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Two divergent definitions have dominated sociologists'
discussions of the nature of ethnicity. The first emphasizes
the primordial and unchanging character of ethnicity. In
Line this view, people have an essential need for belonging that
(5) is satisfied by membership in groups based on shared
ancestry and culture. A different conception of ethnicity
de-emphasizes the cultural component and defines ethnic
groups as interest groups. In this view, ethnicity serves as
a way of mobilizing a certain population behind issues
(10) relating to its economic position. While both of these
definitions are useful, neither fully captures the dynamic
and changing aspects of ethnicity in the United States.
Rather, ethnicity is more satisfactorily conceived of as a
process in which preexisting communal bonds and common
(15) cultural attributes are adapted for instrumental purposes
according to changing real-life situations.
One example of this process is the rise of participation
by Native American people in the broader United States
political system since the Civil Rights movement of the
(20) 1960's. Besides leading Native Americans to participate
more actively in politics (the number of Native American
legislative officeholders more than doubled), this movement
also evoked increased interest in tribal history and tradi-
tional culture. Cultural and instrumental components of
(25) ethnicity are not mutually exclusive, but rather reinforce
one another.
The Civil Rights movement also brought changes in the
uses to which ethnicity was put by Mexican American
people. In the 1960's, Mexican Americans formed
(30) community-based political groups that emphasized ancestral
heritage as a way of mobilizing constituents. Such emerg-
ing issues as immigration and voting rights gave Mexican
American advocacy groups the means by which to promote
ethnic solidarity. Like European ethnic groups in the
(35) nineteenth-century United States, late-twentieth-century
Mexican American leaders combined ethnic with contem-
porary civic symbols. In 1968 Henry Cisneros, then mayor
of San Antonio, Texas, cited Mexican leader Benito Juarez
as a model for Mexican Americans in their fight for con-
(40) temporary civil rights. And every year, Mexican Americans
celebrate Cinco de Mayo as fervently as many Irish
American people embrace St. Patrick's Day (both are major
holidays in the countries of origin), with both holidays
having been reinvented in the context of the United States
(45) and linked to ideals, symbols, and heroes of the United
States.
1. Which of the following best states the main idea of
the passage?
(A) In their definitions of the nature of ethnicity, sociologists have underestimated the power of the primordial human need to belong.
(B) Ethnicity is best defined as a dynamic process that combines cultural components with shared political and economic interests.
(C) In the United States in the twentieth century, ethnic groups have begun to organize in order to further their political and economic interests.
(D) Ethnicity in the United States has been significantly changed by the Civil Rights movement.
(E) The two definitions of ethnicity that have dominated sociologists' discussions are incompatible and should be replaced by an entirely new approach.
[Reveal] Spoiler:
B

2. Which of the following statements about the first two definitions of ethnicity discussed in the first paragraph is supported by the passage?
(A) One is supported primarily by sociologists, and the other is favored by members of ethnic groups.
(B) One emphasizes the political aspects of ethnicity, and the other focuses on the economic aspects.
(C) One is the result of analysis of United States populations, and the other is the result of analysis of European populations.
D) One focuses more on the ancestral components of ethnicity than does the other.
(E) One focuses more on immigrant groups than does the other.
[Reveal] Spoiler:
D

3. The author of the passage refers to Native American people in the second paragraph in order to provide an example of
(A) the ability of membership in groups based on shared ancestry and culture to satisfy an essential human need
(B) how ethnic feelings have both motivated and been strengthened by political activity
(C) how the Civil Rights movement can help promote solidarity among United States ethnic groups
(D) how participation in the political system has helped to improve a group's economic situation
(E) the benefits gained from renewed study of ethnic history and culture
[Reveal] Spoiler:
B

4. The passage supports which of the following statements about the Mexican American community?
(A) In the 1960's the Mexican American community began to incorporate the customs of another ethnic group in the United States into the observation of its own ethnic holidays.
(B) In the 1960's Mexican American community groups promoted ethnic solidarity primarily in order to effect economic change.
(C) In the 1960's leaders of the Mexican American community concentrated their efforts on promoting a renaissance of ethnic history and culture.
(D) In the 1960's members of the Mexican American community were becoming increasingly concerned about the issue of voting rights.
(E) In the 1960's the Mexican American community had greater success in mobilizing constituents than did other ethnic groups in the United States.
[Reveal] Spoiler:
D

5. Which of the following types of ethnic cultural expression is discussed in the passage?
(A) The retelling of traditional narratives
(B) The wearing of traditional clothing
(C) The playing of traditional music
(D) The celebration of traditional holidays
(E) The preparation of traditional cuisine
[Reveal] Spoiler:
D

