Directions: Each SAT Writing passage is followed by 11 questions. Read the passage and select the answer to each question that is most effective in improving the quality of the writing or in making the passage conform to the standard conventions of English.
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activities, recreational as well as commercial,
activities: recreational as well as commercial
activities—recreational as well as commercial,
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Blue laws contributed to the emergence of an American political tradition—minority-rights politics—which forces Americans to consider whether the majority should always rule.
Contrary to popular belief, there is no evidence that blue laws were originally printed on blue paper.
Some individuals claimed that blue laws violated the protections of religious liberty enshrined in state and national constitutions.
Blue laws continued to be popular well into the 20th century.
Rooted in the basic Christian tenet that Sunday is to be reserved as “the Lord’s day,” blue laws were originally enacted across the United States to encourage church attendance.
The first blue law, although not called that at the time, was enacted in colonial Virginia in 1610.
Another etymological possibility is the similarly called “Bloody Laws” of medieval England.
century; laws that targeted
century laws, but targeted
century; from targeting laws
groups such as
did sometimes carry
had sometimes carried
were sometimes carrying
has held blue laws
was holding blue laws
were holding blue laws
basis and to promote
basis, while promoting
Today, 38 states permit Sunday retail sales of distilled spirits products.
Interestingly, other states continue to limit other commercial activity, and a handful, including Colorado, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois, have even prohibited car sales on Sundays.
Today, only a handful of blue laws remain, and most of these regulate the sale of alcohol.
Many states allow local communities to enact stricter liquor laws than those proscribed by the State, and in some cases to even prohibit the sale of alcohol entirely.