SAT Writing : Inserting Content

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Example Question #41 : Inserting Content

1 Visitors to Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio, or other United States are often astounded when they encounter an Amish person. 2 To someone who is not familiar with this religious community, the lifestyle seems to harp back to a bygone era. 3 In particular the Amish are known for their plain garments, their eschewal of modern technology, their use of horses and buggies, and their exquisite handicrafts, including: wooden furniture, intricate quilts, and fruit pies. 4 Contact with the outside world is limited, and communities are often as insolent now as when they emigrated from Switzerland in the 1700s.

5 The people are governed strictly in their auspicious behavior, dress, and lifestyle by a set of rules known as Ordnung, and most speak both Pennsylvania Dutch and English. 6 Their religious beliefs are most closely related to Mennonites, and they observe many common Christian practices: baptism, marriage, and Sunday church services, for example. 7 Whereas, the Amish also practice rumspringa, a period of adolescent exploration, as well as excommunication and shunning to exclude those who do not conform to the community’s beliefs and practices. 8 What does life look like inside an Amish community? 9 Wherewithal, there seem to be both positive and negative aspects to this emphasis on family ties, manual labor, and religious belief.

Which sentence needs an apostrophe added to it?

Possible Answers:

Sentence 4

Sentence 2

none of the sentences in the passage

Sentence 8

Sentence 6

Correct answer:

Sentence 6

Explanation:

This is a particularly tricky question, so look at the comparison in Sentence 6. The Amish’s religious beliefs are not closely related to the Mennonite people; their religious beliefs are closely related to the Mennonites’ beliefs. Without making Mennonites possessive, we’re comparing apples to oranges, religious beliefs to people.

Example Question #252 : Improving Paragraphs

1 Dehydration is a potentially serious medical condition that arrives when a patients’ metabolic processes are disrupted by a lack of water in the body. 2 What can cause dehydration? 3 Dehydration can be caused by overexertion, sickness (vomiting or diarrhea), or sun exposure; among other factors. 4 Treatments for dehydration include: drinking small quantities of clear fluid and intravenous hydration. 5 Symptoms of dehydration vary by the severance of water loss, but the most common signs are increased thirst, a swollen tongue, dizziness, weakness, and fainting. 6 If treatment is not sanctioned quickly dehydration can result in delirium, seizures, and even death. 7 Dehydration is most often a problem in the developing world, where insect- and water-borne disease and a lack of accessible medical care causing many preventable infant fatalities.

In Sentence 3, what Latin abbreviation should be added to the parentheses?

Possible Answers:

et al

n.b.

e.g.

i.e.

etc.

Correct answer:

e.g.

Explanation:

The correct abbreviation would be “e.g.” This means “for example,” and it indicates that vomiting and diarrhea are two examples of sickness. The abbreviation “i.e.” means “that is,” “n.b.” means “nota bene” or “pay attention,” “etc.” means “etcetera” or “so on and so on,” and et al means “and others.”

Example Question #43 : Inserting Or Deleting Content

1 Dehydration is a potentially serious medical condition that arrives when a patients’ metabolic processes are disrupted by a lack of water in the body. 2 What can cause dehydration? 3 Dehydration can be caused by overexertion, sickness (vomiting or diarrhea), or sun exposure; among other factors. 4 Treatments for dehydration include: drinking small quantities of clear fluid and intravenous hydration. 5 Symptoms of dehydration vary by the severance of water loss, but the most common signs are increased thirst, a swollen tongue, dizziness, weakness, and fainting. 6 If treatment is not sanctioned quickly dehydration can result in delirium, seizures, and even death. 7 Dehydration is most often a problem in the developing world, where insect- and water-borne disease and a lack of accessible medical care causing many preventable infant fatalities.

Which sentence needs a comma added to it?

Possible Answers:

Sentence 1

Sentence 4

Sentence 2

Sentence 6

Sentence 8

Correct answer:

Sentence 6

Explanation:

Sentence 6 lacks a comma between its dependent clause (“If treatment is not sought quickly”) and its independent clause (“dehydration can result in delirium, seizures, and even death”).

