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Read this sentence from the passage.
The football arena is the new Colosseum, and the players are the new gladiators.
Which of these best explains the meaning of the phrase “the players are the new gladiators”?
Football is an outdated game that needs to fall just like the empire of Rome fell.
Football players are violent and want to hurt each other.
People like to see football players hit each other in the same way that people loved to watch gladiators kill themselves in ancient Rome.
The more we watch football players, the more we give in to our instincts and cause harm to our society.
How does Paragraph 2 contribute to the development of ideas in the passage?
It establishes the complexity of the topic the author is discussing.
It simplifies the topic to make it more palatable and digestible for the audience.
It presents a counter-argument that she will refute later in the article.
It defines the author’s thesis and sets up the rest of the article.
Read the sentence from Paragraph 1.
The modern world has a bit of an identity crisis when it comes to their love of sports.
Based on the context of the passage, what is the problem (if any) with this quote?
A culture cannot have an “identity crisis” because it is not a living thing.
The author introduces the “world” in this quote, but only discusses American culture throughout the article.
The word “bit” is too informal for the article and distracts the reader.
There is no flaw in the logic of the statement.
Which sentence from the passage best expresses the author’s attitude toward violence in sports?
“The simple answer is that a sport like mixed martial arts is intended to be violent; the sport involves two people getting into a ring and fighting.”
“We worry that our children are focusing so early on one sport that they are causing their body harm.”
“Football fans worry about what’s going to happen to the sport in the next few years as reports of brain injuries continue to surface.”
“The more complicated and depressing reason why we can’t seem to figure out whether we want violence or not is because it plays to our human nature.”
Which of the following is an inference the audience can make about the author’s opinion in Paragraph 4?
When people think rationally, they don’t want violence, but when they are in the moment they enjoy it.
Until we stop supporting football, our country will never fix our problem with violence.
The popularity of violent sports like mixed martial arts are making it more difficult to curb violence in other sports.
The real way to fix our problem with violence in sports is to more closely regulate it so that our athletes are protected.
Which of the following statements best describes the structure of the author’s article?
The author introduces a complex problem, then offers several possible solutions.
The author presents two opposing sides to a complex argument and leaves it up to the reader decide with which side they agree.
The author provides a detailed, sequential strategy for solving a difficult problem.
The author introduces a complex problem, then explores it throughout the rest of the article.
Which statement expresses a claim the author makes about society’s view of violence in sports?
Good people criticize violence in sports because they don’t want to see athletes get hurt.
Based on the popularity of different sports, people are not sure whether or not they like violence in sports.
The simple solution to the problem of too much violence in sports is for the government to design legislation that puts an end to it.
Over time, people will learn to prefer that sports don’t include any violent acts that could endanger an athlete.
Which sentence from the article best supports the answer to Part A?
“One of the most powerful human instinct is the instinct of survival.”
“Football, on the other hand, centers around moving a ball from one zone to the next.”
“At the same time, though, violent sports like mixed martial arts have never been more popular.”
“We will sit around our dinner table and argue that something needs to be done, then head to the Colosseum and cheer for every big hit.”
Read this sentence from Paragraph 4:
We will sit around our dinner table and argue that something needs to be done, then head to the Colosseum and cheer for every big hit.
Why does the author use the phrase “dinner table” in this sentence?
To stress the idea that people only find violence a problem in sports when they are trying to eat a meal and don’t want that kind of imagery in their minds.
To point that people don’t actually share their true feelings at the “dinner table” because they are afraid of what their family will think.
To emphasize the idea that people are anti-violent sports when they are discussing the problem at home at the “dinner table,” but act differently when they are watching a sporting event.
To highlight the point that violence in sports has gotten so prevalent that it’s even invading our time with our family at home.
Read this sentence from Paragraph 1:
As social networking becomes more ubiquitous in modern society, employers and admissions offices are starting to use these sites as a way to learn more about potential candidates and ultimately inform their decisions.
In the context of the sentence, what does “ubiquitous” most nearly mean?
Which statement expresses a claim the author makes about the consequences of employers and colleges monitoring social media?
It’s healthy for people to have a social outlet like what is provided for them on social networking platforms.
People need to be more careful about what they post because employers and colleges are watching.
People can’t be expected to censor themselves all of the time because it would be too hard.
Any employer or college that uses social networking platforms to inform hiring/admitting decisions is discriminating against the candidates they are reviewing.
Which sentence from the article best supports the answer to Part A?
“American’s have laws that protect them from discrimination by employers and colleges.”
“This means that you could lose out on a chance to go to the college you want, or work at your dream job, just because of a comment you made on social media.”
“It’s important for our own mental health that we can keep these parts of our life separate.”
“An employer may not want to hire someone who has posted anti-Semitic hate speech all over the internet, for example.”
What is the central idea of the article?
The government needs to create laws that allow employers and colleges to use social networking platforms in their decision-making process, but regulate how they can use information gathered on these sites.
People’s privacy is important and it should be unlawful for employers and colleges to snoop into people’s private lives.
People should be more careful about what they post online because if they make something public, they should expect that everyone, including potential employers and colleges, will see it and judge them.
People should use social networking platforms as a way to cultivate a persona that will be acceptable to employers and colleges.
Which sentence from the article best supports the correct answer from Part A?
“Social networking sites and apps provide global connectivity and allow people to make instant connections with each other.”
“A job interviewer, for example, can’t directly ask a candidate about their age, sexual preference, religious beliefs, or political ideals.”
“People deserve to have some privacy in their lives, and employers and colleges need to respect that.”
“In a recent study, only 30% of high school students were “extremely concerned” about college admission offices using their social networking information as part of their admission process (41% of students were “not at all concerned”).”
