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For more material and information, please visit Tai Lieu Du Hoc at www.tailieuduhoc.org SAT Practice Test 2 VERBAL Select the lettered word or set of words that best completes the sentence. 1 – She found her work so ---- that she lost herself in it and was completely ---- the noise surrounding her. (A)inspiring..annoyed by (B) complex..involved in (C)absorbing..oblivious to (D)exhausting..taken with (E) repetitive..afraid of 2 – In contrast to their widespread image as ---- carnivores, many species of piranha are vegetarian. (A)nomadic (B) lugubrious (C)voracious (D)covetous (E) exotic 3 – The graceful curves of the old colonial-era buildings that dominated the old part of the city contrasted sharply with the modern, ---- subway stations and made the latter appear almost anachronistic. (A)rectilinear (B) grimy (C)festive (D)gigantic (E) efficient 4 – Although both plants control soil erosion, kudzu disrupts the local ecology by displacing native flora, while vetiver has no ---- effects. (A)foreseeable (B) adverse (C)domestic (D)permanent (E) advantageous For more material and information, please visit Tai Lieu Du Hoc at www.tailieuduhoc.org 5 – Henry Louis Gates, Jr. believes that Frederick Douglass ---- patterned his 1845 autobiography after the ---- of former slave Olaudah Equiano, whose life story was published in 1789. (A)patronizingly..reminder (B)belatedly..antiquity (C)anxiously..capture (D)expectantly..epitaph (E) consciously..narrative 6 – The poet A. E. Houseman lived a lonely life, and to the end of his days maintained a ---- which only a few chosen friends could ----. (A)silence..spurn (B) career..appreciate (C)seclusion..observe (D)reserve..penetrate (E) gregariousness..enjoy 7 – The world of Heinrich Boll’s early novels is one of impersonal malice, thinly camouflaged with patriotic and other ---- clichés, in which relief is provided only by occasional ---- of genuine human emotion. (A)pragmatic..absences (B)ideological..manifestations (C)conceptual..lapses (D)ephemeral..loss (E) scholarly..vestiges 8 – The plan has few elements in it that will ---- the party with the electorate; in fact, it has caused widespread resentment. (A)involve (B)consolidate (C)ingratiate (D)deprecate (E) impeach 9 – Negritude, a literary movement emphasizing the importance and value of African culture and history, was founded in Paris in the 1930s by a group of ---- students from Martinique, Senegal, and other French-speaking colonies. (A)animated (B)laconic (C)expatriate For more material and information, please visit Tai Lieu Du Hoc at www.tailieuduhoc.org (D)radical (E) sophisticated Choose the lettered pair of words that is related in the same way as the pair in capital letters. 10 – HAND:WRIST:: (A)eye:socket (B) shoulder:elbow (C) foot:ankle (D)head:scalp (E) mouth:lip 11 – ADMIRE:REVERE:: (A)hasten:advance (B)delay:cancel (C)think:ponder (D)collect:sample (E) examine:scrutinize 12 – HEDONIST:PLEASURE:: (A)philosopher:knowledge (B) stenographer:shorthand (C) physicist:energy (D)progressive:liberty (E) company:entertainment 13 – UNEARTH:EXCAVATION:: (A)construct:addition (B) interpret:language (C) deflate:pressure (D)demand:imposition (E) imprison:incarceration 14 – ABSTRUSE:UNDERSTAND:: (A)unusable:change (B)faulty:fix (C)obscured:see (D)irrelevant:prove (E) tepid:heat For more material and information, please visit Tai Lieu Du Hoc at www.tailieuduhoc.org 15 – SILO:GRAIN:: (A)bathroom:shower (B)pantry:food (C)dairy:refrigeration (D)theater:play (E) well:water For more material and information, please visit Tai Lieu Du Hoc at www.tailieuduhoc.org The following passages, both written by published authors, present two views on the problems of being a creative writer. Passage 1 Writing is among the most mysterious of human activities. Every writer can testify that the Muses* once invoked by the poets are a reality. Unless he is writing mechanically, the writer does not experience his writing as an act of creation; he experiences it as an act of discovery: it comes or happens or is given to him, and when it does, he recognizes it at once for his own. It is not within the power of his will to summon it forth if it refuses to come; nor is he capable of resisting it for long when it starts to demand release. The key to unlocking the floodgates, I believe, is a key in that it is musical: it is finding the tone of voice, the only tone of voice, in which the particular piece of writing will permit itself to be written. Once this key is found, the author will enter a state of bliss such as exists nowhere else on earth. He will sit at his typewriter and watch, in delight and amazement, as sentences mysteriously shape themselves into rhythms he knows to be right, and paragraphs begin to shape themselves into an organically coherent pattern that miraculously corresponds only better, much better to the dim vision which had driven him to his desk in the first place. Finished, he will be exhausted and exhilarated, all anxieties gone; he will feel that everything in the world makes sense after all, that there is an order to things, and that he himself is part of that order. At root, it is the writer’s search for order that gives successful writing the quality of organic imagination, and which exists not only in poems and stories, but in any form of writing, however humble or trivial. Writing always involves a someone sitting with an implement and an inchoate idea before a blank sheet of paper and in terror at the answering blankness of his or her own mind. Consequently, if one is speaking of the experience of being a writer, the only meaningful distinction is between writers who are willing to accept the risks of suffering entailed by the effort to tap their own inner potentialities of organic Line (5) (10) (15) (20) (25) (30) (35) (40) ... - slideshare.vn