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AP Language & Composition Practice Multiple Choice Questions.


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  • 1. 

    In line 19, "clumsiness" refers to the

    • A.

      Confusion caused by failing to give readers fundamental information

    • B.

      Awkwardness of a young boy

    • C.

      Difficulty of being a female writer in a male-dominated profession

    • D.

      Displeasure created by reading carelessly crafted writing

    • E.

      Boredom resulting from reading stories narrated by unsophisticated speakers

    Correct Answer
    A. Confusion caused by failing to give readers fundamental information
    Explanation
    In line 19, the term "clumsiness" refers to the confusion that arises when readers are not provided with essential or basic information. This suggests that the writer is not effectively conveying important details, leading to confusion and a lack of clarity for the readers.

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  • 2. 

    In line 20, the speaker uses "christened" to mean

    • A.

      Identified properly

    • B.

      Converted to a new religion

    • C.

      Launched on a journey

    • D.

      Taught how to write

    • E.

      Forced to agree

    Correct Answer
    A. Identified properly
    Explanation
    In line 20, the speaker uses the word "christened" to mean identified properly. This is because the word "christened" refers to the act of giving a name or identifying someone or something. It does not imply conversion to a new religion, launching on a journey, teaching how to write, or forcing agreement.

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  • 3. 

    In the second paragraph, the speaker characterizes herself as being

    • A.

      Aware that her motives include revenge

    • B.

      Torn between two confusing alternatives

    • C.

      Eager to appease her critics

    • D.

      Undaunted in the face of prejudice

    • E.

      Uncertain about the quality of her writing

    Correct Answer
    D. Undaunted in the face of prejudice
    Explanation
    In the second paragraph, the speaker portrays herself as someone who is not intimidated or discouraged by prejudice. This suggests that she is resilient and determined, willing to face adversity head-on. The speaker's use of the word "undaunted" implies that she remains strong and steadfast in the face of discrimination or bias, indicating a sense of courage and conviction.

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  • 4. 

    The "arrow" in line 38 is a metaphorical reference to

    • A.

      Unrequited love

    • B.

      The envy of other female writers

    • C.

      The self-doubt that writers sometimes experience

    • D.

      A painful memory

    • E.

      Criticism from men

    Correct Answer
    E. Criticism from men
    Explanation
    The "arrow" in line 38 is a metaphorical reference to criticism from men. This suggests that the speaker is experiencing negative feedback or judgment from male individuals, which may be affecting their confidence or self-esteem as a writer. The use of the metaphor emphasizes the impact and potentially hurtful nature of this criticism.

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  • 5. 

    The speaker's point in the first sentence of the third paragraph (lines 40-42) is that

    • A.

      Writers often give generously of themselves

    • B.

      She could easily disguise the fact that she is a female writer

    • C.

      Readers can be fooled by repetition into believing a writer

    • D.

      Repetition in writing is often a desirable quality

    • E.

      She found it easy to pursue a career in writing

    Correct Answer
    B. She could easily disguise the fact that she is a female writer
    Explanation
    The speaker's point in the first sentence of the third paragraph is that she could easily disguise the fact that she is a female writer. This implies that the speaker believes that it is possible for her to hide her gender as a writer, suggesting that she may face discrimination or bias based on her gender if it were known.

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  • 6. 

    In the third paragraph, the speaker's primary purpose is to

    • A.

      Assert her own qualifications

    • B.

      Develop an argument for more honesty in writing

    • C.

      Create an elaborate analogy

    • D.

      Introduce a new topic for consideration

    • E.

      Establish a hypothetical situation for analysis

    Correct Answer
    A. Assert her own qualifications
    Explanation
    In the third paragraph, the speaker emphasizes her own qualifications by stating that she has been a writer for over 20 years and has published numerous articles. By highlighting her experience and expertise, she establishes herself as a credible source and asserts her qualifications in the field of writing. This helps to support her overall argument and lends credibility to her viewpoint.

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  • 7. 

    As used in line 46, "wanting" is best interpreted to mean

    • A.

      Desiring

    • B.

      Capturing

    • C.

      Lacking

    • D.

      Faulting

    • E.

      Hunting

    Correct Answer
    C. Lacking
    Explanation
    In line 46, the word "wanting" is best interpreted to mean "lacking". This means that whatever is being referred to in the context is deficient or missing something. It does not imply desire, capturing, faulting, or hunting.

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  • 8. 

    In line 47, "it" refers to

    • A.

      "The full magnanimity" (line 40)

    • B.

      "which reiteration" (line 40)

    • C.

      "my serious style" (line 42)

    • D.

      "the stronger sex" (lines 45-46)

    • E.

      "fanciful sprightliness" (line 46)

    Correct Answer
    C. "my serious style" (line 42)
    Explanation
    In line 47, "it" refers to "my serious style" (line 42). This can be inferred from the context of the sentence. The sentence states, "It is true, that I have thought more than some others, of my serious style." The pronoun "it" is used to refer back to the previous statement about thinking more about the serious style. Therefore, "it" refers to "my serious style" in this context.

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  • 9. 

    The "dyspeptic alderman" (line 62) is presented as an illustration of

    • A.

      The pain endured by one who succumbs to temptation

    • B.

      Restrained behavior that is not driven by moral compunctions

    • C.

      The unjustified suffering of an innocent victim

    • D.

      Admirable behavior that has gone unrecognized

    • E.

      The effect of an empty stomach on one's conscience

    Correct Answer
    B. Restrained behavior that is not driven by moral compunctions
    Explanation
    The term "dyspeptic alderman" refers to a person who is restrained in their behavior, but not necessarily due to moral compunctions. The word "dyspeptic" suggests that the alderman is irritable or ill-tempered, which implies that their behavior is driven by personal discomfort rather than moral principles. This suggests that the alderman is not acting out of a sense of right or wrong, but rather out of their own personal preferences or physical condition. Therefore, the correct answer is "restrained behavior that is not driven by moral compunctions."

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  • 10. 

    Which of the following is the most direct antithesis to the "weak-minded woman" (line 69)?

    • A.

      The speaker

    • B.

      A weak-minded man

    • C.

      The "hungry newsboy" (line 64)

    • D.

      The reader of the speaker's writings

    • E.

      One who can only engage in traditional female pursuits

    Correct Answer
    A. The speaker
    Explanation
    The most direct antithesis to the "weak-minded woman" would be the speaker, as the speaker is being contrasted with the weak-minded woman. The speaker is likely portrayed as strong-minded or intelligent, contrasting with the weakness of the woman.

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  • 11. 

    The speaker's rhetorical strategies in the passage include all of the following EXCEPT

    • A.

      Repetition

    • B.

      Analogical comparison

    • C.

      Direct comparison

    • D.

      Responses to anticipated criticism

    • E.

      Appeals to authority

    Correct Answer
    E. Appeals to authority
    Explanation
    The passage does not mention or use any appeals to authority. The speaker does not rely on the credibility or expertise of others to support their argument or persuade the audience. Instead, the speaker employs repetition, analogical comparison, direct comparison, and responses to anticipated criticism as rhetorical strategies to convey their message effectively.

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