydney quaint