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FTCE English 6-12 Practice Test

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The Florida English 6-12 practice state test

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  • 1. 
    • A. 

      Religious

    • B. 

      Historic

    • C. 

      Technological

    • D. 

      Social

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      Thematic study.

    • B. 

      Novel study.

    • C. 

      Genre study.

    • D. 

      Interdisciplinary study.

  • 3. 
    • A. 

      "Who do I see to get that cashier's job you've got in the paper?"

    • B. 

      "I would like to apply for the cashier's job advertised in last night's paper."

    • C. 

      "Can I apply for that cashier's job in last night's paper?"

    • D. 

      "Where do I go to get an application form to be a cashier?"

  • 4. 
    • A. 

      Identify the gerund phrases in an article from a self-selected magazine.

    • B. 

      Complete a portion of the grammar exercises in their textbooks.

    • C. 

      Complete a test in which they circle gerund phrases in a paragraph.

    • D. 

      Circle gerund phrases in the literature selection they are currently assigned.

  • 5. 
    • A. 

      Peer modeling

    • B. 

      Role-playing

    • C. 

      Total physical response

    • D. 

      Think-pair-share

  • 6. 
    • A. 

      Students can select from a range of appropriate topic ideas to use in their own writing.

    • B. 

      The papers can model a range of techniques the students can use to realize a writing goal.

    • C. 

      Students can begin to assess the quality of their own writing in comparison to these models.

    • D. 

      The papers can be used to explain grading decisions the teacher makes about student writing.

  • 7. 
    To improve awareness of the intended audience's effect on writing, the teacher should
    • A. 

      Have students jot down as many types of audiences as they can, select one type, and write a paragraph describing that audience.

    • B. 

      Define general audience, specialist audience, and peer audience and then have students individually compose working definitions of the three types.

    • C. 

      Assign students to write an article for a self-selected academic or technical journal and encourage them to adopt the particular style of the subject area.

    • D. 

      Ask student groups to select and read a specified number of articles from different publications and then discuss the audience each one assumes.

  • 8. 
    Which question should a student be focusing on during the revising stage of writing?
    • A. 

      Are there any errors in spelling or grammar in the composition?

    • B. 

      Should the composition be published on the class Web site or in the class anthology?

    • C. 

      Is the topic of the composition too broad?

    • D. 

      Will the relationships between the ideas in the composition be clear to a reader?

  • 9. 
    Which of the following methods would most likely increase a student's motivation to write on a topic?
    • A. 

      Making personal connections between the student and the subject matter

    • B. 

      Decreasing the length of the writing required for the assignment

    • C. 

      Allowing the student to ignore elements of style, grammar, and spelling

    • D. 

      Increasing the time in which the student can complete the assignment

  • 10. 
    • A. 

      Your knowledge of snakes gives you several different ways to go with your paper. Focus on the most interesting angle and develop it.

    • B. 

      People have written whole books about snakes. You can't cover so large a subject in one paper. Narrow your topic.

    • C. 

      Great topic. Good beginning. I'll be interested in your final paper. Keep up the good work.

    • D. 

      The words rattleskakes and mocasins are spelled incorrectly, and the apostrophe in wo'nt is misplaced.

  • 11. 
    Which teacher method will be most effective to use during a year-end conference with students about their writing?
    • A. 

      Discussing all of the papers in the student's writing folder

    • B. 

      Focusing on the student's most recent paper

    • C. 

      Examining the student's portfolio and discussing the progress during the year

    • D. 

      Having the student choose his or her best paper and discussing it

  • 12. 
    After reading a poem with his students, a high school English teacher asks them the questions below.• How many stanzas are there?• How many lines are in each stanza?• How many syllables are stressed in each line?To which of the following poetic elements do these questions refer?
    • A. 

      Imagery

    • B. 

      Diction

    • C. 

      Symbolism

    • D. 

      Form

  • 13. 
    • A. 

      Context clues

    • B. 

      Decoding

    • C. 

      Root words

    • D. 

      Etymology

  • 14. 
    A student would like to find basic biographical information about a U.S. president. Which of the following reference materials should a teacher recommend that the student use?
    • A. 

      Atlas

    • B. 

      Dictionary

    • C. 

      Encyclopedia

    • D. 

      Almanac

  • 15. 
    Which of the following instructional strategies is most effective for enhancing a student's reading comprehension of an academic text?
    • A. 

      Asking about the student's knowledge of the topic before the student reads the text

    • B. 

      Suggesting that the student read the text slowly and carefully

    • C. 

      Suggesting that the student look up unfamiliar words from the text in the dictionary

    • D. 

      Asking the student content questions after the student has read the text

  • 16. 
    Having a student answer a series of questions about a text after a period of silent reading is a method employed to determine the strengths and weaknesses of which of the following reading skills?
    • A. 

      Fluency

    • B. 

      Comprehension

    • C. 

      Word identification

    • D. 

