SAT Reading 1.2 Passage Comparison
SAT Reading: Passage Comparison Drill 1, Problem 2
|Foreign Language||Arabic Subtitled|
|Literary Nonfiction||Syntax, Diction, Voice, Tone, Imagery|
|Product Type||SAT Reading|
|Reading Assessment||Connections/Comparisons in Two Passages|
|Rhetoric||Analyzing word choice|
|SAT Reading||Passage Comparison|
In case it wasn't mind-blisteringly obvious, a parenthetical statement is a statement that's...
surrounded by parentheses.
Anyway, this question isn't asking us if the tone of this particular parenthetical statement
is different from the tone of the rest of the passage—it's telling us that it is.
Now it's up to us to figure out how. The "rage" in "outraged" reminds us
that the word describes somebody who's ridiculously angry. Like this guy...
Now that's outrage.
Knowing this definition, we can nix (A). It's not like the author is angry about Al Gore
being Al Gore. Oh, look, here's our negative friend, the
Whenever this guy is in front of a word, he negates it.
Therefore we know that "uncertain" translates to "not certain." All this lets us know
that choice (B) is no bueno.
The author's passage probably shouldn't be on the SAT if he's uncertain of who Al
Gore is. The parenthetical statement isn't showing
support for Al Gore, his ex-wife, or anybody else. Choice (D) is a no-go.
If the parenthetical statement was being harsh, that would mean it was doing some Al Gore
bashing. We bet the prefix, "un" would love that.
But that's not what's going on here, so (E) is off the list.
All righty then, looks like we're down to our last choice, which luckily makes total
Despite the subject matter, Passage 1 stays fairly matter-of-fact.
The parenthetical statement, however, sounds like something we might hear on the streets...
or at least in normal conversation.
So (C) is tour correct answer.
Can someone put a muzzle on that guy?