GED Reading: What Year?

What is “literature?” A lot of the time, when I think of literature, I think of old stories that I don’t have any real connection to. Things like, “Moby Dick” or “Pride and Prejudice.” It’s kind of hard to read those stories sometimes because I can’t relate to them at all. There’s a lot of critics and scholars who get really picky about what is and isn’t “literature” in today society. For instance, some genres, like romance novels or science-fiction, aren’t considered “literature” by some people. It’s sort of silly, because I think that if someone writes something and publishes it, then it’s literature, right? And who’s to say what’s good and what’s bad literature too? I’ve tried to read some of the “classics” before, and some of them I just don’t like at all!

One author who has done a really good job of writing genre fiction that a lot of people consider to be “literature” is Stephen King. He writes mostly scary stories and some science fiction, and most authors who write those kinds of things aren’t thought of very highly in the literary world, but he’s won a lot of awards and gotten a lot of good review from critics. He’s also been writing for a really long time! His first novel, Carrie, was published in 1974, and his latest one, Under the Dome, was published just last  year in 2009. That’s 35 years of writing! Continue reading

GED Reading: Predicting What Characters Would Do

Hola, everyone! How’s the GED going? I wanted to talk to you about something that I saw in some GED questions. It’s predicting what characters would do. That’s an interesting thing to study, I think. I mean, how do you predict what a character would do? How are you supposed to know what some fictional character would do in a made up situation? Continue reading

GED Reading Practice Question 9: Point of View

Here’s one of the really important things on the GED test! This isn’t just in the GED reading test, but it’s in the science test and especially the social science test. That’s understanding someone’s “point of view.” What I mean is, understanding where someone’s coming from, what they’re trying to say. Do you remember talking about “inference” on the GED? That’s kind of like reading between the lines… understanding what isn’t really said straight out, but something that’s pretty obvious from what you read. Well, point of view is like that, too. Continue reading

GED Reading Practice Question 7: Reading and Literature Terms

You know, one thing about the GED reading test that you need to know is literature terms. If you come across a term you don’t know, you can still try to figure out the question, but it really helps to know the terms! This GED reading practice question is more about literature terms than actually reading. It’s another question from the Study Guide Zone, which has a big, long text, questions, and some brief answers…so I’m giving explanations of how I’d answer the questions. Well, forget the big, long text, because for this question, you don’t even need to read it. If you understand the question, you can get the answer. Continue reading

GED Reading Practice Question 5: Inference

Hola! I got another GED reading practice question for you, to help you study for your GED. You know, the important part is not just guessing the right answer, but figuring out the best way to get there. That’s why I always put an explanation of how to think through which answer is right… that’s what you’ll need to do on the GED test. Continue reading

GED Reading Practice Question 3

Here’s another GED reading practice question from the Study Guide Zone. Go look at the site to read the passage first if you want, or just look at my explanation of how to answer. Here’s the practice question…

3. Which word best describes the British attitude to the Second Continental Congress?
A: pleased
B: indifferent
C: confused
D: enraged

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