Options For Youth English 9/10 Diagnostic

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Options For Youth English 9/10 Diagnostic

Multiple Choice Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the questions.


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  • 1. 
    • A. 

      Depressing

    • B. 

      Mysterious

    • C. 

      Awkward

    • D. 

      Somber

  • 2. 
    The main conflict in this story takes place between the narrator and
    • A. 

      Margarita Martinez

    • B. 

      Her parents

    • C. 

      Senora Arellano

    • D. 

      Herself

  • 3. 
    The imagery in lines 25-26 appeals to which sense?
    • A. 

      Sight

    • B. 

      Smell

    • C. 

      Touch

    • D. 

      Hearing

  • 4. 
    In the climax of the story, the narrator
    • A. 

      Walks through the crowded schoolyard

    • B. 

      Talks to Margarita about Senora Arallano

    • C. 

      Debates whether to show her ability

    • D. 

      Memorizes the names of Inca rulers

  • 5. 
    The narrator's claim that the book is too difficult for her is ironic because the
    • A. 

      Narrator dislikes reading and is only pretending to be unable to read it

    • B. 

      Reader realizes that the narrator is embarrassed by her inability to read it

    • C. 

      Man intentionally chose a book he knew would be too difficult for her

    • D. 

      Reader knows that she can read it but that the man is unaware of her ability

  • 6. 
    • A. 

      Entertain

    • B. 

      Persuade

    • C. 

      Express feelings

    • D. 

      Inform

  • 7. 
    Monitor your understanding of lines 13–15. In the winter, snowy owls
    • A. 

      Change their diet because lemmings are harder to catch

    • B. 

      Stop eating mammals and mostly eat plants

    • C. 

      Hunt exclusively at night to avoid predators

    • D. 

      Travel across the tundra with hares and ptarm

  • 8. 
    Use context clues in lines 1–3 from Owls Aren't Wise and Bats Aren't Blind to decide what it means to do something by stealth.
    • A. 

      Using force

    • B. 

      Showing emotion

    • C. 

      Very quickly

    • D. 

      With great speed

  • 9. 
    Which context clues from Owls Aren't Wise and Bats Aren't Blind give you a clue to the meaning of diurnally in line 7?
    • A. 

      Hunting

    • B. 

      Great surprise

    • C. 

      Daylight

    • D. 

      High Arctic

  • 10. 
    Which context clues from Owls Aren't Wise and Bats Aren't Blind give you a clue to the meaning of dynamics in line 32?
    • A. 

      Canada and the United States

    • B. 

      Reference to lemming

    • C. 

      Much remains

    • D. 

      Lemming/snowy owl relationship

  • 11. 
    • A. 

      I would rather have a horse

    • B. 

      Have a horse

    • C. 

      On my sixteenth

    • D. 

      On my sixteenth birthday

  • 12. 
    Choose the correct way to punctuate the transition in sentence 6.
    • A. 

      However, owning a horse is cheaper, better for your health, and much more enjoyable than owning a car.

    • B. 

      However owning, a horse is cheaper, better for your health, and much more enjoyable than owning a car.

    • C. 

      However owning a horse, is cheaper, better for your health, and much more enjoyable than owning a car.

    • D. 

      However owning a horse is cheaper, better for your health and much more enjoyable, than owning a car.

  • 13. 
    The choice of the word wheels in sentence 16 is inappropriate because the
    • A. 

      Tone of the paragraph is too formal for a slang term

    • B. 

      Reader may not know that wheels means the same as car

    • C. 

      Writer has a more neutral attitude about cars than the word suggests

    • D. 

      Word may have negative connotations for some readers

  • 14. 
    Choose the best way to vary the sentence structures in sentences 19 and 20.
    • A. 

      Using up calories, a rider contracts and relaxes muscles to stay balanced. A person burns about five calories a minute while riding a horse.

    • B. 

      A rider uses up calories and contracts and relaxes muscles to stay balanced. A person burns about five calories a minute while riding a horse.

    • C. 

      A rider uses up calories and contracts and relaxes muscles to stay balanced. A person burns about five calories a minute while riding a horse.

