CSET English Subtest 1 Practice

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CSET English subtest 1 practice test


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  • 1. 

    Read the poem below, "song at the african middle class" by Molara Ogundipe-Leslie; thenanswer the question that follows.we charge through the skies of disillusion,seeking the widening of eyes, we gaze at chaos,speak to deadened hearts and ears stopped withcommerce. We drift around our region of clowns,walking on air as dreams fly behind our eyes.we forage among broken bodies, fractured mindsto find just ways retraced and new like beaten cloth.and if they come againwill they come again?and if they come againwill they dance this time?will the new egungun1 dance once moreresplendent in rich-glassed cloth?will they be of their people's needs,rise to those needs, settle whirling riftssalve, O, festering hearts?will they say when they comeO my people, O my people, how to love you delicately?1egungun: a masqueraded dancer who dances in a religious ritual with the intention of making contact with the supernaturalThis poem best addresses which of the following concerns of contemporary African writers?

    • A.

      The need to retain regional cultural and language differences in the face of African unification

    • B.

      The importance of spiritual leadership and political solidarity in opposition to tyrannical dictators

    • C.

      The matriarchal role of women in nurturing and healing future generations of Africans

    • D.

      The spiritual and emotional bankruptcy arising from the loss of traditional values and aspirations of wealth

    Correct Answer
    D. The spiritual and emotional bankruptcy arising from the loss of traditional values and aspirations of wealth
    Explanation
    The poem "song at the african middle class" by Molara Ogundipe-Leslie addresses the spiritual and emotional bankruptcy that arises from the loss of traditional values and aspirations of wealth. The poem speaks of disillusionment, chaos, and deadened hearts caused by the influence of commerce. It also mentions the need to find new ways and settle rifts in order to reconnect with the needs of the people. The mention of the egungun dance, a religious ritual, emphasizes the longing for a return to traditional cultural practices and the restoration of spiritual richness.

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  • 2. 

    Literary works by postmodern Britishwriters such as Angela Carter, SalmanRushdie, and Jeanette Wintersongenerally tend to share which of thefollowing characteristics?

    • A.

      The use of fragmented narrative structures with multiple shifts in consciousness, chronology, and location

    • B.

      An emphasis on the rich universality of life in cultures and countries all over the world

    • C.

      A sense of sentimental nostalgia for nineteenth- and early-twentiethcentury life, typically expressed in rueful, melancholic tones

    • D.

      The use of brief, economic literary forms and a spare, astringent literary style

    Correct Answer
    A. The use of fragmented narrative structures with multiple shifts in consciousness, chronology, and location
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the use of fragmented narrative structures with multiple shifts in consciousness, chronology, and location. Postmodern British writers like Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie, and Jeanette Winterson are known for their experimental and non-linear storytelling techniques. They often employ fragmented narratives that jump between different perspectives, time periods, and settings. This style reflects the postmodern belief in the instability of truth and the subjective nature of reality. By using these narrative techniques, these writers challenge traditional storytelling conventions and explore the complexities of human experience.

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  • 3. 

    Read the passage below from Troilus and Cressida, a play by William Shakespeare; then answer the two questions that follow.In the following passage, the speaker is Ulysses, one of the Greek commanders in the war against the Trojans.When that the general is not like the hiveTo whom the foragers1 shall all repair,What honey is expected? . . .The heavens themselves, the planets, and this centre2Observe degree, priority, and place, . . .And therefore is the glorious planet Sol3In noble eminence enthron'd and spher'dAmidst the other; whose med'cinable4 eyeCorrects the [ill aspects] of [planets evil],And posts5 like the commandment of a king,Sans6 check, to good and bad. But when the planetsIn evil mixture to disorder wander,What plagues and what portents, what mutiny!1foragers: workers (drones)2this centre: the earth3Sol: the sun (king of planets)4med'cinable: healing, restorative5posts: speeds6sans: without3. This passage most clearly reflects theElizabethan world view in its assertionthat:

    • A.

      Reason is the source of all true wisdom and is godlike in its power to lead and inspire.

    • B.

      The world's civilizations are an insignificant presence in a cosmos ruled by forces beyond human control.

    • C.

      Mankind is fundamentally evil and civilization can be maintained only by force.

    • D.

      Human society is part of a cosmic hierarchy in which every element has its proper role.

