English I - 2014 Released Version
Read selection and choose the best answer to each question. Then fill in the answer on your answer document.
1. Damian has not effectively stated the position he is taking in this paper. Which of the following could best replace sentence 7 and provide a stronger position statement for Damian’s paper?
A Can you believe this outrageous statistic?
B This low voter turnout is appalling, and all Americans should exercise their right to vote.
C I plan to vote in both national and local elections.
D There are groups that review human rights violations in this country as well as in other countries around the world.
2. What is the most effective way to combine sentences 10 and 11?
F This idea of taxation without representation is part of the reason our forefathers were
G This idea of taxation without representation is part of the reason our forefathers were determined to separate from Great Britain and form their own nation.
H This idea of taxation without representation is part of the reason our forefathers were determined because they separated from Great Britain and formed their own nation.
J This idea of taxation without representation is part of the reason our forefathers were determined separating from Great Britain and forming their own nation.
3. Damian would like to use a more appropriate transition in sentence 14. Which of the following is the best replacement for Therefore?
D For example
4. What is the most effective way to revise sentence 21?
F Because it’s astounding to me, Texas has one of the lowest voter turnout rates in the United States.
G It’s astounding to me what Texas has being one of the lowest voter turnout rates in the United States.
H It’s astounding to me that Texas has one of the lowest voter turnout rates in the United States.
J As astounding as it is, it’s also shocking that Texas has one of the lowest voter turnout rates in the United States.
5. The meaning of sentence 23 is unclear. What is the most effective way to clarify the meaning of this sentence?
A Change sometimes to there are times when
B Change population to citizenry
C Change chooses to selects
D Change them to those important decisions
6. Damian needs a stronger closing for his paper. Which sentences should he add after sentence 28 to bring his paper to a more effective conclusion?
F You must be the one who changes this. It isn’t fair to make others think they have all the rights.
G Don’t be lazy. Get off the couch and do something that matters.
H When Election Day comes, go to the polls and cast your vote. It’s not only your right but also your responsibility.
J You’ll feel better if you persuade people to vote. You can help make your community more vibrant.
Home Sweet Rosie
7. Katy wants to create a more effective thesis statement for her paper. Which of the following could replace sentence 4 and more accurately convey the thesis of this paper?
A Fearing life in the city, they chose a more rural existence in a big yellow school bus.
B This couple didn’t have to, but they decided that a bus is what they wanted to have.
C This young couple lives in a uniquely converted school bus that they have affectionately named Rosie.
D Instead of a normal dwelling, they have chosen a vehicle—something quite rare, strange, and out of the norm.
8. Katy’s transition from the second paragraph (sentences 5–9) to the third paragraph (sentences 10–14) is weak. Which of the following could best replace sentence 10 and provide a more effective transition between these two paragraphs?
F It was time to begin all the hard work.
G Finding the bus on an Internet site had seemed like a miracle.
H Then the couple faced the task of turning the school bus into a home.
J What a joy it was to begin an eco-friendly project!
9. Katy realizes that she left the following detail out of the fourth paragraph (sentences 15–22). While the Youngs had fun decorating their new home, they knew they had to be wise about what they brought into such a small space. Where is the most effective place to insert this sentence?
A At the beginning of the paragraph
B After sentence 21
C After sentence 22
D This sentence is not relevant to the main idea of the paragraph and should not be inserted.
10. Katy wants to use a more appropriate word than questions in sentence 23. Which of these could best replace the word questions?
11. Katy would like to add a quotation to the end of her paper to directly support the idea expressed in sentence 28. Which of the following could best follow and support sentence 28?
A “We both struggle with putting things where they go,” Natalie said. “It’s easy to find space to dump stuff on. I think every home has that.”
B “We can cook full meals and people migrate between inside the bus, the backyard, and the campfire,” commented Mike. “We’ve been blessed with this space and the chance to exercise this experiment.”
C “Unfortunately, I do get attached to vehicles, so I think we do have to figure out what to do with it for about the next 30 years,” Mike added.
D “And, honestly, between the hours of 11 A.M. and 6 P.M., we weren’t able to live in here comfortably even with the AC,” Natalie once admitted. “We burned one out, it was so hot.”
12. How should sentence 4 be changed?
F Delete so
G Change was to am
H Change estatic to ecstatic
J Sentence 4 should not be changed.
