SSAT Reading Question 208: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 208

3. As used in line 6, "rising" most nearly means

  • A. growing
  • B. maturing
  • C. approaching
  • D. ascending

Correct Answer: D


D is correct. Rising is used in the following sentence: "Heat from a rising plume of volcanic ash melted glacial ice creating cement-like slurries of rock and ash called mudflows." Each of the answer choices is a possible meaning for rising. However, in context, the best meaning is ascending.

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