SAT Reading: Long Passages Drill 3, Problem 2
|Foreign Language||Arabic Subtitled|
|Information and Ideas||Interpreting words and phrases in context|
|Product Type||SAT Reading|
|Reading closely||Determining implicit meanings|
|SAT Reading||Long Passages|
|Vocabulary||Analyze how an author uses the meaning of a key term|
Although this question tries to disguise itself
as a run-of-the-mill vocabulary issue, we won't fall for its wily tricks.
In its most straightforward form, "dabbling" means to participate casually in an activity.
Here, though, we need to use this definition to propel ourselves toward bigger and better
It's true that many people who dabble in a lot of different things never manage to
do anything big...
But the article makes it mega-clear that this isn't true of the mighty John Muir, who
accomplished all kinds of awesome things in his lifetime.
(C) gets it right... in that it recognizes the fact Muir dabbled in tons of different
...but gets it totally wrong by saying he was a flop.
No doubt about it: this guy was a giant.
Choice (D) gets it all wrong as well.
Though Muir was a major dabbler, we wouldn't be sitting here talking about him if he wasn't
an expert specialist when it came to all things nature.
Sorry (D), you just don't know the guy like we do.
(E) makes it sound like John Muir was some kind of loser.
There's absolutely nothing in the article that talks about Muir not being respected.
In fact, it goes on and on about just how respected he was. (E) is a definite no.
This leaves only choice (A) on the table, telling us that the use of "dabble" in line
6 refers to Muir's decision to explore his many different passions...
which he managed to do pretty awesomely.
OK, we'll admit it. We've got a Muir-crush.