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Student Name: ___________________________
Class: ___________________________
Date: ___________________________
Instructions: Read each question carefully and select the correct answer.

1. Read the passage and answer the questions that follow.

How to Increase Your Score on the Verbal Section of the SAT

More and more, SAT scores can determine into which colleges high school students are accepted. Even students with excellent grade point averages are finding that college admissions departments are putting equal emphasis on a student's SAT results. Because these test results can have a large impact on your future, taking steps to improve your score on one or both sections is a logical choice.


Here are a few suggestions to help you raise your score on the verbal section of the SAT. Try them and see which ones are most successful for you.
1. Buy an SAT vocabulary book that is published by a reputable company at any bookstore. The book should be broken down into individual lessons.
2. Before you even begin trying to improve your vocabulary, determine the environment and circumstances in which you'll be able to concentrate most successfully. This can include variables such as time of day and background noise. Do you need to write things down to learn them? Does repeating things aloud aid you in remembering things?
3. Choose one lesson to focus on each week.
4. Read each word, its definition, and any example sentences that may be included.
5. Complete the exercises in the section. Some will involve analogies, others will involve synonyms or antonyms. All will help you to learn the meanings of the vocabulary words.
6. Using index cards, on each card, write one word and definition on one side, and a sentence containing the word on the other side. Writing synonyms and antonyms can be helpful as well.
7. At the end of the week, prepare a self-quiz. Write the vocabulary words on a piece of paper. You can set it up like a table. Include a column for a definition, synonym, and antonym for each word. Then, complete the quiz.
8. Your quiz results will alert you to which words you need to spend more time on.
9. Repeat this procedure each week, learning as many of the SAT vocabulary words as possible before you take the SAT.
10. By following these steps, you are almost guaranteed to raise your SAT scores!

What is suggested in the second step?



A. Write things down so that you will learn them.

B. Choose one lesson to focus on each week.

C. Determine the environment that will enable you to memorize the vocabulary words.

D. Determine the environment that will enable you to concentrate.

2. Read the passage and answer the questions that follow.

How to Improve Your Memorization Skills

Memorization is a skill you will need for the rest of your life, as well as in school. You will be called on to remember phone numbers, names, and other information every day. That's why it is important to develop strong memorization skills.


Here are a few memorization techniques. Try them and discover which techniques work best for you.
1. Repeat out loud. If you must memorize a list, repeating the list out loud will help you remember better than just saying the list silently to yourself.
2. Write it down. The action of writing something down boosts your memory.
3. Associate ideas. It is easier to remember things if you connect them to something meaningful. You might remember a list of words by making up a story and including the words in the story.
4. Use games. Visualize silly pictures involving the material you need to memorize. You could also think of a phrase using the key words you must memorize.

What is suggested in the third memorization technique?



A. write down the items

B. associate ideas

C. use games

D. visualize silly pictures

3. Read the passage and answer the questions that follow.

How to Increase Your Score on the Verbal Section of the SAT

More and more, SAT scores can determine into which colleges high school students are accepted. Even students with excellent grade point averages are finding that college admissions departments are putting equal emphasis on a student's SAT results. Because these test results can have a large impact on your future, taking steps to improve your score on one or both sections is a logical choice.


Here are a few suggestions to help you raise your score on the verbal section of the SAT. Try them and see which ones are most successful for you.
1. Buy an SAT vocabulary book that is published by a reputable company at any bookstore. The book should be broken down into individual lessons.
2. Before you even begin trying to improve your vocabulary, determine the environment and circumstances in which you'll be able to concentrate most successfully. This can include variables such as time of day and background noise. Do you need to write things down to learn them? Does repeating things aloud aid you in remembering things?
3. Choose one lesson to focus on each week.
4. Read each word, its definition, and any example sentences that may be included.
5. Complete the exercises in the section. Some will involve analogies, others will involve synonyms or antonyms. All will help you to learn the meanings of the vocabulary words.
6. Using index cards, on each card, write one word and definition on one side, and a sentence containing the word on the other side. Writing synonyms and antonyms can be helpful as well.
7. At the end of the week, prepare a self-quiz. Write the vocabulary words on a piece of paper. You can set it up like a table. Include a column for a definition, synonym, and antonym for each word. Then, complete the quiz.
8. Your quiz results will alert you to which words you need to spend more time on.
9. Repeat this procedure each week, learning as many of the SAT vocabulary words as possible before you take the SAT.
10. By following these steps, you are almost guaranteed to raise your SAT scores!

According to the passage, what is the first thing you will need to do if you're going to try and raise your score on the verbal section of the SAT?



