SAT Reading 2.3 Long Passages
Reading Long Passages: Drill 2, Problem 3
|Foreign Language||Arabic Subtitled|
|Product Type||SAT Math|
|Reading Literature||Analyze how author’s choices in structure create mystery, suspense, or surprise|
|Reading closely||Understanding relationships|
|SAT Reading||Long Passages|
And here are the potential answers...
What does it mean to call someone "pathetic"
and "grotesque"? Hint: don't try these words out on your big crush...
We'd like to pause this colossal dating blunder to point out that "pathetic" refers
to someone who inspires pathos, or pity and sympathy.
"Grotesque," on the other hand, means...well, gross or ugly.
Knowing these definitions helps us to eliminate some of the answer choices immediately.
We don't want to rain on its parade...
But we know, for example, that choice (D) is wrong.
There's some talk about how the Nebraska weather has affected poor grotesque Auntie
G, but it's not directly referenced in this line.
The line doesn't mention how Uncle Howard feels about his wife, so choice (E) is kind of random.
And wrong... so so wrong. By all accounts, young Aunt Georgiana was
neither pathetic nor grotesque before Uncle Howard came along...
Therefore (B) can't be correct.
While Aunt Georgiana might not have been worn down in her youth, she was already deteriorating
when the narrator was a kid.
Though he does talk about how she's gotten worse over time, it doesn't apply to this
line. We can't go with (C) either.
This leaves us with choice (A), which perfectly captures the idea that while the narrator
feels sorry for his aunt, he can't help but be a little grossed out by her.
This unfortunate situation perfectly fits with our definitions of "pathetic" and "grotesque."
Two words that should be used with great caution.