SSAT Reading Question 247: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 247

1. The main purpose of this passage is to

  • A. describe the tsunami of 2004
  • B. point out the differences between tsunamis and tidal waves
  • C. explain the origin of the term "tsunami"
  • D. provide general information about tsunamis

Correct Answer: D


D is correct. Since there is no mention of how to survive a tsunami, choice E can be easily eliminated. Although the passage touches upon the tsunami of 2004 (choice A), the difference between a tsunami and a tidal wave (choice B), and the origin of the word "tsunami" (choice C), each of these choices is too narrow to cover the overall purpose of the passage, which is to provide information about tsunamis in general.

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