    Correct Answer
    D. Human society is part of a cosmic hierarchy in which every element has its proper role.
    Explanation
    The passage mentions the heavens, planets, and the earth, and describes how they all observe degree, priority, and place. It further explains that the glorious planet Sol is placed in noble eminence among the other planets and has the power to correct the ill aspects of other planets. This implies that there is a cosmic hierarchy in which every element, including human society, has its proper role. Therefore, the passage reflects the Elizabethan world view that human society is part of a cosmic hierarchy.

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  • 4. 

    The ideas suggested in this passage mostclearly reflect the political context ofShakespeare's time by:

    • A.

      Portraying a world that has been torn apart by warring factions that struggle to gain control.

    • B.

      Showing how real power depends on the loyalty, sacrifice, and dedication of the common man.

    • C.

      Demonstrating how laws of supply and demand regulate the nature and structure of power.

    • D.

      Affirming the power of central authority as a unifying force to prevent political fragmentation.

    Correct Answer
    D. Affirming the power of central authority as a unifying force to prevent political fragmentation.
    Explanation
    The passage reflects the political context of Shakespeare's time by affirming the power of central authority as a unifying force to prevent political fragmentation. This suggests that during Shakespeare's time, there may have been a need for strong central authority to maintain stability and prevent conflicts caused by warring factions. This aligns with the political climate of the era, where monarchs held significant power and sought to maintain control over their realms.

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  • 5. 

    Read the passage below from "An Ox Looks at Man," a poem by Carlos Drummond de Andrade; then answer the question that follows.The narrator of the poem is an ox; in the passage below, the ox considers the place of humans in the world.All their1 expression lives in their eyes—and loses itselfto a simple lowering of lids, to a shadow.And since there is little of the mountain about them—nothing in the hair or in the terribly fragile limbsbut coldness and secrecy—it is impossible for themto settle themselves into forms that are calm, lasting,and necessary. . . .1their: throughout the passage, the third-person pronouns (their, them) refer to human beingsThis passage most clearly illustrateswhich of the following poetic devices?

    • A.

      Use of metaphor to stress the similarities between human experience and the life of animals

    • B.

      Use of personification to critique humanity's disconnection from the natural world

    • C.

      Use of conventions associated with the genre of the animal fable to satirize the comic foibles of human beings

    • D.

      Use of irony to highlight the thoughtless brutality of human beings toward animals

    Correct Answer
    B. Use of personification to critique humanity's disconnection from the natural world
    Explanation
    The passage personifies the ox, giving it the ability to observe and reflect on human behavior. Through the ox's perspective, it criticizes humanity for its lack of connection to the natural world. The ox describes humans as cold, secretive, and unable to settle into calm and lasting forms. This personification emphasizes the stark contrast between the ox's understanding of the world and the behavior of humans, highlighting their disconnection from nature.

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  • 6. 

    In ancient Greek drama, the techniqueof deus ex machina may best bedescribed as:

    • A.

      A method for solving the problems of the characters through divine intervention.

    • B.

      An efficient technique for transporting and assembling stage scenery.

    • C.

      A means to introduce new characters into the plot of a play without interrupting the action.

    • D.

      A way to effect the spiritual transformation of a character in a play.

    Correct Answer
    A. A method for solving the problems of the characters through divine intervention.
    Explanation
    Deus ex machina is a technique in ancient Greek drama where the problems faced by the characters are resolved through divine intervention. This means that a god or goddess would suddenly appear on stage and resolve the conflicts or challenges faced by the characters. It is a way to introduce a supernatural element into the plot and provide a convenient solution to the problems. This technique allows for a quick resolution without interrupting the flow of the story.

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  • 7. 

    Read the passage below from Deephaven, a novel by Sarah Orne Jewett; then answer the question that follows.In the novel, the narrator and her friend Kate, who live in Boston, spend the summer in a ruralcommunity where Kate spent time as a child. In the excerpt below, the friends travel to a small town nearby to see a small circus.The circus was like all other circuses, except that it was shabbier than most, and the performers seemed to have less heart in it than usual. They did their best, and went through with their parts conscientiously, but they looked as if they never had had a good time in their lives. The audience was hilarious, and cheered and laughed at the tired clown until he looked as if he thought his speeches might possibly be funny, after all. We were so glad we had pleased the poor thing; and when he sang a song our satisfaction was still greater, and so he sang it all over again. Perhaps he had been associating with people who were used to circuses.Which of the following best describes theuse of a literary device in this passage?

    • A.

      Figurative language helps convey the subtle levels of emotional interaction between the circus performers and the audience.

