Sophomore English Writing Basics

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  • 1. 

    A constructed response essay will have the following: Check all that apply.

    • A.

      Introduction

    • B.

      Personal Pronouns

    • C.

      Thesis Statement

    • D.

      Analysis

    • E.

      Pictures

    • F.

      Evidence in the form of quotes

    • G.

      Conclusion

    • H.

      Claims

    • I.

      Only three paragraphs

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Introduction
    C. Thesis Statement
    D. Analysis
    F. Evidence in the form of quotes
    G. Conclusion
    H. Claims
    Explanation
    An effective constructed response essay will include an introduction, CEA body paragraphs, and a conclusion.

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  • 2. 

    What is a claim?

    • A.

      A statement that that often misleads the reader.

    • B.

      A statement that can be proven true with evidence and analysis.

    • C.

      A statement used by the author of a novel begin a story.

    • D.

      A statement that the reader then argues against.

    Correct Answer
    B. A statement that can be proven true with evidence and analysis.
    Explanation
    A claim is a statement that can be proven true with evidence and analysis. This means that it is a statement that can be supported by factual information and logical reasoning. Unlike a statement that often misleads the reader or a statement used by the author of a novel to begin a story, a claim is based on evidence and can be examined and evaluated for its validity. It is not a statement that the reader argues against, but rather one that can be substantiated through research and critical thinking.

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  • 3. 

    What would be considered effective evidence in a constructed response essay?

    • A.

      A personal story

    • B.

      A quote from a friend

    • C.

      A quote from the passage

    • D.

      Further explanation of the claim

    Correct Answer
    C. A quote from the passage
    Explanation
    In a constructed response essay, effective evidence is crucial to support the claims made. A quote from the passage would be considered as effective evidence because it directly references the original source and provides specific information to back up the argument. By using a quote from the passage, the writer can demonstrate that they have thoroughly read and understood the material, and are using it to support their own ideas and arguments. This adds credibility and validity to the essay, making the evidence more persuasive and convincing to the reader.

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  • 4. 

    What does it mean to analyze?

    • A.

      To write a detailed summary of what happened in the passage.

    • B.

      To restate the thesis in a way that surprises the audience.

    • C.

      To provide additional evidence in the form of quotes.

    • D.

      To explain the significance or importance of the evidence in an insightful way.

    Correct Answer
    D. To explain the significance or importance of the evidence in an insightful way.
    Explanation
    Analyzing means to explain the significance or importance of the evidence in an insightful way. This involves going beyond simply summarizing the passage or restating the thesis. It requires providing a deeper understanding of the evidence by offering thoughtful explanations and interpretations. This type of analysis helps the audience gain a better understanding of the topic and its implications.

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  • 5. 

    Check all parts of a thesis statement below:

    • A.

      Author's Name

    • B.

      Your Name

    • C.

      Title of the passage or novel

    • D.

      Purpose for writing

    • E.

      Essential details to be discussed

    • F.

      Your favorite part of the story

    • G.

      A CEA paragraph.

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Author's Name
    C. Title of the passage or novel
    D. Purpose for writing
    E. Essential details to be discussed
    Explanation
    A thesis statement is a concise summary of the main point or argument of an essay or research paper. It typically includes the author's name, the title of the passage or novel being discussed, the purpose for writing, and the essential details to be discussed. These elements are important because they provide the reader with a clear understanding of what the essay or paper will be about. The favorite part of the story and a CEA paragraph are not typically included in a thesis statement as they are not directly related to the main argument or point being made.

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  • 6. 

    What has the writer forgotten in the following thesis statement? In the novel The Kite Runner, the author Khaled Hosseini uses figurative language and diction to highlight Amir's guilt.

    • A.

      The author's name

    • B.

      The purpose for writing

    • C.

      A CEA paragraph

    • D.

      To underline the book title.

    Correct Answer
    D. To underline the book title.
    Explanation
    The writer has forgotten to underline the book title in the thesis statement.

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  • 7. 

    Which of the following are literary devices that you might find within a passage? Check all that apply.

    • A.

      Metaphor

    • B.

      Simile

    • C.

      Title

    • D.

      Personification

    • E.

      Conclusion

    • F.

      Imagery

    • G.

      Symbolism

    • H.

      Mood

    • I.

      Tone

    • J.

      Author

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Metaphor
    B. Simile
    D. Personification
    F. Imagery
    G. Symbolism
    H. Mood
    I. Tone
    Explanation
    This question is asking for the literary devices that can be found within a passage. Literary devices are techniques used by writers to enhance their writing and create specific effects. Metaphor, simile, personification, imagery, symbolism, mood, and tone are all examples of literary devices. These devices help to create vivid and engaging descriptions, convey deeper meanings, and evoke emotions in the reader. The title, conclusion, and author are not considered literary devices as they serve different purposes in a passage.

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  • 8. 

    Which of the following is an effective claim about theme?

    • A.

      The author first highlights the theme of guilt through the character of Amir.

    • B.

      Guilt is a theme in the book.

    • C.

      I remember a time I felt guilty, and I couldn't get over it for weeks.

    • D.

      Feeling guilty can start to mess with your head, like it did to Amir's.

    Correct Answer
    A. The author first highlights the theme of guilt through the character of Amir.
    Explanation
    For a claim to be effective it needs to be specific to the purpose for writing, and also remain analytical (not personal).

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  • 9. 

    When completing citations, you are asked to use MLA format. What does MLA stand for?

    • A.

      Modern Language Association

    • B.

      Max Luther Agreement

    • C.

      Most Live Annually

    • D.

      Make Lunch Always

    Correct Answer
    A. Modern Language Association
    Explanation
    MLA stands for Modern Language Association. The Modern Language Association is an organization that develops guidelines for academic writing, including formatting and citation styles. When completing citations in MLA format, you are expected to follow the guidelines set by this association.

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  • 10. 

    Which of the following citations is in correct MLA format?

    • A.

      "Then I saw her around the corner (Smith 101)".

    • B.

      "Then I saw her around the corner." (Smith 101).

    • C.

      "Then I saw her around the corner" (Smith 101).

    • D.

      Then I saw her around the corner Smith 101.

    Correct Answer
    C. "Then I saw her around the corner" (Smith 101).
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Then I saw her around the corner" (Smith 101). This citation is in correct MLA format because it includes the quotation marks around the quoted text, the author's last name followed by the page number in parentheses, and the punctuation is placed inside the closing quotation marks.

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  • 11. 

    How many paragraphs, on average, will be in a constructed response essay?

    • A.

      3

    • B.

      2

    • C.

      5

    • D.

      4

    Correct Answer
    D. 4
    Explanation
    In a constructed response essay, the average number of paragraphs is typically four. This is because a well-structured essay generally consists of an introduction paragraph, two body paragraphs, and a conclusion paragraph. The introduction paragraph introduces the topic and provides background information, while the body paragraphs present the main arguments or points supported by evidence. The conclusion paragraph summarizes the main points and provides a closing statement. Therefore, four paragraphs is a reasonable average for a constructed response essay.

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