Answers & Explanations to the 2007 ap english Language Exam

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to the 2007 AP English Language Exam
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1. E (40%)

This is one of the harder questions on the test. Many students may be fooled by answer choice A because, in the first paragraph, the author grudgingly appreciates Benthams eloquence and Imagination in the popular sense. However, the author then criticizes Bentham for the Imagination which he had not, was thatappropriated by the best writers, which is negative. So, the authors overall attitude is not appreciative; A is out. Now, look at C and D. At no point is the author sarcastic, and his tone can hardly be described as vicious. He is also not bitter, and he makes no references to any illusions he might have had in the past. C and D are definitely wrong. All that are left are B and E. Hes being negative, not nonjudgmental, so E is right.

2. A (66%)

Start with E. Is the second sentence signaling a transition? No. Does it digress? No. Does it compare Bentham to other writers? A superficial reader might see the last clause as evidence for this, but that isnt the main purpose, so C is wrong. Hes praising Bentham right now, not criticizing him for what he lacks, so B is also incorrect. A is all thats left, but go back to read the first and second sentences just to make sure. In the second sentence, the author says that Benthams work is seldom beautiful, which qualifies the first sentences praise, but also bold, forcible, and intense, which expands the praise. So, A.

3. E (58%)

If you answered the last question, then you just read these sentences, so this should have been easy. First of all, know that Bentham is being praised. So B is out. Hes not defending or advising Bentham, so C and A are wrong, too. Now, were down to D and E. His praise of Bentham is qualified, not unconditional. So D is too much, and E is right.

4. D (80%)

This was an easy question. Look for the antecedent of this in that sentence, because this is the power. If you had trouble, cross out the prepositional phrases. It becomes clear that Imagination is the power.

5. D (44%)

This is one of the last ones you should answer. The second paragraph is all about deriding Bentham because he has no self-consciousness, and emphasizing the fact that Bentham judges and describes all of his characters in two-dimensional and first-impressive ways. So, he is a bad writer because he cant understand the human psychology or emotions, and cant relate to them or empathize; D. If you didnt catch that, look at the other choices. A,C, and E are wrong because the author says nothing about any of those things. Someone might choose B because the author talks about Benthams inability to see more than the average person, but this is wrong because the paragraph focuses on Benthams lack of empathy or deep relation to other poeple. So, D. Empathy.

6. C (61%)

Okay, so this sentence talks about historical examples of uses of this power. It doesnt compare poets and historians; E is wrong. It isnt about the history of writing, so D is out. B is wrong because hes not clarifying, hes offering examples. A is wrong because the author has no reason to establish that. So, C is the correct answer.

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1. E (40%)

In questions like these, you must take one word at a time to eliminate. Choices B and C would be eliminated immediately, because the author was definitely judgmental and showed no disillusionment. Choice D could seem right with “sarcastic,” but was in no way vicious. Choice A is the biggest distracter, because it seems right with the use of a good and bad word. In reality, the word “grudgingly” really does not fit the author’s attitude, making E the best answer.
2. A (66%)

The idea is continued from the first sentence, so E is automatically out. Bentham is not being analyzed for his writing yet in the passage, so both C and B are out. That leaves us with A and D. Even if you didn’t know what D meant by “brief digression,” you can still see that the second sentence expands on the first, making A the best choice.

3. E (58%)

This is another question that you are forced to take one word at a time to determine the best answer. When the author describes Bentham’s ability, he is not being negative but rather positive. This rules out B and A. There is no representation of anything “witty,” so that also rules out C. “Commendation” and “appreciation” both seem like positive words that could fit. When you look at the preceding words, “profuse” doesn’t seem to have anything to do with Bentham’s ability, so that would make E the best answer.


