SAT Reading: Long Passages Drill 3, Problem 6
|Foreign Language||Arabic Subtitled|
|Information and Ideas||Interpreting words and phrases in context|
|Product Type||SAT Reading|
|Reading closely||Interpreting words and phrases in context|
|SAT Reading||Long Passages|
|Vocabulary||Determine meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words|
And here are the potential answers...
Context? We have lots of it. In the sentence
before "prolific" appears, we learn that Muir was writing for newspapers and becoming popular.
You know like a cheerleader...or something like that in those days.
Then the passage describes Muir as a "prolific writer" who started focusing on preservation
Armed with this context we're now ready to embark on our quest to discover the meaning
of the word "prolific."
The prefix "intro" means "inward," which reminds us that the word "introvert"
refers to someone who's turned inward, or is kind of shy.
Knowing this, we ask ourselves: would it make sense to describe Muir as being shy while
he's skyrocketing in popularity?
Well, it wouldn't be the first time that an introverted writer got mega-famous...we're
looking at you J.D. Salinger...
But the word just doesn't fit here. The context surrounding the word "prolific"
is positive, so it would seem kind of weird to drop the idea that Muir was a forgetful dude.
Therefore we can cross out (B).
One thing's for sure: this guy was not underappreciated...
If the context of this passage is to be believed--which it kind of has to be--then this guy was the
toast of the town. Sure, being witty usually helps a guy become
popular, but there's nothing in the context that tells us that Muir was a comedian.
Get off the stage, choice (E)! We've now whittled our choices down to (D).
This definition of "prolific" makes a lot of sense given the context. Being a "highly
productive" writer can certainly be a big help in skyrocketing you to fame.
Of course, sometimes it's enough to write one super popular novel, a few short stories
and novellas, and then hide out in the woods for the rest of your life.