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Details and Implicit Meaning (Details and Implicit Meaning Practice Questions)

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The Correct Answer is (D) — (D) is the correct answer. The name “Baby” first appears when Medora is thinking of “the day she was named” (lines 40−41); at the end of that memory, a census taker insists that the child called Baby (the young Medora) needs a “real name,” meaning that she is in the process of being named. (A) is incorrect as the only great-grandchild who is named in the passage is Anne (line 18). (B) is incorrect because Medora does not have a new child during the time described in the passage. (C) is incorrect as Medora’s only named older sisters are Annie and Tommie.

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The Correct Answer is (A) — (A) is the correct answer. In line 2, the author says that fellow drivers called “it” The Cruise. The only thing that “it” could be referring to is “the Woodward route” mentioned in the first part of the sentence (line 1); this means that the other drivers call the Woodward route “The Cruise.” (B) is incorrect; the word “warzone” appears in line 5 but is referring to “twenty-first-century Detroit.” (C) is incorrect; the Somerset Collection is a reference to the “ritzy mall” (lines 3−4) that the route goes by. “The Fade to Black” refers only to a section of the route, and it is not clear whether the other drivers use that name, so (D) is incorrect.

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The Correct Answer is (G) — (G) is the correct answer. After the kid asks about closing the door and moving the bus (lines 20−22), the driver “held up three fingers to signify the minutes until departure” (lines 27−28), which is the time until they start moving. (F) is incorrect because the driver does not respond vocally in any way, and nothing indicates he is angry. (H) is incorrect as the passage indicates that the heater is not working (lines 22−23), so there is no way the driver could turn it on. (J) is incorrect as the driver does provide a response—the three upheld fingers—so he is not ignoring the kid.

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The Correct Answer is (F) — (F) is the correct answer. The passage describes Medora as having many family members (lines 3−5), certainly enough to form a crowd. In addition, the presence of the new baby, Medora’s great-great-granddaughter (lines 13−15), indicates that this is at least to some degree a family event. (G) is incorrect as nothing in the passage suggests the presence of curious townspeople at the start of the passage. (H) is incorrect as Medora’s sisters are only mentioned in her memory of her childhood; although it is possible that some are alive and even older than ninety, the passage does not mention them the way it mentions the younger generations of her family. (J) is incorrect as nothing in the passage suggests the presence of children from the village at the celebration described at the start of the passage.

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The Correct Answer is (A) — (A) is the correct answer. The passage refers to both the advantages and disadvantages of being old (lines 28−36); in both cases, the passage is referring to something other people do in reaction to Medora. This indicates that for Medora, her advanced age has brought good and bad changes in the ways people react to her. (B) is incorrect because the passage does not indicate that the newer generations lack respect for Medora. (C) is incorrect because that passage does not indicate either that her younger family members do not trust her or that they are closer with her sisters. (D) is incorrect because the passage does not indicate that any of her daughters have moved far away, nor that they have failed to maintain a close relationship with her.

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The Correct Answer is (D) — (D) is the correct answer. The passage indicates that the bus driver thought the singing woman’s voice “had the timbre of a stringed instrument” (lines 52−53); this is a type of musical instrument. (A) is incorrect; the driver thinks of his father, Mayo, when he is reciting the US states and their capitals, not when he hears the singing woman. (B) is incorrect because the colorful map comes to the driver’s mind when he is reciting the states and capitals, not when he hears the singing woman. (C) is incorrect as the driver hears the sound of money earlier in the passage and is reminded of something else (lines 44−47); nothing in the passage connects the sound of money to the singing woman.

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The Correct Answer is (H) — (H) is the correct answer. The passage indicates that when she was young, Medora was called Baby because the family had “run out of girl names” (lines 87−88), suggesting that there were many sisters born before Medora was. (F) is incorrect because nothing in the passage indicates that Medora fears the government. The only character with a connection to the government is the census taker, and Medora is not described as fearing him. (G) is incorrect because the passage does not indicate that when growing up, Medora lacked access to food or other important resources. (J) is incorrect as nothing in the passage indicates that Medora married a chicken farmer, only that her family kept chickens when she was a child.