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  • 1. 

    What is a thesis statement?

    • A.

      An argument

    • B.

      A transition

    • C.

      The focus of an essay

    • D.

      The counter-argument

    Correct Answer
    C. The focus of an essay
    Explanation
    A thesis statement is the main idea or central point of an essay. It is a concise summary of the writer's position or argument on a specific topic. The thesis statement sets the tone and direction for the entire essay and provides a clear focus for the reader. It helps to guide the writer in organizing their thoughts and evidence, and it also helps the reader understand the purpose and main point of the essay. Therefore, the correct answer is "The focus of an essay".

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  • 2. 

    A heart doctor's daughter comes down with heart disease.  This is an example of -

    • A.

      Simile

    • B.

      Irony

    • C.

      Metaphor

    • D.

      Understatement

    Correct Answer
    B. Irony
    Explanation
    The given scenario is an example of irony because it is unexpected and contrary to what is typically assumed. It is ironic because one would expect a heart doctor's daughter to be healthy or have a lower risk of heart disease due to her father's profession and knowledge in the field. However, the fact that she develops heart disease goes against this expectation and creates a sense of irony.

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  • 3. 

    Two complete sentences can never be separated by only a _______________.

    Correct Answer
    comma
    Explanation
    Two complete sentences can never be separated by only a comma because a comma is used to separate items in a list or to join two independent clauses with a coordinating conjunction. However, when two complete sentences are separated by only a comma, it creates a run-on sentence or a comma splice, which is grammatically incorrect.

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  • 4. 

    The conclusion of a persuasive essay should end with --

    • A.

      An argument

    • B.

      A hook

    • C.

      A call to action

    • D.

      A question mark

    Correct Answer
    C. A call to action
    Explanation
    A persuasive essay aims to convince the reader to take a specific action or adopt a particular viewpoint. Therefore, the conclusion of a persuasive essay should end with a call to action. This is a statement or phrase that urges the reader to do something, such as "donate now," "contact your local representative," or "take action today." By including a call to action in the conclusion, the writer encourages the reader to take the next step and actively engage in the cause or idea presented in the essay.

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  • 5. 

    The persuasive strategy that play on people's emotions is called --

    • A.

      Pathos

    • B.

      Ethos

    • C.

      Kairos

    • D.

      Big question

    Correct Answer
    A. Pathos
    Explanation
    Pathos is the persuasive strategy that plays on people's emotions. It involves appealing to the audience's emotions, such as fear, anger, or sadness, in order to persuade them to agree with the argument being presented. This strategy aims to create an emotional connection with the audience, making them more likely to be swayed by the message being conveyed.

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  • 6. 

    All 5 paragraphs of an essay should begin with a transition.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    In an essay, it is not necessary for all 5 paragraphs to begin with a transition. While transitions are important for improving the flow and coherence of the essay, they are not required to be used at the beginning of every paragraph. Transitions can be used to connect ideas between paragraphs or within paragraphs, but it is ultimately up to the writer's discretion on how and where to use them effectively. Therefore, the statement that all 5 paragraphs of an essay should begin with a transition is false.

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  • 7. 

    The boy lifted his shirt up.  Which part of speech is "up?"

    • A.

      A noun

    • B.

      A preposition

    • C.

      An adverb

    • D.

      An adjective

    Correct Answer
    C. An adverb
    Explanation
    In this sentence, "up" is used to modify the verb "lifted." It describes the direction or manner in which the action is performed. Since adverbs typically modify verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs, "up" is classified as an adverb in this context.

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  • 8. 

    I did all of my homework during study hall.  "During" is what part of speech?

    • A.

      Verb

    • B.

      Noun

    • C.

      Adverb

    • D.

      Preposition

    Correct Answer
    D. Preposition
    Explanation
    The word "during" in the sentence is functioning as a preposition. Prepositions are words that show a relationship between a noun or pronoun and another word in the sentence. In this case, "during" is showing the relationship between the action of doing homework and the time frame of study hall.

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  • 9. 

    The Greek prefix "inter" means -

    • A.

      Far

    • B.

      Beside

    • C.

      Between

    • D.

      Against

    Correct Answer
    C. Between
    Explanation
    The Greek prefix "inter" means "between." This prefix is commonly used in English to indicate a relationship or position between two things or people. For example, the word "intermediate" means something that is between two extremes or levels. Similarly, "interpersonal" refers to the relationship between two or more people. Therefore, the correct answer is "between."

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  • 10. 

    This sentence is written correctly:  "In Algebra, I asked many questions."

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The sentence is written incorrectly because it should say "In algebra, I asked many questions." The word "algebra" should not be capitalized unless it is the first word of the sentence.

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  • 11. 

    The Greek prefix "dict" means _______________.