4.  D  (80%) 

If you look closely at the portion this question refers too we can easily cancel out all the other options. “This Power” is not referring to “command of Imagery”, that answer choice is referring to Benthams skills and “poetic culture” is also referring to Benthams want of that skill. “declamatory eloquence” refers to “passages” on line 7 and the “voluntary effort” is a part of the sentence before referring to the Imagination in Line 9. Imagination in line 9 is the subject that “this power” refers to in line 17


5.  D  (44%)

At no point in the passage is morality, intellectual brilliance. the awareness of an artists role in society, or the imparting of pleasure mentioned as the most important power. In linees 3-8 it is said that Benthams use of images were “seldom beautiful”. If the author of the passage claims that and also believes Bentham to be a good writer than it is obvious that imagery is something less important than the positive qualities that Bentham held. “This is the power by which one human being enters into the mind and circumstances of another.” (Lines 15-17). One definition of empathy is “the understanding and entering into another's feelings.” In the lines before, this power is referred to as the most important and line 15-17 specifies empathy as a part of the power making it the most important in his opinion.


6.  C  (61%)

While reading lines 20-26, you are flooded with examples. Looking at the answer choices, answer choice c stands out for the fact that it holds the word example in it. D is disproved because the point is not to differentiate historians from poets, if that were the point then there would be more analysis. D is disproved because although he is talking about famous poetry works that have survived the years he is not trying to say that it is a long lasting art, he is trying to give us a picture in our head. Answer choice B may trick you because it uses constitutes in line 19 and constituents in line 20, but it is not trying to clarify the previous sentence. It is providing examples so that we will believe what the author is trying to say.


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7.  C   (33%)

The first step towards answering this question would be to look over the first paragraph again to familiarize the specific section of

the passage that the question is asking about. Starting with E from the questions, this answer is a trap because the student might assume that just because choice E includes the word “popular”, it must mean that it is correct because the first sentence of the first paragraph mentions imagination in the “popular sense”. However, choice E is wrong because the paragraph is not about that. D cannot be the correct answer because the paragraph never even mentions social responsibility. B can be eliminated because the passage itself proves that imagination is important. A can be eliminated because it is completely irrelevant to the passage. Therefore leaving C as the correct answer, because in the first paragraph the author does indeed distinguish between the imagination

used to Bentham and the imagination that he was not able to attain.

8.  A   (55%)

Considering that you probably just finished evaluated the entire first paragraph to answer question 7, use that information

that you just acquired to help you answer this one. Starting with E, this choice can be eliminated because although the author makes many allusions, it has no evidence of “scholarly research” to support the first paragraph. D is incorrect because the second paragraph is an entire explanation of one flaw of Bentham’s. C is wrong because the first sentence of the passage makes no strong specific claim. B cannot be the answer because the second paragraph is about Bentham, not imagination specifically. This leaves us with A, because at the end of the first paragraph, the author asserts that Bentham lacked the ability to relate with other human emotions, and the second paragraph expanded on that assertion.
9.  B   (70%)

First off, re-read the section of lines 32-62.

Immediately you should recognize the rhythmical pattern to the writing by the

frequent uses of the “this nor that” phrases and repetitively beginning

sentences with “He...”. This should make it easy to eliminate all answer choices

but B, repeated syntactical patterns.

10.   A   (43%)

This question is no problem as long as you studied your rhetorical terms beforehand.  If not, then it’s simply up to the process of elimination.  Starting with E, an apostrophe is defined addressing a dead or absent person in your speech.  This is very obviously not present in the designated passage.  Answer choice D is when an inanimate object is represented as a person, which is also out.  Choice C is Euphemism, the substitution of an agreeable or less offensive expression in place of an offensive or harsh one. If you analyze this selection closely, there is no particular evidence of a euphemism.  Answer choice B, oxymoron, is when you put contradictory terms

together, and isn’t present either.  This leaves answer choice A, antithesis, which is defined as presenting the exact opposite of something else that was previously presented.  Even if you didn’t know that definition, you could still pick A simply because it is the only answer choice left.  However, it is also clearly present in the section “He had neither internal experience nor external….”   
11.   C   (84%)

This question was extremely simple as long as you are reading and understanding the section clearly and not over thinking what you

read.  Lines 35-48 are very obviously an outline of Bentham’s past in regards to emotional experiences, or in this case, the lack of.  These lines reveal that he never felt many of the quintessential human emotions.  Knowing that, let’s move on to the answer choices.  Choice E has absolutely no proof whatsoever and shouldn’t be given a second thought.  Choice D could seem kind of plausible, but

if you go back and re-read, you will find no reference to him “observing.” Choice C hits the nail on the head, saying that he does not understand strong human feelings.  However, if you’re not convinced and you go on, Choice B is simply a pitfall using a big word like “aberration” and Choice A is ridiculous and unproven.  