Example Question #42 : Inserting Content

1 Dehydration is a potentially serious medical condition that arrives when a patients’ metabolic processes are disrupted by a lack of water in the body. 2 What can cause dehydration? 3 Dehydration can be caused by overexertion, sickness (vomiting or diarrhea), or sun exposure; among other factors. 4 Treatments for dehydration include: drinking small quantities of clear fluid and intravenous hydration. 5 Symptoms of dehydration vary by the severance of water loss, but the most common signs are increased thirst, a swollen tongue, dizziness, weakness, and fainting. 6 If treatment is not sanctioned quickly dehydration can result in delirium, seizures, and even death. 7 Dehydration is most often a problem in the developing world, where insect- and water-borne disease and a lack of accessible medical care causing many preventable infant fatalities.

What sentence would provide the best conclusion for this passage?

Possible Answers:

Overall, dehydration is a growing concern in the sports-medicine industry.

Without regard, dehydration must be considered the bane of people with dizziness.

All things considered, dehydration is a condition that should never be treated with nonchalance.

All in all, symptoms of dehydration may often mimic the symptoms of other, more serious diseases.

Therefore, dehydration should be investigated more closely by medical professionals.

Correct answer:

All things considered, dehydration is a condition that should never be treated with nonchalance.

Explanation:

All of the sentences except “All things considered, dehydration is a condition that should never be treated with nonchalance” are too specific for the passage; they all hone in on an aspect of the passage that is not the main topic. (The word “nonchalance” means casualness, unconcern, or indifference.)

Example Question #44 : Inserting Or Deleting Content

1 Dehydration is a potentially serious medical condition that arrives when a patients’ metabolic processes are disrupted by a lack of water in the body. 2 What can cause dehydration? 3 Dehydration can be caused by overexertion, sickness (vomiting or diarrhea), or sun exposure; among other factors. 4 Treatments for dehydration include: drinking small quantities of clear fluid and intravenous hydration. 5 Symptoms of dehydration vary by the severance of water loss, but the most common signs are increased thirst, a swollen tongue, dizziness, weakness, and fainting. 6 If treatment is not sanctioned quickly dehydration can result in delirium, seizures, and even death. 7 Dehydration is most often a problem in the developing world, where insect- and water-borne disease and a lack of accessible medical care causing many preventable infant fatalities.

In Sentence 7, what word could be inserted between “accessible” and “medical” without changing the meaning of the sentence?

Possible Answers:

attainable

amenable

affordable

ameliorable 

amendable

Correct answer:

attainable

Explanation:

“Attainable” is a synonym for “accessible,” so it would preserve the author’s original idea. (While “affordable” would make sense in the context, it would alter slightly the meaning of the sentence, so it is not the best choice.)

Example Question #45 : Inserting Or Deleting Content

1 Visitors to Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio, or other United States are often astounded when they encounter an Amish person. 2 To someone who is not familiar with this religious community, the lifestyle seems to harp back to a bygone era. 3 In particular the Amish are known for their plain garments, their eschewal of modern technology, their use of horses and buggies, and their exquisite handicrafts, including: wooden furniture, intricate quilts, and fruit pies. 4 Contact with the outside world is limited, and communities are often as insolent now as when they emigrated from Switzerland in the 1700s.

5 The people are governed strictly in their auspicious behavior, dress, and lifestyle by a set of rules known as Ordnung, and most speak both Pennsylvania Dutch and English. 6 Their religious beliefs are most closely related to Mennonites, and they observe many common Christian practices: baptism, marriage, and Sunday church services, for example. 7 Whereas, the Amish also practice rumspringa, a period of adolescent exploration, as well as excommunication and shunning to exclude those who do not conform to the community’s beliefs and practices. 8 What does life look like inside an Amish community? 9 Wherewithal, there seem to be both positive and negative aspects to this emphasis on family ties, manual labor, and religious belief.

What would be the best title for this passage?

Possible Answers:

"Amish Oddities"

"Disadvantages of Being Amish"

"The Amish: A Strange History"

"The Amish Way of Life"

"Amish Wonderland"

Correct answer:

"The Amish Way of Life"

Explanation:

“The Amish Way of Life” is a neutral, all-encompassing title for this passage. All of the other titles are too biased for the fairly analytical, detached tone of the passage. The best title here reflects not only the content of the piece, but also the tone in which that content is discussed.

Example Question #46 : Inserting Or Deleting Content

1 Many painters have strong sediments about whether oil or acrylic paints produce the best results. 2 On the one hand, oil paints take longer to dry and are therefore more conductive to slow painstaking work and careful blending. 3 While, they also require the use of more toxic chemicals such as turpentine and mineral spirits. 4 Professional artists are often meritorious about the materials they use. 5 Acrylic paints are now favored by more and more artists, not only because they are odorless and nontoxic and also because their colors are not effervescent, they don’t fade when exposed to light. 6 However, many of the worlds’ great masterpieces were created with oil paints. 7 With some artists understandably feel nasturtium when they see oils being replaced by cheaper, more popular acrylics.

