English II_2014 Released Test_CHS
Read the selection and choose the best answer to each question. Then fill in the answer on your answer document.
Grady the Famous Cow
1. What is the most effective revision to make in sentence 3?
A But it wasn’t often that a news story about a cow was so remarkable that it made national headlines for a week, so the problem-solving skills of people all over the country were engaged.
B But it wasn’t often that a news story about a cow was so remarkable that when engaged, it made national headlines for a week with the problem-solving skills of people all over the country.
C But it wasn’t often that a news story about a cow was so remarkable that it made national headlines for a week and engaged the problem-solving skills of people all over the country.
D No revision is needed in sentence 3.
2. What is the most effective way to combine sentences 7 and 8?
F Afterward Grady became upset and ran toward the nearest source of light, probably thinking it was an exit from the barn.
G Afterward Grady, who became upset and ran toward the nearest source of light, probably thought it was an exit from the barn.
H Afterward Grady became upset because she probably thought it was an exit from the barn and ran toward the nearest source of light.
J Afterward Grady became upset and ran toward the nearest source of light, she probably thought it was an exit from the barn.
3. Sentence 12 lacks clarity. What is the best way to improve this sentence?
A Change When they to When Mach and the veterinarian
B Change peered to glanced
C Change they saw to he saw D
D Change looking out to staring
4. Xavier would like to add some sentences to help transition from the third paragraph (sentences 14–17) to the fourth paragraph (sentences 18–26). Which of the following could Xavier add after sentence 17?
F A helicopter could be dangerous. Obviously, it would be costly.
G Should they tear it down? Should they use a helicopter?
H People from all around the country had ideas that they wanted to share. Some were good; others not so much.
J Each suggestion had its own problems. And in the meantime Grady remained stuck.
5 Xavier realizes that he should have added the following sentence to the fourth paragraph (sentences 18–26).
Where is the most effective place to insert this sentence?
A After sentence 18
B After sentence 19
C After sentence 22
D After sentence 24
6 Xavier would like to improve the closing paragraph (sentences 27–32) by replacing sentence 32. Which of the following could best replace sentence 32 and help strengthen this paper’s closing?
F Grady the cow had been such an unassuming animal.
G In fact, as you can tell, I’m telling the story of this magnificent and unusual cow even now!
H For the rest of her life, Grady lived on Mach’s farm.
J It was the unique tale of a cow’s rescue, but it was also an inspiring story of American ingenuity and determination.
The Skin Your're In
7. Brianna realizes that she did not include a position statement in this paper. Which sentence could follow sentence 3 and serve as the position statement for her paper?
A Teenagers must stop lying in the sun, or they will be sure to experience grave consequences.
B Overexposure to tanning beds and natural sunlight has caused huge problems for men and women.
C There are many ways that people can begin to learn more about protecting their skin.
D Skin cancer is on the rise among young people, and teens should make some basic lifestyle changes to help slow this trend.
8. Brianna has not used the most effective transition in sentence 10. Read the second paragraph (sentences 4–13) again. Which transition should replace the word Instead in sentence 10?
9. Which sentence below would best follow and support sentence 15?
A Adequate protection is vital because just one blistering sunburn in childhood or
B So teens must learn to avoid tanning beds, but they must also learn to stay out of the sun during the summer.
C Sun exposure can be life threatening to people who have lighter skin, but everyone should learn to be cautious in the sun.
D There are many ways to achieve this goal that teens will surely want to investigate.
10. What is the most effective revision to make in sentence 24?
F Although few moles actually develop into melanoma, only an expert can determine whether a person is at risk and is carefully examining cells from the suspicious mole under a microscope.
G Although few moles actually develop into melanoma, only an expert can determine whether a person is at risk by carefully examining cells from the suspicious mole under a microscope.
H Although few moles actually develop into melanoma, only an expert under a microscope can determine whether a person is at risk by carefully examining cells from the suspicious mole.
J No revision is needed in sentence 24.
11 Brianna is not pleased with the way she has closed her paper. Which of the following could replace sentence 28 and more effectively close this paper?
A It’s time to reduce your exposure, even if you don’t want to.
B In closing, it’s important that you make changes so that you won’t get melanoma.
C Everyone is doing it now, so join the crowd and protect yourself.
D Take action now to protect your skin and avoid this life-threatening disease later.