12.  E   (44%)

The key to understanding this question lies within understanding the passage it’s on. This self-consciousness is referred to as the “daemon of the men of genius of our time” , and since daemon is referring to a type of demonic action, the answer should be something that could be taken negatively.  Also, it should be something that cam sometimes be a positive thing, since it mentions both “cheerful and mournful wisdom.” With that in mind, lets take a look at answer Choice E.  Introspection can definitely be a good or bad thing, and it also makes sense in context of the sentences, so keep it. D and B can be taken both ways, but isn’t supported by the paragraph. Choices C and A are purely negative, and therefore could not be the answer. This leaves us with E, which fits quite well.

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7.  C  (33%) 

A can be eliminated easily because beauty is only mentioned once in the whole paragraph, and not in relation to “good art.” As a matter of fact, “good art” is not something touched upon by the author, although it may seem like that if one does not read carefully. B can also be eliminated because the author does not discount the importance of imaginative thinking at all. He actually says that a certain type of imagination is “generally appropriated by the best writers of the present day” and is an indispensible tool to many writers. Social responsibility is never mentioned at all, so D is out. E would probably be the most appealing for many students, because if they didn’t read carefully and realize that the author actually distinguishes the imagination he discusses later on from the popular definition given earlier, answer E might work. However, C is definitely a purpose of the first paragraph, even if it might not be the most important one. The author, however, certainly does differentiate between the two types of imagination so that the reader can understand why he criticizes Bentham in the next paragraph.


8.  A  (55%) 

This one has the potential to be a time waster because are only two paragraphs in the whole passage, which means you essentially have the whole passage to find the answer in. E can easily be eliminated because there were no references to any kind of scholarly research. C should be eliminated because the second paragraph explains how Bentham lacked empathy and the second kind of imagination, not how he was endowed with “command of imagery and metaphorical expression.” D is out because the first paragraph actually presents a more balanced, if that, image of Bentham than the second paragraph does. The second paragraph is about what Bentham lacked, not what he had. For B, you should remember that the first definition of imagination given was what Bentham had, not what the author claims he lacked. Also, the second paragraph doesn’t really explain or expound on the definition, but instead is more of an individual example, which is what A says. If you take a brief look at the claims at the end of the second paragraph, you should see that they are used to examine Bentham, who didn’t have the kind of imagination that the author discusses near the end of the first paragraph.


9.  B  (70%) 

You’re looking for a stylistic feature in this one, so you need to read the lines over again since you probably won’t remember what exactly lines 32-62 included. After reading, you should realize that no metaphors, analogies nor allusions are used at all, narrowing down your possible answers to A and B. The author certainly doesn’t use a series of prepositional phrases anywhere, but he does use repeated syntactical patterns early on in the lines given. Therefore, your answer should be B.


10.  A  (43%) 

Knowing what Antithesis and other terms mean would certainly make this question much easier, yet you can get it correct without knowing all of the definitions exactly. Luckily, you only have to deal with lines 35-38, which make this question much less of a time waster. Is there even any hint of personification? Nope, so D is out. The author never addresses any unseen person or thing, so E can be eliminated. You’re now left with the harder of the terms given, antithesis, oxymoron and euphemism. Oxymoron should be the first eliminated because the author never says Bentham is both of two things that conflict; he says he was one thing or experienced one thing (or neither), but not both. Looking at Euphemism and Antithesis, you could try to guess the meaning of either. Antithesis seems to suggest opposites or contrasts (the whole prefix thing- anti), which the author includes multiple times. Therefore, you should choose A, even though you may not be sure of what a euphemism is.


