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Rebekah Hendershot

Answer Guide: Section 9 (Critical Reading)

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Table of Contents

Section 1: Vocabulary
Essential SAT Vocab: Part 1

11m 33s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:09
Ways to Improve Your Vocabulary
0:38
Read!
0:46
Listen!
1:46
Talk!
2:40
Erroneous
3:12
Prudent
4:03
Frivolous
4:49
Indignation
5:40
Credulous
6:27
Longevity
8:15
Misconceive
8:38
Context
9:15
Forebode
10:16
Predilection
10:51
Essential SAT Vocab: Part 2

8m 19s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:11
Ways to Improve Your Vocabulary
0:31
Read!
0:35
Listen!
0:47
Talk!
1:06
Benevolent
1:16
Exotic
1:59
Equanimity
2:34
Amass
3:02
Dilettante
3:24
Deference
4:01
Congenial
4:28
Bewilder
5:22
Benefactor
5:47
Demagogue
6:55
Essential SAT Vocab: Part 3

7m 41s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:11
Ways to Improve Your Vocabulary
0:30
Read!
0:34
Listen!
0:56
Talk!
1:16
Precursor
1:28
Consensus
2:03
Sufficient
2:42
Allege
3:08
Afflict
3:47
Disposition
4:20
Adverse
4:39
Charisma
5:23
Volatile
5:56
Oblivious
6:51
Essential SAT Vocab: Part 4

7m 10s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:14
Ways to Improve Your Vocabulary
0:35
Read!
0:39
Listen!
1:03
Talk!
1:22
Urgent
1:36
Unprecedented
2:19
Arbitrary
2:56
Constituent
3:24
Tact
3:57
Insolent
4:33
Tyrannical
5:04
Temperament
5:30
Stringent
6:01
Repute
6:24
Essential SAT Vocab: Part 5

6m 50s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:10
Ways to Improve Your Vocabulary
0:29
Read!
0:34
Listen!
0:47
Talk!
1:05
Belligerent
1:15
Prolong
2:06
Diverse
2:34
Devoid
3:05
Spare
3:31
Anecdote
4:10
Ornate
4:50
Vivid
5:14
Magnanimous
5:56
Commonplace
6:17
Essential SAT Vocab: Part 6

7m 58s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:13
Ways to Improve Your Vocabulary
0:37
Read!
0:42
Listen!
0:50
Talk!
1:03
Ascertain
1:16
Commend
1:46
Dispense
2:14
Capricious
2:59
Atypical
3:28
Articulate
4:00
Arouse
5:05
Apathetic
5:35
Enigma
6:28
Reverence
7:00
Essential SAT Vocab: Part 7

7m 20s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:14
Ways to Improve Your Vocabulary
0:39
Read!
0:44
Listen!
0:51
Talk!
0:59
Anomaly
1:16
Alleviate
2:00
Admonish
2:35
Steadfast
3:13
Deliberate
3:58
Sustain
4:19
Somber
4:54
Refute
5:26
Penchant
6:24
Reticence
6:47
Essential SAT Vocab: Part 8

9m 9s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:13
Ways to Improve Your Vocabulary
0:38
Read!
0:46
Listen!
1:06
Talk!
1:21
Paradox
1:34
Vigor
2:29
Obscure
2:49
Proximity
3:25
Mitigate
3:58
Egotism
4:34
Legitimate
5:06
Contemporary
5:56
Lament
6:49
Duplicitous
8:09
Essential SAT Vocab: Part 9

12m 6s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:15
Ways to Improve Your Vocabulary
0:41
Read!
0:47
Listen!
1:27
Talk!
1:45
Linguistics
2:06
Commemorate
3:17
Candid
4:02
Callous
5:30
Brevity
6:24
Benign
7:16
Connoisseur
8:18
Anachronism
9:01
Prestige
10:41
Vindictive
11:20
Essential SAT Vocab: Part 10

