SAT Writing : Deleting Content

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Example Question #41 : Deleting Content

1 Seaweed; a type of algae that’s a promising resource for the future. 2 It can be used with a fuel, medicine, fuel source, and even fertilizer. 3 Often being both farmed or foraged. 4 In Indonesia, China, Korea, and the Philippines are among the world’s largest producers of seaweed, it is used for everything from sushi and bread to dessert. 5 Medically, speaking derivatives of seaweed can be optimized in bandages, dental molds, and microbiology cultures. 6 Girls especially will squeal when they hear that seaweed’s components are used to make many pretty makeup products. 7 It should come as no surprise, then, that countries around the world are investing significant capital in seaweed research.

Which sentence should be deleted from the passage?

Possible Answers:

No sentence should be deleted.

Sentence 3

Sentence 4

Sentence 5

Sentence 6

Correct answer:

Sentence 6

Explanation:

Sentence 6 is sexist and reductive; it implies that females, and only females, will be excited by seaweed’s utility in manufacturing makeup products. It also implies that females could not be interested in any other of aspect of seaweed besides makeup. Delete this offensive sentence.

Example Question #41 : Deleting Content

1 The job is similar to a music editor, who creates and merges songs, background music, and other sound effects to create a particular atmosphere. 2 While most Americans today are cognizant of film jobs such as director, producer, actor, and even screenwriter. 3 Few know much about the role of film editor. 4 This job involves mostly post-production work, with the editor choosing that parts of the raw footage to move, combine, or separate. 5 Without the film editor, there would only be a bewitching jumble of disordered chaotic images. 6 Sometimes more than ten times as much film is shot than is used in the final cut of the movie. 7 Film editors, also have the ability to impose experimental approaches, discontinuity, or emotional manipulation as he sees fit. 8 Film editing truly is a critical and undervalued art. 

Which sentence should be deleted from the passage?

Possible Answers:

Sentence 4

Sentence 3

Sentence 5

Sentence 2

Sentence 6

Correct answer:

Sentence 6

Explanation:

Sentence 6 provides interesting trivia, but it’s just that: trivia. All of the other sentences are completely essential to the main point of the passage: describing the job of a film editor.

Example Question #41 : Deleting Content

1 The job is similar to a music editor, who creates and merges songs, background music, and other sound effects to create a particular atmosphere. 2 While most Americans today are cognizant of film jobs such as director, producer, actor, and even screenwriter. 3 Few know much about the role of film editor. 4 This job involves mostly post-production work, with the editor choosing that parts of the raw footage to move, combine, or separate. 5 Without the film editor, there would only be a bewitching jumble of disordered chaotic images. 6 Sometimes more than ten times as much film is shot than is used in the final cut of the movie. 7 Film editors, also have the ability to impose experimental approaches, discontinuity, or emotional manipulation as he sees fit. 8 Film editing truly is a critical and undervalued art. 

Which sentence needs a comma deleted from it?

Possible Answers:

Sentence 5

Sentence 6

Sentence 7

Sentence 3

Sentence 4

Correct answer:

Sentence 7

Explanation:

In Sentence 7, “Film editors” is neither an introductory phrase nor a dependent clause, so it does not need a comma separating it from the rest of the sentence. (In fact, the comma actually obstructs the meaning of the main clause.) The comma must be removed for the sentence to be grammatically correct.

Example Question #171 : Inserting Or Deleting Content

1 They will look hideous, but in some part of the world gooseneck barnacles are trendy delicacies. 2 They are harvested mainly in northern Spain and Portugal, where they are known as, percebes, and in California. 3 Barnacles can be cooked in a variety of ways including in boiling water and hot ash. 4 It is remarkable for its rubbery texture, ugly black color, and claw like shape. 5 Barnacles are also difficult to collect, living on cliff sides and rocks in tumid coastal zones. 6 They are commonly served with lemon, garlic aioli, parsley, and melted butter. 7 They are sometimes even eaten raw! 8 In medieval times people actually believed that gooseneck barnacles gave birth to a species of black goose, henceforth the name.

Which sentence should be deleted from the passage?

