SAT Reading 2.3 Passage Comparison
SAT Reading: Passage Comparison Drill 2, Problem 3
|Foreign Language||Arabic Subtitled|
|Literary||Figurative Language in Historical/Cultural Setting|
Symbolism, Allegory, Allusions
|Literary Nonfiction||Syntax, Diction, Voice, Tone, Imagery|
|Product Type||SAT Math|
|Reading closely||Using analogical reasoning|
|Rhetoric||Analyzing word choice|
|SAT Reading||Passage Comparison|
It's a wagon full of illusions, right? This tips us off that it's not real and probably not good.
There's not a chance that (D) is the right answer.
We just figured out that this wagon isn't real, so there's no way this is a reference
to a wagon she rode when she was a child. The context around the quote lets us know
that the "wishful illusions" to which Zora is referring are the ideas of other writers.
She thinks that a lot of her critics get on her case because she writes things the way
they are, not the way she'd like them to be.
Knowing this, we can leave (A) by the wayside. A person with that much gumption is probably
not the sort who'd be unwilling to do the work to further her craft.
There's no talk in the passage about Hurston avoiding metaphors, making (E) easy to leave
in the dust as well.
We're pretty sure the real Hurston could come up with a better one.
Choice (C) is kind of heading down the right path. Zora does express the idea that other
writers are representing things in a way that she feels is untrue.
But the topics the other writers are writing about aren't necessarily "unrelated,"
or not connected, with the topics Zora writes about. She just disagrees about the ways those
topics are represented. It seems our journey is at an end. (B) is
the only answer left, and it totally makes sense.
"Figurative" refers to language that uses lots of "figures of speech" like metaphors
and all that good stuff. This covers our requirement that the "wagon of wishful illusions"
not be real, making (B) the correct answer.
It's too bad; we like a "wishful illusion" every now and then.