Mtel English Practice Test

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  • 1. 
    In this excerpt, the narrator's attitudetoward the setting can best bedescribed as:
    • A. 

      Nostalgia for the landscape that defined the narrator's childhood.

    • B. 

      A combination of respect and dread for the power of the land.

    • C. 

      Regret at failing to appreciate the prairie's underlying beauty.

    • D. 

      Veneration of the scale and beauty of the prairie.

  • 2. 
    Read the traditional Zen parable "The Tigers and the Strawberry" (ca. 1400 C.E.) below; thenanswer the question that follows.A man was walking across a field when he saw a tiger. He fled, but the tiger ran after him. Coming to the edge of a cliff, he spied the root of a wild vine. Grabbing on to it, he swung himself down over the edge, out of reach of the tiger. He was safe!The tiger came to the edge and sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down and saw another ferocious tiger prowling below. Only the thin vine held him.Two mice, one white and one black, scurried out of a nearby nest in the cliff and began gnawing at the vine. As they chewed, the man saw a luscious strawberry on a nearby ledge. Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other. Ah, how sweet it tasted!The above parable most reflects the Zensensibility in its depiction of anindividual:
    • A. 

      Drifting through an indifferent, unpredictable universe.

    • B. 

      Finding peace in a single, brief moment.

    • C. 

      Discovering a natural, balanced order.

    • D. 

      Meeting the challenges of survival in a harsh and cruel world.

  • 3. 
    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight mostclearly reflects which of the followingconcerns of the medieval period inBritain?
    • A. 

      The decline of feudalism

    • B. 

      The ethical conduct of the nobility

    • C. 

      The role of the Crusades

    • D. 

      The authority of the Church

  • 4. 
    The literature of Chinua Achebe, WoleSoyinka, and other twentieth-centuryAfrican writers frequently examinesconflicts between:
    • A. 

      Traditional values and modern Western ways of life.

    • B. 

      Individual desire and conscience

    • C. 

      Women's rights and traditional patriarchal society.

    • D. 

      Government policy and tribal unity.

  • 5. 
    Which of the following descriptionsof a car accident is written in the mostappropriate style for the lead of anewspaper article?
    • A. 

      It was only a matter of time before a serious accident occurred at this notorious intersection, and yesterday it happened—two cars collided at Summer and Main Streets, injuring five people.

    • B. 

      The unmistakable sound of metal against metal was heard yesterday as two cars smashed into each other at the town's most dangerous intersection.

    • C. 

      A two-car collision yesterday at the intersection of Summer and Main Streets sent five people to the hospital and shut down traffic for almost two hours.

    • D. 

      Passersby were shocked as they witnessed a collision in the center of town yesterday; several went to the aid of the occupants of the two cars as others tried to divert traffic.

  • 6. 
    Read the paragraph below; then answer the two questions that follow.1Some writers produce early works that foreshadow future masterpieces. 2At the tender age of thirteen, H. G. Wells wrote an entire novella, The Desert Daisy, complete with a map and illustrations. 3Virginia Woolf, at age ten, wrote a journal entry and gave it the title "To the Lighthouse." 4As a nine-year-old, Helen Beatrix Potter's drawings of wild flowers won acclaim; by the time she was a teenager, Potter's descriptive prose was as beautiful as her drawings. 5By age sixteen, T. S. Eliot had written a South Seas vignette and a lovely poem called "A Lyric."7. Which of the following sentences in theparagraph shown above should be revisedto eliminate the use of a cliché?
    • A. 

      Sentence 2

    • B. 

      Sentence 3

    • C. 

      Sentence 4

    • D. 

      Sentence 5