SAT Literature Practice Test 9

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Question 6 questions

Time 6 minutes

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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.

FYI, this is from Our American Cousin, by Tom Taylor.

1. The phrase "judgment and execution" (line 6) most likely means

A. a sentence and the death penalty
B. the moral high ground
C. an official breakup of a partnership
D. a judge's decision and a court order
E. a search and seizure of property

2. Coyle and Sir Edward's relationship is that of

A. money manager and client
B. lawyer and defendant
C. servant and master
D. benefactor and recipient
E. uncle and nephew

3. The word "security" (line 62) most nearly means

A. collateral
B. agreement
C. assurance
D. welfare
E. prize

4. Which of Sir Edward's choice of words makes it clear that he considers the bills from his creditors to be unfair?

A. infernal (line 15)
B. confound (line 14)
C. extortion (line 19)
D. impudence (line 32)
E. unencumbered (lines 43-44)

5. What is the deal Coyle wants to strike with Sir Edward?

A. He will pay off the creditors in exchange for allowing him to marry Sir Edward's daughter.
B. He will keep Ravensdale in the family if he is allowed to marry Sir Edward's daughter.
C. He will arrange the marriage of Sir Edward's daughter to the current residents of Ravensdale.
D. He will marry Sir Edward's daughter to prevent her at least from financial ruin.
E. Because Sir Edward is without money, Sir Edward will have to sanction the love affair between Coyle and his daughter.

6. Sir Edward's final lines, "A beggar, Sir Edward Trenchard a beggar, see my children reduced to labor for their bread, to misery perhaps; but the alternative, Florence detests him, still the match would save her, at least, from ruin. He might take the family name, I might retrench, retire, to the continent for a few years. Florence's health might serve as a pretence. Repugnant as the alternative is, yet it deserves consideration" (lines 80-87), are an example of

A. a monologue expressing doubt
B. a character dissolving into madness
C. a character addressing the audience
D. a character voicing both sides of an argument to himself
E. a speech explaining a plot point to the audience