Possible Answers:

Sentence 4

Sentence 8

Sentence 6

Sentence 2

Sentence 3

Correct answer:

Sentence 8

Explanation:

With its emphasis on the past, Sentence 8 does not match the topic of the other sentences here, all of which discuss gooseneck barnacles today.

Example Question #172 : Inserting Or Deleting Content

1 The job of the cryptozoologist is a taciturn one for sure. 2 Being unlike ordinary zoologists, that study the behaviors and lives of a cathartic variety of animals, cryptozoologists track down mythical animals whose existence has never or rarely been proven.

3 There is the Congolese J'ba FoFi, an enormous spider with legs allegedly over three feet long, the mokèlé-mbèmbé, a deadly African water dinosaur, and the phantom cat, an abnormally large feline found in various improbably places. 4 The origins of the word “cryptozoologist” come from the ancient Greek, crypto meaning “hidden” and “zoo” meaning animal.5 Some of the most famous of these mythical animals or cryptids are Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster, and Chupacabra. 6 Many denizens consider cryptozoologists to be pseudoscientists; but, they believe that the discipline’s reliance on anecdotal evidence does not exclude it from the world of serious science.

7 Many of these animals seem too incredible to be believed and yes evidence is often flimsy, but the existence of fossil records sometimes provide evidence to the contrary. 8 As such many doubters attempt to machinate the cryptids’ existence, but cryptozoologists aim to abolish their skepticism.

In Sentence 2, what word can be deleted?

Possible Answers:

variety

has

cryptozoologists

unlike

Being

Correct answer:

Being

Explanation:

“Being” is extraneous, and cutting it leads to a more concise, rhythmic sentence.

Example Question #41 : Deleting Content

1 The job of the cryptozoologist is a taciturn one for sure. 2 Being unlike ordinary zoologists, that study the behaviors and lives of a cathartic variety of animals, cryptozoologists track down mythical animals whose existence has never or rarely been proven.

3 There is the Congolese J'ba FoFi, an enormous spider with legs allegedly over three feet long, the mokèlé-mbèmbé, a deadly African water dinosaur, and the phantom cat, an abnormally large feline found in various improbably places. 4 The origins of the word “cryptozoologist” come from the ancient Greek, crypto meaning “hidden” and “zoo” meaning animal.5 Some of the most famous of these mythical animals or cryptids are Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster, and Chupacabra. 6 Many denizens consider cryptozoologists to be pseudoscientists; but, they believe that the discipline’s reliance on anecdotal evidence does not exclude it from the world of serious science.

7 Many of these animals seem too incredible to be believed and yes evidence is often flimsy, but the existence of fossil records sometimes provide evidence to the contrary. 8 As such many doubters attempt to machinate the cryptids’ existence, but cryptozoologists aim to abolish their skepticism.

Which sentence should be deleted from the passage?

Possible Answers:

Sentence 1

Sentence 3

Sentence 2

Sentence 4

No sentence should be deleted.

Correct answer:

Sentence 4

Explanation:

Sentence 4 provides interesting etymological background, but it is far less relevant than the other sentences in developing an understanding of what cryptozoologists do.

Example Question #174 : Inserting Or Deleting Content

1 You may not know Gerard Manley Hopkins was a famous English poet. 2 Hopkins led a complicated life as a Jesuit priest, converting to Roman Catholicism in 1866. 3 Born in 1844 the poet was excellent at sketching from an early age and attended the University of Oxford from 1863 to 1867, where he met poets Christina Rossetti, Robert Bridges, and others. 4 According to his personal diaries, Hopkins frequently struggled to repress homoerotic urges, adopting an ascetic lifestyle, many believing that this contributed to his writing. 5 His work itself is characterized by an escarpment of conventional poetic meter, the use of sprung rhythm, frequent vivid imagery, and a careful and creative use of language.6 Sprung rhythm is a particular poetic rhythm that is intended to mimic natural speech and is distinguished by its irregular patterns although it is distinct from free verse.

7 Hopkins died when he was only in his forties, but his contributions to poetry – particularly his experimentation and his use of sprung rhythm – continue to obscure today.

Which sentence should be deleted from the text?

