Question 1. What does Dove reveal about herself when she says she identified with the village idiot in the science fiction story she read?
A. that she is not very intelligent
B. that she was painfully shy and awkward as a child
C. that she longs to be famous and have a statue made of her
D. that she thinks her brother is an idiot, too
Question 2. What does Quindlen call feeding babies, walking dogs, and doing household jobs?
A. difficult chores
B. simple daily routines
C. well-paid occupations
D. enjoyable pastimes
Question 3. Quindlen says her son “got pulled over for pushing the pedal.” What happened to him?
A. A police officer stopped him for speeding.
B. He was riding a motorcycle.
C. A high wind pulled him over while riding a bicycle.
D. He pushed the brake pedal too hard and crashed his car.
Question 4. What group of people does Quindlen decide are “correct” in their views?
A. the optimists
B. the pessimists
C. the realists
D. those still undecided
Question 5. Which of the following is the best substitute for the word emit in this sentence: “The eart monitor machine was set to emit regular beeps”?
A. send out
Question 6. Much of Ian Frazier’s “Coyote v. Acme” consists of descriptions of products that have not worked well or that have injured Coyote. Which of the following best describes the text structure of the selection?
B. spatial order
D. chronological order
Question 7. Read the following passage from “Coyote v. Acme”: Encumbered by his heavy casts, Mr. Coyote lost control of the Rocket Skates soon after strapping them on, and collided with a roadside billboard so violently as to leave a hole in the shape of his full silhouette. Which of the following techniques does Frazier use in this passage?
Question 8. To which character’s experiences in The Woman Warrior would an American teenager most likely relate?
A. Brave Orchid
B. Moon Orchid
C. Brave Orchid’s daughter
D. Brave Orchid’s niece
Question 9. William Safire begins his essay “Onomatopoeia” with which of the following?
A. a literary allusion
B. a definition
C. a timeline
D. a paraphrase
Question 10. According to Safire, all the following words are usual examples of onomatopoeia except
Question 11. In which sentence is refuge used correctly?
A. We took refuge from the rain by standing inside the doorway.
B. Because we took refuge from the rain, we got soaking wet.
C. We wanted to take refuge from the mosquitoes, because we loved being with them.
D. Our refuge was the exposed field with no trees or structures in sight.
Question 12. The author of “Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper” believes that
A. hard jobs make you a better person.
B. hard labor is behind many endeavors.
C. legal pads are poorly made.d
D. students use too much paper in law school.
Question 13. Which word best replaces crevices in this sentence: “The crevices in the ice made it dangerous to walk on”?
Question 14. What is the central image in “The Secret”?
Question 15. Which of the following expresses a theme in “The Secret”?
A. A poem can have many different meanings to different people.
B. It is easy to forget lines of poetry.
C. A poet remembers every detail in every poem she writes.
D. People read poetry to forget their problems.
Question 16. In which sentence is the word swerve used correctly?
A. We had to swerve, so we drove in a straight line.
B. I wanted to swerve, so I could drive around the deer.
C. I needed to swerve, because I wanted to go backwards down the driveway.
D. The other drivers stopped their cars to swerve.
Question 17. Why does Ramsay get upset at the sanitation workers?
A. He thinks they have taken too long to clean up the walkway.
B. He thinks they should be working at Ground Zero, not in Brooklyn.
C. He thinks they are cleaning up the tributes to those killed in the 9/11 attacks.
D. He thinks they are doing a poor job of cleaning up since there are many objects still on the walkway.
Question 18. In “The Latin Deli,” which of the following adjectives best describes the woman who presides over the counter?
Question 19. Read the following lines from “The Latin Deli”: when they walk down the narrow aisles of her store reading the labels of packages aloud, as if they were the names of lost lovers . . . What overall feeling do the sensory details and the comparison to “lost lovers” suggest?
Question 20. Overall, what seems to be the woman’s attitude toward her customers in “The Latin Deli”?
A. understanding and sympathetic
B. cold and uncaring