    • D. 

      A rider uses up calories contracting and relaxing muscles to stay balanced. A person rides a horse and burns about five calories a minute.

  • 15. 
    Choose the correct way to punctuate the transition in sentence 25.
    • A. 

      In addition to coordination riding a horse requires balance, and flexibility.

    • B. 

      In addition to coordination, riding a horse requires balance and flexibility.

    • C. 

      In addition to coordination riding a horse, requires balance and flexibility.

    • D. 

      In addition, to coordination riding a horse requires balance and flexibility.

  • 16. 
    Choose the best way to revise sentence 32 using an adjective clause introduced by a relative pronoun.
    • A. 

      Drivers who long for the open road seldom find it.

    • B. 

      If drivers look for the open road, they seldom find it.

    • C. 

      Drivers long for the open road, but they rarely f ind it.

    • D. 

      Although drivers may long for the open road, they rarely find it.

  • 17. 
    Which precise adjective would best replace bad in sentence 33?
    • A. 

      Poor

    • B. 

      Disagreeable

    • C. 

      Unpleasant

    • D. 

      Dense

  • 18. 
    Which phrase contains an example of sensory language?
    • A. 

      "The average horse costs less to buy"

    • B. 

      "you can pay well over $8,000"

    • C. 

      "when it comes to your health"

    • D. 

      "thick clop-clop of the horse's hooves"

  • 19. 
    • A. 

      The warmth of the tent makes the narrator feel peaceful and sleepy

    • B. 

      Communication between climbers is easy despite the blaring wind.

    • C. 

      Sleeping bags are close together and oxygen is scarce.

    • D. 

      The narrator feels comfortable despite the cramped and hazardous conditions.

  • 20. 
    Which statement best describes the mood in lines 4–54?
    • A. 

      The powerful language creates an optimistic mood.

    • B. 

      Discussion of eating and sleeping creates a hypnotic mood.

    • C. 

      The rapid succession of dialogue creates a mood of confusion.

    • D. 

      Repeated questioning creates a mood of uncertainty.

  • 21. 
    Based on the excerpt, which character trait best describes the narrator?
    • A. 

      Determined

    • B. 

      Apprehensive

    • C. 

      Generous

    • D. 

      Conceited

  • 22. 
    The description of the wind in line 16 appeals to which sense?
    • A. 

      Hearing

    • B. 

      Sight

    • C. 

      Touch

    • D. 

      Smell

  • 23. 
    • A. 

      Repetition

    • B. 

      Parallelism

    • C. 

      Analogy

    • D. 

      Rhetorical question

  • 24. 
    What opposing argument does the author anticipate in lines 34–44?
    • A. 

      Purebred dogs are more likely to be free of health problems.

    • B. 

      Changes in the German shepherd have improved its ability to spring forward.

    • C. 

      The standards of the American Kennel Club are subjective.

    • D. 

      Potential buyers must consider many factors before purchasing a dog.

  • 25. 
    The author's two purposes in writing this essay were to
    • A. 

      Persuade and entertain

    • B. 

      Inform and entertain

    • C. 

      Persuade and express feelings

    • D. 

      Express feelings and entertain

  • 26. 
    • A. 

      Were not always as popular as they currently are

    • B. 

      Are excellent at performing tasks that require being in water

    • C. 

      Were originally from Newfoundland, not Labrador

    • D. 

      Have undergone many changes to become the breed seen today

  • 27. 
    The subheadings "History" and "Temperament" are clues that the author's primary purpose was to
    • A. 

      Inform or explain

    • B. 

      Persuade

    • C. 

      Entertain

    • D. 

      Express feelings

  • 28. 
    The writers of "Dogs Like Us" and Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds have different perspectives about the
    • A. 

      Personalities of some dog breeds

    • B. 

      Lineage of some dog breeds

    • C. 

      Upkeep of some dog breeds

    • D. 

      Effectiveness of breed standards

  • 29. 
    Which statement is most likely to be written by both authors?
    • A. 

      Dog buyers should do research before purchasing a puppy.

    • B. 

      German Shepherds are likely to live longer than Labradors.

