PSAT Writing : Revising Word Choice, Style, and Tone

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Revising Word Choice, Style, And Tone

       (1) Kabuki performances first appeared in 1603, when a woman named Izumo no Okuni began performing a new style of drama and dance routines outside of Kyoto. (2) This new form of entertainment quickly got popular throughout Japan. 

       (3) Kabuki was known for its extravagant costumes and elaborate make-up. (4) The stage was what really set it apart from other forms of theater at the time. (5) It included a walkway protruding from the stage out through the audience.  (6) Actors would use this walkway to make surprise entrances. (7) More advanced features were added, such as rotating stages and trapdoors to lift actors onto or down from the stage almost instantly. (8) All of these were used to create dramatic emphasis. 

Which would be the best replacement of the word "got" in Sentence 2?

Possible Answers:

(no change)

was getting




Correct answer:



"Became" is less informal and a better fit for the tone of the passage. "Made" and "received" don't make sense in context.

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