New SAT Reading Practice Test 14: Englishman in the French Reign of Terror

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The passage that follows is adapted from a 1907 novel that follows the actions of an English baronet who, using a secret identity, leads a group of wealthy Englishmen in daring rescues of members of the French aristocracy during the Reign of Terror.

1. The passage as a whole is primarily concerned with

  • A. considering the reasons behind a set of exploits.
  • B. examining the causes of a revolution.
  • C. comparing the self-confidence of two different men.
  • D. questioning the ruthlessness of a government.

2. Based on the information in the passage, it can be inferred that the when the Comtesse escaped, the people in the nearby crowd did not approach her cart because

  • A. the cart was moving too quickly.
  • B. they feared arrest and death by guillotine.
  • C. the woman driving the cart was known to be violent.
  • D. they were afraid of contracting a disease.

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

  • A. Lines 51-55 ("And this…guillotine")
  • B. Lines 65-70 ("Then came…children")
  • C. Lines 70-72 ("the covered…handle")
  • D. Lines 75-78 ("She…plague")

4. As used in line 14, "designated" most nearly means

  • A. budgeted.
  • B. chosen.
  • C. classed.
  • D. illustrated.

5. In context, the phrase "pull the hare from between the teeth of the hound" (lines 32-33) refers chiefly to

  • A. dangerous English hunting customs.
  • B. plans to avenge the deaths of innocent Englishmen.
  • C. delivering members of the French aristocracy from harm.
  • D. the cruelty of French nobles toward revolutionaries.

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

  • A. Lines 37-40 ("Faith…go")
  • B. Lines 46-48 ("Their nationality…them")
  • C. Lines 48-51 ("Anyone…nationality")
  • D. Lines 61-64 ("It had…perhaps")

7. In lines 41-46, the Comtesse is best described as

  • A. critical.
  • B. anxious.
  • C. relieved.
  • D. perplexed.

8. As used in line 52, "bearded" most nearly means

  • A. camouflaged.
  • B. braved.
  • C. embellished.
  • D. masked.

9. Lines 73-78 provide a contrast between

  • A. tranquility and turmoil.
  • B. traditionalism and modernity.
  • C. freedom and ignorance.
  • D. austerity and hysteria.

10. The use of italics in line 86 primarily serves to emphasize a perceived distinction between

  • A. the reasons behind one man's actions and those behind his companions' actions.
  • B. the effectiveness of two different methods of carrying out the same plan.
  • C. honest, noble motivations for rescue and rescue for monetary gain.
  • D. a desire for adventure and a desire for public admiration and praise.