Test: SAT Writing

Those who would gladly pass their days together may be separated by the different course of their affairs; and friendship, like love, is destroyed by long absence, though it may be increased by short intermissions. What we have missed long enough to want it, we value more when it is regained; but that which has been lost till it is forgotten, will be found at last with little gladness, and with still less if a substitute has supplied the place. A man deprived of the companion to whom he used to open his bosom, and with whom he shared the hours of leisure and merriment, feels the day at first hanging heavy on him; his difficulties oppress, and his doubts distract him; he sees time come and go without his wonted gratification, and all is sadness within, and solitude about him. But this uneasiness never lasts long; necessity produces expedients, new amusements are discovered, and new conversation is admitted.

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How can the significance of the underlined sentence to the overall passage best be described?

It explains how all of the troubles following the loss of a friend are exercerbated by new amusements and conversations.

It explains how all of the troubles following the loss of a friend soon pass.

It explains how all of the troubles following the loss of a friend do not end quickly.

It explains how all of the troubles following the loss of a friend cannot be ameliorated by new amusements and conversations.

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