New SAT Reading Practice Test 10: Hillary Clinton on Women

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This passage is adapted from Hillary Clinton's remarks to the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women Plenary Session in 1995 in Beijing, China.

1. The position that Clinton takes in her speech can best be described as that of

  • A. a critic countering a series of arguments.
  • B. a scholar analyzing social phenomena.
  • C. an advocate seeking a particular outcome.
  • D. a mediator seeking a fair compromise.

2. As used in line 23, "valued" most nearly means

  • A. increased.
  • B. considered.
  • C. bought.
  • D. insured.

3. In lines 12-13, what is the most likely reason that Clinton mentions the prior "women's conference in Nairobi"?

  • A. To provide an example of a previous, failed attempt to solve the problem of domestic violence
  • B. To disagree with those who question the reason for the current conference
  • C. To contend that a great number of women and their experiences have gone unnoticed
  • D. To offer evidence for the claim that conferences compel people to address problems

4. Which choice provides the best evidence for the answer to the previous question?

  • A. Lines 1-2 ("There are…conference")
  • B. Lines 9-12 ("It is…problems")
  • C. Lines 21-22 ("We are…elderly")
  • D. Lines 30-32 ("Women…treated")

5. In lines 39-45, Clinton draws a distinction between

  • A. those who work at schools and hospitals.
  • B. people who can and cannot speak out.
  • C. employed and unemployed women.
  • D. women who can and cannot vote.

6. Based on the information in the passage, women face each of the following challenges EXCEPT

  • A. lack of access to health care.
  • B. violence in their homes.
  • C. limited financial resources.
  • D. widespread unemployment.

7. As used in line 40, "speak" most nearly means

  • A. talk aloud.
  • B. scold.
  • C. advocate.
  • D. gossip.

8. The principal rhetorical effect of the phrase in lines 73-75 ("let it be that…once and for all") is to

  • A. argue against attempts to understand women's rights as distinct from other rights.
  • B. show that many women who should be at the conference are unable to attend.
  • C. emphasize the special nature of women's rights as they relate to human rights at large.
  • D. suggest that the need to focus on the specific problems of women is now past.

9. Which choice provides the best evidence for the answer to the previous question?

  • A. Lines 57-59 ("But we…protected")
  • B. Lines 68-71 ("It is…rights")
  • C. Lines 75-76 ("Let us…heard")
  • D. Lines 79-83 ("It is…part")

10. Based on the information presented in Clinton's speech, it can be inferred that some of those who have important positions of authority in the world

  • A. are actively working against the prosperity of women.
  • B. do not consider the labor done by women to be of serious import.
  • C. are ready to ensure that men and women have equal legal rights.
  • D. have made it unacceptable to discuss women's right.

11. Using information in the graph and the passage, it can be reasonably inferred that

  • A. in America and across the world the greatest gender disparity in poverty rates is among those 65 and older.
  • B. women 18 to 64 comprise 15.4 percent of the world's poor.
  • C. while a high percentage of children are poor in America, the opposite is true worldwide.
  • D. poverty rates in America are in line with a worldwide gender disparity.