You can eliminate Choices B, C, and D; administrators, monitors, and accountants are all likely to be university employees.
E looks promising; a benefactor is one who does good things for another.
Question 2: Which word means defiant?
Choice A is right on the noserebellious.
No other choice is even close to being right.
Question 3: Which word pair means camouflaged / detect?
Eliminate Choices A and D; neither vexed nor impatient has anything to do with camouflage.
Eliminate C and E; neither interrupt nor classify has much to do with detection.
B meets both criteria.
Question 4: Which word pair means fulfilled / distribution?
Only Choice A has a first word meaning anything like met or fulfilled.
A and B both have good second wordsin fact, Bs second word actually is distributionbut only A has both words correct.
Question 5: Which word means restricted?
Eliminate Choices B, C, and E; all these words are relatively positive, and this question calls for a somewhat negative word.
A means closely hemmed in; D has nothing to do with the topic at hand.
Question 6: What is the purpose of Passage 1, which describes spam and the problems it causes?
Eliminate Choice A; no comparison is made.
Eliminate Choices B and C; no existing controversy or hypothesis is mentioned.
Choice D looks promising, but is separating spam from regular e-mail really such a fine distinction?
Choice E is a solid description of the passages purpose.
Question 7: What is the purpose of Passage 2, which describes the legal view of unsolicited communication?
Eliminate Choice A; the widely held belief is disputed, not confirmed.
Eliminate Choice B; the ruling is not analyzed too deeply.
Eliminate C; no one defends spam.
D is promising, but it doesnt go far enough.
E is consistent with the recommendation made in the last sentence.
Question 8: How would the author of Passage 1 react to Passage 2?
Eliminate Choices A, B, D, and E; they all express varying degrees of disagreement or confusion, while the authors of Passages 1 and 2 agree that spam is a real problem.
Question 9: What does Passage 2 do that Passage 1 doesnt?
In the last sentence, Passage 2 suggests a way to solve the problem.
Only Choice C acknowledges this.
Question 10: What is the tone of Line 1?
Look at the phrase with grave sincerity.
Only Choice A, great conviction, matches this meaning.
Question 11: What is the purpose of Mr. Beebes question?
Mr. Beebe goes on to elaborate on his idea, so its clear that his question is rhetoricaldesigned to get his listener to think about the problem from another point of view.
Only Choice A is consistent with this idea.
Question 12: What is the meaning of Mr. Beebes water-tight compartments remark?
Eliminate Choices A and B; there is no suggestion that he is concerned only, or primarily, with her music.
Eliminate Choice D; there isnt much suggestion that Beebe takes a negative view of Lucys future.
Eliminate Choice E; marriage isnt mentioned at first.
Question 13: What is the meaning of sense in Line 24?
Plug each word into the sentence and select the one that does not alter the sentences meaning.
Only E accomplishes this feat.
Question 14: What does picture number two represent?
Its clear that the picture is designed to appear in sequence after its predecessor. Eliminate A and B; theyre off-topic.
Eliminate C; Mr. Beebe does not think this outcome unlikely.
Eliminate E; there is no suggestion that this outcome could or should be avoided.
Question 15: How does Cecil come to view his remark in Line 34?
Clearly he comes to regret it!
Eliminate A and B; these are positive choices, and Cecils attitude is negative.
Eliminate D; the remark was in no way critical.
Eliminate E; he doesnt regret the remarks underhandedness because it wasnt very underhanded.
Question 16: How does Cecil think Mr. Beebe will view him?
Cecil sees his remark as arrogant, portraying himself as above Lucy.
Eliminate A; originality is not mentioned.
B and C are both promising, but Cecil seems more worried about the content of the remark than about Lucy possibly hearing it.
Eliminate D; its off-topic.
Eliminate E: again, Cecil doesnt seem worried about future actions.
Question 17: What is the dark cloud described on the horizon?
Early questions are usually big-picture questions, and the big-picture dark cloud is the conflict between general relativity and quantum physics.
Choice E contains the word contradiction. Big clue there!
None of the other choices talk about conflict.
Question 18: Which pairing best represents the two different models described in lines 7-14?
Lines 53-56 provide your cluecan the universe really have one set of rules for big things and another for little things?
Choice A, big and little, is perfect.
Question 19: Why does the author use italics in Line 20?
How did that line sound in your head? Did it sound like someone speaking firmly and emphatically?
Only Choices B, D, and E mention emphasis.
Eliminate B; this is not speculation.
Eliminate E; if the theories agreed, the sentence in Line 20 would not exist.
Question 20: Why does the author compare the two theories to a malfunctioning automobile?
Eliminate Choice A; there is little reference to professionals.
Eliminate B; most people dont consider automobiles intrinsically unreliable.
Eliminate D and E; if the equations were easy to adjust or based on dated math, we wouldnt be having this discussion.
Question 21: Which evidence would refute superstring theory?
Superstring theory is described as an attempt to unite general relativity and quantum mechanics. Only D and E touch on both theories.
Eliminate D; it describes evidence that would support superstring theory.
Question 22: What makes this new theory useful?
This is a main-idea question. Superstring theory matters, according to the passage, because it brings general relativity and quantum mechanics together.
Only Choice E says anything like this.
Question 23: How would believers in the incompatibility of the two theories react to the intermingling of the two theories?
Such theorists would not believe the two theories could be combined.
Choice E uses the word impossible correctly to describe this view of the situation.
Question 24: What is the effect of the dance metaphor?
Notice that the metaphor repeatedly combines disparate or contradictory elements.
Only Choice B mentions extremes without focusing tightly on a single element (such as quarks and binary stars) that cuts out the rest of the metaphor.
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