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SAT Question of the Day

The SAT question of the day is a Sentence Completion Question that has already been addressed on this blog: click here to see an explanation.

ACT Reading Question of the Day

On the actual ACT exam, you would read the entire passage focusing on the topic, scope, purpose, topic sentences, and conclusion, if any.  Then you would prioritize the questions and answer them  in order of difficulty (answering all the Easy questions before all the Medium questions before all the Hard questions).  

Today's particular question  is an detail question, which should be classified as Easy.  You would answer this question in the first pass through the questions, and you can answer it without reading much of the passage, even though it doesn't have line numbers.

Paraphrase the question, concentrating on the keywords: Who always made the accusation in a medieval trial?  Even if you only have a few seconds left, you can read the topic sentences of each paragraph and determine where to find your answer.  Your keyword is "accusation" and only one topic sentence, the last one, mentions any form of this word.  The topic sentence of the last paragraph tells you that this paragraph is  about the "accusatory" method.  The second sentence (line 74-75 says "There was always a definite and known accuser, some private person who...."  

Look down at your answer choices.

(F)  Ordeals were administered by the clergy (line 45), but "clergyman" is not synonymous with "private person."  Eliminate this choice.

(G)  God doesn't generally come down to accuse people, so this choice seems illogical even if oaths call upon him to witness certain proceedings (line 83).  Eliminate this choice.

(H)  This matches the wording of the passage exactly!

(J)  The first paragraph mentions that the person put to proof was usually the accused, not the person making the accusation (lines 19-22), though either could be put to proof.  Eliminate this choice.

The correct answer is (H).

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