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English 10A Final Exam Form A **Do NOT write on this form!**
On the answer form provided, mark the best possible answer to each question.
Part I: Rhetoric Unit
1. Rhetoric is: a. getting what we want b. the art of persuasion c. the art of speaking and writing effectively d. none of the above
2. The use of repeated consonant sounds is called: a. alliteration b. hyperbole c. stylistic devices d. allusion
3. When a writer’s words do not match the intended meaning, this is called: a. assonance b. hyperbole c. irony d. oxymoron
4. If the writer of a piece is focused on the subject matter, the writing is primarily: a. expository b. expressive c. persuasive d. none of the above
5. Comparing two unlike things for a certain effect is called: a. euphemism b. metaphor c. onomatopoeia d. personification
6. The two parts of rhetoric are: a. speaking and writing b. rhetorical strategy and stylistic devices c. the meaning of your words and the feeling attached to them d. none of the above
7. The use of overblown exaggeration is called: a. allusion b. rhetorical devices c. persuasion d. hyperbole
8. A writer’s use of alliteration, imagery, and hyperbole are examples of: a. organization b. content c. rhetorical strategy d. stylistic devices
9. When a writer uses a more pleasant expression to describe something unpleasant, this is called: a. expression b. oxymoron c. hyperbole d. euphemism
10. What we say in a piece and how we organize it is the: a. tone b. narration c. rhetorical strategy d. stylistic device
11. Added touches that improve the presentation of a piece are: a. hyperbole b. rhetorical devices c. personification d. none of the above
12. When a writer refers to another piece of literature, historical event, etc., this is called: a. stylistic device b. allusion c. hyperbole d. none of the above
13. “Parting is such sweet sorrow” is an example of: a. simile b. oxymoron c. allusion d. hyperbole
14. Giving human qualities to something non-human is called: a. allusion b. metaphor c. euphemism d. none of the above
15. If a writer’s focus is on the reader, then the piece is primarily: a. expository b. expressive c. persuasive d. none of the above
16. Elements like a piece’s tone, diction, and the details that the author uses are part of the writer’s: a. allusion b. expression c. stylistic devices d. none of the above
17. If a piece seems to be focused on the writer, then the writing is primarily: a. expository b. expressive c. persuasive d. none of the above
18. In SOAPS, the S’s stand for: a. Subject and Speaker b. Speaker and Summary c. Subliminal messages and Subject d. Sentences and Summary
19. In SOAPS, the O stands for: a. Object b. Objective c. Occasion d. Octopus
20. In SOAPS, the A stands for: a. Author b. Alliteration c. Allusion d. Audience
21. In SOAPS, the P stands for: a. Persuasion b. Purpose c. Poignancy d. Point
22. Tone is defined as: a. the types of words a writer uses b. the mood of the main character in a story c. the author’s attitude toward a subject d. the deeper meaning of a piece
Read each of the following passages and answer the questions following it.
Passage #1: “622 Needs New Blood” The current status of the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale District 622 is extremely disturbing. Any school district should be run like a business -- where results and fiscal responsibility drive the bus. It seems there is simply too much politics and wasteful spending that keep many things from getting done properly. Administrators should be spending our money wisely and making sure the end result is that our children are getting the best possible education our money can buy. That's why you should vote for the nonincumbents: Marc Cove, Pete Fehlen, Joel Blackford and Pam Cunningham. They are candidates committed to finding ways to get more money into the classroom, improving this district's test scores and improving the educational experience of our children. By A. Schwartz, Oakdale (Letter to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 30, 2003) 23. The purpose of this piece is to: a. inform b. persuade c. express ideas, opinions, and feelings d. both a and c
24. In SOAPS, the A for this piece would be: a. to explore the reasons why District 622 is suffering b. Marc Cove, Pete Fehlen, Joel Blackford, and Pam Cunningham c. voters who live in District 622 d. students in District 622
25. The last sentence of the piece contains example(s) of: a. euphemism b. alliteration c. assonance d. both b and c
26. In SOAPS, the O for this piece would be: a. District 622 b. Marc Cove, Pete Fehlen, Joel Blackford and Pam Cunningham c. To get people to vote for the nonincumbents d. The upcoming school board elections
27. The tone of this piece could be described as: a. black and white b. sad and depressing c. informative d. serious and persuasive
Passage #2: Supreme Court won't hear appeal in Lanesboro fire conviction Associated Press ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal by the former Lanesboro police chief who wanted his arson conviction overturned. The decision means that John Tuchek will have to complete his six-year prison sentence. Tuchek was convicted of setting a fire that destroyed two historic buildings and damaged a third in downtown Lanesboro in 2000. The Minnesota Appeals Court upheld Tuchek's conviction in late August. Tuchek has claimed there wasn't enough evidence to prove that he intended to damage the buildings, although he admitted setting the fires. Tuchek said he had planned to rescue his ex-girlfriend, who lived in one of the buildings, in hopes of winning her back. (Published in St. Paul Pioneer Press, October 30, 2003)
28. The purpose of this selection is to: a. inform b. persuade c. express ideas, opinions, or feelings d. both a and c
