Jenni B. Baker

Aptitude

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The main purpose of this passage is to discuss some regrettable
personality flaws.

The author indicates that the particular nature of her upbringing results
in her being self-satisfied. The author indicates that the particular nature
of her upbringing results in her being inconsiderate. The author indicates
that the particular nature of her upbringing results in her being
friendless. The author indicates that the particular nature of her
upbringing results in her being despondent.

The author uses the phrase “good old times” as an example of something
said by those who have acquired great riches — by those who do not
share her viewpoint. The author recognizes counterarguments to the
position she takes by admitting that some people spend too much time
unproductively on the Internet.

At this point, the author is considering adding the following sentence:
she was happily raised in a loving home.

Should the author make this addition here?

 

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The author misinterprets words and phrases in multiple contexts.

GREAT most nearly means wonderful. GREAT most nearly means lofty.
GREAT most nearly means large. GREAT most nearly means intense.

DEEPEST most nearly means most fundamental. DEEPEST most nearly
means most engrossing. DEEPEST most nearly means most extensive.
DEEPEST most nearly means most challenging.

WANT most nearly means desire. WANT most nearly means lack.
WANT most nearly means requests. WANT most nearly means
requirements.

 

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Any choice is incorrect because it results in fragment.

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The author does not make a great companion.

The author knows about advances. The author recognizes the vast
informal economy driven by human relationships. The author recognizes
the important health benefits of these activities. Still, there is no
indication that the author enjoys this exercise.

The author’s exchanges are most similar to friendships between older
and younger people that are negatively affected by the fact one is more
lively and active than the other.

The author asserts that ties are always largely fictitious and are more so at
present. A position is stated, and a consensus not reached.

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NO CHANGE NO CHANGE NO CHANGE NO CHANGE NO
CHANGE NO CHANGE NO CHANGE NO CHANGE NO CHANGE
NO CHANGE NO CHANGE NO CHANGE NO CHANGE NO
CHANGE NO CHANGE NO CHANGE NO CHANGE NO CHANGE
NO CHANGE NO CHANGE NO CHANGE NO CHANGE NO


Language adapted from the College Board’s 2015 PSAT practice test and answer guide.

Jenni B. Baker is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Found Poetry Review. Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in journals such as DIAGRAM, Washington Square, Lunch Ticket, Whiskey Island, BOAAT and Quarterly West. Her Oulipo-generated chapbook, Comings/Goings, was released by Dancing Girl Press in 2015. In her current project, Erasing Infinite, she creates poetry from David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, one page at a time. “Year of Glad,” a classical song cycle based on the Erasing Infinite project, debuted in Chicago in April 2016. More at jennibbaker.com
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