A. Determine the environment in which you learn best.

B. Immediately sign up to take the SAT exam again.

C. Purchase an SAT vocabulary book that contains individual lessons and is published by a reputable company.

D. Focus on only one lesson each week.

4. Read the passage and answer the questions that follow.

How to Increase Your Score on the Verbal Section of the SAT

More and more, SAT scores can determine into which colleges high school students are accepted. Even students with excellent grade point averages are finding that college admissions departments are putting equal emphasis on a student's SAT results. Because these test results can have a large impact on your future, taking steps to improve your score on one or both sections is a logical choice.


Here are a few suggestions to help you raise your score on the verbal section of the SAT. Try them and see which ones are most successful for you.
1. Buy an SAT vocabulary book that is published by a reputable company at any bookstore. The book should be broken down into individual lessons.
2. Before you even begin trying to improve your vocabulary, determine the environment and circumstances in which you'll be able to concentrate most successfully. This can include variables such as time of day and background noise. Do you need to write things down to learn them? Does repeating things aloud aid you in remembering things?
3. Choose one lesson to focus on each week.
4. Read each word, its definition, and any example sentences that may be included.
5. Complete the exercises in the section. Some will involve analogies, others will involve synonyms or antonyms. All will help you to learn the meanings of the vocabulary words.
6. Using index cards, on each card, write one word and definition on one side, and a sentence containing the word on the other side. Writing synonyms and antonyms can be helpful as well.
7. At the end of the week, prepare a self-quiz. Write the vocabulary words on a piece of paper. You can set it up like a table. Include a column for a definition, synonym, and antonym for each word. Then, complete the quiz.
8. Your quiz results will alert you to which words you need to spend more time on.
9. Repeat this procedure each week, learning as many of the SAT vocabulary words as possible before you take the SAT.
10. By following these steps, you are almost guaranteed to raise your SAT scores!

According to step five of this passage, what will completing the exercises from the book enable you to do?



A. increase your overall SAT score

B. learn about analogies, synonyms, and antonyms

C. learn the meanings of the vocabulary words

D. learn all of the vocabulary words contained in the book

Read the passage and answer the questions that follow.



Do We Really Need Schools?

All learning could be done at home. In the age of computers, why not apply computer technology towards educational advancements in order to make school less of a hassle for everyone? I propose that we build fewer schools and hire fewer teachers, and instead use the money saved to buy a computer for every student. Students could learn through satellite teaching, with one teacher educating thousands of students at once. Just turn on the computer and there is your lesson for the day. Students could do their homework and turn it in through electronic mail on their computers, and also use e-mail to ask questions about lessons and schoolwork. The Internet could take the place of the school media center. Finding research material for a paper would be as easy as pressing a few computer keys.


Parents and teachers would love electronic schooling. Teachers would have less work and parents could actually watch their children learn. Talk to your parents and teachers about this exciting possibility today.
5. How does the author suggest students find research materials?

A. by using the school media center

B. by using the computer

C. by looking in an encyclopedia

D. by going to the local library

6. Why does the author believe parents will like electronic schooling?

A. Parents will not have to go to work as often.

B. Parents can teach their children.

C. Parents can watch their children learn.

D. Parents can ask the teacher questions through e-mail.

7. According to the author of this passage, how would a student ask his or her teacher a question about schoolwork?

A. by using e-mail

B. by calling on the telephone

C. by writing a letter

D. by sending a fax

8. What is the author's main point in this passage?

A. Teachers are too busy.

B. TVs and computers are a better way to learn.

C. School is a hassle.

D. All learning could happen at home.

9. Read the passage and complete Blank 1.

Twenty years ago, if you had a grade point average of 3.0 or better, you were almost guaranteed to be admitted to a state college. Today, things are very different. Most high school students would agree that college admissions policies have become much 1 . One reason that this has occurred is because a higher percentage of students now attend college immediately after completing high school. Therefore, more students are 2 for the same number of openings. As a result, colleges are now looking at standardized test scores, entrance essays, and students' extra-curricular activities.



A. easier

B. tougher

C. flexible

D. more reasonable

10. Read the passage and complete Blank 2.

As Michelle and Danielle left for their skiing trip in the mountains, their mother cautioned them about driving carefully. The mountain roads are very narrow and often slippery when wet. As they began their ___1___, a thick layer of fog rolled in. It became increasingly difficult for them to see the road. Both women were extremely nervous about the poor ___2___. They decided to pull off the road and wait for the fog to clear.



A. humidity

B. provisions

C. visibility

D. supervision

11. Read the passage and complete Blank 1.

Learning to drive a car can be a challenging ___1___ for several reasons. While it often looks quite easy when someone else is behind the wheel, sitting in the driver's seat for the first time can be very intimidating. So, if you find yourself more than a little ___2___, it's very common. After all, you have so much to remember. Obey the speed limit, and observe traffic signals and signs. Above all, you have to be aware of the drivers around you, driving defensively at all times!