9m 30s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:15
Ways to Improve Your Vocabulary
0:43
Read!
0:49
Listen!
1:37
Talk!
1:55
Naïve
2:08
Exemplify
3:03
Erratic
3:44
Forbear
4:16
Discern
5:25
Autonomy
5:54
Eradicate
6:37
Abstruse
7:05
Rhetoric
7:54
Substantiate
8:45
Section 2: Critical Reading
Sentence Completion Question Types

12m 29s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:11
What Are Sentence Completion Questions?
0:40
Choose the Correct Word to Fill in a Blank
0:43
Tests Your Vocabulary and Your Ability to Reason
0:53
Sentence Completion Question Types
1:15
Vocabulary-In-Context
1:24
Logic-Based Questions
1:38
Vocabulary In Context
2:09
Example
2:16
Logic-Based Questions
2:54
Example
3:11
Sentence Completion Strategies
3:28
Pick a Word, Any Word
3:33
Example
4:02
Positives and Negatives
4:36
Example
5:03
Process of Elimination
5:24
Example
6:07
Sentence Completion Tips
7:41
Look for Clue Words
7:48
Look for the Relationship Between the Two Words and the Sequence of the Blanks
8:44
Never Eliminate a Choice Unless You Are Sure of Its Meaning
10:38
If You Can Only Eliminate One Answer Choice, Move On and Come Back To It Later
11:42
If You Can Eliminate Two Choices, Feel Free to Guess
11:54
Passage-Based Question Types

17m 46s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:10
What Are Passage Based Questions?
0:55
Questions Related to Long, Short, or Paired Passages
0:58
May Ask You for Info Directly Related in the Passage or to Draw Conclusions or Make Predictions
1:12
Passage Types
1:32
Question Types
2:35
Literal Comprehension
2:38
Vocabulary-In-Context
2:50
Extended Reasoning
3:09
Literal Comprehension
3:24
Rely On Your Memory or Look Back at Passage
3:28
Watch Out for 'Reversal Words'
3:51
Example
3:57
Vocabulary In Context
4:52
Most of These Words Have Multiple meanings
5:00
Reread the Sentences to Which the Questions Refer
5:06
Example
5:20
Extended Reasoning
6:07
May Ask You to Determine the Main Idea or Author's Primary Purpose
6:11
Draw Conclusions Based on the Info Provided
6:43
Identify the Author's Tone or Attitude
7:18
Passage-Based Strategies
7:38
Take Notes
7:44
Read What's There… and What Isn't
8:34
Ask Questions
9:39
Read the Questions First
10:39
Key Words and Phrases
11:24
When You See: According to the Author
11:30
When You See: Best
11:42
When You See: Chiefly
12:09
When You See: Except
12:31
When You See: The Author Implies
12:54
When You See: Least
13:21
When You See: Mainly
13:33
When You See: Most
13:38
When You See: Only
13:47
When You See: Primarily
14:03
Passage-Based Tips
14:08
All the Answers Will Be In or Implied By the Passage
14:12
Watch Out for Descriptive Words and Phrases
14:29
Make Sure the Passage Supports Whichever Answer You Choose
15:40
Use Process of Elimination
15:45
If You Must Jump Around, Do So Within a Set of Questions
16:40
What to Read For the SAT

37m 42s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:08
Why Read?
0:57
Best Way to Build You Vocabulary
1:01
Practice Understanding What the Authors Are Saying 'Between the Lines'
1:12
How to Choose Books
2:42
Choose Books in Areas That Interest You
2:55
Choose Books That Challenge You
3:10
The Rule of Three
4:27
If a Work Is Short, Give It Three Pages to Pique Your Interest
4:57
If a Work Is Long, Give it Three Chapters to Pique Your Interest
5:09
Great Books for Every Interest
5:32
Ask Yourself What Are Your Favorite Things to Watch & Do?
5:51
Asking a Librarian for Great Books
6:24
Mystery
6:49
Adventure
10:14
Fantasy
12:55
Science Fiction
17:13
Humor
21:10
Romance
23:09
Realistic Fiction
24:12
A Great Place to Start
25:12
Nation - Terry Pratchett
25:21
If You Can't / Won't Read
27:19
Listen to Audio books
27:31
Watch Live Performances
27:53
Shakespeare Performed BY People Who Love Shakespeare
28:48
The Dirty Secret of Reading
29:31
Comic Books!
29:38
The Unwritten - Mike Carey
33:59
Section 3: Sample Tests
Answer Guide: Section 3 (Critical Reading)

