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Daily SAT-ACT Reader: Edition #4

Today's Daily SAT-ACT Reader features articles from The New Yorker - a great source for reportage, commentary, criticism, essays, and fiction that are very similar to the reading passages that you will encounter on the SAT and ACT.

1. After “Harry Potter,” J. K. Rowling’s first novel for adults
The New Yorker, October 2012

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 27 (on first page)

New Yorker: After “Harry Potter,” J. K. Rowling’s first novel for adults

I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one excited about J.K. Rowling's upcoming adult novel! Check out this profile of one of the world's most beloved authors and learn vocabulary words like evoke, figurative, idyllic, introspective, parody, suppress, and wary.

2. How William H. Seward and Abraham Lincoln worked together
The New Yorker, October 2012

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 48 (on first page)

New Yorker: How William H. Seward and Abraham Lincoln worked together

Although reading this article may not be as fun as watching our 16th president kill zombies at the movie theater earlier this year, you will learn lots of vocabulary words by reading this book review featuring Lincoln's political rival and cabinet member, William H. Seward. Learn words including constituency, dais, emancipation, flout, illustrious, impregnable, polarizing, retaliation, sagacious, tactic, and triumvirate.

3. Why do Americans believe in Muslim rage?
The New Yorker, October 2012

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 74

New Yorker: Why do Americans believe in Muslim rage?

With all the turmoil going on in the Middle East, it's important to understand why it's happening. Read this insightful commentary and learn words like anachronistic, authoritarian, conform, discourse, exploit, irony, juntas, menacing, posit, sectarian, and my favorite - tautological!

Hope this helps! Look for the next edition on Thursday. We're piloting the Daily Reader on Tuesdays and Thursdays this month and will run it daily starting in October.

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