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  • 1. 
    Read the poem below, "Ozymandias," by Percy Bysshe Shelley; then answer the question that follows.I met a traveler from an antique landWho said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stoneStand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,Tell that its sculptor well those passions readWhich yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:And on the pedestal these words appear:"My name is Ozymandias1, king of kings:Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"Nothing beside remains. Round the decayOf that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,The lone and level sands stretch far away._________________________1Ozymandias: the Greek name for Rameses II, a pharaoh who ruled Egypt during the thirteenth century B.C.E. and built many palaces and statues A significant theme of the poem above is that rulers tend to:
    • A. 

      Overestimate their abilities and influence.

    • B. 

      Be easily morally corrupted by absolute power.

    • C. 

      Prize their reputations for goodwill above all else.

    • D. 

      Become weaker and more fallible with age.


  • 2. 
    The fiction of Amy Tan, Jamaica Kincaid,and Bharati Mukherjee frequently examines which of the following themes?
    • A. 

      The devastation of war and its aftermath

    • B. 

      The expanding influence of science and technology

    • C. 

      The hypocrisy and corruption of government

    • D. 

      The nature of the experience of some recent immigrants


  • 3. 
    Which of the following characteristics of Elizabethan tragedy represents a departurefrom the classical Greek form of tragedy?
    • A. 

      The main character is a person of renown, stature, or exceptional qualities.

    • B. 

      Dialogue is written in verse and embellished with prose, song, and other artistic forms.

    • C. 

      The tragic hero's downfall is brought about by a fatal flaw or error in judgment.

    • D. 

      Violent acts are represented on stage, particularly during the play's final act.


  • 4. 
    Which of the following periods in the development of European literature was characterized by a new emphasis on the vernacular languages and a revival of classical forms?
    • A. 

      The Middle Ages

    • B. 

      The Renaissance

    • C. 

      The Enlightenment

    • D. 

      The modern age


  • 5. 
    The main advantage of the chapter summaries that are often found in informational and technical texts is that they:
    • A. 

      Provide readers with better summaries than they could create on their own.

    • B. 

      Indicate which ideas the writers of the text consider most important.

    • C. 

      Allow readers to skip the chapters and simply read the summaries.

    • D. 

      Include interesting information that is not in the chapters themselves.


  • 6. 
    Structural analysis would be most effective in helping a reader determine the meaning of which of the following words?
    • A. 

      Circumnavigate

    • B. 

      Blithe

    • C. 

      Charlatan

    • D. 

      Raucous


  • 7. 
    1More hybrid cars are appearing on U.S. roads every day. 2Registration of hybrids, which run on gasoline and electricity, is at an all-time high, and sales of one hybrid model more than doubled last year. 3The financial benefits of owning a hybrid include tax breaks and potential annual savings at the pump of hundreds of dollars. 4But monetary considerations are not the only incentive for purchasing a hybrid car. 5Most drivers of hybrids say that saving the environment is more important to them than saving money. 6The eagerness with which U.S. car buyers are embracing the hybrid is a good sign for both the automotive industry and theenvironment.Which of the following sentences in theexcerpt above states the author's opinionrather than a fact?
    • A. 

      Sentence 3

    • B. 

      Sentence 4

    • C. 

      Sentence 5

    • D. 

      Sentence 6


  • 8. 
    The term superhighway has similar meanings and applications in the fields of transportation and:
    • A. 

      Information technology.

    • B. 

      Mathematics.

    • C. 

      Political science.

    • D. 

      Agriculture.


  • 9. 
    Which of the following sentences provides an example of parallel structure?
    • A. 

      This winter I want to learn to ski, ice-skate, and to make hot chocolate from scratch.

    • B. 

      The news article addressed all aspects of the problem—environmental, political, and cost.

    • C. 

      According to her teacher, her essay reflected considerable skill, effort, and attention to detail.

    • D. 

      Kiwis and other tropical fruits not only grow in New Zealand but in other areas as well.


  • 10. 
    A writer has created a first draft of an essay and wishes to revise it for coherence. Which of the following actions is likely to be most important in helping the writer achieve this goal?
    • A. 

      Changing all verbs from the active to the passive voice

    • B. 

      Creating a new thesis statement

    • C. 

      Removing any ill-fitting or redundant ideas

    • D. 

      Correcting all spelling errors


  • 11. 
    Which of the following questions should a researcher ask to test the objectivity of a source?
    • A. 

      Is the information included in the source supported by evidence?

    • B. 

      Is this the first edition of the source or has it been revised and updated?

    • C. 

      Is the publication aimed at a general or a specialized audience?

    • D. 

      Is the source focused on one facet of a topic or does it provide an overview?


  • 12. 
    A writer would like to describe a plaza scene in a way that evokes a mood of suspense. Which of the following passages most effectively fulfills that goal?
    • A. 

      At midday, the quaint little plaza was empty of people, except for a dignified waiter who stood in the doorway of a small café. He proudly held onto his silver tray, waiting for his first customers.

    • B. 

      About twelve o'clock, a leaden heat filled the plaza. It was so oppressive that it seemed to threaten to melt the tables and chairs in front of the café. A waiter, sweating profusely, wondered about his next tips.

    • C. 

