SSAT Reading Question 216: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 216

5. Which adjective best describes Paul?

  • A. contrite
  • B. funny
  • C. defiant
  • D. violent

Correct Answer: C


C is correct. Paul is described as having a "defiant manner," which means he is impertinent, insolent, or boldly resistant to authority. There is no evidence in the passage that Paul is either contrite (remorseful) or embarrassed (ashamed), so choices A and E are wrong. He moves his hands violently behind him when the English teacher attempts to guide his hand, but his actions in general cannot be described as violent, so choice D is wrong. He comments on the lecture "with humorous intention," but there is no indication that others find him funny, so choice B is wrong.

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