SAT Writing : Identifying Sentence Purpose

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Example Question #1 : Identifying Sentence Purpose

1 As anyone who has tried it can tell you, Filipino food is an exciting intriguing blend of flavors. 2 Due to interaction with various nations and cultures, it’s cuisine is marked by influences from Austronesia, Spain, China, Malaysia, and the United States. 3 Some typical dishes including pancit, longganisa, lumpia, kare-kare, pinakbet, sinigang, and adobo. 4 For example, one could find everything from Spanish paella and Chinese spring rolls (locally called lumpia) if you walked into a Filipino restaurant.

5 Another important compound of Filipino cuisine is street food. 6 These street foods include many fried foods, such as bananas, plantains, dumplings, squid balls, battered quail eggs, and fruit or vegetable spring rolls.7 Taho, a warm street food, is composed of bean curd, a caramel syrup or arnibal, and tapioca pearls.8 Don’t forget dessert! 9 With such a variety of flavors, textures, and cooking styles, there’s certainly to be something for every gourmand.

Which of the following statements best describes the purpose of Sentence 6 in the passage?

Possible Answers:

Providing examples of street food, and supporting the statement that street food is an important part of the nation cuisine

Providing examples of street food, and supporting the argument that fried food is an important part of the average Filipino diet

Providing evidence against the assertion that street food is a limited part of any national cuisine

None of these statements accurately describe the purpose of the sentence.

Providing examples of the wide variety of national cuisines available in the Phillipines

Correct answer:

Providing examples of street food, and supporting the statement that street food is an important part of the nation cuisine

Explanation:

Sentence 6 enumerates a number of examples of Filipino individual Filipino street foods, and in so doing both provides content, and helps to justify the statement that street food is an important component of the nations cuisine in generalo

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