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Description:DIRECTIONS: In the passages that follow, certain words and phrases are underlined and numbered. In most cases, you are to choose the one that best expresses the idea, makes the statement appropriate for standard written English, or is worded most consistently with the style and tone of the passage as a whole. If you think the original version is best, choose "NO CHANGE." I Am Iron Man

[1] The term "Iron Man" has many connotations, including references to a song, a comic book icon, even a movie. [2] Yet only one definition of the term truly lives up to its name: the Ironman Triathlon held annually in Hawaii1 a picturesque setting for a challenging race. [3] This grueling race demands amazing physical prowess and the ability to swim, bike, and run a marathon, all in less than 12 hours with no break. [4] Very few individuals are up to the task.

Otherwise,3 Gordon Haller is a notable exception. Growing up in the 1950s, Haller developed an interest in many sports categorized as endurance athletics, and welcomed their4 grueling physical demands. As he pursued a degree in physics he drove a taxi to pay the bills, but competitive training proved5 his passion. So when he heard about the race in 1978, the first year it was held, he immediately signed up.

The race somewhat6 originated in an amusing way. The members of two popular sports clubs, the Mid-Pacific Road Runners of Honolulu, and the Waikiki Swim Club7 of Oahu, had a long-standing and good-natured debate going over who made better athletes: runners

If the writer were to delete Sentence 4, the essay would primarily lose details that:

(F) emphasize how difficult the race truly is.

(G) mourn how few athletes are able to visit Hawaii in order to compete in the race.

(H) highlight that most athletes prefer the run to the swimming or biking components of the race.

(J) suggest that women are not truly competitive in the race.

The Correct Answer

Though this trend might remind us of campus fads of years past, as such packing Volkswagen Bugs, it comes as good news.

(A)NO CHANGE (B) passing, like (C) passing, as (D) past, like

Correct Answer: D

My older sister had gotten married the summer before, so not only did we have a room for Ligia, and we all admitted that the house had seemed too quiet lately.

(A)NO CHANGE (B) but (C) while (D) yet

Correct Answer: B

Darrow must have sensed the potential of a game that, during a time of economic hardship, would allow people to play at property wonld be bought and amassing a fortune.

(A)NO CHANGE (B) buying property (C) property to buy (D) had bought peoperty

Correct Answer: B

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