Directions: The SAT Reading test consists of five passages on a variety of topics. Each passage is followed by a series of 10 or 11 questions. Carefully read the passage that is provided and answer the multiple choice questions based on what is stated or implied. The answers and explanations will be provided at the end of the test
Lily Bart’s income doesn’t allow her to keep up with the latest fashions.
Lily Bart is twenty-nine years old, and older than most of Selden’s peers.
Selden and Lily have been acquaintances for some time, and Selden could read her behavior.
Lily’s manner and behavior has a timeless quality in Selden’s eyes.
Additionally, while Selden does become increasingly interested in Lily as the passage progresses, the sentiment expressed in (D) goes beyond the context of the quoted phrase from the second paragraph. Avoid choosing answers that merely seem logical—always consider the context provided in the question.
ability to incite curiosity.
kind and generous nature.
way of standing out in a crowd.
It is only in later paragraphs that he focuses more on her physical beauty, so (A) is not the correct answer. If you chose (D), note that while Selden observes that Lily stands out to in the crowd, there is nothing in the second paragraph to indicate that this is what Selden “values most” about her.
Paragraph 2, Sentence 1 (“It was a Monday in early…in town at that season?”).
Paragraph 2, Sentence 2 (“If she had appeared to be…desultory air perplexed him.”).
Paragraph 2, Sentences 3–4 (“She stood apart from the…why the idea arrested him.”).
Paragraph 2, Sentence 5 (“There was nothing new…far-reaching intentions.”).
indicate that Lily has some experience in avoiding people she does not want to talk to.
imply that Lily has had numerous suitors in the past.
reveal that Lily has snubbed Selden on previous occasions.
show that Lily has a strong and stubborn sense of pride.
Though attractive, Lily Bart was not as energetic and youthful as she had once been.
Lily’s skin and hair always looked very smooth, and today she looked no different.
Selden had not seen Lily for eleven years.
Lily had been participating in the social activities of high society for quite some time.
It explains why Selden has not run into Lily in several years.
It describes how inferior Selden feels in relation to Lily.
It shows that they do not live in the same neighborhood in New York.
It reveals that they move in different social circles.
members of Lily’s social class.
personal friends of Selden.
New York acquaintances of both Lily and Selden.
members of Lily’s extended family.
Selden is frustrated with the speed of the city’s public transportation.
Selden is being playful and friendly for Lily’s benefit.
Selden is confident in his ability to impress Lily.
There is nowhere close by where they can have tea.
Answer choice (C), however, goes too far. We cannot be sure if Selden feels truly confident, or if he is simply putting on a show for Lily’s benefit. Since he mentions he is “out of her orbit,” most likely he is not too confident in his ability to impress Lily.
curiosity that Selden has about Miss Lily Bart, who he has just run into, to a growing fondness he has for her beauty.
annoyance Selden feels about the volatile nature of Miss Lily Bart to the Selden’s recognition of the common ground between them.
nervousness Selden feels regarding Miss Lily Bart to Selden’s concern that his romantic feelings are not reciprocated.
value Selden attaches to the wonders of the natural world to a rejection of that sort of beauty in favor of human artistry.