11.  C  (84%) 

After reading lines 35-48, which talks about Bentham’s lack of certain emotional experiences, E can easily be eliminated because there is no mention what Bentham may think about other’s opinions. D can be eliminated because the author never includes anything about what Bentham may or may not value. The author doesn’t mention Bentham’s writing during those lines either, nor does the information given suggest that Bentham may not be writing with a clear purpose, so A can be eliminated. Finally, B can also be eliminated because there is not a single sentence that mentions anything dealing with “human aberration.” What is mentioned, however, is how Bentham never experienced a variety of strong human emotions, which is exactly what answer C is.

 12.  E  (44%) 

Although the question mentions just lines 43-48, you have to have read and understand the point the author was making in the sentences before, concerning Bentham’s lack of understanding of strong human emotions. A can quickly be eliminated because awkwardness does not seem to be something to which, according to the author, “this age owes much of its… wisdom.” B, caution, would not be something that would probably lead to the latter as well, so it can be eliminated. Shame would also not fit the definition of self-consciousness for the above reasons as well, so C is out. D, idealism, just simply doesn’t fit the term self-consciousness. You wouldn’t become an idealist of some sort just because you were self-consciousness of yourself or your mind, would you? E, introspection, is something that would come from strong emotional experiences that Bentham never had. So, E is the correct answer.
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12. E (44%)

This was a hard question, because the sentence was long, the main point was at the end of the sentence, and the word that is in the question is at the beginning of the sentence. Another problem is that there is another word, dæmon, which students may not know. However, if you read a little further rather than just the part of the passage that the question refers you to it's a lot easier because the point of the whole passage was that this writer (Benthram) had no way to emphasize with emotions because he had not faced any challenging situations to awaken them, none of the other words provided by the other answer choices really fit, except maybe idealism because if he hasn't been faced with difficulties then it might be assumed that he's more of an idealist living in an easy life.
13. A (70%) This question was generally easy as the quote gave us insight into the main idea of the passage, so if you read the whole passage it made this question easier as long as you remembered to focus on the quote more than the passage. Answer B and D are wrong because it never talks about these two things in the passage. And E is wrong because it implies the opposite meaning of the quote by claiming he understood people. C is the trap answer, but is wrong because the question is asking why the sentence is there not what the sentence means
14. A (70%)

E is wrong because he is critical of Bentham, not appreciative. The only one that could possibly be considered a trap answer, even though its obviously wrong is D because it states that the author disapproves of Benthram but it's wrong because it says it’s because of Benthram's serious tone which isn't mentioned anywhere in the passage. All the other answer choices conflict or have nothing to do with the author’s point of view to some degree or another and are therefore wrong.

15. B (50%)

E is the trap answer on this one because of the word idiosyncratic, which may elude some students’ range of vocabulary. The definition of idiosyncratic is as follows: a characteristic, habit, mannerism, or the like, that is peculiar to an individual, if the reader knew this to be the definition then perhaps they assumed Benthram’s lack of emotional experience or the noted lack of it in his work to constitute as the mannerism or characteristic that contributed to what might be called an idiosyncratic style. A is wrong because not only is it not mentioned in the passage but it also goes against the authors opinion of Benthram’s work. Neither C or D can be backed by the passage.

16. C (80%)

The obvious answer is C as the main focus of this passage is Benthram’s lack of emotional experience and the negative effect this deficiency has on his work. Choice A could have been a trap because students may have assumed that the author’s attack on Benthram’s connection to his work implied that the author did not believe him to be smart or intellectual. D might have tripped people up because the author assessed that the writer was unable to analyze emotions and apply them to his work, however, this line of thought would bring the reader back to answer choice C in that it deals with emotion, so D can be ruled out. Choices B and E are completely irrelevant to the passage.

17. C (73%)

Answer choice A is wrong because the author does not talk about his or her self at all in the passage so there are no scenes of “personal reminiscence”. Choice D is wrong because there is no irony to be found in this passage and E is wrong because this passage is based on opinion, not fact. Answer choice B is the trap because one might mistake the author’s attack on Benthram as a lecture on his style of writing. Choice C is the correct answer because this passage is primarily an attack on Benthram and his work.