16m 11s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:13
Sentence Completions
1:04
Question 1
1:06
Question 2
1:55
Question 3
2:17
Question 4
3:05
Question 5
3:40
Passage-Based Questions
4:12
Question 6
4:13
Question 7
5:03
Question 8
5:54
Question 9
6:26
Question 10
6:49
Question 11
7:26
Question 12
7:47
Question 13
8:34
Question 14
9:05
Question 15
9:43
Question 16
10:26
Question 17
11:17
Question 18
12:08
Question 19
12:36
Question 20
13:21
Question 21
13:54
Question 22
14:21
Question 23
14:43
Question 24
15:16
Answer Guide: Section 7 (Critical Reading)

14m 43s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:10
Sentence Completions
0:54
Question 1
0:55
Question 2
1:45
Question 3
2:01
Question 4
2:33
Question 5
3:11
Passage-Based Questions
3:37
Question 6
3:38
Question 7
3:55
Question 8
4:27
Question 9
4:58
Question 10
5:33
Question 11
6:09
Question 12
6:30
Question 13
6:59
Question 14
7:38
Question 15
8:25
Question 16
8:52
Question 17
9:31
Question 18
9:59
Question 19
10:30
Question 20
11:01
Question 21
11:46
Question 22
12:21
Question 23
13:09
Question 24
13:47
Answer Guide: Section 9 (Critical Reading)

10m 45s

Intro
0:00
Lesson Overview
0:11
Sentence Completions
0:57
Question 1
0:58
Question 2
1:35
Question 3
2:07
Question 4
2:56
Question 5
3:08
Question 6
3:31
Passage-Based Questions
3:46
Question 7
3:47
Question 8
4:34
Question 9
5:07
Question 10
5:33
Question 11
5:50
Question 12
6:23
Question 13
6:50
Question 14
7:11
Question 15
7:42
Question 16
8:28
Question 17
8:54
Question 18
9:17
Question 19
9:50
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Answer Guide: Section 9 (Critical Reading)