      Sight vocabulary

  • 17. 
    • A. 

      Simile

    • B. 

      Metaphor

    • C. 

      Alliteration

    • D. 

      Onomatopoeia

  • 18. 
    • A. 

      Ancient kings.

    • B. 

      Fellow writers.

    • C. 

      Greek mythology.

    • D. 

      Stormy weather.

  • 19. 
    Select the writer who lived in Eatonville, Florida, who became a member of the Harlem Renaissance and whose writing reflects her study of anthropology.
    • A. 

      Alice Walker

    • B. 

      Gwendolyn Brooks

    • C. 

      Zora Neale Hurston

    • D. 

      Nikki Giovanni

  • 20. 
    Which strategy is most likely to encourage students to pay close attention to language and figures of speech when reading a play by William Shakespeare?
    • A. 

      Having students rewrite several scenes using modern slang

    • B. 

      Asking students to describe the setting of the play

    • C. 

      Having students research world events at the time the play was written

    • D. 

      Asking students to describe a character in their own words

  • 21. 
    Which work of young adult literature would best be used to explore the topic of racial prejudice?
    • A. 

      Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Auch

    • B. 

      Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

    • C. 

      An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

    • D. 

      We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates

  • 22. 
    Which type of literature assessment involves small, student-led book discussion groups that the teacher evaluates on collaboration, participation, progress in reading skills, and products?
    • A. 

      Informal reading inventory

    • B. 

      Literature circles

    • C. 

      Literature focus units

    • D. 

      Thematic units

  • 23. 
    A 10th-grade student has been selected to deliver a speech introducing a local author who has come to speak to an English class. In preparing the speech of introduction, which are the most appropriate guidelines for the student to follow?
    • A. 

      Be brief, keeping the focus of the speech on the visiting author.

    • B. 

      Be entertaining, preparing the audience to respond well to the visiting author.

    • C. 

      Be thorough, mentioning the names of all the visiting author's books and any prizes he or she received.

    • D. 

      Be personal, highlighting the author's character and virtue.

  • 24. 
    What resource would be most effective for a teacher to use to help students practice interpreting nonverbal cues as an aid to effective listening?
    • A. 

      A description from a classic novel of a character's actions upon hearing tragic news

    • B. 

      An audio recording of a radio play, with sound effects

    • C. 

      A scene from a well-acted movie, with the sound on the video monitor turned off

    • D. 

      A textbook chapter that covers the importance of using nonverbal cues

  • 25. 
    To best reinforce students' understanding of lessons on the persuasive techniques of the media, the teacher should have them
    • A. 

      Determine the targeted audiences of television commercials recorded by the teacher and shown in class.

    • B. 

      Note all the commercials to which they are exposed for 1 week and write an analysis of a self-selected favorite.

    • C. 

      Interview several people outside of the class to determine their reasons for buying certain items advertised in commercials.

    • D. 

      Analyze self-selected commercials to determine their emotional appeals and logical fallacies and then write an analysis of their favorite.

  • 26. 
    Which statement should a teacher use as an example of a writer's attempt to persuade or manipulate the audience?
    • A. 

      Yesterday, the special Senate subcommittee considering the nomination of Robert A. Smith to the Supreme Court failed to reach a decision.

    • B. 

      This morning, Press Secretary Able Baker implied that the president's war on drugs had been an overwhelming success.

    • C. 

      A school board spokesperson today confirmed that the subject of students who carry AIDS-related antibodies will be addressed at Thursday's meeting.

    • D. 

      The local director for UNICEF reported this week that contributions received through United Appeal exceeded the expectation by $1 million.

  • 27. 
    Which of the following references would best help 11th-grade students find information for an upcoming science project on weather?
    • A. 

      CD-ROM encyclopedia

    • B. 

      National Weather Service Web site

    • C. 

      Videos of weather forecasts

    • D. 

      Online dictionary

  • 28. 
    Which activity would best integrate instruction in listening and speaking?
    • A. 

      Conducting a lesson that begins with a listening experience and ends with a speaking experience developed from the information gained through listening

    • B. 

      Outlining a set of listening/speaking behavior rules and following through with rewards for students who comply consistently

    • C. 

      Showing an instructional film in which the focus is the relationship between being a good listener and being an effective speaker

    • D. 

      Discussing as a class the advantages of being exposed to a variety of other people's views before attempting to present discourse on a topic

  • 29. 
    Which attribute is most significant to the effectiveness of cooperative learning groups?
    • A. 

      Independence

    • B. 

      Intelligence

    • C. 

      Leadership

    • D. 

      Interdependence

  • 30. 
    Which interdisciplinary activity would most effectively explicate the theme of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman?
    • A. 

      A guest speaker presenting information on careers in sales

    • B. 

      A discussion of the effects of changes in the business world on family life

    • C. 

      A discussion of the effects of changes in family structures on the business world

    • D. 

      Interviews of health professionals about health risks associated with stress