SAT Reading 3.6 Long Passages

SAT Reading: Long Passages Drill 3, Problem 6

Foreign LanguageArabic Subtitled
Chinese Subtitled
Korean Subtitled
Spanish Subtitled
Information and IdeasInterpreting words and phrases in context
LanguageEnglish Language
Product TypeSAT Reading
Reading closelyInterpreting words and phrases in context
SAT ReadingLong Passages
VocabularyDetermine meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words

Transcript

00:38

And here are the potential answers...

00:45

Context? We have lots of it. In the sentence

00:47

before "prolific" appears, we learn that Muir was writing for newspapers and becoming popular.

00:53

You know like a cheerleader...or something like that in those days.

00:56

Then the passage describes Muir as a "prolific writer" who started focusing on preservation

01:01

efforts.

01:03

Armed with this context we're now ready to embark on our quest to discover the meaning

01:07

of the word "prolific."

01:09

The prefix "intro" means "inward," which reminds us that the word "introvert"

01:15

refers to someone who's turned inward, or is kind of shy.

01:19

Knowing this, we ask ourselves: would it make sense to describe Muir as being shy while

01:23

he's skyrocketing in popularity?

01:26

Well, it wouldn't be the first time that an introverted writer got mega-famous...we're

01:32

looking at you J.D. Salinger...

01:36

But the word just doesn't fit here. The context surrounding the word "prolific"

01:41

is positive, so it would seem kind of weird to drop the idea that Muir was a forgetful dude.

01:46

Therefore we can cross out (B).

01:48

One thing's for sure: this guy was not underappreciated...

01:51

If the context of this passage is to be believed--which it kind of has to be--then this guy was the

01:56

toast of the town. Sure, being witty usually helps a guy become

02:02

popular, but there's nothing in the context that tells us that Muir was a comedian.

02:07

Get off the stage, choice (E)! We've now whittled our choices down to (D).

02:13

This definition of "prolific" makes a lot of sense given the context. Being a "highly

02:18

productive" writer can certainly be a big help in skyrocketing you to fame.

02:22

Of course, sometimes it's enough to write one super popular novel, a few short stories

02:26

and novellas, and then hide out in the woods for the rest of your life.