29. In SOAPS, one S would stand for: a. a court decision regarding an arson in Lanesboro, MN b. John Tuchek’s relationship with his ex-girlfriend c. arson d. John Tuchek
30. In SOAPS, another S would stand for: a. the Minnesota Supreme Court judge b. Tuchek’s ex-girlfriend c. a newspaper reporter d. the Lanesboro police
31. The tone of this piece can be described as: a. humorous b. angry c. persuasive d. informative
Part II: Antigone
32. Dionysus is: a. the god of wine and fertility; the patron of theater b. the author of Antigone c. Antigone’s fiancé d. a Greek ruler
33. In Greek theater, how many actors were on stage at a time? a. 1 b. 2 c. 3 d. as many as needed
34. What did the chorus do? a. sing and chant b. sum up the action after every scene c. say out loud what the audience should be thinking d. all of the above
35. What can the choragus do that the rest of the characters can’t? a. speak to the actors b. sing and dance c. speak to the audience d. wear a mask
36. A tragedy tells the story of: a. the downfall of a dignified, superior character b. star-crossed lovers c. deaths and suicides d. events leading up to a final battle
37. A tragic hero must possess: a. a gift for speaking b. very few morals c. a position of power d. a fatal flaw
38. Creon forbids the burying of Polyneices because: a. he wants to get back at Antigone b. it is against the gods’ laws c. Polyneices’ army invaded Thebes d. it is against the law to bury men who die in battle
39. One thing that Antigone and Creon have in common is that they are both: a. very religious b. inbred c. imaginative d. stubborn
40. Ismene refuses to help Antigone because she is: a. afraid of Creon b. afraid of dead bodies c. already doing something that day d. still angry with Polyneices
41. Those who disagree with Creon are often accused of: a. being immature b. wanting the Argives to win c. accepting bribes d. having no guts
42. The chorus represents: a. the voice of Zeus b. the court of Creon c. the family of Creon d. the elders of Thebes
43. Teiresias is: a. Creon’s son b. a blind prophet c. Antigone’s brother d. Ismene’s husband
44. Those who disagree with Creon argue that: a. anarchy is not the reason behind Polynieces’ burial b. people need to listen to others and change their minds when they know they’re wrong c. bribery is okay as long as no one gets hurt d. women should not be executed
45. Creon’s punishment for killing Antigone is that: a. he goes insane and blinds himself b. his son and wife kill themselves c. Antigone’s ghost haunts him d. He is struck by lightning
46. All of the following are themes of Antigone, EXCEPT: a. Stubbornness and pride lead to downfall. b. Religious laws are more important than civil laws. c. Love is stronger than death d. A great leader should be able to admit when he is wrong
Part IV: A Separate Peace
47. At the beginning of the story, Gene comes back to visit these two places: a. his old dorm room and the football field b. the river and a dining hall c. a classroom and the tennis courts d. a tree and a set of stairs
48. In A Separate Peace Gene’s main personality flaw was: a. jealousy b. pride c. love d. stubbornness
49. Gene returns to the Devon School and says, “It was time to come out of the rain.” This means: a. war has damaged his heart and life is too short b. it is time to start to remember the good times c. it is time to forgive and move on with life d. war can an only be an excuse for 15 years
50. In Gene’s opinion, Phineas would have: a. made a good solider if he had not been crippled b. been driven psycho by basic training c. become an officer d. made a mess of the war
51. Who keeps hinting that Gene is guilty of jostling Finny? a. Brinker b. Phineas c. Quakenbush d. Chet Douglas
52. When does Gene realize that Finny isn’t jealous of him? a. when they go to the beach b. just before Finny’s fall from the tree c. after the trial d. several years later
53. Leper leaves the army because: a. he killed a man b. he missed Devon c. he was going to be discharged for mental reasons d. he had to tell Finny about Gene
54. Gene's time at the Devon school and the greatest part of the novel's story covers how much time? a. one week b. one month c. one year d. two years
55. At Finny's home, Gene: a. tries to tell Finny the truth about the tree incident b. blames the incident on Leper c. totally blames Finny for the fall d. tells Finny the whole truth
56. Why does Finny invent the story of the imaginary war? a. to be funny b. he is crazy c. to be different from the other boys at school d. to cover up his feelings of wanting to be a soldier and not being able to
57. Leper's telegram interrupts: a. a Super Suicide Society meeting b. the Winter Carnival c. the trial d. the end of term party
58. A major internal conflict in the story is: a. Gene fighting with Quackenbush b. Finny falling out of the tree c. Gene’s struggle with his parents d. Leper’s mental illness
59. An external conflict in the story is: a. the students versus the war b. Brinker’s father versus Gene and Brinker c. Leper trying to join the ski troops d. Finny coming to terms with his disability
60. Brinker enlists in the Coast Guard because a. his father wants it b. it will allow him to be active in combat very soon c. he saw a film about it that impressed him d. his is not likely to be in combat
61. Why does Finny want Gene to train for the Olympics? a. to replace what he could have been himself b. he always wanted to coach c. patriotism d. to get even with Gene by making him sweat
Put the following events in chronological order: a. first b. second c. third d. fourth
62. Finny returns to school. 63. The Winter Carnival 64. Blitzball is invented 65. Gene is on trial in the First Academy Building
66. A theme of the novel is: a. Giving up is worse than never trying. b. Jealousy poisons relationships. c. Don’t join the military unless you’re ready for a challenge. d. Be yourself, even when surrounded by peer pressure.
