Colorado Place English Practice Test

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Colorado PLACE English practice test


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  • 1. 
    Read the poem below, "Sowing Season. Evening" by Victor Hugo; then answer the question that follows.It is the moment of twilight.Seated under a portal, I admireThis end of day illuminatingThe last hours of labor.In the fields bathed by night,Deeply moved, I gaze on the ragsOf an old man scattering fistfulsOf future harvest in the furrows.Tall, his dark silhouetteTowers above the deep ploughing.The fruitfulness of fleeing daysForms visibly his belief.He walks along the endless plain,Going, coming, casting seeds afar,Opens his hand once more and begins afresh,And, a hidden witness, I meditateWhile unfolding its veilsThe shadow where sound mixes inSeems to stretch up to the very starsThe august gesture of his sowing.This poem illustrates most clearly whichaspect of Romanticism?
    • A. 

      The elevation of emotion over reason

    • B. 

      The preoccupation with the heroic figure

    • C. 

      The belief in the transcendental power of nature

    • D. 

      The preference for the exotic and remote

  • 2. 
    Read the excerpt below from "The Elk-Tooth Dress" by Dorothy M. Johnson; then answer thequestion that follows.Natalie, the teenage narrator, is describing the interaction between her grandfather and a tourist at a meeting of Native American tribes in Montana.Grandpa was being very Noble Red Man. He is not very tall, but he can look awful noble. Hewas just looking past this white woman in a baggy tweed suit and not answering her. She wasgetting more and more earnest, pointing at her camera and talking her idea of Indian English:"Me take picture, okay? You stand still, me take nice picture?"I was so grateful to Grandma for being on my side that I walked over and rescued him for her.I said to him in Salish, "Come on with me if you want to get away."The white woman said, "Honey, maybe you talk English—just tell him I want to take his picture."So if she wanted to, why didn't she go ahead?I murmured, "Je ne parle pas l'anglais. Mon grandpère ne parle pas l'anglais." [I don't speakEnglish. My grandfather doesn't speak English.]She shook her head and said, "Oh, dear. They all talk Indian," and walked away.This passage best illustrates:
    • A. 

      Multiple languages being spoken in one setting.

    • B. 

      The growth of relationships between family members.

    • C. 

      Conflicts arising from stereotyping.

    • D. 

      The use of humor to escape a difficult situation.

  • 3. 
    The critical approach of archetypalanalysis could best be applied to whichof the following types of literary texts?
    • A. 

      Narrative poems

    • B. 

      Folk tales

    • C. 

      Comic dramas

    • D. 

      Autobiographies

  • 4. 
    When skimming and scanning aninformative text to find a sequenceof steps, it is most useful to lookfor transition cues such as:
    • A. 

      Because; since.

    • B. 

      If; unless.

    • C. 

      Although; while.

    • D. 

      Initially; next.

  • 5. 
    Which of the following questionswould be most useful to a reader whenattempting to determine the position ofa writer of a controversial article?
    • A. 

      What facts does the author emphasize in the article?

    • B. 

      Has the author structured the article coherently?

    • C. 

      What is the author's reputation as a writer?

    • D. 

      How many authorities does the writer cite in the article?

  • 6. 
    It is most important to include whichof the following when writing apersuasion paper directed to a hostileaudience?
    • A. 

      Acknowledgment of the opposition's side of the issue

    • B. 

      Quotations from opponents of the readers' views

    • C. 

      Emotional language to bolster the argument

    • D. 

      Sophisticated language to display scholarship

  • 7. 
    Peer revision aids writers in thecomposing process primarily by:
    • A. 

      Allowing for time between writing steps.

    • B. 

      Providing insight into how the text communicates to others.

    • C. 

      Exposing writers to a broad variety of styles and genres.

    • D. 

      Providing an opportunity for writers to socialize and see each other's work.

  • 8. 
    A city's mayor has recently delivered aspeech to a conference of governmentalleaders and has been asked to deliver itagain at a meeting of a local serviceorganization. Which of the followingchanges in the speech would be mostimportant for the mayor to make?
    • A. 

      Add anecdotes about other speakers to encourage rapport with listeners.

    • B. 

      Incorporate visual aids that reinforce important points.

    • C. 

      Explain technical concepts and terms on a more general level.

    • D. 

      Discard material that does not have a direct bearing on local politics.

  • 9. 
    Which of the following criticalthinkingskills is likely to be mosthelpful to an individual who islistening to a persuasive speech?
    • A. 

      Formulating a counterargument to each of the main ideas

    • B. 

      Identifying contradictions and fallacies of reasoning

    • C. 

      Evaluating the level of the speaker's vocabulary and syntax

    • D. 

      Comparing the speech to other speeches heard previously

  • 10. 
    The symbolism of a visual imagefrom one culture may be ambiguousor may not be apparent to an individualfrom a different culture. Which of thefollowing statements best explains thisobservation?
    • A. 

      The way a person visually scans an image is dependent on the characteristics of his or her written language.

    • B. 

      The physical perception of visual elements, such as shapes and tones, is influenced by cultural factors.

    • C. 

      The interpretation of a symbol is the result of a highly individualized construction of meaning by the viewer.

    • D. 

      The connection between a symbol and what it represents is learned.

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