Kaplan SAT Course Book Review | Practice Test 16 AMBiPi

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SAT Reading Practice Passage

This passage is adapted from MacDonald Harris, The Balloonist. ©2011 by The Estate of Donald Heiney. During the summer of 1897, the narrator of this story, a fictional Swedish scientist has set out for the North Pole in a hydrogen-powered balloon.

SAT Reading Comprehension Practice Test Questions

SAT Practice Test 16 Question No 1

Throughout the passage, the narrator’s attitude shifts from

Option A: fear about the expedition to excitement about it.

Option B: doubt about his abilities to confidence in them.

Option C: uncertainty of his motives to recognition of them.

Option D: disdain for the North Pole to the appreciation of it.

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Option C : 

The narrator initially expresses uncertainty, or uneasiness, over his decision to set out for the North Pole: “my motives in this undertaking are not entirely clear” (lines 9-10). At the end of the passage, the narrator recognizes that because of this journey he is “on the brink of knowing . . . not an ethereal mathematical spot,” the North Pole, but himself (lines 56-57).

Choices A, B, and D are incorrect because the narrator does not suggest that he fears going on the expedition, doubts his abilities, or feels disdain for the North Pole.

SAT Practice Test 16 Question No 2

Which choice provides the best evidence for the answer to the previous question?

Option A: Lines 10-12 (“For… moment”)

Option B: Lines 21-25 (“Yet… will”)

Option C: Lines 42-44 (“And… stand on”)

Option D: Lines 56-57 (“What… myself”)

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Option D : 

Lines 56-57 provide evidence that the narrator eventually recognizes his motives for traveling to the North Pole: “What I am on the brink of knowing, I now see, is not an ephemeral mathematical spot but myself.” The narrator initially was unsure of why he was traveling to the North Pole but realizes that he has embarked on a journey to find himself.

Choices A, B, and C are incorrect because they do not provide the best evidence that the narrator eventually recognizes his motives for traveling to the North Pole. Rather, choices A, B, and C all focus on the narrator’s preparations and expectations for the journey.

SAT Practice Test 16 Question No 3

As used in lines 1-2, “not readily verifiable” most nearly means

Option A: unable to be authenticated.

Option B: likely to be contradicted.

Option C: without empirical support.

Option D: not completely understood.

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Option D : 

In lines 1-6, the narrator says that he feels a “vast yearning” and that his emotions are “complicated.” He explains that he does “not understand quite what it is that the yearning desires.” In this context, his emotions are “not readily verifiable,” or not completely understood.

Choices A, B, and C are incorrect because in this context, “not readily verifiable” does not mean unable to be authenticated, likely to be contradicted, or without empirical support.

SAT Practice Test 16 Question No 4

The sentence in lines 10-13 (“For years… other”) mainly serves to

Option A: expose a side of the narrator that he prefers to keep hidden.

Option B: demonstrate that the narrator thinks methodically and scientifically.

Option C: show that the narrator feels himself to be influenced by powerful and independent forces.

Option D: emphasize the length of time during which the narrator has prepared for his expedition.

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Option C : 

In lines 10-13, the narrator explains that “the machinery of [his] destiny has worked in secret” to prepare him for this journey, as “its clockwork” has propelled him to “this time and place.” By using the phrases “the machinery” and “its clockwork,” the narrator is showing that powerful and independent forces are causing him to journey to the North Pole.

Choices A, B, and D are incorrect because they do not indicate the main purpose of lines 10-13. While lines 10-13 mention that these powerful and independent forces have been working “for years, for a lifetime” to convince the narrator to journey to the North Pole, they do not expose a hidden side of the narrator, demonstrate the narrator’s manner, or explain the amount of time the narrator has spent preparing for his expedition.

SAT Practice Test 16 Question No 5

The narrator indicates that many previous explorers seeking the North Pole have

Option A: perished in the attempt.

Option B: made surprising discoveries.