      One minute before noon, and outside the café, chairs and tables baked in the sun. A lone waiter held a silver tray against his chest like a badge, watching the deserted plaza closely. Just thirty seconds now till noon.

    • D. 

      It was almost twelve and the sun bore down on the plaza. The townspeople knew better than to sit outside the café in this heat. One waiter looked out, though, in case a brave tourist or two happened to come by and sit.


  • 13. 
    Use the notes below taken for a newspaper story to answer the question that follows.• A one-car accident occurred last Saturday.• It happened near the intersection of Main Street and South Street in Augusta.• Sonya Martin was the driver of the vehicle.• Martin is 33 years old and lives in Augusta at 100 West Street.• Martin's two children, ages 7 and 9, were visiting relatives in Pittsburgh at the time.• Martin was driving a brown, four-door sedan.• She was the only person in the car and the only person injured.• It was raining, the street was slick, and Martin was driving 10 miles above the speed limit  when she lost control of her vehicle.• She was driving east on Main Street at around 4 p.m. when the accident occurred.• The car crashed into the front of Elron's Grocery.• Martin was wearing a seat belt and suffered only minor injuries.• She was taken to Memorial Hospital, treated, and released.• The impact crushed the front end of Martin's car and did significant damage to the store.• Elron Quigby, owner of Elron's Grocery, said, "It's just lucky nobody happened to be in the store right at that moment."If a writer were using an inverted pyramidstructure to develop the newspaper storyfrom these notes, which of the followingsentences would be best to lead the storywith?
    • A. 

      Although Sonya Martin was wearing her seatbelt, she suffered minor injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital.

    • B. 

      Skidding on the wet pavement, Sonya Martin's car crashed into the front of Elron's Grocery at the corner of Main and South streets, crushing its front end.

    • C. 

      An Augusta woman was slightly injured on Saturday after losing control of her car and crashing into the front of a local business.

    • D. 

      Thirty-three-year-old Sonya Martin, of 100 West Street, lost control of her brown, four-door sedan at around 4 p.m. while heading east on Main Street.


  • 14. 
    Which of the following techniques would be most effective for a writer to use to support a persuasive argument?
    • A. 

      Defining terms carefully to avoid misconceptions

    • B. 

      Directly addressing opposing viewpoints

    • C. 

      Recounting relevant personal experiences

    • D. 

      Creating emphasis with transitional words and phrases


  • 15. 
    Use the information below to answer the question that follows.A writer is planning an essay entitled "Self-Made Individuals," in which she will draw parallelsbetween the lives of the fictional character Jay Gatsby from F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby and a well-known contemporary figure. The writer's notes appear below. Notes on Jay Gatsby• Real name: James Gatz• Son of poor North Dakota farmer• College dropout, clam digger, fisherman• Charms way into job with millionaire• Makes fortune on fake bonds, shady schemes• Hosts lavish parties at Long Island mansionBased on the notes above, which of thefollowing contemporary figures would bethe most appropriate choice for the writerto use to draw a parallel with Gatsby inher essay "Self-Made Individuals"?
    • A. 

      Fashion designer: Parents were cannery workers in Alaska. Encouraged by high school drama teacher to design costumes. Shuns spotlight, lives alone in log cabin. Needs solitude to create.

    • B. 

      Rock singer: Born in Chicago to famous opera singers. Changed name to avoid embarrassment to his parents. Lives on farm with wife and children and sings at annual fundraisers for local hospital.

    • C. 

      Nobel Prize–winning physicist: Born in California, son of a teacher and accountant. Teaches at Stanford University. Donated Nobel Prize money to scholarships for underprivileged students.

    • D. 

      Movie actor: Born in Texas to ranch hand and waitress. Ran away at age 16. "Discovered" surfing in Malibu. Had plastic surgery. Rumored to have illegal casino in basement of his palatial home.


  • 16. 
    The president of a community gardening organization has just shared some discouraging news with other group members about municipal plans to demolish the gardens in order to makeway for a new shoe factory. Group members are clearly upset, but the meeting is scheduled to end in ten minutes.Which of the following techniques wouldbe the most effective for addressingmembers' concerns while achievingclosure?
    • A. 

      Summarizing the most significant threats to the gardens and reviewing the dates of important municipal decisions regarding demolition

    • B. 

      Assuring group members that they are justified in feeling worried and selecting three members to speak briefly before the meeting ends

    • C. 

      Outlining a list of actions that group members can take in order to express their concerns to a wider audience, including local residents and officials

    • D. 

      Encouraging group members to write to the president of the shoe company to let her know that her company is not welcome in the area


  • 17. 
    A magazine advertisement depicts a mother, a father, and two young children in bathing suits lounging around the pool at an upscale hotel. The setting is tropical, and the sun, sand, and sea are clearly on display in the background. The mother is smiling while applying Never Burn suntan lotion to her daughter's back. A caption at the bottom of the page reads "A Day in theSun Was Never So Much Fun!"The implied message that this advertisement is most likely designed to convey is that using Never Burn suntan lotion will:
    • A. 

      Make both men and women look younger.

    • B. 

      Allow people to stay out in the sun indefinitely.

    • C. 

      Make children more attractive and popular.

    • D. 

      Allow families to spend more time together.


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