On the Reading section of Digital SAT, some questions will present a short text (usually from a novel or any other work of literature) for you to read. The question will then ask you to identify the purpose or overall structure of the text or an underlined part within the text.
Text structure and purpose questions go beyond the literal meaning of a sentence of a text. They look at whether you understand why something is being said and how it is being said.
Purpose is the why. Why did the author write that particular sentence withing the passage? What are they trying to accomplish? These are the questions you need to ask yourself.
In any text, an author wants you to have a particular experience. It could be introducing a new concept, making you understand something, change your opinion, or to convince you of something. These questions look at your ability to identify what the author is intending.
Structure is all about flow. How does the author move from one idea to the next?
Is the author presenting an idea and giving examples to explain it? Is the author presenting contrasting ideas? Is the author presenting rhetorical questions? Is the author simply presenting a set of advantages or disadvantages? These are some of the questions that will allow you to understand structure.
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Answer Choice: A
The underlined sentence in this passage reveals that Manfred encounters a tall figure wrapped in a white mantle, who he believes to be the same person he saw earlier in the cloisters. Therefore, the correct answer is A) It reveals the identity of the figure that Manfred encounters. The sentence does not introduce a new character, create suspense, or provide descriptive details about the setting, making the other answer choices incorrect.
Answer Choice: C
The underlined sentence in this passage conveys that the characters are experiencing a sense of pleasure and enthusiasm from viewing the beauty of nature, which is a central theme of the passage. Therefore, the correct answer is C) To convey the pleasure that the characters derive from their surroundings. The sentence does not primarily highlight a contrast between Emily and her companions, describe the natural setting, or emphasize Mrs. Fermor's emotional state, making the other answer choices incorrect.Attend a free session to understand these concepts