WSJ columnist Jason Gay is quite a writer. As a fellow who has passed middle age, I like his column entitled “Revenge of the Sports Geezers” in Monday’s WSJ. Here is a SAT vocabulary-building exercise based upon the article.
Before you read the article, look up the meanings of any unfamiliar words or phrases from this list:
- complimentary and complementary (know the difference)
- teeming with
- dated myself
Checking Reading Comprehension
- What is the general idea of Jason Gay’s article?
- What is the structure of the article?
- What point is the writer making in the first three paragraphs?
- The next two?
- The next seven?
- What is his point about the motivation of older athletes made in the next paragraph?
- What does he mean by “these athletes have perspective”?
Understanding the writer’s tone
- What is the tone of the opening part of the column?
- What is the tone of the ending of the piece?
Eric Anderson is a private SAT critical reading and writing tutor who lives in Wesley Chapel, Florida. Contact him at 813.787.8959 or by e-mail at eanderson216 at verizon dot net.