Option C: failed to determine its exact location.

Option D: had different motivations than his own.

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Option A : 

In lines 20-21, the narrator states that many people have perished while journeying to the North Pole: “Nobody has succeeded in this thing, and many have died.”

Choices B, C, and D are incorrect because the narrator does not indicate that previous explorers have made surprising discoveries, have failed to determine the exact location of the North Pole, or had different motivations than his own.

SAT Practice Test 15 Question No 6

Which choice provides the best evidence for the answer to the previous question?

Option A: affection but not genuine love

Option B: objectivity but not complete impartiality

Option C: amusement but not mocking disparagement

Option D: respect but not utter deference

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Option A : 

In lines 20-21, the narrator provides evidence that many previous explorers seeking the North Pole have perished in the attempt: “Nobody has succeeded in this thing, and many have died.”

Choices B, C, and D do not mention previous explorers; therefore, these lines do not provide the best evidence that explorers died while seeking the North Pole.

SAT Practice Test 16 Question No 7

Which choice best describes the narrator’s view of his expedition to the North Pole?

Option A: Immoral but inevitable

Option B: Absurd but necessary

Option C: Socially beneficial but misunderstood

Option D: Scientifically important but hazardous

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Option B : 

In lines 27-39, the narrator states that he is “intent” on traveling to the North Pole but acknowledges that the journey is absurd: “Who wants the North Pole! What good is it! Can you eat it? Will it carry you from Gothenburg to Malmö like a railway?” By asking these questions, the narrator recognizes that the North Pole has no practical value. Still, the narrator admits that finding the North Pole is necessary, as it “must nevertheless be sought for.”

Choices A, C, and D are incorrect because the narrator does not view his expedition to the North Pole as immoral, socially beneficial, or scientifically important.

SAT Practice Test 16 Question No 8

The question the narrator asks in lines 30-31 (“Will it… railway”) most nearly implies that

Option A: balloons will never replace other modes of transportation.

Option B: the North Pole is farther away than the cities usually reached by train.

Option C: people often travel from one city to another without considering the implications.

Option D: reaching the North Pole has no foreseeable benefit to humanity.

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Option D : 

In lines 27-31, the narrator asks a series of rhetorical questions about the North Pole: “Who wants the North Pole! What good is it! Can you eat it? Will it carry you from Gothenburg to Malmö like a railway?” In this context, the narrator is suggesting that reaching the North Pole has no foreseeable benefit or value to humanity; unlike trains that bring travelers to specific destinations, the North Pole does not provide humans with a specific benefit or form of convenience.

Choices A, B, and C are incorrect because the question posed in lines 30-31 does not debate modes of travel, examine the proximity of cities that can be reached by trains, or question how often people travel.

SAT Practice Test 16 Question No 9

As used in line 49, “take the slightest interest in” most nearly means

Option A: accept responsibility for.

Option B: possess little regard for.

Option C: pay no attention to.

Option D: have curiosity about.

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Option D : 

In lines 48-49, the narrator states that the North Pole “is an abstraction, a mathematical fiction” and that “no one but a Swedish madman could take the slightest interest in it.” In this context, the narrator is stating that people would not “take the slightest interest in,” or be curious about, the North Pole.

Choices A, B, and C are incorrect because in this context, “take the slightest interest in” does not mean to accept responsibility for, to possess little regard or, or to pay no attention to something.

SAT Practice Test 16 Question No 10

As used in line 50, “bearing” most nearly means

Option A: carrying.

Option B: affecting.

Option C: yielding.

Option D: enduring. 

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Option A : 

In lines 49-51, the narrator describes his balloon journey toward the North Pole: “The wind is still from the south, bearing us steadily northward at the speed of a trotting dog.” In this context, the wind is “bearing,” or carrying, the narrator in a direction to the North.

Choices B, C, and D are incorrect because in this context, “bearing” does not mean affecting, yielding, or enduring.

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