GA-English Language Arts 11 B Cumulative Exam Review

Read the paragraph.

Competitive sports are valuable activities for young people today. They emphasize the importance of being part of a team and working toward a common goal. Competitive sports give today’s youth an advantage as athletes tend to be more confident in themselves and their abilities. Participation in competitive sports is strongly recommended for our students.

Which strategy does the author use in her choice of language to convey her message?

persuasive influence

Read the excerpt from the song, “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?”

They used to tell me I was building a dream
With peace and glory ahead—

These lines emphasize the pre-Great Depression belief that

American businesses were imperishable.

Read the following excerpt from “Take the Tortillas Out of Your Poetry” by Rudolfo A. Anaya.

If we leave out our tortillas—and by that I mean the language, history, cultural values and themes of our literature—the very culture we’re portraying will die.

Based on this excerpt, which of the following statements best expresses Anaya’s point of view?

Mexican American writers need to preserve their heritage by continuing to write about it.

Read the excerpt from Flannery O’Connor’s “The Life You Save May Be Your Own.”

“A body and a spirit,” he repeated. “The body, lady, is like a house: it don’t go anywhere; but the spirit, lady, is like a automobile: always on the move, always . . .”

This excerpt contains

two similes.

Use the following definitions to answer the question.

1. (verb) to produce, to voice

1. (verb) to leave something out, to forget

Which sentence contains correct word usage?

The teacher will omit the lowest score in order to increase the averages.

Read the excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”

If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little time for anything other than such correspondence in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work.

What is the author’s purpose for including this sentence?

to undermine the significance of his critics’ letter

Read the excerpt from “Mother Tongue.”

Those tests were constructed around items like fill-in-the-blank sentence completion, such as “Even though Tom was ______, Mary thought he was _____.” And the correct answer always seemed to be the most bland combinations of thoughts, for example, “Even though Tom was foolish, Mary thought he was ridiculous.” Well, according to my mother, there were very few limitations as to what Tom could have been and what Mary might have thought of him. So I never did well on tests like that.

Which information from the excerpt best supports the inference that achievement tests ignore imagination as an element of language ability

Tan’s mother could think of several ways to answer a question like the one described in the excerpt.

Read the sentence from an argumentative essay about chemical waste.

The chemical waste produced by factories is out of hand, and factory owners should get in trouble.

Which revision offers the most improvement in word choice?

The chemical waste produced by factories is dangerous, and factory owners should be held accountable.
Which of the following sentences is written correctly?
The drum major performed badly because she forgot the routine.

Read the excerpt from David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest.

I am seated in an office, surrounded by heads and bodies. My posture is consciously congruent to the shape of my hard chair. This is a cold room in University Administration, wood-walled, Remington-hung, double-windowed against the November heat, insulated from Administrative sounds by the reception area outside, at which Uncle Charles, Mr. deLint and I were lately received.

What is the setting in this excerpt?

at a university office

Read the excerpt from Amy Tan’s essay “Mother Tongue.”

I know this for a fact, because when I was growing up, my mother’s “limited” English limited my perception of her. I was ashamed of her English. I believed that her English reflected the quality of what she had to say. That is, because she expressed them imperfectly her thoughts were imperfect.

What is the purpose of this text?

to inform readers based on Tan’s childhood experience

Select the type of transition that is used in these sentences from “Winter Dreams”.

“Then, because of a ball Mr. Hart lost near the fifteenth green, an enormous thing happened.”

d.Cause and effect

Please select the best answer from the choices provided

What is one advantage of listening to an audio recording as opposed to silently reading a play?
It helps listeners interpret the characters’ emotions and motivations.
Which strategy is the best way to improve the written expression in a redundant sentence?
Remove unnecessary repetition.

Read the excerpt from the interview with E.Y. (Yip) Harburg.

I was relieved when the Crash came. I was released. Being in business was something I detested. When I found that I could sell a song or a poem, I became me, I became alive. Other people didn’t see it that way. They were throwing themselves out of windows.

Harburg was relieved when the crash occurred because

it gave him the opportunity to develop and profit from his creativity.
According to “Introduction to the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights Movement,” the dangerous and violent atmosphere created by Jim Crow laws in the South contributed to
the first wave of the Great Migration.

Read the excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”

I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth.

How does King support this claim in the rest of his letter?

by quoting Socrates and establishing historical precedent

Read the following excerpt from Leslie Marmon Silko’s story “The Man to Send Rain Clouds.”

Leon knocked at the old carved door with its symbols of the Lamb. While he waited he looked up at the twin bells from the king of Spain with the last sunlight pouring around them in their tower.

What does the image of the Lamb above the priest’s door symbolize?

The Lamb symbolizes the traditions of the Catholic Church.

Read the excerpt from On the Road.

In those days he really didn’t know what he was talking about; that is to say, he was a young jailkid all hung-up on the wonderful possibilities of becoming a real intellectual, and he liked to talk in the tone and using the words, but in a jumbled way, that he had heard from “real intellectuals”—although, mind you, he wasn’t so naïve as that in all other things, and it took him just a few months with Carlo Marx to become completely in there with all the terms and jargon.

Which is a key feature of Kerouac’s diction that contributes to his writing style?

the use of youth culture slang

Read this excerpt from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

I stood on all of that and it worked for a second. But then I had the tips of my fingers on the vase, and the tragedies started to wobble, and the tuxedo was incredibly distracting, and the next thing was that everything was on the floor, including me, and including the vase, which had shattered. “I didn’t do it!” I hollered, but they didn’t even hear me, because they were playing music too loud and cracking up too much.

How does the narration shape Oskar’s characterization in this excerpt?

It shows his youth and inexperience.
According to Objectivism, man exists
for his own sake.

Read the excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”

Sometimes a law is just on its face and unjust in its application.

How does King support this claim?

by describing a law about parade permits

Read this excerpt from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

She said, “Ron is a great person,” which was an answer to a question I didn’t ask. So I asked again. “True or false: you are in love with Ron.” She put her hand with the ring on it in her hair and said, “Oskar, Ron is my friend.”

Which of these statements best describes the ambiguity in this excerpt?

It is unclear whether the ring is from Ron or from Oskar’s dad.

Read this excerpt from “Choreographers of Matter, Life, and Intelligence.”

But the few wondrous shells and pebbles picked up by Newton and other scientists on the seashore helped to trigger a marvelous chain of events. A profound transformation occurred in human society. With Newton’s mechanics came powerful machines, and eventually the steam engine, the motive force which reshaped the world by overturning agrarian society, spawning factories and stimulating commerce, unleashing the industrial revolution, and opening up entire continents with the railroad.

Select the most accurate summary of Kaku’s argument.

Newton’s discoveries led to the invention of machines and the beginning of an industrialized society.

Read the sentence.

The speaker of Okita’s poem tries to present herself in ways that have little to do with her customs.

Which is the best revision of this sentence using academic vocabulary?

The speaker of Okita’s poem attempts to characterize herself in ways that have little to do with her heritage.

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