SAT Reading 1.1 Passage Comparison

SAT Reading Passage Comparison Drill 1, Problem

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SAT ReadingPassage Comparison

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One thing that's important to note about Passage 1 is that its author is neutral on

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the subject. Maybe he or she hates those evil rockers.

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Or maybe the he or she has a Judas Priest tattoo on his or her...wherever.

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The truth is that we don't know how the author feels...

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...since the article only reports on people who thought lots of rock was bad, and doesn't

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express any kind of bias one way or the other. So... we can easily eliminate choice (A),

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which claims that the author is out to get Prince and other controversial musicians.

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Sorry, but that just isn't the case.

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(B) tries to make us think that the author is out to protect all those innocent rock

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stars out there who were getting picked on by the big bad censor police.

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Another swing and a miss. The passage only mentions Al Gore's wife,

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Tipper, and doesn't say anything about his career. Poor Al, he never quite makes the

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cut.

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And neither does choice (C). Nowhere in the passage does it say anything

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about where this anti-smut group got together.

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We imagine it was somewhere very wholesome—like... a house made of oatmeal.

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OK, that's probably a stretch. Whatever. (E) is not the correct answer.

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Since the word "palatable" means "inoffensive"—literally, something you could put on your palate, or in your mouth—

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...making something "less palatable" describes the efforts of a group that tried to convince

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America that rock music was offensive.

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Choice D is our boy.