English Competency Test

13 Questions | Total Attempts: 43

Competency Test Quizzes & Trivia

To pass this competency test, you must achieve a score of 80% or higher. Your open-ended responses will be reviewed and you will be contacted for next steps, ONLY if you receive a passing score.

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    How would you explain the purpose and structure of a thesis statement to an 11th grade student? How would your explanation differ for an 8th grade student?
  • 2. 
    How would you help a student structure a concluding paragraph to a five paragraph essay?
  • 3. 
    Explain the difference between active voice and passive voice. In your response provide at least one example sentence for each.
  • 4. 
    Explain the difference between a phrase and a clause.
  • 5. 
    Choose 5 of the words below and provide a definition and an example for each.ThemeMotifVerbal IronySituational IronyExpositionDenouncementAssonanceItalian SonnetAntonymIambic Pentameter 
  • 6. 
    • A. 

      Was imminent and could happen in the future.

    • B. 

      Could happen imminently in the future.

    • C. 

      Will be imminent and happening soon.

    • D. 

      Was imminent.

  • 7. 
    Correct the portion in bold: The dramatic monologue was one poetic form congenial to Robert Browning; it let him explore a character's mind without the simplifications demanded by stage productions.
    • A. 

      Browning; it let him explore

    • B. 

      Browning, which let him explore

    • C. 

      Browning, that lets him explore

    • D. 

      Browning, letting him explore

  • 8. 
    Correct the portion in bold:At the Constitutional Convention of 1787, the proposal to replace the existing Articles of Confederation with a federal constitution were met with fierce opposition.
    • A. 

      Were met with

    • B. 

      Having been met with

    • C. 

      Met with

    • D. 

      Met their

  • 9. 
    What is the direct object(s) in the sentence:Just as the tiger lunged from the ledge, the small zebra lifted his tail, sprayed an awful odor into the air, and dodged quickly into the woods.
    • A. 

      Ledge, air

    • B. 

      tiger, zebra

    • C. 

      Tail, odor

    • D. 


  • 10. 
    Identify the prepositional phrase(s) in the sentence below:Not anticipating such fortune, the tiger failed to look at the small zebra closely. 
    • A. 

      At the small zebra

    • B. 

      At the small zebra closely

    • C. 

      To look

    • D. 

      Not anticipating such fortune

  • 11. 
    I have never eaten and rested so well.This is an example of, which of the following? 
    • A. 

      Compound sentence

    • B. 

      Complex sentence

    • C. 

      Compound-complex sentence

    • D. 

      Simple sentence

  • 12. 
    Since Long Island is so populated, its residents who commute demand much from the LIRR, and the railroad officials have listened to the commuters' requests.This is an example of, which of the following? 
    • A. 

      Compound sentence

    • B. 

      Complex sentence

    • C. 

      Compound-complex sentence

    • D. 

      Simple sentence

  • 13. 
    Select the books that you would be comfortable helping a student write a 5 paragraph paper on with LESS than 1 hour's notice.
    • A. 


    • B. 

      Animal Farm

    • C. 


    • D. 


    • E. 

      Canterbury Tales

    • F. 

      Catch 22

    • G. 

      Catcher in the Rye

    • H. 

      The Color Purple

    • I. 

      The Crucible

    • J. 

      Death of a Salesman

    • K. 

      Don Quixote

    • L. 

      The Giver

    • M. 

      The Great Gatsby

    • N. 


    • O. 

      Huckleberry Finn

    • P. 

      The Illiad

    • Q. 

      Jane Eyre

    • R. 

      Julius Caesar

    • S. 

      The Jungle

    • T. 

      To Kill a Mockingbird

    • U. 

      King Lear

    • V. 

      Lord of the Flies

    • W. 


    • X. 

      Madame Bovary

    • Y. 

      Midsummer's Night Dream

    • Z. 

      Moby Dick

    • Of Mice and Men

    • The Odyssey

    • Othello

    • Paradise Lost

    • Pride and Prejudice

    • Romeo and Juliet

    • The Scarlet Letter

    • Slaughterhouse Five

    • Tale of Two Cities

    • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    • Utopia

    • War and Peace

    • Metamorphosis

    • Night

    • For Whom the Bell Tolls

    • The Awakening

    • The Invisible Man

    • Heart of Darkness