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    Reading Comprehension
  I: Introduction
  II: The Challenge
III: The Five Steps  
  IV. 11 Question Types
Macro Questions
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Micro Questions
spacer7: Detail of the Passage
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11: Inference
  V: Tips
  VI: Sample Questions

   

Section 4: Type 3 - Tone
 
 

How to identify it: Tone is feeling, not thinking. Look for emotion and attitude.

What is the author’s attitude toward . . . ?

Which of the following best describes the author’s feelings toward . . . ?


How to tackle it: Look for adjectives in the passage that describe attitudes. Also, remember the tone must be consistent with the main idea. Look for buzzwords, such as “jubilant”, “depressed”, “extraordinary”, etc. The GMAT is too dry of a test to have very intense emotions appear in passages. Adjectives that are extreme in their emotion can be usually eliminated. Try this:


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 Macro Questions: Passage Organization