This question type asks you to identify the type of person who wrote the passage.
Don't forget to use some elementary logic. A passage written about the mating habits of
the whale probably will not have been written by a senator.
How to identify Identity of Author questions: Look for questions that ask about the author.
Who is the most likely author of the passage?
Who of the following might have written the passage?
How to tackle them: Use the main idea and purpose. You know what
the passage is saying. You know the author’s purpose. So think, who would
write such a passage?
Think back to the passage on water management. The government had screwed up water
management by having agencies that didn’t coordinate with one another. The author’s
purpose was to tell us about these problems. His goal was for us to understand
the problems as well as he did. So who could he be? Perhaps he is an academic
who studies land management. Perhaps he is a lobbyist for an organization that
supports irrigation. He could be a journalist who specializes in these issues.
Use the main idea and purpose in conjunction with common sense. Who would be the
likely author of a passage describing governmental problems in the management
of water resources?