Language Practice Test 15 Questions (set 3)

Directions: This test consists of 10 multiple-choice questions. Answer all of the questions. Do not leave any question unanswered.

 

Question 1 of 15

1. 'Students should be allowed to look at their textbooks during examinations. After all, surgeons have X-rays to guide them during an operation; lawyers have briefs to guide them during a trial; carpenters have blueprints to guide them when they are building a house. Why, then, shouldn't students be allowed to look at their textbooks during an examination?”

1. Which of the following best explains the problem with the analogy above?
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2. Which of the words below has the most negative connotation:
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Question 3 of 15

3. The door opened, and some men-at-arms appeared. The leader said: 'The stake is ready. Come!' The stake! The strength went out of me, and I almost fell down. It is hard to get one's breath at such a time, such lumps come into one's throat, and such gaspings; but as soon as I could speak, I said:

'But this is a mistake—the execution is to-morrow.'
'Order changed; been set forward a day. Haste thee!' [Mark Twain]

Use the context clues to determine when this story takes place.
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4. Which choice shows the slash used correctly to rewrite the poem below?

“Hush, little sister
Please don't cry
I wish I could be there
To sing you a lullaby...”

[by Yerzinia]
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Question 5 of 15

5. Of course, an introduction. A beginning. Where are my manners? I could introduce myself properly, but it’s not really necessary. You will know me well enough and soon enough, depending on a diverse range of variables. It suffices to say that at some point in time, I will be standing over you, as genially as possible. Your soul will be in my arms. A color will be perched on my shoulder. I will carry you gently away.
At that moment, you will be lying there (I rarely find people standing up). You will be caked in your own body. There might be a discovery; a scream will dribble down the air. The only sound I’ll here after that will be my own breathing, and the sound of the smell, of my footsteps.

Markus Zusak, The Book Thief, Chapter 1Who is speaking?
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Question 6 of 15

6. Textual Support for InterpretationRead the following student essay. Then answer the questions that follow it.

Internet Plagiarism[1] Not all thieves lurk in dark alleys and parks. Some sit with their faces lit by the glow of their computer monitors, copying, pasting, and printing.

[2] It may seem like just another helpful source of information, but the Internet has taken the theft of “intellectual property” to a new level. Part of the problem is that most students don’t really know the exact definition of plagiarism or its consequences. Some say that using someone else’s ideas without attributing them is a form of theft, but most people don’t think of it as a serious crime.

[3] For teachers, Internet plagiarism has been especially problematic compared to “theft” from other sources. This is because it is so easy to copy and paste from the Internet. To counter student plagiarism, services designed to detect copied material have emerged to aid teachers. One company, TurnItIn.com, has developed a system for detecting material plagiarized from the Internet. Teachers can upload student works onto the site, which searches for similarities to material from all over the Web. The teachers receive an “originality report” within a few days.

[4] “The threat of using [these programs] will stop a lot of students. They will be afraid they’ll be caught. Unfortunately, fear is what works,” English teacher Judy Grear said.

[5] A main concern is not only the use of a few plagiarized sentences, but of entire papers. “Paper mills” like SchoolSucks.com and Evil House of Cheat are some of the most popular sources for pirated papers.

[6] In addition to such blatant “cut and paste” plagiarism, most teachers agree that students must be wary of the theft of ideas. One plagiarism-detection program, Word Check, asserts through their Web site, “Whether you agree or disagree on how information should be used or reused in digital form, one thing is clear: protecting intellectual property from theft and infringement is the number one security issue.”

[7] By some definitions, it seems like everyone plagiarizes. But for many students who feel that they might unknowingly plagiarize, programs like TurnItIn.com are intimidating. The detection system on TurnItIn.com, which is a part of plagiarism.org, claims to detect plagiarism down to the eight-word level, which many fear could include accidental lifting of words.

[8] The thieves are out there, and they aren’t wearing stocking caps. They’re not robbing banks; they’re stealing words.

[Dan, from The Write Source web site, sample essay]
  1. Where is the best location to add this quotation?
“I think that the idea is good,” Chris M., a senior, said. “But it might be a little extreme because some phrases are common enough that they might be in more than one essay.”
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Question 7 of 15

7. Which word is the predicate in this sentence? Out of the darkness came a huge lumbering creature.
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8. Which word is the predicate in this sentence? Mechanics had just assembled and checked all parts of the motor.
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Question 9 of 15

9. As most readers are aware, our city has been struggling over the last several years to keep downtown businesses thriving. Locals often report that access issues prevent them from shopping downtown. Last week the city of Clarion reported in their local newspaper that the addition of two new parking lots in their downtown area increased the surrounding business revenue by 7% in the last year. It is also well known that Moville and Clarion are similar in terms of population and city characteristics. Moville is currently looking for ways to increase downtown revenue and is open to the public for suggestions.

What’s the logical conclusion to this paragraph?
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10. How many words are in the complete predicate?

Adult cougars hunt deer and other animals.
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Question 11 of 15

11. True or false?
Read as much as you can in one sitting. You’ll remember it better.

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Question 12 of 15

12. True or false?
Do regular self-checks on your comprehension before continuing.

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13. Generally, how long should a summary be?
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14. Supporting details are required in what kinds of texts?
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Question 15 of 15

15. What’s the difference between comparative and superlative?
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