NCFE English III Practice

NCFE English III Practice

The novel, A Christmas Carol, shows a "miserly" protagonist Ebeneezer Scrooge visited by three spirits who changed him into a generous man. 1. Which of the following words or phrases best suggests a meaning associated with the word in quotations? A. cheapskate B. single and elderly C. unhappy D. wealthy 1 Maya's decision to study for the biology exam instead of going to the movie with her friends was "prudent." She got an "A" on the exam while her movie going friends got D's. 2. Which of the following words or phrases defines the word in quotations? A. anti-social B. wise C. selfish D. calculating 2

3. While we were swimming in the creek, time seemed like it didn't exist. But it did, and our curfew hour sneaked past us like a cat in the shadows. 3A). What do these sentences mean? A. At the creek, there were many stray cats hiding in the shadows. B. The speaker is terrified of cats, especially when he or she is in the dark. C. Cats are the stealthiest animals in the entire world, and they are also deadly hunters. D. The speaker was having so much fun at the creek that he or she lost track of time. 3B). What literary device is most strongly used in the sentences? E. Imagery F. Personification G. Simile 3 4. Which of the following sentences contains an allusion? A. Randy and his father found an old stamp collection in their attic. B. The collection primarily consisted of postage stamps from the early 1900s. C. Randy's father studied the writing on the inside of the box. D. When Randy asked how old the collection was, his father answered,

"Four score and seven years." 4 5. Read the following passage and then answer the question that follows. Shrieks of laughter jarred Melanie from her reverie in the hallway. She looked down at the trembling hands in her lap and shook her head. "It's just a party," she told herself, "and nothing to be scared of." Shrill voices mocked and teased, and wild howls of glee once again erupted. Melanie inhaled deeply, stood, and walked slowly toward the birthday party. What is the author's purpose for writing this passage? A. to entertain the reader with a dramatic story about a wild party B. to explain how a rowdy party might intimidate some people 5 6. The scientist leaned over the microscope. In just sixty seconds, he knew that the minute, one-celled organisms would begin to divide and grow. He chuckled with happy anticipation as he began to peer into the eyepiece. What does minute mean in the sentences above? A. a unit of time measurement

B. unable to speak C. a type of musical composition D. very small in size 6 7. The neighborhood lost its cultural edge and personality when all the young, wealthy, professionally-driven suburbanites moved in and the neighborhood fell victim to "terminal gentrification." Choose the option that best defines the word in quotations. A. a housing development of varied socio-economic levels that maintains diversity B. renovation of bus and train terminals in metropolitan areas C. changes made when wealth moves into an area and brings changes to the neighborhood D. gentlemanly behaviour prevalent in society 7 8. The denotation of a word is the literal definition. The connotation of a word refers to associations or emotions attached to the word.

The definition of snake is "any of numerous scaly, legless, sometimes venomous reptiles." What are connotative examples of snake? A. redemptive and saving B. angelic and saint like C. virtuous and honorable D. evil and danger 8 Obesity is a disease that is facing new generations every day. Younger and younger children are being reported by doctors to U.S. health organizations as being extremely overweight and exercising less. What can be done to curb this current trend? The Secretary of Education is looking for an answer. The government started with school nutrition; most schools no longer offer items such as french fries or sugary sodas. These high carbohydrate foods that are high in calories and low in long term benefits are being traded for salads, lean proteins, fruit juices, and bottled water. The next area to be reformed in public schools is the physical education department. Schools must take responsibility for the physical and mental well being of their students if obesity is to be stopped. 9. What is the main idea of this passage? A. Schools need to serve better food.

B. Students who don't like sports are obese. C. Students need to get more exercise the way they did ten years ago. 9 10. Being intolerant of a person for a reason beyond that person's control is a form of prejudice. It is important to remember that everyone is created equal and should be respected. What is the main idea? A. B. C. D. Tolerance from others is deserved by all. Not being tolerant is acceptable in some situations. Agreeing with others is how to show tolerance. To be tolerant is to be open-minded and fair. 10 11. The denotation of a word is the literal definition. The connotation of a word refers to

associations or emotions attached to the word. The definition of home is "the place where one lives." What are connotative examples of home? A. B. C. D. foreign, distant, and far off family, love, and comfort contain, hold, and admit global, transnational, and planetary 11 12. What is the authors tone in the below quote? I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion about the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. - Ben Franklin A.