12 What change should be made in sentence 6?
F Insert he was after Cody
G Insert a comma after Cody
H Change renowned to renownned
J No change should be made
D Sentence 9 does not need to be changed.
A Change noticed to notices
B Change for to it was for
C Change pony express to Pony Express
D Sentence 9 does not need to be changed.
14 What change should be made in sentence 15?
F Insert a comma after Buntline
G Change made to making
H Change their to his
J No change should be made.
15 What change should be made in sentence 17?
A Change Part to It was part
B Delete the comma
C Change pageant to pageant
D Change Americas’ to America’s
16 What is the correct way to write sentences 30 and 31?
F When the Wild West Show disbanded just before World War I, it was declared the most successful traveling show of all time.
G The Wild West Show disbanded just before World War I. Having been declared the most successful traveling show of all time.
H The Wild West Show disbanded just before World War I, at that time it was declared the most successful traveling show of all time.
J The sentences are written correctly in the paper.
17 What change should be made in sentence 3?
A Change years to year’s
B Change good to well
C Change achieve to acheive
D No change should be made in sentence 3.
18 What change should be made in sentence 7?
F Change the comma to a period
G Change set to setted
H Change determined to determinned
J No change should be made in sentence 7.
19 How should sentence 16 be changed?
A Change completed to completted
B Delete the comma after handwriting
C Change carefully prepared to I carefully prepared
D Change recomendation to recommendation
20 What change should be made in sentence 18?
F Change days to day’s
G Change the comma to a semicolon
H Change calls to called
J No change should be made.
21 What change needs to be made in sentence 27?
A Change I decided to Deciding
B Change had to hadn’t
C Change loose to lose
D Change an to a
22 What change needs to be made in sentence 40?
F Change Occasionaly to Occasionally
G Delete the comma after want
H Change even better to even more better
J No change needs to be made.
Write an essay stating your position on whether learning always has a positive effect on a person’s life. Be sure to • state your position clearly • use appropriate organization • provide specific support for your argument • choose your words carefully • edit your writing for grammar, mechanics, and spelling
23 In paragraph 36, the word inured means —
24 Why does Alejandro allow the old woman to stay in the clinic?
F He wants to be present when the old woman’s granddaughter arrives.
G He doesn’t want to release her until the results of her blood test arrive.
H He assumes that the nursing home director has political connections.
J He doesn’t trust the nursing home staff to know how to care for her.
25 Which line suggests that Alejandro is sensitive to the feelings of others?
A And she looks a lot worse than she did yesterday, he didn’t say.
B Why an old lady would come to ski or practice extreme sports was beyond him.
C Dr. Alejandro Benetti shook his head in frustration.
D “Well, I know what kills them, and how to keep that from happening.”
The tone of this paragraph can best be described as
27 In paragraph 26, the description of Jimena’s laugh suggests that she is —
A horrified that a doctor could ask such a ridiculous question
B pretending to enjoy the doctor’s attempt to be witty
C scornfully mocking the doctor for his stupidity
D genuinely amused by a question she finds a bit naive
28 In paragraph 32, the author uses a metaphor to convey —
F Jimena’s emotions
G the grandmother’s confusion
H Alejandro’s professionalism
J the feeling in the room
The author’s purpose for including this information in the selection is most likely to —
A describe the history of Europeans traveling to Greenland in order to study the Inughuits
B suggest that Ross’s expedition indirectly caused the destruction of Inughuit culture
C support the claim that the Inughuits have a strong cultural heritage
D emphasize how geographically and culturally isolated the Inughuits once were
30 Which sentence supports the idea that the life of the Inughuits now is not very different from how it has always been?
F Leonard, an anthropological linguist, is to spend a year living with the Inughuit people of northwest Greenland. . . .
G Many of the men spend weeks away from home hunting seals, narwhal, walruses, whales and other mammals.
H “One thing I have been told is that they are tired of journalists popping in and reporting how awful it is. . . .”
J “Then they’ll have to move south and in all probability move in to modern flats.”
