New SAT Reading Practice Test 6: LaFollette War Speech

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This passage is an excerpt adapted from a speech given in 1917 by American Senator Robert LaFollette. In the speech, LaFollette explains the special importance of free speech during times of war and the relation between free speech and democratic governance.

1. The position that LaFollette takes is best described as

  • A. a law-maker suggesting a new piece of legislation.
  • B. an impartial observer arbitrating a legal issue.
  • C. a dissenter arguing for a cause.
  • D. a pacifist arguing against international conflicts.

2. In the passage, LaFollette draws a distinction between

  • A. rights that are appropriately and inappropriately sacrificed during war.
  • B. moments when free speech is and is not necessary.
  • C. just wars and wars sought for economic interest.
  • D. the interests of the Nation and the interests of humanity.

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

  • A. Lines 6-11 ("I have…crime")
  • B. Lines 21-27 ("I think…war")
  • C. Lines 30-31 ("He must…power")
  • D. Lines 50-57 ("I am…humanity")

4. As used in line 8, "incommunicado" most nearly means

  • A. justified.
  • B. sequestered.
  • C. luxuriously.
  • D. available.

5. Lines 32-36 suggest that

  • A. some rights are necessarily given up during war time.
  • B. restrictions on civil powers are always arbitrary.
  • C. the Government must be watchful of the military.
  • D. temporary restrictions may become permanent.

6. Based on the information in the passage, citizen governance is necessary in all of the following situations EXCEPT

  • A. electing legislators and executives.
  • B. negotiating a peace treaty.
  • C. declarations of war.
  • D. decisions about military strategy.

7. The principal rhetorical effect of the phrase in lines 48-50, ("its causes…peace should be made") is to

  • A. argue against granting free speech during war by emphasizing the difficulties faced by the military and the President.
  • B. suggest the numerous points at which citizens should exercise their free speech during times of war.
  • C. discuss three reasons why members of the press are currently unable to speak frankly without fear.
  • D. show that LaFollette believes that the citizens understand the dynamics of war far better than the President.

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

  • A. Lines 11-15 ("Private…violated")
  • B. Lines 16-20 ("It appears…war")
  • C. Lines 30-36 ("He must…restored")
  • D. Lines 37-41 ("More than…unclogged")

9. The author's attitude toward "the attempt to stifle" (line 63) can be described as

  • A. sympathetic.
  • B. apathetic.
  • C. frustrated.
  • D. morose.

10. As used in line 83, "inviolable" most nearly means

  • A. secretly.
  • B. freely.
  • C. unbreakable.
  • D. personally.