    • B.

      Descriptive details emphasize the cynical apathy of the circus performers and their indifference to the audience.

    • C.

      Use of the first-person point of view stresses the urban observer's sense of detachment from the circus performers and rural audience.

    • D.

      Comic irony highlights the delight the narrator and her companion take in observing the circus performers and audience.

    Correct Answer
    D. Comic irony highlights the delight the narrator and her companion take in observing the circus performers and audience.
    Explanation
    The passage uses comic irony to highlight the narrator and her companion's delight in observing the circus performers and audience. Despite the shabby appearance and lack of enthusiasm from the performers, the audience cheers and laughs, finding joy in the tired clown's performance. The narrator and her companion are pleased to have pleased the clown and are even more satisfied when he sings a song. This creates a sense of irony as the performers seem uninterested, while the audience and the narrator find amusement and delight in the circus.

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  • 8. 

    Read the poem below, "I Am Through" by Nguyen Trai; then answer the question that follows.I am through living with others and their tricks.I stay in the country, care only to be left alone.Bamboo and plum trees do not betray you,Monkeys and cranes are tolerant of independent souls.I pick chrysanthemums, tend orchids:Their fragrance stays in my coat.I step on the moon in search of my plum trees,The snow wets my kerchief.My ears are attuned to the harp music of the brook.As for friends, a green mountain is enough for me.Which of the following best describes themood of the poem?

    • A.

      The speaker's vehement rejection of urban life leaves him living a life of rural deprivation.

    • B.

      The speaker's bitter anger persists despite the temporary distractions of seasonal change.

    • C.

      The speaker's initial loneliness and sorrow are healed through an ecstatic vision of cosmic unity.

    • D.

      The speaker's enhanced awareness of nature's beauty eases his anger and disappointment.

    Correct Answer
    D. The speaker's enhanced awareness of nature's beauty eases his anger and disappointment.
    Explanation
    The poem expresses the speaker's rejection of urban life and desire for solitude in the countryside. However, this rejection is not portrayed as a deprivation but rather as a source of solace and contentment. The speaker finds solace in the beauty of nature, symbolized by the bamboo, plum trees, monkeys, cranes, chrysanthemums, orchids, moon, and snow. The fragrance of the flowers stays with the speaker, indicating a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment. The speaker's attunement to the music of the brook and the appreciation of the green mountain as a friend further emphasize the speaker's enhanced awareness and appreciation of nature's beauty, which helps to ease his anger and disappointment.

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  • 9. 

    Which of the following best describesa primary aim of postcolonial literarycriticism?

    • A.

      To investigate questions relating to the cultural differences among texts

    • B.

      To analyze ways in which themes of non-Western texts parallel themes in the Western literary tradition

    • C.

      To consider how various texts address universal aspects of human experience

    • D.

      To examine factors relating to the social and political background of the authors of various texts

    Correct Answer
    A. To investigate questions relating to the cultural differences among texts
    Explanation
    The primary aim of postcolonial literary criticism is to investigate questions relating to the cultural differences among texts. This involves analyzing the ways in which texts from different cultures and regions express their unique perspectives, experiences, and cultural identities. Postcolonial literary criticism seeks to challenge the dominant Western literary tradition and highlight the voices and narratives of marginalized and colonized peoples. By examining cultural differences among texts, this approach aims to promote a more inclusive and diverse understanding of literature.

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  • 10. 

    A critic analyzing a text from a formalistperspective is likely to be concernedprimarily with the ways in which:

    • A.

      The text's individual literary elements contribute to a coherent whole.

    • B.

      The language of the text reflects the cultural values of the society in which the text originates.

    • C.

      The text subverts modernist conceptions of history, reality, and truth.

    • D.

      The language of the text is composed of arbitrary signs and symbols.

    Correct Answer
    A. The text's individual literary elements contribute to a coherent whole.
    Explanation
    A critic analyzing a text from a formalist perspective is likely to be concerned primarily with the ways in which the text's individual literary elements contribute to a coherent whole. Formalism focuses on the internal structure and form of the text, emphasizing elements such as plot, character development, symbolism, and language. By examining how these elements work together to create a unified and cohesive piece of literature, the formalist critic seeks to understand the aesthetic qualities and artistic merit of the text. This approach disregards external factors such as cultural values, historical context, or author's intentions, and instead focuses solely on the text itself.

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  • 11. 

