Grade 9 English Practice Exam

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Grade 9 English Practice Exam - Quiz


Welcome to the Grade 9 English Practice Exam! This exam is designed to assess your understanding and proficiency in various aspects of English language and literature. It covers a range of topics, including reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, and literary analysis.
As you navigate through the exam, remember that each question is an opportunity to showcase your knowledge and skills. Take your time to carefully read and respond to each question. Whether you're preparing for an upcoming exam or simply want to gauge your English abilities, this practice exam is a valuable tool.
After completing the exam, review your Read moreanswers and assess your performance. Use this experience to identify areas of strength and areas that may require further study. This practice exam serves as a stepping stone towards mastering English at the ninth-grade level.
Good luck, and may your engagement with this practice exam contribute to your academic success and language development!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    A Midsummer Night's Dream falls into which conflict category?

    • A.

      Person vs. Self

    • B.

      Person vs. Person

    • C.

      Person vs. Supernatural

    • D.

      Person vs. Environment

    • E.

      Person vs. Society

    Correct Answer
    B. Person vs. Person
    Explanation
    "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare falls primarily into the conflict category of "Person vs. Person." The play features various interpersonal conflicts and misunderstandings among the characters, such as the romantic entanglements and the conflicts between Hermia and her father, Hermia and Demetrius, and Helena and Demetrius.

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  • 2. 

    Which poetic device fits the following description? "The repetition of the same phonetic sound in the middle of the sentence, usually vowels."

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Alliteration

    • C.

      Oxymoron

    • D.

      Assonance

    Correct Answer
    D. Assonance
    Explanation
    Assonance is the correct answer because it refers to the repetition of similar vowel sounds in the middle of a sentence. This poetic device adds musicality and rhythm to the writing, creating a pleasing and memorable effect. Alliteration, on the other hand, is the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words, while simile is a comparison using "like" or "as." Oxymoron is the combination of contradictory terms.

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  • 3. 

    What are the main conflicts in A Midsummer Nights Dream?

  • 4. 

    Which of the following is an example of a metaphor?

    • A.

      It was almost as if fireflies were in her eyes.

    • B.

      Here eyes were as bright as fireflies.

    • C.

      Her eyes were like fireflies.

    • D.

      Her eyes were fireflies.

    Correct Answer
    D. Her eyes were fireflies.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Her eyes were fireflies." This is an example of a metaphor because it directly compares her eyes to fireflies without using the words "like" or "as." It suggests that her eyes possess the qualities or characteristics of fireflies, such as brightness or beauty.

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  • 5. 

    Which Poetic Device fits the following description?"A comparison of two unlike objects".

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Metaphor

    • C.

      Onomatopoeia

    • D.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    B. Metaphor
    Explanation
    A metaphor is a poetic device that fits the description of "a comparison of two unlike objects." Unlike a simile, which uses "like" or "as" to make the comparison, a metaphor directly states that one thing is another. It allows the reader to understand the characteristics of one object by comparing it to another, creating vivid imagery and deeper meaning in the poem.

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  • 6. 

    Which Poetic Device fits the following description?"A comparison of two objects using the words 'like' or 'as' " 

    • A.

      Hyperbole

    • B.

      Metaphor

    • C.

      Alliteration

    • D.

      Simile

    Correct Answer
    D. Simile
    Explanation
    A simile is a poetic device that compares two objects using the words "like" or "as". It is a figure of speech that helps to create vivid imagery and make comparisons more explicit. Unlike a metaphor, which directly states that one thing is another, a simile uses the words "like" or "as" to make the comparison more explicit and clear. It is often used to enhance descriptions and create a stronger impact on the reader by drawing parallels between two seemingly unrelated objects.

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  • 7. 

    Which Poetic Device fits the following description?"The combining of two contradictory terms".

    • A.

      Oxymoron

    • B.

      Metaphor

    • C.

      Assonance

    • D.

      Allusion

    Correct Answer
    A. Oxymoron
    Explanation
    An oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines two contradictory terms to create a new meaning. It is a poetic device commonly used in literature to create emphasis or to add complexity to the text. In this case, the description provided perfectly matches the definition of an oxymoron, making it the correct answer.

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  • 8. 

    Name what Mrs. Dubose is addicted to.

    • A.

      None of the below

    • B.

      Crack/Cocaine

    • C.

      Meth

    • D.

      LSD

    • E.

      Opium

    Correct Answer
    A. None of the below
    Explanation
    The question asks to name what Mrs. Dubose is addicted to, and the answer is "None of the below." This means that Mrs. Dubose is not addicted to crack/cocaine, meth, LSD, or opium. The question implies that Mrs. Dubose has an addiction, but it does not specify what substance or behavior she is addicted to.

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  • 9. 

     A free verse poem:

    • A.

      Is meant to be sung.

    • B.

      Has no rhyme, meter, or regular rhythm.

    • C.

      Has no rhyme or meter, but does have a regular rhythm.

    Correct Answer
    B. Has no rhyme, meter, or regular rhythm.
    Explanation
    A free verse poem is a form of poetry that does not follow any specific rhyme scheme, meter, or regular rhythm. It allows the poet to have complete freedom in expressing their thoughts and emotions without being constrained by traditional poetic structures. This lack of prescribed patterns gives the poem a more natural and organic flow, allowing the poet to experiment with different forms and styles.

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  • 10. 

    A narrative:

    • A.

      Has a beginning, middle, and an end.

