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Definition a short part of a longer written work

More frequently, passage refers to a passageway for travel or to the act of travelling. It can also refer to the passing of time or of a law. See a comprehensive dictionary for the many meanings of passage, but for comfort taking standardized tests like the SAT and ACT, be very familiar with passage being used to refer to a short excerpt from a longer written work.
  • Each passage below is followed by a number of questions.
passage = a short part of a longer written work
  • After reading each passage, choose the best answer to each question.
  • passage = short part of a longer written work
  • This passage is adapted from Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man ©1952.
  • passage = a short part of a longer written work
  • Questions 42-52 are based on the following passages.
  • passages = short parts of longer written works
  • He had just finished reading Doctor Zhivago, a book that incited him to scribble excited notes in the margins and underline several passages:
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • passages = short parts of a longer written work
  • First, I translated a passage on Nelson's last battle from Dutch into English.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • passage = a short part of a longer written work
  • I thought of Cathy Earnshaw, the spoiled, selfish heroine in Wuthering Heights, and I remembered the passage I'd been reading before the doorbell rang.
    Kody Keplinger  --  The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)
  • passage = short part
  • Louie wanted to give him a religious eulogy, but didn't know how, so he recited passages from movies.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken - adapted for young adults
  • passages = short parts of longer works
  • And I'm just about to recheck my email when this passage leaps from the screen: Throughout the novel, heat is a symbol for sexual desire.
    Stephanie Perkins  --  Anna and the French Kiss
  • passage = a short part of a longer written work
  • Every child was made to stand at the front of the room and read from a passage the teacher gave them.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • passage = a short part of a longer written work
  • ...he handed it to me to read. One passage of it, at least, gave me a thrill of pleasure.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • passage = short part of a longer written work
  • "There's another passage in a different book I'd like to share with you," he said.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • passage = a short part of a longer written work
  • And even now I read the passages and wonder who I was when I wrote them, for I cannot remember the events of my life.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • passages = short parts of longer written works
  • He'd gone back to my room for my school copy of Walden and was reading aloud a lengthy passage that bolstered some point he was trying to make.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • passage = a short part of a longer written work
  • I felt a slight shock at the touch, and thought of an Old Testament passage—"For Jacob's skin was smooth, while his brother Esau was a hairy man."
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • passage = a short part of a longer written work
  • There's a passage in Thoreau: "Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in."
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • They could remember and repeat long passages of human speech, so they were sent into rebel areas to capture our words and return them to the Capitol.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • passages = parts of what was said (such as paragraphs from a stories)
  • Still, he sent Alan pages, with passages highlighted.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a very unevenly edited book and contains many passages that simply seemed to its editors like a good idea at the time.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • passages = short parts of longer written works
  • "I'm just tryin' to get along without shovin' nobody around." ... He waited to let the whole emphasis of the preceding passage disappear and be forgotten.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
passage = what was recently said

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