  • The test is available here: https://satonlinecourse.collegeboard.org
  • Sentence Completions
    • Question 1:Which word means “an isolated person”?
      • If you don’t know that “loner” means “self-isolating or solitary person”, you have never spoken to an American teenager. Or an American.
      • Answer: A
    • Question 2:Which word means “something to be traded”?
      • Eliminate Choice A; a “promotion” is not something that can be used in place of money.
      • Eliminate Choices C through E; “formula”, “refund”, and “register” are all related to commercial transactions, but none of these things is actually a product to be traded.
      • Choice B, “commodity”, is.
      • Answer: B
    • Question 3:Which word pair means “constantly / quiet”?
      • Eliminate Choices A, C, and E; while “violently”, “spontaneously” and “faintly” could all describe eruptions, none of them describes an ongoing eruption.
      • Eliminate D; “active” does not mean “quiet.”
      • B meets both criteria.
      • Answer: B
    • Question 4:Which word means “bully”, “threaten”, or “force”?
      • Hey, look! D actually is“bully”!
      • Answer: D
    • Question 5:Which word pair means “deceitful / innocent”?
      • Eliminate Choices A, B, and C; none of these words means anything like “deceitful”.
      • Eliminate E; “surreptitious” means “sneaky” and would not be a synonym for “innocent”.
      • Answer: D
  • Passage-Based Questions
  • Question 6:Which word most nearly means “international” or “having a global outlook”?
    • Only D, “cosmopolitan”, has this meaning.
    • Answer: D
  • Question 7:What is the purpose of lines 1-38?
    • These paragraphs describe the author’s personal experiences that led her to develop her teaching philosophy.
    • Eliminate A; there is little here about developing a role.
    • Eliminate C; the grandfather’s words are not analyzed.
    • Eliminate D; there’s little about relationships.
    • Eliminate E; the author does not reverse this idea.
    • Answer: B
  • Question 8:What is the meaning of the quotation?
    • The author uses the quotation as the basis of her idea that words are magical, life-changing.
    • Eliminate B and C; this quotation is neither very scholarly nor related to Shakespeare.
    • Eliminate D and E; this quote is not funny, and it is not very pragmatic.
    • Answer: A
  • Question 9:What is the effect of both versions of the grandfather’s words?
    • Repetition is often used to create emphasis.
    • E is the answer that comes closest to this idea.
    • Answer: E
  • Question 10:What is the purpose of the comparison in lines 26-27?
    • The author compares the memory of the mind to the memory of the body and the memory of the heart.
    • Only Choice B deals with memory.
    • Answer: B
  • Question 11:How does the idea of dance play out in lines 29-34?
    • Eliminate A; the author does not mention awkwardness.
    • Eliminate C and D; the mention of dance doesn’t connect much to exhilaration or physical agility.
    • Eliminate E; the author is not playing with the multiple meanings of “dance”.
    • Answer: B
  • Question 12:What does “follow” mean in line 34?
    • If you replace “follow” in the sentence, the most likely replacement is something like “play along” or “fall into place”.
    • Only D, “join in”, carries this meaning.
    • Answer: D
  • Question 13:What do lines 39-62 reveal about the author?
    • In these lines, the author describes how she has turned an old acting principle on its head. That says she’s willing to do that!
    • Only C describes questioning established dogma.
    • Answer: C
  • Question 14:How do lines 39-70 represent the author’s argument?
    • This question focuses on the same section of the passage as Question 13. The summary you created there applies here too.
    • Eliminate A and B; this section does not celebrate either the old tradition or her early training.
    • Eliminate D and E; this section does not mention other actors or drama professors.
    • Answer: C
  • Question 15:What does the explanation in the fourth paragraph suggest about the “self-oriented method” in line 45?
    • The author criticizes this method as taught to young actors because it restricts them to the feelings and experiences they’ve already had at a very early point in their lives.
    • Thus, the method must assume that even such inexperienced actors have a full range of emotions at their disposal.
    • The only answer that matches this assumption is C.
    • Answer: C
  • Question 16:Which statement best captures the point in lines 54-56?
    • Eliminate A; it’s the opposite of what happened.
    • Eliminate B; the passage describes young students’ struggles with conveying character.
    • Eliminate C; the students’ opinions are not mentioned.
    • Eliminate E; the students’ hopes are not mentioned.
    • Answer: D
  • Question 17:What is the meaning of “home of the character” in line 60?
    • In this context, “home” is used to mean the basis or foundation for the character–the core of who the character is.
    • A, B, C, and D all talk about externalities–the outside of a character.
    • Answer: E
  • Question 18:What does “psychological reality” mean in lines 63-64?
    • Whatever it is, it’s something that the author wants to find in each character–probably something to do with that core character described in Question 19.
    • Choices A, B, D, and E all deal with things outside the character–exterior appearance and behavior, audience expectations, etc.
    • Answer: C
  • Question 19:How might one describe the “metaphors” in line 66?
    • These “metaphors” are the basis of character under the discredited method, and they come from the actor’s own life. Obviously, these are life experiences of some kind–what else in an actor’s life might provide the fodder for a character?
    • Choices A through C are off-topic.
    • While D is promising because of the word “memorable” (life experiences usually are), E is best because it uses the term “comparisons”–and metaphors area kind of comparison.
    • Answer: E
  • Recommended supplementary material to view SAT questions featured in lesson answer guides: The Official SAT Study Guide by the College Board.

Answer Guide: Section 9 (Critical Reading)

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:11
  • Sentence Completions 0:57
    • Question 1
    • Question 2
    • Question 3
    • Question 4
    • Question 5
    • Question 6
  • Passage-Based Questions 3:46
    • Question 7
    • Question 8
    • Question 9
    • Question 10
    • Question 11
    • Question 12
    • Question 13
    • Question 14
    • Question 15
    • Question 16
    • Question 17
    • Question 18
    • Question 19
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