Overbrook High School AP English Language Practice Test!

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Overbrook High School AP English Language Practice Test!

This is the final exam for the first marking period for AP English Language class at Overbrook High School. This exam is an open-notes/open-books assessment. Students should use their personal notes as an answer resource. They should also refer to their two textbooks - Everything's An Argument & 50 Essays.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    In reference to your reading of "On Compassion" by Barbara Ascher, please read paragraph 7 (located in 50 Essays on page 36, beginning half-way down the page with the words "Up the avenue...").  In this paragraph, you will find each of the following EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      Alliteration

    • B. 

      Repetition

    • C. 

      First person point of view

    • D. 

      Contrasting images

    • E. 

      Simile

  • 2. 
    In reference to your reading of "On Compassion" by Barbara Ascher, the tone of the essay can best be described as:
    • A. 

      Thoughtful and reflective

    • B. 

      Analytical and technical

    • C. 

      Eager and enthusiastic

    • D. 

      Sarcastic and bitter

    • E. 

      Insistent and aggressive

  • 3. 
    In reference to your reading of "The Ways We Lie" by Stephanie Ericsson (starting on page 120 in 50 Essays), judging from her explanations and examples, it can be inferred that the author believes that people:
    • A. 

      Are unaware that they lie in many different ways.

    • B. 

      Do not recognize the difference between functional lies and harmful ones.

    • C. 

      Fail to understand the true consequences of their lying.

    • D. 

      Have learned to tolerate lying as a necessary part of contemporary life.

    • E. 

      Lie unintentionally more often than they lie intentionally.

  • 4. 
    In reference to your reading of "The Ways We Lie" By Stephanie Ericsson, which of the following outlines the shared structure of the section entitled The White Lie and the section entitled Omission:
    • A. 

      Personal experience, explanation of consequences

    • B. 

      Definition, explanation of consequences, examples

    • C. 

      Definition, personal experience, general examples

    • D. 

      Personal experiences, explanation of quotation

    • E. 

      Explanation of quotation, personal experiences

  • 5. 
    In reference to your reading in 50 Essays of "Learning to Read" by Malcolm X (starting on page 245), the overall organization of this essay can best be described as:
    • A. 

      A chronological sequence of events

    • B. 

      A series of personal anecdotes

    • C. 

      A diatribe exposing racism in American

    • D. 

      An explanation of how the speaker gained an education

    • E. 

      A study of the teachings of Elijah Muhammad and their influence on history

  • 6. 
    In reference to your reading in 50 Essays of "Learning to Read" by Malcolm X (starting on page 245), what is the main purpose in describing the character named Bimbi in paragraph 4:
    • A. 

      To illustrate the speaker's competitive spirit

    • B. 

      To establish a motivation for the speaker's actions

    • C. 

      To contrast the speaker's own skills with those of a rival

    • D. 

      To indicate the importance of having a person to emulate

    • E. 

      To indicate the source of the speaker's knowledge

  • 7. 
    In reference to your reading in 50 Essays of "Learning to Read" by Malcolm X (starting on page 245), the principal movement of the essay is from:
    • A. 

      Dullness to brilliance

    • B. 

      Anger to compassion

    • C. 

      Disbelief to faith

    • D. 

      Denial to acceptance

    • E. 

      Ignorance to knowledge

  • 8. 
    Think about purposes for argument.  An article about an upcoming peace rally could be considered an argument to:
    • A. 

      Inform

    • B. 

      Convince

    • C. 

      Explore

    • D. 

      Make decisions

    • E. 

      Meditate or pray

  • 9. 
    Think about purposes for argument.  If I need to choose between a Big Mac, a Whopper, or a salad, this could be considered an argument to:
    • A. 

      Inform

    • B. 

      Convince

    • C. 

      Explore

    • D. 

      Make decisions

    • E. 

      Meditate or pray

  • 10. 
    Think about purposes for argument.  If your best friend tries to persuade you to go out with her on a double date with her boyfriend's best friend, this could be considered an argument to:
    • A. 

      Inform

    • B. 

      Convince

    • C. 

      Explore

    • D. 

      Make decisions

    • E. 

      Meditate or pray

  • 11. 
    Think about kinds of argument.  In order to answer the question "Is a human fetus a human being?" you would need to create an argument of:
    • A. 

      Fact (Did something happen?)

    • B. 

      Definition (What is the nature of the thing?)

    • C. 

      Evaluation (What is the quality of the thing?)

    • D. 

      Proposal (What actions should be taken?)

  • 12. 
    Think about kinds of argument.  In order to answer the question "Is Will Smith a good actor?" you would need to create an argument of:
    • A. 

      Fact (Did something happen?)

    • B. 

      Definition (What is the nature of the thing?)

    • C. 

      Evaluation (What is the quality of the thing?)

    • D. 

      Proposal (What actions should be taken?)

  • 13. 
    Think about audience.  If you want to get a good grade in class, the best audience to hear your argument is:
    • A. 

      The principal

    • B. 

      Your parents

    • C. 

      Your teacher

    • D. 

      Your friends

    • E. 

      Facebook

  • 14. 
    Arguments made to appeal to your heart are known as ________ arguments.
    • A. 

      Ethos

    • B. 

      Pathos

    • C. 

      Logos

  • 15. 
    Arguments meant to make you angry and force you to take an action are known as ______ arguments.
    • A. 

      Pathos

    • B. 

      Ethos

    • C. 

      Logos

  • 16. 
    Arguments based in fact are known as ______ arguments.
    • A. 

      Logos

    • B. 

      Pathos

    • C. 

      Ethos

  • 17. 
    "I am Oprah Winfrey, and I encourage you to drive a Toyota Prius," is an example of a(n) ______ argument.
    • A. 

      Ethos

    • B. 

      Pathos

    • C. 

      Logos

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