A. feat

B. nightmare

C. solution

D. conclusion

12. Read the passage and complete Blank 1.

Many people feel that it is cruel to keep animals in the zoo. Those who feel this way would explain that animals kept in ___1___ have a poor quality of life because they don't have the freedom that they would experience in the wild. However, supporters of zoos argue that the only way many endangered animals will replenish their numbers is with the ___2___ that they receive because they are in a safe environment. Fortunately, many zoos and wildlife parks are striving to create authentic living environments for their animals. One can see that both sides of the argument have relevancy.



A. captivity

B. the wild

C. homes

D. suspense

Read the passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.



Smiling, I sat back and admired the elaborate decor that was an oasis in the previously deserted ballroom that Mom had rented for the occasion. An array of blue and silver balloons danced on the ceiling. Tension from all the planning was tickled away by the festive music playing over the speakers. The first guests were beginning to arrive with plenty of time to spare. Just about everything was in place, except for Dad, the guest of honor. My brother was picking him up in ten minutes under the pretense that Mom's old lemon of a car was stuck in the parking lot.
You see, Dad was a tough cookie. He had served in the military for over thirty-five years, and now it was time for him to retire. My mom, brother, and I tried to casually ask him what he would like for a retirement gift, but he gruffly answered, "Nothing!" However, I was unwilling to accept that as a final answer. When I thought about my dad and all he'd taught both my brother and me over the years, I was determined to do something nice for him, but the problem was I didn't know what. I knew if I went out and purchased a gift for him despite his wishes, he would simply return it to the store for cash or a gift certificate that he would secretly slip into my jacket pocket like a ninja in the middle of the night. As Dad's retirement date tiptoed closer, the idea of the retirement party came to me as we sat eating dinner one night. So as Mom and I cleared the table, I revealed my idea to her. She agreed immediately. Soon after, the preparations began as we secretly planned the retirement party of the century.
Mom took charge of deciding who the guests would be. I suggested that she invite Uncle Sal and the rest of Dad's close friends from the old neighborhood. His friends, comedians in their own rights, could make a statue break into laughter; Uncle Sal was by far the most comical of the group. He volunteered at a residence home for the elderly and taught the residents to play poker for cranberry juice, which of course was against the rules. Mom had also invited other family members, more people from the old neighborhood, and lots of people who had served in the Navy with Dad.
My job was to choose the decorations for the ballroom that Mom rented for the party. After careful deliberation, I finally decided on a pirate theme. I knew anything too delicate would make Dad seem like a daisy in the eyes of Uncle Sal and the gang. So I hung paper images of pirates, mermaids, and treasure chests filled with gold throughout the entire ballroom.
My older brother had the major responsibility of thinking of a way to get Dad to the party without revealing the surprise. Once he had come up with the stalled car idea, everything else seemed to fall into place like perfect pieces of a puzzle.
When Dad was finally led into the entrance of the ballroom, everyone began singing "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow." Uncle Sal and the crew greeted him with a fake black patch that they put over his right eye, and a couple of friendly slugs in the arm. I knew immediately from the look on Dad's face, we had chosen the perfect gift for "Captain Jolly Good Fellow."

13. Read the following sentence from the story.

Tension from all the planning was tickled away by the festive music.

This is an example of which type of figurative language?

A. alliteration

B. symbolism

C. onomatopoeia

D. personification

14. The following sentence from the story is part of the _______________ .

My mom, my brother, and I tried to casually ask him what he would like for a retirement gift.



A. rising action

B. exposition

C. resolution

D. falling action

15. Which of the following genres best describes this passage?

A. science fiction

B. autobiography

C. biography

D. fiction

16. The following sentence from the story is part of the _______________ .

I knew immediately from the look on Dad's face, we had chosen the perfect gift for "Captain Jolly Good Fellow."



A. exposition

B. resolution

C. rising action

D. falling action

Imagine being born into a family of outcasts. For many generations, many families were deemed less than civilized, subhuman even. This is common for many people in India. An estimated 160 million Indian people are born into such families. These people are referred to as untouchables. They are considered to be impure and undeserving. Untouchables are subjected to manual labor, public humiliation, and death.


Part of the Indian culture for over 1,500 years, the caste system is based on the Hindu belief in past lives. People in India are born into one of the five groups in the system based on karma— how well he or she lived in past lives. If a person had not led a positive lifestyle according to Hindu beliefs, he or she would have bad karma causing that person to be born into a lower caste group.
The first group at the top of the system consists of teachers and priests. In descending order, the second group is made up of soldiers. The third and fourth groups include merchants and laborers. The Dalits, or untouchables, are born into the fifth group. Considered inferior, this class is not even recognized as the bottom of the order. The untouchables perform many demeaning jobs. These jobs require them to fulfill duties that pay even less than one U.S. dollar a day.
It is not unusual for the Dalits to encounter extreme prejudice and hostility. This treatment usually comes from those belonging to higher classes. It is also typical for Dalits to be murdered. Surprisingly, the police are often directly involved in these fatalities. One Indian newspaper headline tells about just one of many injustices: "Dalit Boy Beaten for Plucking Flowers." In one year over 68,000 complaints were filed against the police for murder, torture, and ironically, refusal to file complaints.
As a means to eradicate "untouchability," many organizations such as the Human Rights Watch and other grassroots establishments have been founded. These groups are fighting for Dalits. Their movements will help untouchables receive their rights, higher wages, and equal amounts of land.