    Correct Answer
    to speak or speak
    Explanation
    The Greek prefix "dict" means to speak or speak. This is evident from words like "dictionary" (a book of words and their definitions, derived from the Latin word "dictio" meaning speaking) and "dictate" (to speak or give orders authoritatively). The prefix "dict" is commonly used in words related to communication and speech.

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  • 12. 

    The word "its" is what part of speech?

    • A.

      2nd p. pronoun

    • B.

      1st p. pronoun

    • C.

      3rd p. pronoun

    • D.

      Interrogative pronoun

    Correct Answer
    C. 3rd p. pronoun
    Explanation
    The word "its" is a third person pronoun. It is used to refer to something that is owned or possessed by a thing or animal that has already been mentioned.

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  • 13. 

    The rising action of a plot helps --

    • A.

      The characters find their setting

    • B.

      Build suspense

    • C.

      Resolve the story

    • D.

      The reader infer the ending

    Correct Answer
    B. Build suspense
    Explanation
    The rising action of a plot helps build suspense. It is the part of the story where the conflicts and complications start to arise, leading to the climax. This creates tension and anticipation for the reader, as they become more invested in the outcome of the story. The rising action builds up the suspense by introducing obstacles, challenges, and escalating the stakes, making the reader eager to know what will happen next.

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  • 14. 

    A river, blood or a sudden storm can all be examples of --

    • A.

      Climax

    • B.

      Point of view

    • C.

      Symbolism

    • D.

      Hyperbole

    Correct Answer
    C. Symbolism
    Explanation
    Symbolism is the correct answer because a river, blood, or a sudden storm can all be used as symbols in literature or art to represent something beyond their literal meaning. In literature, for example, a river may symbolize the passage of time or a journey, blood may symbolize violence or passion, and a sudden storm may symbolize chaos or turmoil. Symbolism adds depth and layers of meaning to a work of art or literature, allowing the reader or viewer to interpret and analyze the symbolism within.

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  • 15. 

    Which sentence is a "compound sentence?"

    • A.

      I ate all of my cereal.

    • B.

      Jimmy went to the story, and I followed him.

    • C.

      Drusilla and I are best friends.

    • D.

      Since last year, I have been growing my hair out.

    Correct Answer
    B. Jimmy went to the story, and I followed him.
    Explanation
    The sentence "Jimmy went to the store, and I followed him" is a compound sentence because it consists of two independent clauses joined by the coordinating conjunction "and".

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  • 16. 

    All the world is a stage and the people are its actors.  This quote is an example of --

    • A.

      Metaphor

    • B.

      Simile

    • C.

      Euphemism

    • D.

      Idiom

    Correct Answer
    A. Metaphor
    Explanation
    This quote is an example of a metaphor because it compares the world to a stage and people to actors without using the words "like" or "as". It suggests that life is like a play, where people play different roles and perform on a stage, emphasizing the idea that life is a performance or show.

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  • 17. 

    Which sentence is an example of stereotype?

    • A.

      My mother told me to get to school!

    • B.

      I doubted that the dark-skinned man could speak English.

    • C.

      The boys preferred to wear pink shirts.

    • D.

      I'm sure the weather will be bad tomorrow.

    Correct Answer
    B. I doubted that the dark-skinned man could speak English.
    Explanation
    The sentence "I doubted that the dark-skinned man could speak English" is an example of a stereotype because it assumes that someone's ability to speak English is based on their skin color. This statement generalizes and makes assumptions about a person based on a stereotype rather than considering their individual abilities or characteristics.

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  • 18. 

    An auto-biography is written from which vantage point?

    • A.

      2nd person POV

    • B.

      3rd person POV

    • C.

      Omniscient POV

    • D.

      1st person POV

    Correct Answer
    D. 1st person POV
    Explanation
    An autobiography is a type of book or writing that is written by the person it is about, so it makes sense that it would be written from the first person point of view. This means that the narrator is the person who is telling their own story and using pronouns like "I" and "me" to refer to themselves. The first person point of view allows the reader to get a personal and intimate perspective on the events and experiences of the author's life.

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  • 19. 

    In the Tell-Tale Heart, the narrator didn't know he was insane, but the reader learned this early on.  This is an example of --

    • A.

      Situational Irony

    • B.

      Dramatic Irony

    • C.

      Verbal Irony

    • D.

      Satire

    Correct Answer
    B. Dramatic Irony
    Explanation
    In the given passage, the narrator is unaware of his own insanity, but the reader is able to recognize it early on. This creates a sense of dramatic irony, as the reader possesses knowledge that the narrator lacks. Dramatic irony occurs when the audience or reader knows something that the characters do not, leading to a deeper understanding and engagement with the story.

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  • 20. 

    A semi-colon is used when the pause is less than a __________ but more than a comma.

    Correct Answer
    period
    Explanation
    A semi-colon is used when the pause is less than a period but more than a comma. This means that a semi-colon is used to separate two closely related independent clauses that are not quite separate sentences on their own but still need a stronger break than a comma would provide.

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