SAT Question of the Day (ACT Too!): Nov. 13, 2013

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The answer is C.  Always attack Sentence Completion questions by determining the sentence’s topic.  What does it tell us about the subject (as in subject/predicate) of the sentence?  The subject is the conversation and we know the gravity (seriousness) of the topic “contrasted” with their tone.  We need to predict a word that is the opposite of seriousness before looking at the answers.   I predicted “not serious” and “frivolous.”

Even if you don’t know “lightness” means “not serious,” look at the other words and eliminate as many as you can.  I bet you know those words.  Often this is a game of elimination.  When you can’t exactly give a definition for a word, just ask yourself, “Does the word have anything to do with topic, in this case,  not serious?”  That process will eliminate many words that you can’t quite define–you’ll have a sense of what they mean and know if they go along with the topic or not.  If they don’t, get rid of them because the right answer is always consistent with the topic of the sentence.

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

ACT Question of the Day: Use your “back” button to return to my website after reading the ACT Question of the Day.

I hope you avoided following the ACT “Directions” (yuck) that tell you to read the whole passage before answering any questions.  Shame on them.  Just scan to the underlined #13.  The whole passage is irrelevant just like it is on any of the other questions.

The answer is C.  The original “lecture proof” is wrong because she isn’t going to lecture about proof!  B is wrong because “proof” is a noun and in context you need the verb “prove.”  D is just nonsense because it is the same problem as the original “lecture proof” issue.  That leaves C.  It is correct because once the comma is there the  following phrase supports and describes the noun “she.”  The phrase is an “appositive” stating “she” is “proof that…”

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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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