B. C. D. Compassionate Judgmental Insightful Sarcastic 12 13. What two tones are expressed in the following dialogue? These days, all teenagers are irresponsible and selfish. How CAN you even say that with a straight face??? Teenagers do school work, have jobs, and participate in sports! They might DO those things, but that doesnt mean they do them well or dont have ulterior motives---like trying to look good on a resume. They dont DO them out of the goodness of their character. They have to do them. You must not know many teenagers. My experience shows me teens who are genuinely kind, giving, hard-working, and responsible. A. B.

C. D. Sarcastic and irate Critical and defensive Judgmental and supportive Ironic and angry 13 14. What tone best describes the below quotation? "Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on yesterdays." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson A. Sentimental B. Cautionary C. Reminiscent D. Inspirational

14 .What is the TONE of the following quote? Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. - Winston Churchill A. Condescending B. Gratifying C. Patriotic D. Reminiscent 15 What is the image satirizing? A. construction zones B. fashion C. digital overload D. the government 16

The Courage That My Mother Had The courage that my mother had Went with her, and is with her still: Rock from New England quarried; Now granite in a granite hill. The golden brooch my mother wore She left behind for me to wear; I have no thing I treasure more: Yet it is something I could spare. Oh, if instead shed left to me The thing she took into the grave! That courage like a rock, which she Has no more need of, and I have. Which sentence BEST describes the theme of this poem? A. Personal strengths are more important than valuable objects. B. Only a daughter can truly relate to her mothers feelings. C. Having a golden brooch is better than

nothing. D. Unlike jewelry, traits such as courage are not valued. 17 The Courage That My Mother Had The courage that my mother had Went with her, and is with her still: Rock from New England quarried; Now granite in a granite hill. The golden brooch my mother wore She left behind for me to wear; I have no thing I treasure more: Yet it is something I could spare. Oh, if instead shed left to me The thing she took into the grave! That courage like a rock, which she Has no more need of, and I have. Which phrase from the poem creates a tone of sadness and regret?

A. Rock from New England quarried B. Oh, if instead shed left to me C. The golden brooch my mother wore D. That courage like a rock 18 The Courage That My Mother Had The courage that my mother had Went with her, and is with her still: Rock from New England quarried; Now granite in a granite hill. The golden brooch my mother wore She left behind for me to wear; I have no thing I treasure more: Yet it is something I could spare. Oh, if instead shed left to me The thing she took into the grave! That courage like a rock, which she Has no more need of, and I have.

Which pair of nouns BEST describes the mood of this poem? A. admiration and longing B. distrust and jealousy C. awe and amazement D. anger and resentment 19 Wildflowers The bellflowers cup is a five-pointed star, Translucent and thin As an onion skin. The beach rose smells like a citrus fruit 5 Acrid, yet sweet A lemony treat. The milkweed, in autumn, sends out its seeds, Traveling the winds routes In downy parachutes. 10 The scarlet nasturtium is striking and bright, A trailing vine

That loves to climb. The forget-me-not blossom is blue and gold, A keepsake of love 15 For those bereft of. The iris has whorls of purple and white, And a stubbly beard That looks quite weird. The Queen Annes lace is noble and prime, 20 A sovereign cloud Of beauty endowed. And the florists flower is beautiful, too, But those that grow free Are special to me. In Line 19, the phrase noble and prime suggests that the Queen Annes lace A. B. C. D. is invaluable.

has a regal beauty to it. was first grown by an English queen. is the tallest of all the wildflowers. 20 Wildflowers The bellflowers cup is a five-pointed star, Translucent and thin As an onion skin. The beach rose smells like a citrus fruit 5 Acrid, yet sweet A lemony treat. The milkweed, in autumn, sends out its seeds, Traveling the winds routes In downy parachutes. 10 The scarlet nasturtium is striking and bright, A trailing vine That loves to climb. The forget-me-not blossom is blue and gold, A keepsake of love 15 For those bereft of.