    • C. 

      The traditions of dog breeding should be rigorously maintained.

    • D. 

      Mixed-breed dogs are typically more intelligent than purebred dogs.

  • 30. 
    The Greek word root aesthet means "sense" or "perception." What does aesthetically mean in line 41 of "Dogs Like Us"?
    • A. 

      Having to do with smell

    • B. 

      Appealing to sense of sight

    • C. 

      Seeming to sound familiar

    • D. 

      Relating to sense of touch

  • 31. 
    The Latin word root ver means "turn." In line 53 of Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds, the word versatile means able to
    • A. 

      Bend with ease

    • B. 

      Change direction

    • C. 

      Roll over often

    • D. 

      Perform many roles

  • 32. 
    The Greek word root bio means "life," and the Greek word root mech means "machine." In line 44 of "Dogs Like Us," the word biomechanical relates to the way that
    • A. 

      Species interact

    • B. 

      Structures are built

    • C. 

      Living things move

    • D. 

      Engines operate

  • 33. 
    • A. 

      Sentence 1

    • B. 

      Sentence 2

    • C. 

      Sentence 3

    • D. 

      Sentence 4

  • 34. 
    Choose the correct way to rewrite sentences 5 and 6 as one sentence containing one independent clause and one subordinate clause.
    • A. 

      When he goes exploring on his own, Jerry learns about the tunnel by watching some older boys swimming in a rocky bay.

    • B. 

      Jerry goes exploring on his own one day and he learns about the tunnel by watching some older boys swimming in a rocky bay.

    • C. 

      Jerry goes exploring on his own one day and learns about the tunnel by watching some older boys swimming in a rocky bay.

    • D. 

      Exploring alone one day, Jerry learns about the tunnel by watching some older boys swimming in a rocky bay.

  • 35. 
    Use correct grammar to choose the proper punctuation for sentence 7.
    • A. 

      These boys jump into the water; and they surface on the other side of a big rock.

    • B. 

      These boys jump into the water; They surface on the other side of a big rock.

    • C. 

      These boys jump into the water, and they surface on the other side of a big rock.

    • D. 

      These boys jump into the water, they surface on the other side of a big rock.

  • 36. 
    Which sentence in the second paragraph uses a tone that is not appropriate for a literary analysis?
    • A. 

      Sentence 6

    • B. 

      Sentence 7

    • C. 

      Sentence 8

    • D. 

      Sentence 9

  • 37. 
    Choose the best way to rewrite sentence 10 using more precise words.
    • A. 

      Jerry then begins to instantly whimper, showing his nature.

    • B. 

      Jerry then begins to cry a lot, showing his nature.

    • C. 

      Jerry then begins to cry aloud, showing his real nature.

    • D. 

      Jerry then begins to wail, revealing his childlike nature.

  • 38. 
    Choose the best way to rewrite sentence 12 using more precise words.
    • A. 

      Jerry goes back to the place where he's staying and waits for his mother to come home from the beach.

    • B. 

      Jerry returns to the vacation villa and waits impatiently for his mother to come home from the beach.

    • C. 

      Jerry returns to the place where he's staying and waits a lot for his mother to come home.

    • D. 

      Jerry goes back to the room where he's staying and waits a long time for his mother to come home from the beach.

  • 39. 
    Use correct grammar to choose the proper punctuation for sentence 14.
    • A. 

      The story states that Jerry "nagged and pestered and pestered until she went with him to a shop."

    • B. 

      The story states that Jerry, "nagged and pestered and pestered until she went with him to a shop."

    • C. 

      The story states that Jerry, "nagged and pestered and pestered until she went with him to a shop".

    • D. 

      The story states that Jerry: "nagged and pestered and pestered until she went with him to a shop."

  • 40. 
    Sentence 18 supports the key point of the thesis statement because it
    • A. 

      Explains that the beach is a safe place for mothers and sons

    • B. 

      Demonstrates Jerry's growing independence and maturity

    • C. 

      Shows Jerry's determination to swim through the tunnel

    • D. 

      Illustrates that Jerry's mother is overprotective

  • 41. 
    The coordinating conjunction that can best combine sentences 22 and 23 is
    • A. 