13. What change is needed in sentence 9?
A Delete Although
B Change to old to too old
C Delete the comma
D Change cheeks to cheek’s
14. What is the correct way to write sentence 13?
F For the rest of the day, neither of us spoke, and it was obvious. That she was no happier about the arrangement than I was.
G For the rest of the day, neither of us spoke it was obvious that she was no happier about the arrangement than I was.
H For the rest of the day, neither of us spoke. Which made it obvious that she was no happier about the arrangement than I was.
J For the rest of the day, neither of us spoke. It was obvious that she was no happier about the arrangement than I was.
15. What change, if any, needs to be made in sentence 27?
A Delete the comma
B Change Kaitlyn and I to Kaitlyn and me
C Change a lot to alot
D No change needs to be made.
16. What change should be made in sentence 31?
F Change We to Because we
G Insert a comma after surprised
H Change became to become
J Sentence 31 should not be changed.
17. How should sentence 4 be changed?
A Change is to was
B Change found to it is found
C Change Coral Reefs to coral reefs
D Sentence 4 should not be changed.
18. What change needs to be made in sentence 7?
F Change than to then
G Insert a comma after hold
H Change is to are
J No change needs to be made in this sentence.
19. What change needs to be made in sentence 9?
A Change Although far to It is far
B Delete the comma
C Change venomus to venomous
D No change needs to be made.
20. What change needs to be made in sentence 15?
F Change become to became
G Change they’re to their
H Delete so
J Change it to them
21. What is the correct way to write sentences 18 and 19?
A For example, the venom of the Brazilian pit viper is the source of a drug used to treat high blood pressure, a component found in copperhead snake venom may soon be used to treat breast cancer.
B For example, the venom of the Brazilian pit viper is the source of a drug used to treat high blood pressure, and there is a component found in copperhead snake venom. Which may soon be used to treat breast cancer.
C For example, the venom of the Brazilian pit viper is the source of a drug used to treat high blood pressure, while a component found in copperhead snake venom may soon be used to treat breast cancer.
D For example, the venom of the Brazilian pit viper. It is the source of a drug used to treat high blood pressure, while a component found in copperhead snake venom may soon be used to treat breast cancer.
22. What change needs to be made in sentence 21?
F Change affects to effects
G Change is dangerous to are dangerous
H Delete the comma after work
J Change lives to lifes
Jim at Bat
Use “Jim at Bat” (pp. 26–27) to answer questions 23–28. Then fill in the answers on your answer document. 23. Which words best help the reader understand the meaning of the word indistinct in paragraph 4?
A man the field
B behind their brother
C in the coming darkness
D wears a baseball glove
24. One of baseball’s long-established traditions is best exemplified in the description of —
F how Jim swings in paragraph 8
G Uncle Zeno on the pitcher’s mound in paragraph 6
H how the uncles chant in paragraphs 10 and 11
J the woods on the far side of the pasture in paragraph 8
25. Which sentence provides the strongest evidence that Jim appreciates what his uncles are doing for him?
A The boy cannot hit the baseball to his satisfaction.
B The boy is arm-weary; he swings as hard as he is able.
C “I hit it just about every time,” the boy says.
D He has never heard anything so beautiful.
26. Read the following from paragraph 8. The ball drops to the ground at the boy’s feet. It lies there stunned, quivering, containing flight beneath its smooth skin. Why does the author use personification in this quotation?
F The baseball game symbolizes the love of the family.
G The description mimics the boy’s disappointment.
H The author is comparing the ball to a bird.
J The author is showing the distance the ball has traveled.
27. Which line provides the best evidence that Jim has high expectations for himself?
A He does not strike the mighty blow he sees in his mind.
B He blames himself for the boy’s lack of success.
C He does not want it to stop.
D He silently chides himself for being cheap.