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12. E (44%)

This question really wasnt as hard as the 56% of students that got it wrong suggests. In

the entire passage, the writer is saying that Bentham has a poor perception for human feelings. So, when you read the sentence, the writer is saying that Bentham is lacking in something. That something is what self-consciousness represents. So you can easily knock off A, B, C, and D, because Bentham is not lacking in any of those, according to the passage. So the answer is clearly E, introspection.

13. A (70%)

If you look at the sentence in context, it is amidst a paragraph talking about Benthams poor insight of others feelings. Therefore, if you read the sentence in the passage, it is clear the author is trying to add on to his already stated thought. So that means it would have to deal with Bentham and his poor perception of feelings. That rules out E, D, C, and B. None of these answers have to do with Bentham not easily understanding human feelings, which leaves the correct answer, A, convey the limitation of Benthams perception.

14. A (70%)

This question was not fairly difficult at all, most students got it correct. If you look at the diction of the passage, the writers tone towards Bentham is not positive, but it is not scrutinizing. This automatically rules out E, D, and B, because all of these answer choices are either positive, a little too negative. Now, that leaves A and C. When reading C, it is easy to dismiss this as the answer because there was no statements anywhere in the passage that even imply a paucity in Benthams life. That leaves A as the correct answer, the authors attitude towards Bentham is dismissive because of the narrowness of Benthams experience and understanding, which is what the author was clearly stating about Bentham the entire time.

15. B (50%)

Bentham is described by the author as a man that lacks, Imagination. In the description of this Imagination in lines 11-20, it is the power that constitutes the poet(17-18). If this detail of Imagination is noticed by the reader, then B should stand out as the answer right away, as it is obvious that the author thinks Bentham lacks Imagination and therefore poetic insight. If this detail is missed then the reader may fall for answer D, assuming Bentham has a childlike sense of fantasy due to the statement that He was a boy to the last(43). The author never mentions Bentham being ignored or uncompromising, so A and C do not fit. Because his knowledge of human nature was bounded, then he lacks Idiosyncratic style, E is out

16. C (80%)

The author never even began to mention Benthams analytical or moral experience so D and E do not fit right away. The same is with his practical experience, out goes B. The footnote describes Bentham as an English philosopher and founder of Utilitarianism, because of this he must be somewhat educated so intellectual ignorance makes no sense, A is incorrect. C is proven correct throughout the entire passage. Line 62 decribes Bentham as a man, Knowing so little of human feelings... From this and Line 47 He never knew prosperity and adversity, passion or satiety it is safe to assume he is ignorant of emotional experience.

17. C (73%)

Because the passage lacks any hints of reminiscence and irony, A and D are out. As for a factual report, most of the passage seems to be opinion (Wheres the data to back it up?), so E is also out. B describes the passage as a treatise, if you dont know what a treatise is it is defined as an extensive written discourse on a subject. Just because this passage isnt extensive, B is gone. So whether you picked up on the authors critical tone throughout the whole passage or not, C is the answer by default. And yes, the author was presenting the passage as a critical evaluation of Bentham and why he fell short.

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18. D (80%)

The passage’s primary focus of the passage is the psychological impact of a system of segregation. In the second paragraph, especially in lines 28-40, the author discusses how racism has affected every aspect of his life. Also in the last paragraph author uses an example to show the psychological effect of racism. There is no mention of condemning physical force so as to end segregation, so E is out. C may be a tempting answer, but it is too broad and does not address the author’s main purpose. B is out because he is not seeking restitution; he is addressing the psychological effects of racism. A is a trap answer. Class structure is discussed in the beginning in order to serve as an introduction to what will be discussed in the passage.
19. A (78%)

The author uses the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable (hands, head, and heart). Line 7 is not a disappointing

decline after a previous rise in the text (a previous rise was not present in before line 7), so E is out. Nothing is being compared to

line 7, so D is out. C is out because an address to an inanimate object or imaginary/absent person is not present in line 7. A is

incorrect because two contrasting ideas are not juxtaposed in a parallel form. If you got this question wrong you should review the

definition of literary terms you received in the beginning of the year.

