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Passage-Based Reading

(Note: Passages on the PSAT/NMSQT are between 450 and 850 words long.)

I remember the summer of 1940 when I first left here. After my final school year my days had been reduced to waiting, anticipating the preinduction physical for the year of compulsory service required of all physically fit seventeen and eighteen year olds, both men and women. Although I wanted the medical reports to declare me perfectly fit and would have felt inferior if they had not, I was not looking forward to upcoming camp life. Yet without any say in my future, all I hoped to know was where and when. Then the paralyzing uncertainty ended. My orders to report to a never-heard-of location in Czechoslovakia even kindled a spark of anticipation for traveling to a foreign country and moving toward new experiences, whatever they might be. I was assigned to a camp that was an agricultural teaching facility, where I was expected to learn to run a large rural household. Like me, most of the girls at the camp enjoyed the hearty meals and learned to ignore our servant status. After years of having subsisted on ration diets in the cities, we blossomed into robust young women whose physical well-being countered surges of hurt pride, resentment, and periods of homesickness. And so began just one of the many disjointed and unpredictable periods I endured before the subsiding waves of war swept me an ocean away.

The passage indicates that if the author had failed the preinduction physical, she would most likely have felt

(A)  grateful for the excuse to spend more time with her family

(B)  wistful about having missed the opportunity to travel

(C)  upset that she was not classified as completely healthy

(D)  dejected because her friends would be leaving without her

(E)  unconcerned since she was already unable to control her destiny