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Passage 3:

(1) Barbara Hendricks had been pursuing a degree in mathematics and chemistry from the University of Nebraska with the intention of fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. (2) In 1968, however, the direction of her life changed when she decided that her future was in singing classical music.

(3) Hendricks is always enjoying music, and so her decision to change careers was not completely unexpected. (4) When she was a child in Stephens, Arkansas, she often sang in the Methodist church.

Question: In context, which of the following revisions is necessary in sentence 3?

  1. Replace "Hendricks" with "she".
  2. Replace "is always enjoying" with "had always enjoyed".
  3. Replace "and so" with "but".
  4. Replace "decision" with "decisions".
  5. Replace "to change" with "of changing".

Answer :B

Explanation: This question asks you to make the one necessary correction in sentence 3. Choice (B) is the correct answer because the past perfect tense "had always enjoyed" is consistent with the tenses used elsewhere in the passage.

The correct paragraph reads:

Barbara Hendricks had been pursuing a degree in mathematics and chemistry from the University of Nebraska with the intention of fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. In 1968, however, the direction of her life changed when she decided that her future was in singing classical music.

Hendricks had always enjoyed music, and so her decision to change careers was not completely unexpected. When she was a child in Stephens, Arkansas, she often sang in the Methodist church.

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