SSAT Reading Question 206: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 206

1. The primary purpose of this passage is to

  • A. offer general information about volcanoes
  • B. describe a specific volcanic eruption
  • C. offer specific advice about what to do when a volcano erupts
  • D. provide historical background about volcanoes

Correct Answer: B


B is correct. The entire passage discusses the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. The information provided is specific to a particular volcano, so choices A and D are incorrect. The passage does not tell readers what to do when a volcano erupts, nor does it appeal for action to protect the environment, so choices C and E are wrong.

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