31 What does Leonard predict will cause the Inughuits to move south?
A The end of their distinctive cultural heritage
B The desire to move into modern housing
C The loss of their traditional language
D The effects of climate change on their environment
32 Which of these best describes the author’s purpose for writing this article?
F To criticize the failure of linguists to document a language before it was nearly extinct
G To analyze the linguistic elements of one of the oldest and most pure Inuit dialects
H To inform the public of a researcher’s effort to document a disappearing language
J To argue that the Inuktun dialect will inevitably be lost in the next 10 to 15 years
33 Which of the following statements best characterizes the objective of the boxed information titled “Did You Know?”
A To provide multiple theories for why languages disappear
B To highlight the effects of climate change described in the article
C To provide facts about languages that are disappearing
D To suggest that it is possible to prevent languages from disappearing
34 Like the Tehuelche in “Tehuelche,” the Inughuit in “Linguist on Mission to Save Inuit ‘Fossil Language’ Disappearing with the Ice” are native people —
F in South America, with a small, aging population
G whose traditional land has become a popular tourist spot
H facing the end of their linguistic and cultural heritage
J whose way of life is threatened by climate change
35 Unlike Stephen Leonard in “Linguist on Mission to Save Inuit ‘Fossil Language’ Disappearing with the Ice,” Alejandro in “Tehuelche” is at first concerned with a little-known language only because he —
A doesn’t want an ancient culture to be lost
B is trying to gain a deeper understanding of a culture
C is committed to doing his job properly
D has trouble communicating with a patient
36 Unlike Alejandro in “Tehuelche,” Stephen Leonard in “Linguist on Mission to Save Inuit ‘Fossil Language’ Disappearing with the Ice” travels to a remote region primarily to —
F conduct original research
G earn money
H pursue a professional opportunity
J save lives
37 In these selections, the Tehuelche people and the Inughuits are portrayed as —
How is the loss of language important in “Tehuelche” and “Linguist on Mission to Save Inuit ‘Fossil Language’ Disappearing with the Ice”? Support your answer with evidence from both selections.
Which definition best matches the use of the word trust in line 1?
F Definition 1
G Definition 2
H Definition 3
J Definition 4
39 Which quotation can best be described as conveying the idea of freedom?
A thirty thousand sword-/fish will never near a ship,
B elephant herds live/long elephant lives.
C Through vast canyons, horses run
D the few birds at my feeder watch the window
40 In the first 12 lines, the poet uses imagery to describe —
F a world apart from human culture
G a hostile environment of predators and prey
H an ancient pre-human landscape
J a community of anthropomorphic animals
41 In line 14, it is significant to the theme of the poem that the birds are at the feeder because this shows that they are —
A migratory animals
B dependent on humans
C symbols of freedom
D resistant to change
42 In lines 1 through 4, the tiger is a symbol for the speaker’s —
F love of wildlife in its natural habitat
G fear of facing mortality
H belief in realities beyond the reach of experience or proof
J desire to escape the confines and complexities of modern urban life
The reader can conclude that the speaker is —
A awestruck by nature
B fearful of nature
C confused by nature
D intimidated by nature
44 In the last three lines, the tone of the poem shifts from —
F strident to optimistic
G bleak to playful
H objective to moralistic
J hopeful to apprehensive
45 What is the primary purpose of the selection?
A To encourage readers to write reviews rather than criticism
B To offer readers a new perspective on criticism
C To document the harm suffered by the author because of criticism
D To suggest that good parenting requires criticism
46 The author mentions the movie E.T. in order to —
F support his opinion that good movies provoke good debates
G explain his inability to view movies with a critical eye
H provide context for his early experience handling criticism
J indicate that the events in his article took place long ago
The author’s purpose in including this statement is to —
A provide an example of unconstructive criticism
B indicate how harsh parents can be
C show that his mother was as critical as his brother
D demonstrate the importance of clear, direct statements
48 What does the boxed information on constructive criticism have in common with the reading selection?
F It emphasizes the importance of defending yourself when you have been criticized.
G It reminds readers that different kinds of people respond differently to criticism.
H It offers specific pieces of advice for the reader to use.
J It employs the viewpoint of a sympathetic first-person narrator.
49 The author refers to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in order to —
A clarify the difference between reviewing and criticizing
B call attention to his favorite book
C offer a suggestion on how the book could have been improved
D provide an example of a good plot
50 Why does the author directly address the reader in paragraphs 21 through 27?
F He is offering praise for well-written books.
G He is scolding the reader for thinking too critically.
H He wants to engage and instruct the reader.
J He has changed his opinion about the purpose of criticism.
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