17. Which of the following genres best describes this passage?

A. realistic fiction

B. historical fiction

C. nonfiction

D. science fiction

18. About how many people belong to the Dalit group in India?

A. 1,500

B. 160,000,000

C. 68,000

D. 50,000,000

19. According to the passage, which of the following statements is true about Indian culture?

A. Past lives have no influence over future lives.

B. The most respected profession in the caste system is a military soldier.

C. It is common for the inferior class to be treated poorly.

D. All jobs within the caste system provide people with high wages.

20. Which word from the passage would best fit into the following sentence?

Silvia's _______________ behavior caused many people to avoid being in her presence.



A. positive

B. higher

C. civilized

D. demeaning

Araceli had listened to numerous accounts of life in Rio de Janeiro. Her parents often told stories of the city's history. One of Araceli's favorites was about the Portuguese explorers. Sailing to the country in 1502 on an expedition to India, they arrived at what is now known as the Guanabara River. The explorers named the city Rio (River) de Janeiro (January), signifying the ending location and month of their expedition. Historic narratives of immigrants who farmed sugarcane also intrigued Araceli. She and her younger sister, Danielle, awaited the day when they would each visit relatives living in the far off country.


Now overwrought with excitement, Araceli prepared for her yearlong visit to Rio. When her seventeenth birthday had arrived, Araceli's grandmother called with eager anticipation. She wanted to ensure that her unacquainted granddaughter had not changed her mind about her lengthy stay. After brief conversations with her grandmother, Araceli often noticed Danielle's envious behavior. Understanding her sister's position, Araceli was mindful to spend more time with her. Danielle still had six more years to wait. Then she too would embark upon her own South American journey. The day before her departure, Araceli asked her sister to help confirm her checklist. Together the girls checked for Araceli's passport, toothbrush, and camera. Assured that all necessities were packed, the two sisters headed off to their room. They whispered into the early morning hours.
The next day, Araceli sat on the plane fatigued. She spent most of the time imagining what her grandmother would be like. In the family pictures her grandmother appeared to be a lean woman. She had dark hair and bright eyes that reminded Araceli of a young doe. Her Portuguese accent had also come through heavily during their phone calls. Araceli also knew her grandmother was an active woman. She participated annually in the renowned carnival festivities. After landing, Araceli departed the aircraft and immediately recognized her grandmother. Hurriedly, she ran to her open arms.
Driving through town, the two caught up on years passed. Surprised, Araceli found the spring climate pleasantly agreeable. She would have guessed it was about eighty degrees. Passing the central beach areas, Araceli noticed various soccer games in play. "Futebol games excite the locals," explained her grandmother. "It is the national sport." Passionately, she relayed more of the game's history. Araceli learned that the Brazilian players had won the World Cup five times. "Most major games take place in the Maracana Stadium," her grandmother stated as she pointed to the huge arena.
After pulling into the driveway, Araceli grabbed her bags and followed her grandmother. Walking up the stairs, she peered out over the city. The twilight beach view was breathtaking. At the side of the inclining railing, Araceli also noticed many people carrying costumes.
"Where are they all going, Grandma?" she inquired.
"Soon you will see," was the reply, followed by, "Tomorrow is the first day of Carnaval."
"The carnival starts tomorrow?" exclaimed Araceli. "Why didn't you tell me before?" the excited teenager asked.
"You like this surprise, yes?" her grandmother asked gaily.
"Yes, Grandma, yes!" Araceli shouted.
"Come then, I show you something," said the elderly woman.
Araceli followed her grandmother to the bedroom where she would be staying. There she found an extravagant costume lying on her bed. The costume, made with vibrant colors, feathers, and sparkling gems, glowed in the sunlight. Araceli's grandmother described how the various Samba Schools would parade through the downtown Sambodrome. Consisting of three to five thousand members, and six to eight floats each, these schools engaged in fierce competition. The parade would begin at 9 o'clockP.M. and last until 6A.M. the following morning.
Sure that the traditional event would be exhausting, Araceli and her grandmother decided to turn in early. She pulled out her pajamas, and then placed her pen and stationery on the dresser. Lying in bed, Araceli envisioned herself samba dancing to the beats of the percussion bands. She could not wait for tomorrow's adventure to begin, and waiting to write her first letter to Danielle would be even more unbearable.
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