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  • Ideas contained in passages for this test, some of which are excerpted or adapted from published material, do not necessarily represent the opinions of the College Board.
  • This passage is adapted from Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man ©1952.
  • How will people adapt as computers and robots do more of the work people used to do?
  • The farm is adapting crop selection in response to global warming.

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  • That was the year she adapted the first Harry Potter book into a screenplay for the movie.
  • I like the U.S., but am still adapting to my adopted country.
  • The car adapts to different road conditions.
  • After a little thought, the pigs sent for buckets and milked the cows fairly successfully, their trotters being well adapted to this task.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • He was walking ahead of me along Fifth Avenue in his alert, aggressive way, his hands out a little from his body as if to fight off interference, his head moving sharply here and there, adapting itself to his restless eyes.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Had we gone into the trenches without this period of training most of us would certainly have gone mad. Only thus were we prepared for what awaited us. We did not break down, but adapted ourselves;
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front

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  •   "Take the housefly. If it hadn’t developed all those split-second reflexes it would have become extinct long ago."
      "You mean it adapted itself to the fly swatter?" queried Phineas.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • They hadn’t counted on the highly controlled jabberjay having the brains to adapt to the wild, to pass on its genetic code, to thrive in a new form.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Right from the start, it was clear that no one had ever been better adapted to a sport than Finny was to blitzball.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • We are quartered in a small dark factory adapted to the purpose.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • I had scant luggage to take with me to London, for little of the little I possessed was adapted to my new station.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • In the nurseries, the Elementary Class Consciousness lesson was over, the voices were adapting future demand to future industrial supply.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • They arise chiefly from what is passing at the time, and though I sometimes amuse myself with suggesting and arranging such little elegant compliments as may be adapted to ordinary occasions, I always wish to give them as unstudied an air as possible.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Of a bodily and mental male organism specially adapted for the superincumbent posture of energetic human copulation and energetic piston and cylinder movement necessary for the complete satisfaction of a constant but not acute concupiscence resident in a bodily and mental female organism, passive but not obtuse.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He was a long, earnest man, and though born on an icy coast, seemed well adapted to endure hot latitudes, his flesh being hard as twice-baked biscuit.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I wish, Jane, I were a trifle better adapted to match with her externally.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Colonel Brandon, the friend of Sir John, seemed no more adapted by resemblance of manner to be his friend, than Lady Middleton was to be his wife, or Mrs. Jennings to be Lady Middleton’s mother.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • Four days were spent in thinking what name to give him, because (as he said to himself) it was not right that a horse belonging to a knight so famous, and one with such merits of his own, should be without some distinctive name, and he strove to adapt it so as to indicate what he had been before belonging to a knight-errant, and what he then was; for it was only reasonable that, his master taking a new character, he should take a new name, and that it should be a distinguished andů
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • I suppose you are wondering at my being such an adaptable man?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • His wide sleeveless mantle with a large cape to it—the sort of cloak one sees upon travellers during the winter months in Switzerland or North Italy—was by no means adapted to the long cold journey through Russia, from Eydkuhnen to St. Petersburg.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • "He is not indeed an author adapted to superficial minds," said Mr. Casaubon, meeting these timely questions with dignified patience.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • He said that, the people of their island had their ears adapted to hear "the music of the spheres, which always played at certain periods, and the court was now prepared to bear their part, in whatever instrument they most excelled."
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • After a short period of adapting himself to the old conditions of life, Nicholas found it very pleasant to be at home again.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • He did not succeed in adapting his face to the position in which he was placed towards his wife by the discovery of his fault.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • It would have been in vain for Scrooge to plead that the weather and the hour were not adapted to pedestrian purposes; that bed was warm, and the thermometer a long way below freezing; that he was clad but lightly in his slippers, dressing-gown, and nightcap; and that he had a cold upon him at that time.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • That I was inexperienced in the art of adapting my mind to minds very differently situated, and addressing them from suitable points of view.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • ’With the exception of the heel of a Dutch cheese — which is not adapted to the wants of a young family’ — said Mrs. Micawber, ’there is really not a scrap of anything in the larder.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • But, he told his hearers, the text had seemed to him specially adapted for the guidance of those whose lot it was to lead the life of the world and who yet wished to lead that life not in the manner of worldlings.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • My idea of him is, that he can adapt his conversation to the taste of every body, and has the power as well as the wish of being universally agreeable.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • "The Soldier’s Joy" has, too, an additional charm, in being so admirably adapted to the tambourine aforesaid—no mean instrument in the hands of a performer who understands the proper convulsions, spasms, St. Vitus’s dances, and fearful frenzies necessary when exhibiting its tones in their highest perfection.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • As she straightened her own figure, and held up her head in adapting her action to her words, the idea crossed Stephen that he had seen this old woman before, and had not quite liked her.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • I have adapted this simple device to our occasion by thrusting into my perfectly modern three-act play a totally extraneous act in which my hero, enchanted by the air of the Sierra, has a dream in which his Mozartian ancestor appears and philosophizes at great length in a Shavio-Socratic dialogue with the lady, the statue, and the devil.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Mrs. Rushworth acknowledged herself very desirous that her son should marry, and declared that of all the young ladies she had ever seen, Miss Bertram seemed, by her amiable qualities and accomplishments, the best adapted to make him happy.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • ’This is one consequence,’ thought Nicholas, when he had groped his way to the dark sleeping-room, ’of my cursed readiness to adapt myself to any society in which chance carries me.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • In the pump-room, one so newly arrived in Bath must be met with, and that building she had already found so favourable for the discovery of female excellence, and the completion of female intimacy, so admirably adapted for secret discourses and unlimited confidence, that she was most reasonably encouraged to expect another friend from within its walls.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • Captain Harville had taken his present house for half a year; his taste, and his health, and his fortune, all directing him to a residence inexpensive, and by the sea; and the grandeur of the country, and the retirement of Lyme in the winter, appeared exactly adapted to Captain Benwick’s state of mind.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • It is a cold night, and I observe that your circulation is more adapted for summer than for winter.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • ] My sermon on the meaning of the manna in the wilderness can be adapted to almost any occasion, joyful, or, as in the present case, distressing.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • He knew that it was barren and without shelter; but when the sea became more calm, he resolved to plunge into its waves again, and swim to Lemaire, equally arid, but larger, and consequently better adapted for concealment.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • "You needn’t stay here," said the lady to Bob, in a loud voice, adapted to the moral, not the physical, distance between them.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • So, in the end, above ground you must have the Haves, pursuing pleasure and comfort and beauty, and below ground the Have-nots, the Workers getting continually adapted to the conditions of their labour.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • But that is a small part of his function, which, in general, is to be a protector and caretaker of my child, who is singularly ill-adapted to take care of herself.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • If they were not absorbed in state politics or municipal reform, the chances were that they were going in for Central American archaeology, for architecture or landscape-engineering; taking a keen and learned interest in the prerevolutionary buildings of their own country, studying and adapting Georgian types, and protesting at the meaningless use of the word "Colonial."
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Three years before, he would have thrown something, but he was an adaptable person.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • The Carol who regarded herself as completely adaptable was uncomfortable at being chosen as comrade by a pipe-reeking odd-job man.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • The discourse seem’d well adapted to their capacities, and was deliver’d in a pleasing, familiar manner, coaxing them, as it were, to be good.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
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