SAT Reading 3.3 Passage Comparison
SAT Reading: Passage Comparison Drill 3, Problem 3
|Expository Texts||Logical Connections|
|Foreign Language||Arabic Subtitled|
|Informational Media Literacy||Formality and Tone|
|Media Literacy||Audience-specific Changes in Tone|
|Persuasive Texts||Relative Value of Evidence|
|Product Type||SAT Reading|
|SAT Reading||Passage Comparison|
|Synthesis||Analyzing multiple texts|
In order to figure out the main difference between the first passage and its grumpy counterpart,
we'll have to keep our two main ideas tattooed on our brains.
"Ambivalence" comes from the root word "ambivalent" and describes when a person
has conflicting feelings about something.
Knowing this definition, we can cross (A) off the list. Passage one doesn't seem conflicted
about telephones at all. It's just giving us the facts, and if anything is generally
positive about Bell's big invention. We can get rid of (B), too.
We remember that it's the second passage that thinks telephones are evil, not the first,
so we can say bye bye to this one. There aren't any quotes by any experts in
either passage. So choice (D) is out.
"Statistics" is the science of collecting
numerical data in order to infer proportions from a small representative sample.
We know a statistician is somewhere behind the scenes whenever we hear somebody quote
something like 75% of blah blah blah do blah blah blah.
Neither passage hits us with any kind of statistical info, though, so there's a 0% chance that
(E) is the right answer.
And then there's option C... The first passage is indeed filled with historical dates and
info, while the second passage has none of that stuff.
Choice (C) checks out with us...and with our brain tattoo.