In the passages that follow, certain words and phrases are underlined and numbered. In the right-hand column, you will find alternatives for the underlined part. In most cases, you are to choose the one that best expresses the idea, makes the statement appropriate for standard written English, or is worded most consistently with the style and tone of the passage as a whole. If you think the original version is best, choose “NO CHANGE.” In some cases, you will find in the right-hand column a question about the underlined part. You are to choose the best answer to the question.
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For each question, choose the alternative you consider best and fill in the corresponding oval on your answer document. Read each passage through once before you begin to answer the questions that accompany it. For many of the questions, you must read several sentences beyond the question to determine the answer. Be sure that you have read far enough ahead each time you choose an alternative.
Zora Neale Hurston, Independent Woman
Zora Neale Hurston proves to be a study in contrasts: a black writer reaching a white audience, a woman struggling in a man's profession, an independent thinker living in a conformist era. Now, Q46 almost 50 years since her death, her hard work and fabulous novels still have much to teach the modern audience. She overcame the challenges she faced and Q47 demonstrated that perseverance makes anything possible.
Hurston ascribed much of her deeply individualistic Q48 personality to the experience of growing up in Eatonville, Florida. The town was unique in that it was particularly hot in the summer, but mild at other times of the year. Q49 Hurston always said growing up in a community totally separate from the larger white society allowed her a freedom that Q50 independence not available to everyone in the south.
 Hurston began her undergraduate studies at Howard University, but her obvious intelligence and talent Q51 soon earned her a scholarship to Barnard College in New York City.  Moving north in the 1920s thrust Q52 her into the midst of the Harlem Renaissance, a black cultural movement that spawned exceptional achievements in literature, books, poems, and plays, Q53 art, and music.  Interacting with the likes of Langston Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois, Billie Holiday, and Duke Ellington, Hurston developed Q54 her skills as a writer and published numerous short stories and poems. Q55  The most influential work that came to define her career grew out of her attempt to capture the black experience.  That novel, called Their Eyes Were Watching God, traced three generations of a family living in Eatonville.  Her interesting Q56 representation of the southern dialect caused her Harlem Renaissance contemporaries to belittle the work for what they saw as its propagation of inaccurate stereotypes.  Hurston, however, remained true to it, Q57 convinced that the accuracy of her representation would ultimately prevail over the political pressures her peers sought to inflict upon her. Q58
History has shown that Hurston was right. However, modern Q59 critics admire her authentic and skillful representation of the language as well as her realistic portrayal of daily life in the early twentieth century. She is universally applauded, as one of the best writers of her era, Q60 ranked with Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, and Alice Walker as one of the most important African-American writers of all time.