SSAT Reading Question 210: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 210

5. The author describes the events of May 18, 1980, mainly by means of

  • A. scientific analysis
  • B. detached and impartial observation
  • C. vivid language and dramatic images
  • D. presentation of facts in chronological order

Correct Answer: C


C is correct. The author’s use of vivid language is illustrated by such words as "triggered," "blast," "flattened," "scoured," "billowed," and "swept." Examples of dramatic images include these: "In less than three minutes, 230 square miles of forest lay flattened," "… concrete-like mudflows that scoured river valleys," "A plume of volcanic ash and pumice billowed out of the volcano reaching a height of 15 miles and transformed day into night."

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