Which of the following words in the article is specifically chosen to influence readers to agree with the author?
“snooping,” Paragraph 2
“connectivity,” Paragraph 1
“publicize,” Paragraph 4
“weed,” Paragraph 5
Read the sentence from paragraph 2.
In a recent study, only 30% of high school students were “extremely concerned” about college admission offices using their social networking information as part of their admission process (41% of students were “not at all concerned”).
What is the problem (if any) with the statistic provided in the sentence above?
When you add the percentages together, the math doesn’t add up.
The data collected doesn’t consider important ideas that would affect any conclusions you could make from it.
The indicators “extremely concerned” and “not at all concerned” are not defined, quantifiable data points.
The author doesn’t indicate where the study is from or who conducted it, so the audience doesn’t know if the data presented reflects a defendable statistic.
Read the sentence from paragraph 5.
These extreme examples don’t justify monitoring everyone, though, much like trying to catch one terrorist doesn’t justify the government listening in on everyone’s phone calls.
Which of the following best explains how this comparison furthers the author’s main idea?
The author creates an image in the reader’s mind of employers and colleges as terrorists in order to scare them into agreeing with him.
The author uses a relatable example of what most people would consider an invasion of privacy, unwarranted phone taps, to highlight the practices of employers and colleges as unethical.
The author uses this comparison to segue into his assertion that the practices of employers and colleges needs to be regulated as much as law enforcement is when they want to tap someone’s phone.
The author wants to specifically target victims of unlawful investigations in this comparison because he believes they are an influential part of his audience.
How does Paragraph 3 contribute to the development of ideas in the article?
The author uses an analogy that he will continue to refer to throughout the rest of the article.
The author presents a counter-argument and refutes the opinions of people who would argue against him.
The author provides an ethical appeal as he explains why he is an expert on the subject of the article.
The author provides his first specific supporting ideas in defense of his overall purpose.
Which of the following is an inference that readers can make from what they read in paragraph 3?
When an employer or college researches a candidate on social networking sites, they are discriminating against that candidate.
People should delete information from their social networking profiles that could lead to discrimination, like their gender, orientation, and religious or political affiliations.
There have been several lawsuits already in which candidates have sued companies over discrimination because these companies used the candidates’ social networking activity as a reason to disqualify them.
Employers and colleges that use social networking to research their candidates could be vulnerable to lawsuits for discrimination.
Read this sentence from the passage:
A studio producing a big budget film would never hand over the reins to a newcomer without overseeing every step of the production carefully.
Which of these phrases best explains the meaning of the phrase “hand over the reins”?
Give complete control
Ride like a horse
Take a risk
How does paragraph 2 contribute to the development of ideas in the passage?
It acts as a counter-argument to the major idea the writer discusses.
It presents specific information about how much money certain movies have made.
It discusses the steps that led to the current surge of low-budget horror films.
It discusses the history of a well-known movie trend.
How does the story of Jaws in paragraph 2 connect to the story of The Blair Witch Project in paragraph 5?
Both movies are horror films from the 1970’s.
Both films were big budget summer movies.
Both stories are about a film that proved the viability of a new film trend.
Both films were the result of movies studios capitalizing on established trends.
Which sentence in the passage best expresses the writer’s attitude towards the current trend of low-budget horror films?
The relatively low risk of these films always for new filmmakers to make their mark.
Low-budget horror films make more money at the box office than big budget blockbusters.
Audiences need to stop going to these movies so that studios will stop making them.
These films cannot be taken seriously.
Which statement expresses a claim the author makes about big budget summer blockbusters in the passage?
They are not nearly as good as low-budget films.
Studios waste way too much money on big budget films.
Big budget movies always make more money than low-budget movies.
The risk of a big budget movie might be high, but the reward can be tremendous.
Which sentence from the passage best supports the answer to Part A?
“Many critics trace the modern summer blockbuster back to Jaws in 1975, when director Steven Spielberg and Universal deliberately delayed the opening of their film to coincide with summer.”
“However, if you do some research on the most profitable movies of all time, none of the films cost even $1 million to make.”
“If you do some research on the highest grossing movies of all time, the list is exclusively big-budget movies.”
“Spielberg’s friend, George Lucas, released each of the films in his original Star Wars trilogy during the summer.”
Read these two sentences from the passage.
This trend will invariably lead to more lazy horror sequels, but it could also lead to the de-stigmatization of the horror genre. Jordan Peele received an Oscar for Original Screenplay for Get Out; is a Best Picture-winning horror film far off?
Which of these words best explains the meaning of stigmatization in the sentences above?
According to the passage, why do some movie insiders consider Paranormal Activity to be the most successful film of all time?
It made the biggest profit based on how much it cost to make.
It made more money than any other film.
It won a lot of movie awards.
It helped pave the way for movies like Get Out.
According to the passage, why does the current trend of low-budget horror films lead to more bad sequels?
Studios still don’t understand how to evaluate what films are good and what films are bad.
They don’t cost much to make and people go see them because of brand recognition.
When studios lose money on one movie, they will often double-down and try to make their money back with a sequel.
Studios are giving creative license to too many new directors.
According to the passage, how are Jaws and the three original Star Wars films similar?
They are all in the top 5 of the highest grossing films of all time.
They are all low-budget horror films.
They are all directed by George Lucas.
They were all released during the summer.
What purpose does the writer’s use of specific dollar amounts in paragraphs 3, 4, and 5 serve in the passage?
They are meant to confuse the reader and conceal the writer’s main point.
They provide evidence of the writer’s support of blockbusters over low-budget films.
They illustrate his point that low-budget films are sometimes more successful than high-budget films.
They are designed to persuade the reader to go see a low-budget horror film instead of a summer blockbuster.