SSAT Reading Question 254: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 254

1. The athlete described in this poem is most likely a

  • A. tennis player
  • B. swimmer
  • C. runner
  • D. football player

Correct Answer: C


C is correct. Line 1 mentions that the athlete "won your town the race." "Runners" are also mentioned in lines 5 and 19, and line 22 mentions "the fleet foot." All of these references make it obvious that the athlete in this poem is a runner. Choice E cannot be correct because the author addresses the athlete as "Smart lad" in line 9.

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