SSAT Reading Question 178: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 178

1. The main purpose of this passage is to

  • A. explain why carrots can be various colors
  • B. point out the health benefits of carotenoids
  • C. report on enhancements to the nutritional value of carrots
  • D. explore ways to increase carrot production

Correct Answer: C


C is correct. The purpose of this passage is to report on the work done by scientists to breed carrots with enhanced nutritional value. The researchers have selectively bred carrots in a rainbow of colors and studied the effects of the various plant pigments on the human body.

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