SAT Subject Literature Practice Test 35

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Question 8 questions

Time 8 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.

1. The two men have all of the following in common EXCEPT

A. they are both unmarried
B. they both look down upon women
C. they are both professionals
D. they are both bibliophiles
E. they both speak foreign languages

2. The phrase "well up" (line 16) in this context most nearly means

A. handsomely paid
B. generally liked
C. professionally advanced
D. comfortably sated
E. nattily dressed

3. The sentence "Thither, on Wednesday evenings, when respectable church-members were wending their way to weekly service, they hastened regularly, to meet with a band of like-minded young men, and spend a literary hour or two" (lines 3-8) suggests the men are

A. chauvinists
B. talented authors
C. lapsed church-members
D. rebellious
E. pious

4. In this context, "mercurial" (line 21) most nearly means

A. excitable
B. overheated
C. incorrigible
D. embarrassed
E. self-confident

5. From the passage it is reasonable to conclude that the two men

A. had little opportunity to meet women
B. felt threatened by female influence
C. feared their jobs would be taken by women
D. considered women generally inferior to men
E. felt that women were fit only for teaching and clerical work

6. By the phrase, "Coristine was a lawyer in full practice, but his name did not appear on the card of the firm which profited by his services" the author suggests that

A. Coristine is not valued by his firm
B. Coristine does not have enough money to have business cards made
C. although he was part of a firm, he worked independently
D. Coristine did not contribute sufficiently to his company's earnings
E. Coristine is at the beginning of his career

7. The tone of the passage can best be described as

A. indignantly offended
B. gently mocking
C. hesitantly critical
D. unflinchingly honest
E. offhandedly distant

8. As it is used in the passage, the phrase "wending their way" (line 5) can best be replaced with the words

A. journeying to
B. hastening to
C. retiring from
D. returning from
E. late to