20. C (58%)

For this question, go back to lines 12-14 and start reading a few lines above it and stop a few lines after it. What do those series of

phrases suggest? Choice E is incorrect because it is not a transition from a society being ruled by force to being ruled by a law. Choice D could be tempting because the lines mention divine but it is not talking about the government not having the support by religion.

Choice A does not understand what the lines are suggesting because it certainly does not suggest any uncertainty that the people felt.

Choice B may be tempting because of the "scowling faces" that could suggest internal conflicts but that is not what the lines are

suggesting. Choice C is the correct answer because is lists the ways that class structure were being maintained.

21. A (54%)

This question asks how the first passage relates to the rest of the passage and what purpose it serves for the passage. Choice E is

totally off because the writer is not reminiscing about anything. The writer does not even write in the first person point of view in the

first paragraph. Choice D is incorrect because the conflicting statements about the artisans in Europe are not particularly important

to the rest of the passage. It is not the main reason why the writer put that first paragraph in there. Choice C is incorrect because the

writer does not compare 16th century to the 20th century. Choice B may be tempting but the write is not comparing the European social class system to his person story about segregation. Choice A is the correct answer because the first paragraph provides historical information about the social class structure and how the writer fits into that with his own circumstances.

22. B (84%)

The second paragraph is about the speaker's personal experience. Choice E is wrong because this is not eyewitness accounts. These are

his personal accounts. Choice D is incorrect because he is not tracing the history of discrimination. Choice C is wrong because he is not making any assumptions about the reader's experiences. Choice A is incorrect because he is not arguing with the first paragraph, which is full of facts. Choice B is the correct answer because he is using his personal experience to talk about.
23. D (85%)

The word “education” refers to learning obtained through experience. The education the author is referring to was obtained through

“continual compulsion and daily reminder” (experience). E is incorrect because the author does not mention the influence of parents in the passage. C, B, and A are all references to the literal and commonly known definition of education. This definition does not fit in the context of the sentence or context the passage.
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18) D (80%)

It cant be A because he doesn't justify them, he condemns social classes. It’s not B becuase he doesnt talk about himself. Isn’t E because he doesnt even talk about using physical force. It’s not C because it talks about their similarity. So it has to be D, since it’s the only one that makes sense.
19) B (78%)

In 19 its definitely alliteration because of all the H sounds and because alliteration deals with constants and not vowels. Well, it's not c cause that's a plea to the gods. D and E don't even make sense. Antithesis is just another word for contrast so its not A because those words are not even contrasting. So it has to be B.

20) C (58%)

E doesn't make sense cause all off those are symbols of force that enact law. D doesn't really make sense because religion isn’t mentioned, the word divine has nothing to do with the answer choice. C makes sense once the entire sentence is read. B doesn't make sense because it doesn't talk about internal conflicts and A doesn't make sense for the same reason.

21) A (54%)

E is not correct because the paragraph is not a first hand account. D is not the answer because the paragraph isn’t conflicting.C isn’t the answer because the paragraph only talks about the 16th century. B isn’t the answer because the paragraph isn’t an analogy.The answer is A because it is historical information.

22) B (84%)

E is not the answer becuase he only gives his/her account and not others. D isnt the answer becuase it doesnt trace the history. C doesnt even make sense because its about his own experience. B is logical becuase the paragraph is in first person and tells of his account. A is just ridiculous becuase the paragraph is an example that proves the similarites between the two time periods.

23) D (85%)

E is wrong because parents are there for positive reinforcement and love whereas the paragraph deals with dehumanizing values. C doesn't fit because recitation doesn't even fit in with the rest of the paragraph. B doesn’t fit because reading has nothing to do with his situation. A would be the sucker answer since the author was talking about his experiences being a reminder in his life. So the answer has to be D.