6. Information in the passage supports which of the following statements about many European ethnic groups in the nineteenth-century United States?
(A) They emphasized economic interests as a way of mobilizing constituents behind certain issues.
(B) They conceived of their own ethnicity as being primordial in nature.
(C) They created cultural traditions that fused United States symbols with those of their countries of origin.
(D) They de-emphasized the cultural components of their communities in favor of political interests.
(E) They organized formal community groups designed to promote a renaissance of ethnic history and culture.
[Reveal] Spoiler:
C

7. The passage suggests that in 1968 Henry Cisneros most likely believed that
(A) many Mexican Americans would respond positively to the example of Benito Juárez
(B) many Mexican Americans were insufficiently educated in Mexican history
(C) the fight for civil rights in the United States had many strong parallels in both Mexican and Irish history
(D) the quickest way of organizing community-based groups was to emulate the tactics of Benito Juárez
(E) Mexican Americans should emulate the strategies of Native American political leaders
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A

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19 Jul 2013, 02:31
Ok here is my take

1.b
2.d
3.a x
4.d
5.d
6.a x
7.a

Took 12mins. Passage is more on the difficult side of 700 difficulty level. What is source of this?

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19 Jul 2013, 07:48
1 b
2 d
3 b
4 c
5 d
6 c
7 a
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19 Jul 2013, 09:43
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hi carcass,

i was really lost while reading...

i did all correct but was not sure in 3 of the questions ..still got them right.

seems still lacking a lot in speed and understanding.

how much time do you suggest to finish this type of passage in exam?
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25 Jul 2013, 14:58
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7. The passage suggests that in 1968 Henry Cisneros
most likely believed that
(A) many Mexican Americans would respond
positively to the example of Benito Juárez
(B) many Mexican Americans were insufficiently
educated in Mexican history
(C) the fight for civil rights in the United States had
many strong parallels in both Mexican and Irish
history
(D) the quickest way of organizing community-based
groups was to emulate the tactics of Benito
Juárez
(E) Mexican Americans should emulate the strategies
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28 Jul 2013, 20:55
got one wrong.. but still time fetching..
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10 Nov 2013, 09:17
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carcass wrote:

regards

hi carcass,

i was really lost while reading...

i did all correct but was not sure in 3 of the questions ..still got them right.

seems still lacking a lot in speed and understanding.

how much time do you suggest to finish this type of passage in exam?

15 minutes at most

however it seems that now during the exam the passage are a bit short but more dense and convoluted.
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15 Nov 2013, 04:47
carcass wrote:
blueseas wrote:
carcass wrote:

regards

hi carcass,

i was really lost while reading...

i did all correct but was not sure in 3 of the questions ..still got them right.

seems still lacking a lot in speed and understanding.

how much time do you suggest to finish this type of passage in exam?

15 minutes at most

however it seems that now during the exam the passage are a bit short but more dense and convoluted.

Well not always; I got 2 passages which were pretty big (4 paras each) and dense.
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20 Mar 2015, 01:57
13 mins
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the passage was not at all dense rather it's idea was very clear right from the 1st sentence.
the author then defines ethnicity in his own terms and goes on to present 2 examples that encompasses his definitions.
i took around 6 minutes to understand the passage.
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28 May 2016, 03:07
B D B C D C A , 4th question incorrect . almost 14 mins in total
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16 Jan 2017, 11:43
WaterFlowsUp wrote:
13 mins
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the passage was not at all dense rather it's idea was very clear right from the 1st sentence.
the author then defines ethnicity in his own terms and goes on to present 2 examples that encompasses his definitions.
i took around 6 minutes to understand the passage.

Took 20 mins .... I found this passage very confusing.... Can you please explain the ans of question 4.
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WaterFlowsUp wrote:
13 mins
All correct
the passage was not at all dense rather it's idea was very clear right from the 1st sentence.
the author then defines ethnicity in his own terms and goes on to present 2 examples that encompasses his definitions.
i took around 6 minutes to understand the passage.

Took 20 mins .... I found this passage very confusing.... Can you please explain the ans of question 4.

We have no clue about or info for the other answers in question 4. So D is the best: it is the only cited answer

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The Civil Rights movement also brought changes in the uses to which ethnicity was put by Mexican American people. In the 1960's, Mexican Americans formed
(30) community-based political groups that emphasized ancestral heritage as a way of mobilizing constituents. Such emerging issues as immigration and voting rights gave Mexican American advocacy groups the means by which to promote ethnic solidarity. Like European ethnic groups in the (35) nineteenth-century United States, late-twentieth-century Mexican American leaders combined ethnic with contemporary civic symbols.

The secret is just to read with attention and do not get lost

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