Test: New SAT Writing and Language


The following is an excerpt of an article from Popular Science, initially published in 2017.

Since their inception, Rorschach inkblots—named after Hermann Rorschach, the Swiss psychoanalyst who invented them—have been known to confuse the visual cortex. We tend to see what we want to see in them. And although their use in psychology has been debunked (whether you see a butterfly or a dancing clown in an image is not a reliable indication of your mental state), why we see different things at all remains a puzzle.

The idea for the new study came about because physicist Richard Taylor is developing bionic eyes to cure blindness in people who have had diseases of the retina. [1]

To understand why Rorschach inkblots have this enigmatic effect, Taylor and his team at the University of Oregon took lots of blots and analyzed them to see if they were fractals. Fractals are patterns that repeat themselves across different scales.


At this point, the writer is considering adding the following sentence:

“In order to do that,” said Taylor, “we have to understand what normal vision is doing.”

Should the writer make this addition here?

No, because it is better used elsewhere in the passage.

Yes, because it helps answer why Rorschach blots look different to different people.

No, because it doesn’t relate to Rorschach blots.

Yes, because it provides context to how the study and bionic eyes are related.

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