24. E (61%)

25. A (79%)
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26. A (68%)

C, D, and E would pretty much mean the same thing in context, so those can be eliminated. The author evidently hated the discrimination he had to live through, as he had complained about his confinement throughout the passage, so B can be eliminated. Therefore, A is the correct answer.
27. E (77%)

D is the first answer choice you can cross out because it is off topic. Answer C is incorrect because the author isn’t developing an argument or trying to persuade anyone in that part of the passage. Answer choice A can be eliminated because the first use of the word “impossible” is not ironic, it’s sincere. Choice B is probably the second best answer because there is some repetition at the end of the first paragraph but it’s not best choice because E makes more sense. The author repeated the word “impossible” to emphasize the strong emotions he harbored from the discrimination he was forced to face.

28. C (77%)

The author is not investigating a claim in the last paragraph, nor is he demanding immediate action or using an extended metaphor, so answers A, B, and E can be eliminated. The last paragraph does not rely on a “tone of defensiveness”, so D isn’t the answer either. But the final paragraph does contain a specific example of the kind of discrimination he couldn’t hide from, leaving C as the correct answer.

29. B (76%)

The only answer choice that fits is B. In the part of the sentence before the semicolon, the author even uses the word “incident” to when describing the experience his friend had. In the part after the semicolon, the author then criticizes the wider ramifications of the incident.

30. E (77%)

All of the answer choices, except for E, have at least one word that doesn’t fit the speaker’s tone. Choice A can be eliminated because the author was definitely not callous, or uncaring and cold. Answer C is incorrect since the author was not resigned and reconciled—he longed for equality. D is wrong because the passage is about his own personal experience, so he obviously can’t be detached from his subject. You’d be stretching it a little to say that the author was petulant, or grumpy, and therefore, E is the best answer because he was both angry and civil.

31. C (85%)

The author primarily reveals the discrimination and exclusion he felt living in a world of racial prejudice. The author specifically says that “… [He] was kept within bounds” (line 28). He also mentions a “wall” (line 41) that kept him apart from others. Lines 30-40 further illustrate his lack of freedom. Confinement is the only prominent imagery the author uses in the passage, so C is the correct answer.

32. B (77%)

33. E (54%)

34. Omitted by ETS

35. D (50%)

36. D (48%)

37. B (50%)

38. C (34%)

39. A (22%)

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40. D (37%)

In this passage, there was no real argument, it argued points from scholars, but the main idea wasn’t focused around an argument about Franklin, so A is wrong. And their wasn’t any real critisim in the pasage, a lot of it was applauding Franklin, so B is wrong. C is out because it doesn’t mention anything about scientific research, and E is out because it mentions in the footnote that this passage is from a book. E is the only logical choice left.
41. A (44%)

B is the easiest to elimenate from the answer choices because it is clear that the footnote has no solution, just stating a problem. E is also easy to omit because it there is no explanation about any bias towards any author. D is out as well because the author would have just listed many other authors who have used the word, not given a little summary about each. Out of the last two, it is clear that A is the right answer because it talks about this being a hot topic or an “argument starter” in the first couple lines.

42. A (58%)

D and E are automatically omitted because this number came right after the Weekly Standard, so if it doesn’t say it had something to do with the Weekly Standard, it is wrong. A is the best one left out of the three.

43. E (53%)
The phrase "somewhat ironically" refers to the mention of Michael Young. The footnote mentions that he was a British social thinker at first, but then later gained the title: "Lord of Darlington." Also, the footnote's main idea focuses on the idea of meritocracy, which denotes a vision of social mobility based on merit and diligence. Looking at the answer choices, you should automatically eliminate B, C, and E. B infers that the author was the inventor of the phrase, which is not true. The purpose of the phrase is not to think about the limitation of social thinkers, so C is out, and the footnote has nothing to do with the opposition of British monarchy, so D is out. A suggests that the author views Michael Young as a rival, which is untrue, so E is the only answer choice remaining.