      But

    • B. 

      And

    • C. 

      Or

    • D. 

      So

  • 42. 
    • A. 

      Detached

    • B. 

      Curious

    • C. 

      Hesitant

    • D. 

      Gleeful

  • 43. 
    In lines 6–9, the speaker uses a metaphor to compare children's activities to
    • A. 

      The balloonman's whistle

    • B. 

      Puddles of water

    • C. 

      The actions of pirates

    • D. 

      Sets of marbles

  • 44. 
    In line 10, the phrase "when the world is puddle-wonderful" reveals the poet's
    • A. 

      Belief that water is necessary for survival

    • B. 

      Preference for summer over winter

    • C. 

      Concern about children playing in the rain

    • D. 

      Love of the rains of springtime

  • 45. 
    • A. 

      Maintain a lawn properly

    • B. 

      Idle away an afternoon

    • C. 

      Keep snakes away from crops

    • D. 

      Make hay from the cuttings

  • 46. 
    The poet's style in "Mowing" can be characterized by his use of
    • A. 

      Frequent similes and sensory language

    • B. 

      Contractions and slang words

    • C. 

      Witty humor and sarcastic tone

    • D. 

      Elaborate sentences and formal diction

  • 47. 
    Answer the following quesiton about BOTH poems:  what theme do the two poems share?
    • A. 

      Determination helps you develop a strong character.

    • B. 

      The natural world has a great influence on human activities.

    • C. 

      Children often learn best when allowed to explore on their own.

    • D. 

      Actual events often exceed people's expectations.

  • 48. 
    • A. 

      The Guide gives useful directions tovi sitors who wish to reach the park and see the efficient and admirable project.

    • B. 

      The New York Times writes that the Guide had directions for people who wanted to see the admirable project for themselves.

    • C. 

      The Guide was a useful source and included directions to the park for those who wanted to see the construction in progress

    • D. 

      According to The New York Times, the Guide told people how to get to the park to see the construction in progress.

  • 49. 
    The best way to evaluate the validity of this source is to
    • A. 

      Read short stories written about Central Park

    • B. 

      Research in other sources to verify the facts

    • C. 

      Read other articles written by the same author

    • D. 

      Research the history of New York City architecture

  • 50. 
    Which question would best help you narrow research on the construction of Central Park?
    • A. 

      How many people visited Central Park in 1859?

    • B. 

      When was the Central Park Zoo first built?

    • C. 

      What resources were needed to build Central Park?

    • D. 

      Which roadways run through Central Park?

  • 51. 
    • A. 

      Confusing

    • B. 

      Outrageous

    • C. 

      Threatening

    • D. 

      Gloomy

  • 52. 
    The fact that the mackerel are "glittering" inline 44 suggests that they symbolize
    • A. 

      An unknown force

    • B. 

      The danger of nature

    • C. 

      A desirable object

    • D. 

      The power of sunlight

  • 53. 
    The old man is characterized mainly by the
    • A. 

      Expressions that cross his face

    • B. 

      Force with which he hauls in the net

    • C. 

      Directions he yells to the younger fisher

    • D. 

      Patience he shows toward the conger eel

  • 54. 
    • A. 

      A large group of Acadians settled in Louisiana.

    • B. 

      New Orleans was the center of Creole culture.

    • C. 

      The lives of rural people followed natural rhythms.

    • D. 

      Festive parties followed the sugar cane harvest.

  • 55. 
    Which character trait best describes Babette?
    • A. 

      Confused

    • B. 

      Eager

    • C. 

      Forgiving

    • D. 

      Bitter

  • 56. 
    Based on the Historical Background, you can likely tell that Maman-Nainaine and Babette
    • A. 

      Own a plantation in New Orleans

    • B. 

      Live in the eighteenth century

    • C. 

      Fight in a war against Britain

    • D. 

      Have French-speaking ancestors

  • 57. 
    What is the connotation of the word danced in line 9?
    • A. 

      Reliable

    • B. 

      Humble

    • C. 

      Intelligent

    • D. 

      Excited