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Cracking the SAT, 2008 Ed, 0375766065, PrincetonReview_04

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The passage below is followed by questions based on its content. Answer the questions on the basis of what is stated or
implied in each passage and in any introductory material that may be provided.

Questions 7-19 are based on the following passage.

Thefollowing passage recounts a young girl's experience
ofmoving with herfamily from Massachusetts to Arizona.

When I was thirteen, my family moved from Boston
toTucson, Arizona. Before the move, my father gathered
ustogether after dinner on a freezing January night. My
sisters and I clustered around the fire, unaware that the
universe was about to suddenly change its course. "I've
been transferred. In May, we're moving to Arizona."
The words-so small, just two sentences-didn't
seembig enough to hold my new fate. But without any
further ceremony, the world changed and I awoke on a
train moving across the country. I watched the landscape
shift like a kaleidoscope from green trees to flat dusty
plains to soaring mountains as I glimpsed strange new
plants that hinted of mysteries yet to come. Finally, we
arrived and settled into our new one-story adobe home.
While my older sisters grieved the loss of friends,
schools, dances, and trees, I eagerly explored our new
surroundings. I never realized there could be such a
variety of cacti: saguaro, pincushion, prickly pear,
barrel, cholla. Nor could I ever have imagined trees as
strange as the Joshua trees that grew in our yard. And the
mountains! I had never seen'mountains before, and now
theysurrounded me.
One afternoon, I was out exploring as usual and
espied a new kind of cactuS. It looked like a green ball
covered in soft white fur. I crouched down for a closer

look. "You'd better not touch that. That white stuff may
looklike harmless fur, but they're actually spines and
they're the devil to get out."
I turned around to see a woman who seemed to have

emerged from the desert itself. Everything about her was
brown-boots, skirt, skin-except for her startling white
hair and eyes of a blue that matched the color of the sky.
"Are you new to this neighborhood? I haven't seen you
before." I explained that I was, in fact, new to the entire

"My name is Ina Thorne. I've lived here since I was
eightyears old. How are you adjusting to life in the
desert? It must be quite a shock after living in Boston."
Howcould I explain how I found the desert? I tried,
Ihaltingly, to tell her how the desert affected me, but I
couldn't seem to find the right words.

"It's the freedom," she offered. "That vastness when

you stand on the mountains overlooking the desert-you
can sense how little you are in comparison with the world
45 that surrounds you. At the same time, you feel that the
possibilities are limitless."
It 'ovasas if she had read some inner diary. That was
it. That was the feeling I'd had ever since I'd first seen the
mountains of my new home. I trembled inside, hoping
50 that this woman who captured the essence of the desert
itself wouldn't just send me away with a pat on the head,
as adults do. I saw in her a true friend. Again, my life
would change with just a few simple words.
"Would you like to come to my ranch tomorrow
55 afternoon-if your parents don't mind? Someone should
teach you which plants you should and shouldn't touch."

7. In lines 4-5, the author's statement that "the
universe was about to suddenly change its course"
serves to

(A) highlight the tremendous impact the move
would have on the author's life

(B) suggest that the weather would soon improve
with the changing of the seasons
(C) suggest that a cross-country move would be
catastrophic for the author
(D) show the ambivalence the sisters felt about
moving to Tucson
(E) emphasize the anger her father felt about
having been transferred

8. From the sentence, "But without...country" (lines
8-10), it can be inferred that

(A) the author was not allowed to graduate from
middle schoolbefore the family's move
(B) the family was forced to move across the
country without prior notice
(C) it seemed to the author that hardly any time
passed between learning about the move and
actually moving
(D) the author was startled to see that the rest of
the country looked different from Boston
(E) the author was excited by the thought of new
experiences she would have in Tucson



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