SAT Reading 3.4 Passage Comparison
SAT Reading Passage Comparison Drill 3, Problem 4
|Foreign Language||Arabic Subtitled|
|Informational Media Literacy||Social and Cultural Views|
|Persuasive Texts||Shifts in Perspective|
|Product Type||SAT Reading|
|SAT Reading||Passage Comparison|
|Synthesis||Analyzing multiple texts|
Mama Shmoop thinks they're the same thing, apparently, or else we wouldn't get yelled
at so much.
Similar to sentence completion, we can treat this question like a two-parter and start
process-of-eliminating our way to a solution.
For example, all we have to do is look at the first part of choice (B) to know that
it's all kinds of wrong. All Passage 1 does is go on and on about how big and important
the invention of the telephone was.
Kinda like when Mama Shmoop goes on and on about the importance of mayonnaise to a healthy diet.
The first part of choice (E) smells as funky as old mayo. Passage 1 says that the telephone
contributed a ton to society...
We can toss choice (E) in the trash where it belongs.
Now we can move on to the second part of the answer choices.
All Passage 2 does is complain about the trouble telephones eventually caused, so it's very
wrong to say that it encourages people to use them. We can definitely hang up on (C).
Let's hope it doesn't call back. Choice (A) is a tricky one for sure. Both
parts seem kinda sorta plausible.
We're going to go ahead and nix it though, because Passage 2 doesn't necessarily argue
against Bell's invention specifically.
It's more concerned with the effect of the telephone's modern incarnations like cell
phones and the texting they allow.
This leaves us with choice (D), which works great for us because both parts fit.
The first passage does celebrate the usefulness of telephones, while the second passage would
text you major sad faces about the modern use of phones--if it didn't hate texting so much.