44. B (78%)

This is a fairly straightforward question, but you must be careful to read and understand the footnote, and what it is talking about. If you do this, you can see that the word "meritocracy is the
main idea, and thus is the only reasonable answer, so B.

45. D (74%)

Another simple question, the only real difficulty here is similar to the last one. You must be careful in determining the source from which the quote comes from. You can immediately see that the speaker of the quote is John Rawls, so A, B, and C are all eliminated. That leaves you with D and E. E suggests that the quote is credited to both Rawls and Brooks, which is not true, so D is the correct answer choice here.
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41. A (44%) 

E is clearly wrong because the footnote does not have any biased commentary against the other historians. D is completely wrong because there are obliviously more sources then what is given in the footnote. C would be the trick answer because the number of sources does not measure how reliable the author is. B is wrong because the information in the footnote helps support the passage, not give alternative solutions. A is clearly the correct answer because is gives further cited information to be looked up upon.

42. A (58%) 

E is wrong because the author would not count the times that the citation would occur in the magazine. D is wrong and could be seen as a trick answer the page number does not occur in a book, but in a magazine. C is Wrong because the volume number would appear in the magazine title. B is wrong, the edition is unnecessary in the citations. 

A is Clearly correct because is the number would follow after the title of the magazine and the copy right date is listed. 
43. E (53%) 

A is wrong because the author of the passage is not satirizing Michael Young. B is obviously wrong because the author never claimed to have invented the word. C is another obviously wrong answer because the passage and the footnote have nothing to do with the social roles of a thinker. D is another completely wrong answer because there is nothing about the British Monarchy in the footnote for that citation. E is the only one left and correct because the word ironically coordinates with the word disparity in saying the author had no reason to become a Lord. 

44. B (74%) 

B is correct because meritocracy is the subject matter and it is referring back to meritocracy. E is no correct because dismissive term is describing meritocracy. A, C, D is completely wrong because these words are before the sentence in question.

45. D (74%) 

A, B and C can all be marked out as wrong because the answers are by the wrong author. E would be the trick answer but it is wrong because there is only one author named. Leaving D to be the correct answer. 

46. B (60%) 

E is a trick answer because the wording "to that other" gives it an undermining appearance. D is completely wrong it makes no since to the subject matter at hand. C is wrong because the word order does not indicate uncertainty. A is wrong because it is stating that it is factual, but really it is only an opinion. B is the correct, because other is referring to a person and not another idea.

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48. C (60%)

In the passage, the writer says that "writing exists, writers do not," which eliminates choice E and makes choice C the correct answer.

D may seem correct, but it is refuted by lines 18-25 and is not the best answer, and A and B are not mentioned in line 9.

49. B (54%)

E can be eliminated immediately because the subject is "JCO is not a person nor even a personality". D is incorrect because the sentence is simple, not complex. C is incorrect because there are no unknown ideas expressed. A is incorrect because there are no problems or solutions. B is correct because there are two negations ("not a person, nor even a personality") followed by an assertion ("but a process").

50. B (57%)

A, C, D, and E cannot be found in the sentence, and B is the answer because the sentence contains an analogy comparing texts forgotten to "pages left too long in the sun" whose texts have "bleached out".

51. E (59%)

E is the correct answer because the entire passage explains the difference between an artistic creation and its creator. C, D, and A cannot be found in the passage. B may seem correct at first, but it is not supported by the passage.

52. C (30%)

This is one of the harder questions because only 30% got it correct. A (the author and JCO are compared to magnetic poles), B (a magnet is a metaphor for their relationship), and E ("diamagnetic" is scientific diction) can all be found in the passage. That leaves C and D. There is a subordinate clause in the paragraph after the semicolon in line 50, so D is likely a trick answer and C is the correct answer. However, if you do not know what a subordinate clause is, you can look for verbs in the imperative mood, and since there are none, C is the correct answer.

53. E (36%)

A, B, C, and D are not suggested by lines 63-65. In lines 63-65, the "walled garden" is art, and the "entrance" is the artist. The author

is saying that art is still art no matter who the artist is, so E is the correct answer. It is surprising that only 36% of students answered this correctly.

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