Reading Long Passages: Drill 3, Problem 5
|Foreign Language||Arabic Subtitled|
|Product Type||SAT Reading|
|Reading closely||Determining implicit meanings|
|SAT Reading||Long Passages|
All right, it looks like we're going to
have to go back and take a look at lines 40 through 43 to answer this one.
So, basically, Muir was great at hobnobbing with the stars, and that skill boosted his
career in a major way.
Now we just have to go through and find the answer choice that comes the closest to saying
the same thing as the lines referenced in the question.
Choice (A) is not what we're looking for at all. If this one were true, then Muir would've
been a wallflower, writing in the corner at all the cool parties.
We just found out how skilled he was at socializing,
so this answer choice isn't getting invited
to any of our parties. (D) also gets a big no. While being a social
butterfly definitely contributed to Muir's rise to fame, he probably wouldn't have
gotten so far if he didn't actually know what he was talking about.
Could it be true that Muir had all these connections from earlier in his life? Was he born into
wealthy and influential circles?
No way. The rest of the passage makes it clear that Muir was an immigrant born into a working
He worked at factories, a sawmill, and ranches, so it seems highly likely that he was already
hobnobbing with the elite. (E) is a sneaky one. It's the only answer
choice so far that is actually true. The passage does tell us that Muir's writing got high-profile
people to check out Yosemite.
However...and this is a big however...lines 40 through 43 are zeroed in on how Muir's
schmoozing skills "enhanced his reputation"...
...not on how he got stars to check out Yosemite in person. Therefore, we can give (E) the boot.
Well, well...looks like we've come down
to one final answer. We hope it's the right one.
Yup. (C) makes the makes the most sense because it recognizes that Muir's social skills
and his writing skills were key to making him the star he was.
What a blogger he'd be today.
Next week, tune in to get the dirt on his affairs and battles with addiction.
Yes...that's you Charlie Sheen.