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passage

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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 traveling. 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
  • Questions 42-52 are based on the following passages.
  • passages = short parts of a longer written works
  • This passage is adapted from Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man ©1952.
  • passage = short part of a longer written work
  • 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
  • He had watched as a single passage from Dostoevsky roused one man to action and another to indifference—in the very same hour.
    Amor Towles  --  A Gentleman in Moscow
  • passage = a short part of a longer written work
  • As her heart rate dropped and we realized that her time drew near, I opened a Gideon's Bible to a random passage and began to read.
    J.D. Vance  --  Hillbilly Elegy
  • passage = short part of a longer written work
  • 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
  • We would get the sense of the passage from these books, then substitute other, simpler words, and add a few mistakes, to make it look as if we'd done it ourselves.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Blind Assassin
  • passage = a short part of a longer written work
  • His celebrated passages are quoted by everybody; they are in half the books we open, and we all talk Shakespeare, use his similes, and describe with his descriptions; but this is totally distinct from giving his sense as you gave it.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • passages = short parts of longer written works
  • When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? In the days that followed, I wrote that passage everywhere—unconsciously, compulsively.  I find it now in books I was reading, in my lecture notes, in the margins of my journal.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • passage = a short part of a longer written work
  • Sometimes tears pooled in Hassan's eyes as I read him this passage, and I always wondered whom he wept for, the grief-stricken Rostam who tears his clothes and covers his head with ashes, or the dying Sohrab who only longed for his father's love?
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • passage = a short part of a longer written work
  • He took out of the drawer a copy of a children's history textbook which he had borrowed from Mrs Parsons, and began copying a passage into the diary: In the old days (it ran), before the glorious Revolution, London was not the beautiful city that we know today.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • passage = a 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

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