    A researcher often refers to documentsthat are available both in printed formand on the Internet. In which of thefollowing situations would it be mosthelpful for the researcher to access theelectronic version of a document?

    • A.

      The text has an extensive annotated bibliography.

    • B.

      The researcher wants to locate specific words or phrases in the text

    • C.

      The text contains unfamiliar technical jargon.

    • D.

      The researcher wants to focus on the text's main ideas.

    Correct Answer
    B. The researcher wants to locate specific words or phrases in the text
    Explanation
    It would be most helpful for the researcher to access the electronic version of a document when they want to locate specific words or phrases in the text. By using the search function in the electronic version, the researcher can easily find and navigate to the desired information, saving time and effort compared to manually searching through a printed version.

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  • 12. 

    Read the excerpt below from Patrick Henry's speech of March 23, 1775, to a meeting of his fellow Virginians; then answer the two questions that follow. I know of no way of judging the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years, to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves and the House?Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received? Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with these warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation—the last arguments to which kings resort. I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motives for it? Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us; they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been for so long forging.12. Which of the following is the main claimbeing advanced in the excerpt?

    • A.

      Traitors are undermining the colonists' cause.

    • B.

      The conduct of the British reflects their hostile intent

    • C.

      Memory is short and has a tendency to deceive.

    • D.

      The British military is overwhelming in its strength.

    Correct Answer
    B. The conduct of the British reflects their hostile intent
    Explanation
    The main claim being advanced in the excerpt is that the conduct of the British reflects their hostile intent. The speaker questions the British ministry's actions and intentions, pointing out the contradiction between their gracious reception of the colonists' petition and their warlike preparations. The speaker suggests that the accumulation of navies and armies is meant to force the colonists into submission and to bind them with chains. This implies that the British ministry's actions are not driven by a desire for love and reconciliation, but rather by a hostile intent towards the colonists.

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  • 13. 

    In this passage Patrick Henry developsthe question-and-answer organizationof the speech by using rhetoricalquestions to:

    • A.

      Highlight the discrepancy between the conciliatory manner of the British and their warlike actions.

    • B.

      Compare and contrast the past actions of the British with their current policies.

    • C.

      Explore a variety of possible interpretations of the current actions of the British government.

    • D.

      Emphasize the power of American colonists to triumph in an armed conflict with the British.

    Correct Answer
    A. Highlight the discrepancy between the conciliatory manner of the British and their warlike actions.
    Explanation
    Patrick Henry develops the question-and-answer organization of the speech by using rhetorical questions to highlight the contradiction between the peaceful demeanor of the British and their aggressive actions. By posing these questions, Henry draws attention to the inconsistency between the British government's conciliatory words and their belligerent behavior, effectively exposing their true intentions and urging the American colonists to take action against them.

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  • 14. 

    Which of the following best describes therole of revision in the writing process?

    • A.

      Revision is a discrete phase of the writing process that should occur after the initial drafting phase.

    • B.

      Substantive revisions should be finalized during the second-draft phase of the writing process.

    • C.

      Revision is a recursive activity that may occur at any phase of the writing process.

    • D.

      Substantive revision should occur primarily during the editing phase of the writing process.

    Correct Answer
    C. Revision is a recursive activity that may occur at any phase of the writing process.
    Explanation
    Revision is not limited to a specific phase of the writing process. It is a continuous and ongoing activity that can happen at any stage of the process. Whether it is during the initial drafting phase, the second-draft phase, or even during editing, revision involves making changes, improvements, and adjustments to the content, structure, and style of the writing. It is an essential part of the writing process that helps refine and enhance the overall quality of the work.

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  • 15. 

    A draft research paper includes a passagethat is a direct quotation from a primarysource. When reviewing the draft, theresearcher decides to interject a phrase inthe quoted material to explain a term thatmay not be familiar to modern readers.Which of the following proceduresshould the researcher use to differentiatethe inserted phrase from the quotedmaterial?

    • A.

      Identify the inserted phrase in the footnote for the quoted material.

    • B.

      Use ellipses to set off the inserted phrase from the quoted material.

    • C.

      Add a footnote immediately after the inserted phrase.

    • D.

      Enclose the inserted phrase in brackets.

    Correct Answer
    D. Enclose the inserted phrase in brackets.
    Explanation
    The correct procedure to differentiate the inserted phrase from the quoted material is to enclose the inserted phrase in brackets. This allows the reader to easily identify the added explanation and distinguish it from the original quotation.

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