SSAT Reading Question 240: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 240

4. The author's attitude toward his youth is best described as

  • A. affectionate nostalgia
  • B. analytical detachment
  • C. open hostility
  • D. deep sorrow

Correct Answer: B


B is correct. The author recounts the events of his youth analytically, He tells that "there was no period of my life that was devoted to play," and mentions, "From the time that I can remember anything, almost every day of my life has been occupied in some kind of labor." He relates his experience in taking the corn to the mill to be ground, and although he says he dreaded it and mentions crying as he waited for help, he relates the experience in a detached and matter-of-fact way. Certainly the author shows no longing to return to the days of his youth, so choice A cannot be correct. The language of the passage is too straightforward to be described as hostile or indignant, thus eliminating choices C and E. And, while his story may seem sad to readers, the author does not appear to be consumed by sorrow over the days of his youth.

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