Part V: Vocabulary
67. Which of the following would be an encumbrance? a. a note from a friend b. applying for a job c. a 40-pound backpack d. a kitten
68. You might look at me incredulously if I told you that: a. I am scheduled to go to the moon next fall. b. My best friend works as an artist. c. I love to read. d. I heard it is supposed to rain this weekend.
69. If someone said something that was not coherent, you might: a. get offended. b. ignore it and walk away. c. answer his/her question. d. ask him/her to repeat it.
70. To look at someone incredulously probably means that: a. he has food in his teeth b. she is very friendly c. he has just said something unbelievable d. you haven’t seen her in a long time
71. By looking at someone’s facial expression, you might infer: a. her favorite color. b. his age. c. her mood. d. what he had for dinner last night.
72. I might issue a reprimand if you: a. came late to class. b. aced a test. c. asked a question about the homework. d. needed to come in for extra help.
73. You might be upset if you found your life devoid of any: a. homework. b. friends c. sadness. d. vegetables.
74. If someone wanted to coerce you into doing something, he/she would most likely use a(n): a. threat. b. piece of cake. c. money. d. begging.
75. A precarious situation to find yourself in would be: a. holding a winning lottery ticket. b. sitting behind the wheel of a new car. c. taking a test. d. standing on the edge of a cliff.
76. If you were to perpetuate a rumor, you would: a. confirm the information. b. tell your friend what you just heard. c. remind people that gossip is hurtful. d. keep your mouth closed.
Part VI: Phrases
77. A phrase that contains a past tense verb or verb ending in –ing that acts like an adjective or adverb is a: a. gerund phrase b. prepositional phrase c. verbal d. participial phrase
78. A phrase that contains a noun or pronoun that describes a noun is: a. participial phrase b. infinitive phrase c. appositive d. gerund phrase
79. A phrase with a verb ending in –ing that acts like a noun is: a. appositive b. infinitive phrase c. gerund phrase d. participial phrase
80. A phrase that begins with “to” and a verb, that acts like a noun, adjective, or adverb is: a. prepositional phrase b. verbal c. infinitive phrase d. gerund phrase For each of the following sentences, choose the answer that describes the underlined phrase.
81. After school, I would like to go to the mall. a. prepositional b. infinitive c. participial d. appositive
82. After school, I would like to go to the mall. a. appositive b. infinitive c. prepositional d. participial
83. I wrote a fan letter to Matt Damon, my favorite actor. a. appositive b. prepositional c. gerund d. participial
84. Fishing off our dock is one thing our family enjoys at the cabin. a. gerund b. participial c. infinitive d. appositive
85. I have always wanted to be an actor. a. appositive b. prepositional c. participial d. infinitive
86. Be careful driving to school tomorrow because it’s supposed to snow tonight. a. infinitive b. gerund c. appositive d. prepositional
87. Under the night sky, we watched for shooting stars. a. gerund b. participial c. prepositional d. appositive
88. Keeping with tradition, we had Thanksgiving dinner at my grandparents’ house. a. infinitive b. prepositional c. participial d. gerund
89. The small dog jumped through the flaming hoop. a. prepositional b. infinitive c. participial d. gerund
90. Today in hockey practice we worked on faking a shot. a. infinitive b. prepositional c. participial d. gerund
91. To get to my house, take a right at the next stop sign. a. appositive b. participial c. infinitive d. prepositional
92. The school ordered that wearing hats in school would be against the rules. a. gerund b. appositive c. participial d. infinitive
93. Jenny, the girl with the green shirt, is a sophomore. a. infinitive b. gerund c. appositive d. participial
For the following sentences, mark whether the participial phrase in each sentence is used correctly, or is used incorrectly. If it is used incorrectly, mark whether it is dangling or misplaced.
94. Running down the street, my hair blew in my eyes. a. correct b. dangling c. misplaced
95. Plastered on the side of the bus, Jenna read the advertisement. a. correct b. dangling c. misplaced
96. Driving home, I noticed that the roads were slippery. a. correct b. dangling c. misplaced
97. Kicking and jumping, Alex backed away from the horse. a. correct b. dangling c. misplaced
98. Left on the restaurant table, I found a lost wallet. a. correct b. dangling c. misplaced
99. Wading in the stream, goose bumps appeared on his legs. a. correct b. dangling c. misplaced
100. Trying not to trip, I walked carefully through the crowd. a. correct b. dangling c. misplaced