# Mar 15 ACT & SAT Question of the Day

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http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-question-of-the-day?src=R&questionId=20130315 (This link takes you to today’s question. If you use my archive, you will see the question related to my SAT explanation for that date.)

I wonder if the SAT wants to play the role of Brutus on this Ides of March!

Here’s an important characteristic of the test that is exemplified by this question.  Sometimes you get the right answer for the two-blank questions by picking the right word for just one column because there is only one synonym and the other four answers are wrong!  That’s a long ways from a stab in your back.  It’s like a big hug!!

If you aren’t familiar with the Ides of March reference and the stab in the back, that was when Julius Ceaser was assassinated by his “pal,” Brutus.  Check it out on Wiki.

I wonder if the ACT folks are going to be as kind.

http://www.act.org/qotd/ (The ACT staff does not put a date on their questions so if you click on an archived blog, you’ll get today’s question and the old explanation. Sorry. The SAT staff has dated their questions; so, the archive is helpful. The ACT folks simply don’t do that.)

Well, yes and no is the answer to my question.  It is one of the four trig questions that can show up on the test and it is moderately difficult and impossible if you don’t know the  “Pythagorean identity.”  (A stab in the back.) However, it isn’t difficult if you’ve been following my blog since they just asked this question recently!

The answer is F.  The math is pretty simple if you know that sin2A + cos2A = 1.  You can read their explanation which saves me typing all the exponents and radical signs.

I just wish the ACT folks would use some of the thousands of questions in their archives to give us some new materials.  How hard would that be?

The Wizard