SAT Literature Practice Test 18

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Question 8 questions

Time 8 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.

1. The author's primary purpose is to

A. demonstrate a display of learned eloquence
B. encourage pupils to study diligently
C. discuss the proper means to education
D. distinguish the more serious from the less dignified motives for study
E. dissuade students from applying their learning to unethical pursuits

2. By "expert men" (line 5) the author most nearly means

A. persons with competence in specific activities, but who lack general education
B. persons who have mastered a craft or trade
C. persons who carry out the decisions of others
D. persons who have devoted themselves to their studies
E. persons who conduct the concrete business of the day

3. The author compares "abilities" and "plants" (line 14) to make the point that

A. individuals must discipline themselves as they grow to maturity
B. some students learn profusely while others learn little or slowly
C. individuals must be nurtured and protected as growing plants must be
D. education encourages individuals to develop in conformity with one another
E. education shapes and refines an individual's innate qualities

4. Which of the following cautions is NOT conveyed in the passage?

A. The organization of large undertakings is best left to persons who have read widely and deeply.
B. It is possible to be overzealous in the pursuit of knowledge.
C. One should not flaunt one's learning ostentatiously.
D. Scholars should live in strict accordance with precepts gained through their study.
E. The knowledge gained from books must be tested against one's firsthand experience in the world.

5. With which of the following words or phrases could "admire" (line 18) be replaced without changing the meaning of the sentence?

A. are awed by
B. profess to respect
C. enjoy
D. are envious of
E. are naturally drawn toward

6. Which of these stylistic devices is most prominent in the author's prose?

A. elaborate metaphor
B. hyperbole
C. neatly balanced syntactic oppositions
D. alliteration
E. long, convoluted sentences

7. Reading, according to the author, is above all else a source for one's

A. controversial opinions
B. moral and religious beliefs
C. quiet amusement
D. stimulating conversation
E. private deliberation

8. The tone of the passage can best be described as

A. pious
B. didactic
C. satiric
D. moralistic
E. contentious