Directions: Each SAT Writing passage is followed by 11 questions. Read the passage and select the answer to each question that is most effective in improving the quality of the writing or in making the passage conform to the standard conventions of English.
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of the name of Tudor
whose name was Tudor
were longing so
had so longed
England did so long for him, and hoped for him, and prayed God for him, that, now that he was really come, the people went nearly mad for joy.
There are two time periods referenced: the distant past and the more recent past (“now”). The more recent past necessitates the simple past tense verbs “was” and “went.” To indicate events that took place further back in the past, the past perfect tense is needed: “had longed…had hoped…had prayed.” Answer choice (D) is the only past perfect construction.
again a sight to see
a sight worth seeing
a sight also worth seeing
Let us consider the story of Tom’s parents.
Let us skip a number of years.
DELETE the underlined portion.
projected over the first, and the third sticked
projecting over the first, and the third sticking
was projecting over the first, and third sticking
they opened outward, on hinges, like doors.
it opened outward, on hinges, like a door.
it opened outward, on hinges, like doors.
these could not rightly be called beds, for they were not organized, they were kicked into a general pile
for they were not organized, these could not rightly be called beds; as they were kicked into a general pile
they could not be called, rightly, beds, because they were not organized, they were kicked into a general pile
That is to say
giants, fairies, dwarfs, genii, and enchanted castles, and gorgeous kings and princes.
giants and fairies, dwarfs and genii, enchanted castles, and gorgeous kings and princes.
giants and fairies, and dwarfs and genii, and enchanted castles with gorgeous kings and princes.