Mttc Language Arts Elementary Practice Test

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The Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Language Arts Elementary practice test is a quiz that is aimed at helping you revise and prepare for your arts elementary exams. How ready are you for the exam? Find out below.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Students in a middle school socialstudies class are learning about the CivilWar. They have read various historicaland fictional accounts about the peoplewho experienced the war firsthand.Which of the following activities wouldbe most likely to extend the students'understanding of the social andemotional issues surrounding the war?
    • A. 

      Creating a videotaped reenactment of various Civil War battles

    • B. 

      Writing historically accurate fictional letters home from the viewpoint of one of the soldiers

    • C. 

      Presenting oral reports based on research from history resources

    • D. 

      Creating timelines that chart the significant events leading up to the Civil War period

  • 2. 
    Adolescents frequently developtheir own style of communication,embellishing their language withhyperbole and slang, and moving awayfrom the standards of speech modeledby their parents. This occurrence isbest described as an attempt to uselanguage to:
    • A. 

      Move from one social class to another.

    • B. 

      Demonstrate their ability to use multiple modes of communication to express themselves.

    • C. 

      Complete a rite of passage into adulthood.

    • D. 

      Differentiate themselves from their parents' social group and assimilate into a community of their peers.

  • 3. 
    When using gestures to help emphasizea point during a speech presented to anunfamiliar audience, it is most importantfor the speaker to understand thatgestures:
    • A. 

      May be interpreted differently depending on an individual's cultural background.

    • B. 

      Are usually comprehended quickly and easily and may sometimes substitute for verbal language.

    • C. 

      Must be repeated frequently to ensure that the audience understands their purpose.

    • D. 

      Should be used sparingly to prevent the audience from relying too heavily on nonverbal language.

  • 4. 
    To determine whether a fifth-gradestudent is a fluent reader, which ofthe following language skills wouldbe most important for the student todemonstrate?
    • A. 

      Spelling high-frequency and irregular words accurately

    • B. 

      Reading a text with appropriate intonation and no hesitations

    • C. 

      Understanding vocabulary associated with a particular field or topic

    • D. 

      Writing paragraphs with topic sentences and supporting details

  • 5. 
    Reading aloud to children tends tosupport their reading acquisitionprimarily by:
    • A. 

      Pointing out the link between a conversation and written dialogue.

    • B. 

      Exposing them to book language and a richer oral vocabulary.

    • C. 

      Showing them that words have a meaning and correct spelling.

    • D. 

      Demonstrating the symbolic nature and flexibility of language.

  • 6. 
    Use the sentence fragment below toanswer the question that follows.I am unable to go to the movies with himand his friends tonight, . . .Based on the stressed word in thesentence fragment above, which of thefollowing sentence completions mostaccurately interprets the speaker'smeaning?
    • A. 

      . . . but I may be able to go to the movies tonight with him alone.

    • B. 

      . . . but I may be able to go somewhere else with him and his friends tonight.

    • C. 

      . . . but I may be able to go to the movies tonight with my own friends.

    • D. 

      . . . but I may be able to go to the movies with him and his friends tomorrow night.

  • 7. 
    Which of the following sentencescontains a misplaced modifier?
    • A. 

      A plane landed on the runway with a broken propeller.

    • B. 

      The lawyer joined my brother and me outside the courtroom for a brief conference.

    • C. 

      Driving along the road, we saw a beautiful field of flowers.

    • D. 

      The governor's major objective, conserving our natural resources, was well supported.

  • 8. 
    Which of the following componentsof grammar determines the patternsof sound, intonation, timing, and stressin a language?
    • A. 

      Syntax

    • B. 

      Morphology

    • C. 

      Semantics

    • D. 

      Phonology

  • 9. 
    Poetry characteristically relies mostheavily upon which of the following toconvey meaning?
    • A. 

      Logic and reason

    • B. 

      Narrative metamorphosis

    • C. 

      Sequential action

    • D. 

      Figurative language and form

  • 10. 
    Which of the following guidelinesshould teachers use when evaluatingthe quality of multicultural books forclassroom use?
    • A. 

      Multicultural books should generally cover several cultural groups.

    • B. 

      Only books written by a member of the culture represented should be used.

    • C. 

      A book must accurately reflect the culture it represents.

    • D. 

      All cultures in a book should be represented only in positive ways.

  • 11. 
    Which of the following techniquesis most likely to effectively influencean audience to accept a particularperspective?
    • A. 