What sentence needs a comma added to it?

Possible Answers:

Sentence 2

Sentence 4

Sentence 5

Sentence 1

Sentence 3

Correct answer:

Sentence 2

Explanation:

In Sentence 2, we have two separate adjectives preceding a noun. These two adjectives should be separated with a comma: “slow, painstaking work.”

Example Question #47 : Inserting Or Deleting Content

1 Many painters have strong sediments about whether oil or acrylic paints produce the best results. 2 On the one hand, oil paints take longer to dry and are therefore more conductive to slow painstaking work and careful blending. 3 While, they also require the use of more toxic chemicals such as turpentine and mineral spirits. 4 Professional artists are often meritorious about the materials they use. 5 Acrylic paints are now favored by more and more artists, not only because they are odorless and nontoxic and also because their colors are not effervescent, they don’t fade when exposed to light. 6 However, many of the worlds’ great masterpieces were created with oil paints. 7 With some artists understandably feel nasturtium when they see oils being replaced by cheaper, more popular acrylics.

Which of the following sentences needs a semicolon added to it?

Possible Answers:

Sentence 6

Sentence 5

Sentence 4

Sentence 7

Sentence 3

Correct answer:

Sentence 5

Explanation:

In Sentence 5, we have a comma splice: Two independent clauses (“Acrylic paints are now favored by more and more artists, not only because they are odorless and nontoxic and also because their colors are not effervescent” and “they don’t fade when exposed to light”) are incorrectly joined with a comma. That comma should be replaced with a semicolon.

Example Question #48 : Inserting Or Deleting Content

1 The Moluccas is a chain, or archetype, of islands belonging to Indonesia. 2 Historically, these islands were known as the Spice Islands for their abundance of nutmeg, cloves, mace, and pepper, this profundity of spices eventually drew colonial attention. 3 Spices such as cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, anise, and pepper were particularly popular during the medieval times. 4 In the 1600s, the Spice Wars arose as a result of competing Portuguese and Dutch interest’s in the Spice Islands. 5 The bloody conflict ended in the deaths of many native Moluccans as well as European traders, wherefore both Portugal and the Netherlands gained and lost territories ranging from Africa and South America. 6 For this day, strife occasionally breaks out on the islands although it is now motivated by religious and not colonial disagreements.7 It is located just west of New Guinea in the Pacific Ocean, and its more than 1,000 islands are home to more than 2 million people today.

Which sentence needs a semicolon added to it?

Possible Answers:

Sentence 2

Sentence 1

Sentence 3

Sentence 5

Sentence 4

Correct answer:

Sentence 2

Explanation:

Sentence 2 incorrectly uses a comma to separate two independent clauses. Adding a semicolon will fix this error. Correctly punctuated, the sentence would read: “Historically, these islands were known as the Spice Islands for their abundance of nutmeg, cloves, mace, and pepper; this profundity of spices eventually drew colonial attention.”

Example Question #50 : Inserting Or Deleting Content

1 The Moluccas is a chain, or archetype, of islands belonging to Indonesia. 2 Historically, these islands were known as the Spice Islands for their abundance of nutmeg, cloves, mace, and pepper, this profundity of spices eventually drew colonial attention. 3 Spices such as cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, anise, and pepper were particularly popular during the medieval times. 4 In the 1600s, the Spice Wars arose as a result of competing Portuguese and Dutch interest’s in the Spice Islands. 5 The bloody conflict ended in the deaths of many native Moluccans as well as European traders, wherefore both Portugal and the Netherlands gained and lost territories ranging from Africa and South America. 6 For this day, strife occasionally breaks out on the islands although it is now motivated by religious and not colonial disagreements. 7 It is located just west of New Guinea in the Pacific Ocean, and its more than 1,000 islands are home to more than 2 million people today.

Which of the following sentences needs an apostrophe added to or deleted from it?

Possible Answers:

Sentence 3

Sentence 1

Sentence 5

Sentence 2

Sentence 4

Correct answer:

Sentence 4

Explanation:

In Sentence 4, the “interests” aren’t possessing anything, so there is no need for an apostrophe.

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