Question of the Day: Nov. 5, 2013

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The answer is D.  You need a conjunction that links the two clauses that describe parallel situations.  “Like” is a preposition, so it doesn’t do the job.  “As” is a conjunction.  “Just” is an adverb that completes the comparison of the two clauses “Just as… so…”  This is a great example of why you need to make sure you pay attention to parts of speech in the grammar sections of both the SAT and ACT.

Let’s see what the ACT folks have for us today.

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The answer is C.  Chronologically, Bessie “sailed for Europe.”  While there, she she was instructed by Fokker and she coped with the language.  That means sentence [2] needs to come first.  Only Answer C makes it the topic sentence which introduces the supportive details provided by the other two sentences.

You need to become an expert with topic sentences.  This question is just one example of how they show up on the tests.  They are critical for both the ACT and SAT reading tests.  They also play an important part of my strategy for SAT Sentence Completion questions.  Be sure to keep them in mind when you construct your SAT and ACT essays as well.  In short, use of topic sentences shows up as a unifying principle throughout the test; be sure you keep them in mind.

As you approach the test dates, be sure to remember the blue and red books are your BFFs!  Spend a lot of time with them.

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About Bob Alexander

Bob has been a professional educator starting with teaching biology, becoming a school administrator, and then working as an education lobbyist in Washington, DC. He got his start in national testing by becoming a consulting test writer, later joining Kaplan as a director, and finally starting his own business in 1995. He has written numerous books, consulted for school districts and colleges, developed his website and been featured on a DVD set. He offers SAT and ACT prep classes and tutors individuals and small groups of students in central Florida.
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