      Appealing to the audience's intellect and emotions

    • B. 

      Evoking the audience's sense of nostalgia

    • C. 

      Appealing to the audience's aesthetic sensibilities

    • D. 

      Entertaining the audience while informing them

  • 12. 
    Which of the following criteria is mostfrequently used to evaluate the formalcharacteristics of a literary work?
    • A. 

      The author's intent when writing the work

    • B. 

      The relationship between the work and the society in which it was written

    • C. 

      The coherence of each part of the work with the whole

    • D. 

      The length of the work in comparison to other works in the same genre

  • 13. 
    To best ensure an audience will be ableto understand the information andconcepts in an informative speech, aresponsible speaker will do which of thefollowing while preparing a speech?
    • A. 

      Investigate the background of the audience to adapt the ideas in the speech to existing views and beliefs.

    • B. 

      Analyze the prospective audience to determine its needs and persuadability with regard to the topic of the speech.

    • C. 

      Determine the knowledge level and goals of the audience in relation to the subject matter of the speech.

    • D. 

      Provide an advance copy of the outline or notes of the speech to a representative of the audience for review.

  • 14. 
    For which of the following words wouldit be most effective for a student to usestructural analysis to determine itsmeaning?
    • A. 

      Guffaw

    • B. 

      Neurologist

    • C. 

      Hacienda

    • D. 

      Sonar

  • 15. 
    Which of the following strategies wouldbe most effective for students to use toformulate a research topic that is narrowand focused?
    • A. 

      Learning whether others have written about the topic

    • B. 

      Identifying a topic that is interesting to them

    • C. 

      Ensuring that information about the topic is available

    • D. 

      Posing the topic as a question to be answered

  • 16. 
    Presentation software would be mosteffective for presenting information inwhich of the following contexts?
    • A. 

      Sharing a personal anecdote

    • B. 

      Making points during a debate

    • C. 

      Explaining the steps in a process

    • D. 

      Orally interpreting a literary text

  • 17. 
    Read the letter below to a publisher; then answer the question that follows.To whom it may concern:1 I am writing to suggest a revision to the Third Edition of your anthology on children'sliterature One Before the Mast: Sailing on a Sea of Stories. 2 One of the stories, "Janey onBoard," contains images and language that are biased against girls.3 In this story, the girls are always described as cute and sweet. 4 They all wear pink or pastel colored clothing, and are described with weak, passive language. 5 In contrast, the boys aredescribed as tough and strong, and are usually described with bold, active language. 6 WhileI realize an author may sometimes make this choice in order to prove a particular point, thisis not the case in this story. 7 Rather, the author simply lacks sensitivity to gender bias.8 I think it is crucial to children's development for boys and girls to be treated equally,especially in literature. 9 Frankly, I am surprised to encounter this kind of bias in a highqualitypublication such as yours, and am disappointed to find this story among so manyother good ones. 10 My favorite was the trilogy about the mermaid's adventures among thewhales, which reminded me of dreams I had as a child vacationing with my family by thesea. 11 Please consider eliminating "Janey on Board" from your next edition. Thank you.Which of the following sentencesinterferes with the development of themain point in this passage?
    • A. 

      Sentence 1

    • B. 

      Sentence 7

    • C. 

      Sentence 8

    • D. 

      Sentence 10

  • 18. 
    Which of the following types ofsoftware is most likely to be useful increating a printed media product thatcontains both text and graphics?
    • A. 

      Hypermedia software

    • B. 

      Desktop publishing software

    • C. 

      Data management software

    • D. 

      Word-processing software

  • 19. 
    For the purpose of self-reflection, whichof the following questions would bemost important for students to considerwhen they select the pieces to save intheir developmental portfolio?
    • A. 

      Is this one of the best pieces that I have completed this year?

    • B. 

      What could I have done differently to make this piece better?

    • C. 

      Are there parts of this piece that I could work on later?

    • D. 

      What does this piece show about what I have been learning?

  • 20. 
    During an open house at an elementaryschool, a fourth-grade teacher is askedwhy students in his class save work withmechanical errors in their portfolios. Topromote a greater understanding of theportfolio process, it would be mostimportant for the teacher to pointout that:
    • A. 

      Portfolio pieces provide a picture of a student's learning at a particular point during the school year.

    • B. 

      Students do not worry about errors in their work unless an adult does.

    • C. 

      Students need to feel approval from their teacher for every writing assignment that they complete.

    • D. 

      Portfolio pieces are selected by the students based on their own criteria.

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