Possible Answers:

Sentence 5

Sentence 6

Sentence 1

Sentence 4

Sentence 2

Correct answer:

Sentence 6

Explanation:

Sentence 6 does not discuss Hopkins but rather goes on a tangent about sprung rhythm, providing a relatively unnecessary amount of detail.

Example Question #175 : Inserting Or Deleting Content

1 You may not know Gerard Manley Hopkins was a famous English poet. 2 Hopkins led a complicated life as a Jesuit priest, converting to Roman Catholicism in 1866. 3 Born in 1844 the poet was excellent at sketching from an early age and attended the University of Oxford from 1863 to 1867, where he met poets Christina Rossetti, Robert Bridges, and others. 4 According to his personal diaries, Hopkins frequently struggled to repress homoerotic urges, adopting an ascetic lifestyle, many believing that this contributed to his writing. 5 His work itself is characterized by an escarpment of conventional poetic meter, the use of sprung rhythm, frequent vivid imagery, and a careful and creative use of language.6 Sprung rhythm is a particular poetic rhythm that is intended to mimic natural speech and is distinguished by its irregular patterns although it is distinct from free verse.

7 Hopkins died when he was only in his forties, but his contributions to poetry – particularly his experimentation and his use of sprung rhythm – continue to obscure today.

Which part of Sentence 3 should be deleted from the text?

Possible Answers:

poets

Christina Rossetti, Robert Bridges, and others

from 1863 to 1867

Born in 1844

the poet was excellent at sketching from an early age

Correct answer:

the poet was excellent at sketching from an early age

Explanation:

While the sentence reads well as a whole, the least relevant piece of autobiographical information is the one about Hopkins’ sketching.

Example Question #41 : Deleting Content

1 You may not know Gerard Manley Hopkins was a famous English poet. 2 Hopkins led a complicated life as a Jesuit priest, converting to Roman Catholicism in 1866. 3 Born in 1844 the poet was excellent at sketching from an early age and attended the University of Oxford from 1863 to 1867, where he met poets Christina Rossetti, Robert Bridges, and others. 4 According to his personal diaries, Hopkins frequently struggled to repress homoerotic urges, adopting an ascetic lifestyle, many believing that this contributed to his writing. 5 His work itself is characterized by an escarpment of conventional poetic meter, the use of sprung rhythm, frequent vivid imagery, and a careful and creative use of language.6 Sprung rhythm is a particular poetic rhythm that is intended to mimic natural speech and is distinguished by its irregular patterns although it is distinct from free verse.

7 Hopkins died when he was only in his forties, but his contributions to poetry – particularly his experimentation and his use of sprung rhythm – continue to obscure today.

In Sentence 7, what word or phrase can be deleted?

Possible Answers:

and his use of sprung rhythm

but his contributions to poetry

particularly his experimentation

when he was only

continue to obscure today

Correct answer:

when he was only

Explanation:

“When he was only” is extraneous both to the content and the grammatical structure of this sentence. All the other phrases are essential.

Example Question #41 : Deleting Content

1 If you’ve watched any environmental news reports in the last few years, it’s likely you’ve stumbled among the idea of fracking. 2 The word is short for “hydraulic fracturing” and involves injecting liquid into rock to create fractures and fractals, there allowing natural gas to be extracted more querulously.3 Proponents say the method facilitates oil drilling and allows countries, like the United States, to cut back on their foreign oil dependence. 4 Amateurs say that fracking, causes significant and sometimes irresponsible environmental damage.

5 Fracking can require sonorous quantities of water, and leach dangerous carcinogenic chemicals into the groundwater. 6 Some people have even inquired minor earthquakes to fracking: as the process thought to spurn tremors.7 Perhaps most worrisome, fracking allows governments to continue depending on fossil fuel rather than exploring renewable energy. 8 These sources could include wind turbines, solar panels, even hot springs and waterwheels.

Which sentence should be deleted from the passage?

Possible Answers:

Sentence 6

Sentence 2

Sentence 8

Sentence 4

Sentence 3

Correct answer:

Sentence 8

Explanation:

Sentence 8 goes off on a tangent about possible sources of renewable energy, distracting readers from the main point of the passage. All of the other sentences give relevant information, or connect necessarily to the sentences around them.

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