SAT Subject Literature Practice Test 37

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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. Which of the following sentences best describes the passage's structure?

A. Paragraph one introduces a topic, while paragraph two further elaborates, citing poetic evidence.
B. Paragraph one states a point of view, while paragraph two opposes it.
C. Paragraph one states the general perception of a profession, while paragraph two delves into the actual emotions of the individuals in that profession.
D. Paragraph one explains atrocities, and paragraph two justifies them.
E. Paragraph one provides background on a topic, while paragraph two gives a contemporary popular culture example.

2. Which of the following situations would be most analogous to the author's suppositions about pirates' emotions?

A. A student who cheated on a test but felt so bad about it that he turned himself in
B. A student who cheated on a test and gave her transgression no more than a passing thought
C. A student who falsely accused another student of cheating, and then retracted his statement because of guilt
D. A student who cheated on a test but felt so ashamed that he was unable to enjoy the high grade he received
E. A student who cheated on a test but felt justified in doing so because the teacher had not properly prepared her for the material on the test

3. Which of the following is an example of a metaphor?

A. their haunts for centuries (lines 18-19)
B. the desperate exploits, foul doings, and diabolical career (lines 5-6)
C. the great highway of nations (lines 10-11)
D. the desperadoes and runagates of every clime and nation (lines 7-9)
E. the apprehension and foreboding of the mind (lines 31-32)

4. The author's prose can be characterized as

A. descriptively complex, using extensive modifiers and subordinate clauses
B. deceptively ornate, couching a simple subject in complicated language
C. rhetorically interrogative, raising questions that the author never answers
D. narrowly biased, providing a unilateral viewpoint
E. defensively argumentative, anticipating critical objections and rejecting them

5. The word "secretes" (line 12) as it is used in the passage most nearly means

A. admits
B. ensconces
C. emanates
D. entertains
E. silences

6. According to the passage, what do relatives of the victims believe happened to the victims?

A. They died of scurvy or other shipborne diseases.
B. They were murdered by pirates.
C. They were kidnapped by foreign cultures to be sold as slaves.
D. They succumbed to the lure of the open ocean.
E. They capsized in a large storm and drowned.

7. The author most likely believes in

A. a universal conscience that transcends cultures
B. a supreme deity who governs all actions
C. a higher court to which murderers are held accountable
D. the potential power of international law
E. the importance of nurture in the development of a moral code

8. The use of the word "practically" (line 28)

A. proves that murderers are always haunted by remorse
B. suggests that not all victims were killed
C. insinuates that the pirates were motivated only by greed
D. explains the logic behind murder
E. implies that the author is not exactly sure of the pirates' actions

9. The author inserts the poem/song at the end most likely to

A. liven up a boring narrative
B. support a point by quoting a poetic source
C. discuss an opinion that is opposed to his
D. provide a text for subsequent analysis
E. appease readers who prefer rhyme to prose