SAT Grammar Practice Test: Adding or Removing Information

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1. The nature reserve, owned and operated by the Royal Society, is located in Minsmere, Suffolk. Intended primarily to aid in bird conservation, the environment is favorable for bird nesting and breeding, and includes a diverse variety of habitats such as marshes, grasslands, and forest areas. [1] Guests of the reserve can access a visitor center and spot many species of birds on an extensive network of footpaths and trails. [2]

At Point [1], the writer is considering adding the following sentence:

Over 15,000 curious bird-lovers travel to the reserve each month during birding season.

Should the writer make this addition here?

  • A. Yes, because it provides both relevant information and a transition to the following sentence.
  • B. Yes, because the sentence reinforces the paragraph's main point.
  • C. No, because it blurs the paragraph's focus by adding irrelevant information.
  • D. No, because it includes information that has already been stated elsewhere in the paragraph.

2. The nature reserve, owned and operated by the Royal Society, is located in Minsmere, Suffolk. Intended primarily to aid in bird conservation, the environment is favorable for bird nesting and breeding, and includes a diverse variety of habitats such as marshes, grasslands, and forest areas. [1] Guests of the reserve can access a visitor center and spot many species of birds on an extensive network of footpaths and trails. [2]

The writer is considering concluding this paragraph with the following sentence:

Many bird conservation sites around the world are experiencing funding problems due to lack of public support and private donations.

Should the writer make this addition here?

  • A. Yes, because the sentence provides a satisfactory conclusion to the preceding paragraph.
  • B. Yes, because the sentence provides evidence to support a relevant claim.
  • C. No, because the sentence provides a level of detail that is inconsistent with the rest of the paragraph.
  • D. No, because the sentence introduces irrelevant information to the paragraph.

3. Edgar Rice Burroughs, who lived from 1875 to 1950, was an American writer known for his works in the adventure and science-fiction genres.While many of his stories and characters have faded into obscurity over the past century, he will probably always remain in the public eye as the creator of Tarzan, the famous "man raised by apes" who became a cultural icon. [3] Though many literary critics of the past and present have not exactly respected Burroughs' work for its stylistic merits, there can be no doubt that his adventures have had a great impact upon popular culture at large, and on a smaller scale, upon the imaginations of his readers, both young and old. [4]

The writer is considering deleting the underlined portion of Sentence 3. Should the writer make this change?

  • A. Yes, because it interrupts the flow of the paragraph.
  • B. Yes, because it contains a negative tone that is not consistent with the rest of the paragraph.
  • C. No, because it offers an effective and informative counterpoint to the rest of the sentence.
  • D. No, because introduces a relevant supporting example.

4. Edgar Rice Burroughs, who lived from 1875 to 1950, was an American writer known for his works in the adventure and science-fiction genres.While many of his stories and characters have faded into obscurity over the past century, he will probably always remain in the public eye as the creator of Tarzan, the famous "man raised by apes" who became a cultural icon. [3] Though many literary critics of the past and present have not exactly respected Burroughs' work for its stylistic merits, there can be no doubt that his adventures have had a great impact upon popular culture at large, and on a smaller scale, upon the imaginations of his readers, both young and old. [4]

The writer is considering concluding this paragraph with the following sentence:

After a long and successful life, Burroughs' final resting place was his ranch in California, fittingly named "Tarzana,"which has since become a residential neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles.

Should the writer make this addition here?

  • A. Yes, because it provides evidence that supports a relevant claim within the paragraph.
  • B. Yes, because it provides an interesting conclusion to Burroughs' life story that ties back to information presented earlier in the paragraph.
  • C. No, because it fails to provide evidence for the paragraph's central claim.
  • D. No, because it does not fit with the style and tone of the preceding paragraph.

5. [5] The International Space Station ("ISS"), launched into orbit in 1998, has been continuously inhabited since November 2000. This astonishing technological achievement represents one of humanity's largest and most ambitious leaps into outer space. Largely powered by massive solar arrays, the ISS provides a completely self-contained living environment, although its continued functioning depends upon regular supply runs and crew replacements. [6] If all goes well, the ISS is expected to serve until at least the year 2028.

The writer is considering deleting the underlined sentence. Should this sentence be kept or deleted?

  • A. Kept, because it offers an effective introduction to the paragraph and defines a key acronym.
  • B. Kept, because provides a relevant example that supports the paragraph's main point.
  • C. Deleted, because it distracts from the primary focus of the paragraph.
  • D. Deleted, because it does not provide an effective introduction to the paragraph.

6. [5] The International Space Station ("ISS"), launched into orbit in 1998, has been continuously inhabited since November 2000. This astonishing technological achievement represents one of humanity's largest and most ambitious leaps into outer space. Largely powered by massive solar arrays, the ISS provides a completely self-contained living environment, although its continued functioning depends upon regular supply runs and crew replacements. [6] If all goes well, the ISS is expected to serve until at least the year 2028.

At Point [6], the writer is considering adding the following sentence to the paragraph:

The station's research laboratories provide an invaluable environment for experiments in micro-gravity in fields that range from biology and physics to astronomy and meteorology.

Should the writer add this sentence here?

  • A. Yes, because this sentence maintains the informal and conversational tone of the paragraph.
  • B. Yes, because this sentence adds relevant information about the purpose of the ISS.
  • C. No, because this sentence does not provide an effective counterargument to the previous sentence.
  • D. No, because this sentence blurs the main focus of the paragraph with irrelevant information.

7. [7] In the United States, warrantless searches are restricted by the Fourth Amendment. This was partially a product of the British Empire's treatment of colonists, whose homes soldiers could search without warning for evidence of revolutionary activities. [8] The First Amendment also protects an important freedom of citizens by guaranteeing freedom of religion, speech, and press. During certain periods in history (for example, during wartime) or under specific circumstances (such as fears of domestic terrorism or foreign spying), there have been exceptions to this restriction. The topic of warrants and related search-and-seizure laws in the United States continues to be hotly debated in a new era of communications technology and social media.

The writer is considering adding the following sentence as an introduction to the paragraph:

A "warrantless search" is a search or seizure of personal property conducted without a documented court order to justify the intrusion on a citizen's privacy.

Should the writer add this sentence here?

  • A. Yes, because this sentence provides a useful example that will be explored in the paragraph.
  • B. Yes, because this sentence provides a useful definition of a key term explored in the paragraph.
  • C. No, because this sentence provides an unnecessary amount of detail about a single term.
  • D. No, because this sentence fails to introduce the main topic of the paragraph.

8. [7] In the United States, warrantless searches are restricted by the Fourth Amendment. This was partially a product of the British Empire's treatment of colonists, whose homes soldiers could search without warning for evidence of revolutionary activities. [8] The First Amendment also protects an important freedom of citizens by guaranteeing freedom of religion, speech, and press. During certain periods in history (for example, during wartime) or under specific circumstances (such as fears of domestic terrorism or foreign spying), there have been exceptions to this restriction. The topic of warrants and related search-and-seizure laws in the United States continues to be hotly debated in a new era of communications technology and social media.

The writer is considering deleting the underlined sentence. Should this sentence be kept or deleted?

  • A. Kept, because the sentence expands upon a relevant topic.
  • B. Kept, because the sentence provides an additional supporting example for the paragraph.
  • C. Deleted, because the sentence distracts from the main topic of the paragraph.
  • D. Deleted, because the sentence undermines the primary claims of the paragraph.