28. From paragraph 5, the reader can infer that the three uncles —
F think that winning is important
G prefer baseball to all other games
H miss the days of their youth
J used to play baseball professionally
Use “A Crystal-Clear Love Affair” (pp. 28–30) to answer questions 29–33. Then fill in the answers on your answer document. 29. The author’s purpose for writing this selection is to —
A explain the effect Yankee Stadium had on Billy Crystal
B recognize Billy Crystal’s achievements as an actor
C illustrate Mickey Mantle’s importance to baseball
D promote the public’s increased interest in baseball
30. The author includes the quotation in paragraph 16 primarily to substantiate the opinion that —
F renovations made to Yankee Stadium in the 1970s were necessary
G baseball can no longer legitimately be considered the national pastime
H Crystal has matured since his first visit to Yankee Stadium
J Yankee Stadium remains a magical place even after major changes
31. From paragraph 9, the reader can infer that Crystal was —
A not interested in a career as an actor when he was a teenager
B determined to be a professional baseball player
C an incredibly dedicated baseball fan
D interested in baseball primarily as a way to please his father
32. Which line provides the strongest evidence that Crystal gained the trust of his childhood hero?
F “I remember saying, ‘Who’s pitching today, Casey?’ and he looked at me and said, ‘You are, kid, suit up.’”
G The Mick’s loooooong home run capped an extraordinary day for young Billy—a day that would change his life forever.
H Nearly a half-century after his first trip there, Yankee Stadium remains one of the most special places in Crystal’s world.
J The Mick said on several occasions if anyone ever did produce a movie about him, he’d want it to be Crystal.
33. What is the purpose of the photo diagram of Mickey Mantle’s two home runs?
A To highlight how differently the game of baseball was played in the past
B To show where Crystal was sitting when Mantle hit the home runs
C To represent a typical home run
D To compare the paths the home runs took
Use “Jim at Bat” and “A Crystal-Clear Love Affair” to answer questions 34–37. Then fill in the answers on your answer document. 34. While “A Crystal-Clear Love Affair” focuses on a man who is a celebrity, “Jim at Bat” focuses on a boy who is —
35. Read these quotations.
Which of these best describes the difference in tone between the two quotations?
A The tone of the first quotation is impassioned, while the tone of the second quotation is indifferent.
B The tone of the first quotation is discouraged, while the tone of the second quotation is celebratory
C The tone of the first quotation is admiring, while the tone of the second quotation is playful.
D The tone of the first quotation is informative, while the tone of the second quotation is impartial.
36. Both selections explore the theme of baseball —
F being an important means of family bonding in American culture
G no longer being the innocent American pastime it once was
H providing children with famous role models to idolize
J helping many children escape a bleak home life
37. Which element is the same for both selections?
A The genre
B The subject matter
C The tone
D The writing style
DIRECTIONS Answer the following question in the box. What is one similarity between the boy in “Jim at Bat” and Billy Crystal in “A Crystal-Clear Love Affair”? Explain your answer and support it with evidence from both selections.
Hearing the Sweetest Songs
45. Why does the author use sensory images in paragraph 3?
A To illustrate that hearing so well was disturbing
B To describe her irrational fear of sound
C To prove that she really didn’t need a hearing aid
D To communicate that she was frequently interrupted
46. In which line does the author use alliteration to support the primary message of the selection?
F For the first time, I felt unequal, disadvantaged and disabled.
G I listened hard until I heard a faint, unbirdlike, croaking sound.
H Songs imagined are as sweet as songs heard, and songs shared are sweeter still.
J I imagined capering bullmen and I was disappointed to learn that all we had in the garden were overgrown “baby tears.”
47. Read this sentence from paragraph 15. We’re all just temporarily abled, and every one of us, if we live long enough, will become disabled in some way. The author makes this statement to suggest that —
A she really isn’t very different from other people
B disabilities are affecting people with increasing frequency
C she was fortunate to have developed her disability at a young age
D people should prepare themselves for becoming deaf
48. In which line from the article does the author reveal how she would like others to respond to her lack of hearing?
F I had always hated to be seen as inferior, so I never mentioned my lack of hearing.
G If I tell, people may see only my disability.
H Unlike a wheelchair or a white cane, my disability doesn’t announce itself.
J It’s a tender part, and you should handle it with care.
49. In paragraph 9, the author suggests that when she started using a hearing aid, she —
A felt better prepared for job interviews
B was able to enjoy watching television
C experienced a sense of loss
D was embarrassed about wearing it
50. Why does the author conclude the article by addressing the reader directly?
F To include the reader in a personal joke
G To highlight the most important aspects of a conversation
H To suggest that most non-hearing people do not need hearing aids
J To instruct the reader how to treat people with hearing difficulties
DIRECTIONS: Answer the following question in the box. After reading “Hearing the Sweetest Songs,” do you think the author considers herself disabled? Explain your answer and support it with evidence from the selection.
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