SSAT Reading Question 275: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 275

6. Which is the best expression of the main idea of this passage?

  • A. Love is blind.
  • B. Birthmarks should be removed.
  • C. Perfection cannot be achieved on earth.
  • D. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Correct Answer: C


C is correct. Aylmer’s attempt to make his wife perfect resulted in destroying her, thus illustrating the fact that perfection cannot be achieved on earth. Choice A is wrong because if love were blind Aylmer would not have attempted to remove the birthmark. Choice B is wrong because the passage proves the opposite to be true. Choice D is wrong because the effect of the birthmark was "to scare away all their happiness." Choice E is wrong because the story did not end well; it ended with Georgiana’s death.

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