I haven't been doing much in the way of SAT Critical Reading lately. I've got bigger fish to fry.
That said, I don't want to lose momentum.....and, if the truth be told, I've come to love the Critical Reading sections (and yes, I am telling the truth).
Thanks in large part to my marathon lunch dates with Erica Meltzer, I rarely get a reading question wrong these days. You can click on this page to see myrenditions of her Critical Reading "recipes" (i.e. don't blame Erica if you don't understand. I take full responsibility for the translation.)
But every once in a while, I come across a question that stumps me.
Take, for example, the following:
Flummoxed, I answered incorrectly. I knew my answer was wrong, but I couldn't see a right answer.
Ok, STOP reading before you see the explanation below, and tell me:
- A) Which one would you choose?
- B) Which one do you think I picked?
I'm obsessed, determined, and like a dog with a bone: I asked nearly everyone I know, "is this question legit?"
PWNtheSAT 's response made the most sense (to me):
Tough question, but it's legit. You can't infer A through D, because they're all too specific. You can't really ever infer a phrase was "first used" unless the author comes right out and says it directly. There's no mention of "college educated" women, and WWII is really only mentioned to establish a setting. So you COULD get it by elimination if you're careful.
The real reason the answer is legit, though, can best be illustrated with analogy.
What would you think if you read that "some people ALREADY had internet access in 1985," or "Springsteen was ALREADY a local hero in New Jersey before he broke nationally"?
The implication, when you use "already" in this sense, is that something is ahead of the curve. "Male chauvinist" is a common phrase today, but it clearly wasn't then or the author wouldn't have felt the need to say "already." So the implication is that in 1945, use of the phrase was rare, but it's commonplace today.
Illustrations by Jennifer Orkin Lewis
Cross posted on the Perfect Score Project