In Hardy‘s novels, various impulses were sacrificed to each other inevitably and often. Inevitably,because Hardy did not care in the way that novelists such as Flaubert or James cared, and therefore took paths of least resistance. Thus, one impulse often surrendered to a fresher one and, unfortunately, instead of exacting a compromise, simply disappeared. A desire to throw over reality a light that never was might give way abruptly to the desire on the part of what we might consider a novelist-scientist to record exactly and concretely the structure and texture of a flower. In this instance, the new impulse was at least an energetic one, and thus its indulgence did not result in a relaxed style.But on other occasions Hardy abandoned a perilous, risky, and highly energizing impulse in favor of what was for him the fatally relaxing impulse to classify and schematize abstractly. When a relaxing impulse was indulged, the style—that sure index of an author‘s literary worth—was certain to become verbose.
Which of the following statements best describes the organization of the passage ( "Thus…abstractly" )?
A guy wants to go to a store, a bank, a bookstore, and a shoe shop. It does not matter
which one he goes first, but he must go to a bank before he goes to a shoe shop. How
many different possible trip arrangements can he make?
The number of stores owned by Star Discount in 2015 was twice the number owned by Star Discount in 2010. By approximately what percent did the average annual earnings per store increase from 2010 to 2015 ?
Assume that the number of stores in 2010 is x and then the number in 2015 will be 2x. The average annual earnings per store in 2010 = 15/x, and the average annual earnings per store in 2015 = 40/2x = 20/x. The final result will be: [(20/x) - (15/x)] / (15/x) = 5/15 = 1/3 ≈ 33%
The dark regions in the starry night sky are not
pockets in the universe that are devoid of stars as
had long been thought. Rather, they are dark because
of interstellar dust that hides the stars behind it.
Although its visual effect is so pronounced, dust is
only a minor constituent of the material, extremely
low in density, that lies between the stars. The average
density of interstellar material in the vicinity of our Sun is
1,000 to 10,000 times less than the best terrestrial
laboratory vacuum. It is only because of the enormous
interstellar distances that so little material per unit of
volume becomes so significant. Optical astronomy
is most directly affected, for although interstellar gas
is perfectly transparent, the dust is not.
According to the passage, which of the following is a direct perceptual consequence of interstellar dust EXCEPT?
Tocqueville, apparently, was wrong. Jacksonian
America was not a fluid, egalitarian society where
individual wealth and poverty were ephemeral
conditions. At least to argues E. Pessen in his
iconoclastic study of the very rich in the United States
between 1825 and 1850.
Pessen does present a quantity of examples, together
with some refreshingly intelligible statistics, to establish
the existence of an inordinately wealthy class. Though
active in commerce or the professions, most of the
wealthy were not self-made, but had inherited family
fortunes. In no sense mercurial, these great fortunes
survived the financial panics that destroyed lesser ones.
Indeed, in several cities the wealthiest one percent
constantly increased its share until by 1850 it owned
half of the community's wealth. Although these
observations are true, Pessen overestimates their
importance by concluding from them that the undoubted
progress toward inequality in the late eighteenth century
continued in the Jacksonian period and that the United
States was a class-ridden, plutocratic society even
According to the passage, Pessen indicates that all of the following were true of the very wealthy in the United States between 1825 and 1850 EXCEPT:
In the solar system, collisions involving cosmic object are among the most _____ processes shaping surfaces: images of many solar objects show a proliferation of impact craters formed throughout the past 4.5 billion years.
In establishing that the dust she had observed constitutes two percent of the mass in the quadrant, the astronomer showed that the dust’s extreme visual prominence _____ its relatively minor contribution to the total mass of the region.