    • B.

      Has no plot line.

    Correct Answer
    A. Has a beginning, middle, and an end.
    Explanation
    The given answer is correct because a narrative typically follows a structure with a beginning, middle, and an end. This structure helps to establish a clear progression of events and allows the story to unfold in a logical and cohesive manner. Without this structure, a narrative may lack coherence and fail to engage the reader or listener effectively.

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  • 11. 

    A really long simile is also known as:

    • A.

      An epic simile.

    • B.

      A really long simile.

    Correct Answer
    A. An epic simile.
    Explanation
    An epic simile refers to a lengthy comparison that is often used in epic poetry to highlight the grandeur and complexity of a subject. It is characterized by its extensive length and detailed imagery, allowing the reader to fully grasp and appreciate the comparison being made. Therefore, an epic simile is the appropriate term to describe a really long simile.

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  • 12. 

    An epic poem is:

    • A.

      A short narrative.

    • B.

      A long narrative.

    • C.

      A long ballad.

    Correct Answer
    B. A long narrative.
    Explanation
    An epic poem is a lengthy narrative that typically tells the heroic deeds and adventures of legendary or mythological characters. It often explores grand themes, such as the struggle between good and evil, the pursuit of glory, or the quest for immortality. Unlike a short narrative or a long ballad, an epic poem encompasses a broader scope and delves into complex storytelling, character development, and thematic depth. It is characterized by its elevated style, formal structure, and epic conventions, making it a distinctive form of literature.

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  • 13. 

    Which Poetic Device fits the following description?"Giving humanistic or animalistic qualities to an inanimate object".

    • A.

      Oxymoron

    • B.

      Personification

    • C.

      Simile

    • D.

      Alliteration

    Correct Answer
    B. Personification
    Explanation
    Personification is the correct answer because it involves giving humanistic or animalistic qualities to an inanimate object. This poetic device helps to bring life and emotion to non-living things, making them relatable and easier to understand for the reader. It adds depth and imagery to the writing by attributing human characteristics to objects, enhancing the overall meaning and impact of the poem or literary work.

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  • 14. 

    Which poetic device fits the following description? "Words that are a sound.”

    • A.

      Onomatopoeia

    • B.

      Assonance

    • C.

      Personification

    • D.

      Hyperbole

    Correct Answer
    A. Onomatopoeia
    Explanation
    Onomatopoeia is the correct answer because it refers to words that imitate or resemble the sound they represent. These words create a sensory experience for the reader or listener by using phonetic sounds that mimic the actual sound being described. Examples of onomatopoeic words include "buzz," "crash," and "sizzle."

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  • 15. 

    Which poetic device fits the following description? "An exaggeration or an overstatement."

    • A.

      Alliteration

    • B.

      Simile

    • C.

      Allusion

    • D.

      Hyperbole

    Correct Answer
    D. Hyperbole
    Explanation
    Hyperbole is a poetic device that involves exaggeration or overstatement. It is used to emphasize a point or create a vivid image in the reader's mind. By using exaggerated language, the poet can evoke strong emotions or make a statement more impactful. This device is commonly used in poetry to add emphasis and create a memorable effect.

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  • 16. 

    Which of the following is an example of personification?

    • A.

      He was like a bullet.

    • B.

      The bullet ran through the man.

    • C.

      The man outran the bullet.

    • D.

      The bullet entered him with a pang.

    Correct Answer
    B. The bullet ran through the man.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The bullet ran through the man." This is an example of personification because it gives human-like qualities to the bullet by suggesting that it has the ability to run. Personification is a figure of speech in which inanimate objects or animals are given human characteristics or abilities.

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  • 17. 

    Which poetic device fits the following description? "Repetition of the same phonetic sound in the same sentence at the beginning of the word, usually consonants."

    • A.

      Assonance

    • B.

      Oxymoron

    • C.

      Alliteration

    • D.

      Metaphor

    Correct Answer
    C. Alliteration
    Explanation
    Alliteration is the correct answer because it refers to the repetition of the same consonant sound at the beginning of words in a sentence. This device is often used in poetry to create rhythm and emphasize certain words or ideas. As the description mentions, alliteration involves the repetition of the same phonetic sound, usually consonants, in the same sentence.

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  • 18. 

    Explain the difference between Analyzing and Evaluating a Non-Fiction text below.

  • 19. 

    List the four ways a character is revealed.

  • 20. 

    Which poetic device fits the following description? "Making references to someone or something in pop culture."

    • A.

      Allusion

    • B.

      Hyperbole

    • C.

      Simile

    • D.

      Personification

    Correct Answer
    A. Allusion
    Explanation
    Allusion is the correct answer because it refers to the act of making references to someone or something in pop culture. It is a poetic device that allows the writer to draw upon the reader's knowledge and familiarity with a particular person, event, or work of art from popular culture to enhance the meaning or impact of their own work. By using allusion, the writer can create a deeper connection with the reader and add layers of meaning to their poetry.

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Heather Baxter |BSc |
K-12 English Expert
Heather is an educator, with four years of teaching experience. Heather graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Teaching. She is skilled in Teaching English as a Second Language and currently works as an Elementary School Teacher at Pinellas County Schools. She made a career transition one year ago to explore a new path in writing and copy editing. Heather's specialization lies in curriculum development and educational materials, but she maintains versatility to work across various industries. Known for her keen attention to detail and a deep passion for language, she possesses a sharp eye for precision.

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