SSAT Reading Question 213: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 213

2. In line 9–10, the expression "there was something of the dandy about him" means that Paul

  • A. was afraid of appearing before the faculty
  • B. was in need of new clothes
  • C. did not care how he looked
  • D. paid great attention to his clothes

Correct Answer: D


D is correct. A dandy is a man who is very concerned about his appearance and so pays great attention to his clothes. This description fits Paul who, even though his clothes were a trifle outgrown and the collar of his overcoat was frayed, still wore an opal pin in his necktie and a red carnation in his buttonhole.

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