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Reading Comprehension: Style and Tone Questions

The author's attitude toward the fact that the Blue Iguana is in severe danger of extinction can best be described as 

Incorrect.

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There is no need to consult the passage in order to see that this answer choice is incorrect. The word harshly automatically eliminates it as it is too strong and violates the rule of Moderation.

Incorrect.

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There is no need to consult the passage in order to see that this answer choice is incorrect. The word delighted automatically eliminates it as it is outside the scope of acceptable attitudes of passage authors.

A scientist may agree, approve or support. Delight is over the top. 

Incorrect.

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The word Unfortunately reveals that the author is not pleased with the situation.  

Incorrect.

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There is no need to consult the passage in order to see that this answer choice is incorrect. Both the word completely and the word dismayed automatically eliminate it.

Remember the principle of moderation, which helps eliminate words such as completely, totally, absolutely, utterly and extremely

Well done!

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The word Unfortunately reveals that the author views the near extinction of the Blue Iguana as a negative situation. 

harshly indifferent
mildly delighted
somewhat relieved
completely dismayed
seriously concerned