The iris has whorls of purple and white, And a stubbly beard That looks quite weird. The Queen Annes lace is noble and prime, 20 A sovereign cloud Of beauty endowed. And the florists flower is beautiful, too, But those that grow free Are special to me. Which line from the poem is an example of a simile? A. The beach rose smells like a citrus fruit B. In downy parachutes. C. A keepsake of love D. And the florists flower is beautiful, too, 21 Wildflowers

The bellflowers cup is a five-pointed star, Translucent and thin As an onion skin. The beach rose smells like a citrus fruit 5 Acrid, yet sweet A lemony treat. The milkweed, in autumn, sends out its seeds, Traveling the winds routes In downy parachutes. 10 The scarlet nasturtium is striking and bright, A trailing vine That loves to climb. The forget-me-not blossom is blue and gold, A keepsake of love 15 For those bereft of. The iris has whorls of purple and white, And a stubbly beard That looks quite weird. The Queen Annes lace is noble and prime, 20 A sovereign cloud Of beauty endowed. And the florists flower is beautiful, too,

But those that grow free Are special to me. How does the mood the poet creates relate to the purpose of the poem? A. The mood is nostalgic because the poet is remembering these flowers from when he was a child. B. The mood is envious because the poet wishes that he could be free like the wildflowers. C. The mood is yearning because the poet wishes that wildflowers were as popular as florists flowers. D. The mood is appreciative because the poet enjoys many characteristics of the wildflowers. 22 Wildflowers The bellflowers cup is a five-pointed star, Translucent and thin

As an onion skin. The beach rose smells like a citrus fruit 5 Acrid, yet sweet A lemony treat. The milkweed, in autumn, sends out its seeds, Traveling the winds routes In downy parachutes. 10 The scarlet nasturtium is striking and bright, A trailing vine That loves to climb. The forget-me-not blossom is blue and gold, A keepsake of love 15 For those bereft of. The iris has whorls of purple and white, And a stubbly beard That looks quite weird. The Queen Annes lace is noble and prime, 20 A sovereign cloud Of beauty endowed. And the florists flower is beautiful, too, But those that grow free Are special to me.

The theme of this poem deals with which of the following topics? A. B. C. D. the wonders of our planet the mysteries of the universe the beauty of nature the endurance of natural things 23 Wildflowers The bellflowers cup is a five-pointed star, Translucent and thin As an onion skin. The beach rose smells like a citrus fruit 5 Acrid, yet sweet A lemony treat.

The milkweed, in autumn, sends out its seeds, Traveling the winds routes In downy parachutes. 10 The scarlet nasturtium is striking and bright, A trailing vine That loves to climb. The forget-me-not blossom is blue and gold, A keepsake of love 15 For those bereft of. The iris has whorls of purple and white, And a stubbly beard That looks quite weird. The Queen Annes lace is noble and prime, 20 A sovereign cloud Of beauty endowed. And the florists flower is beautiful, too, But those that grow free Are special to me. After reading this poem, what can the reader infer about the poet? A. The poet has a garden filled with

wildflowers. B. The poet knows about the varieties of wildflowers. C. The poets favorite wildflower is Queen Annes lace. D. The poets home is surrounded by nasturtiums. 24 Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -over and over announcing your place in the family of things. Read these lines from the poem. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. By juxtaposing the two images contained in these lines, the poem suggests that A. geese possess a beauty and strength that people lack B. like most animals, people are controlled by instinct C. the natural world is free of guilt and accusation D. animals are able to choose their own path

25 Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -over and over announcing your place in the family of things.

Which of these lines provides the best evidence that the poem promotes gaining self-awareness through intuition? A. You only have to let the soft animal of your body/love what it loves. B. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,/are heading home again. C. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain/are moving across the landscapes, D. You do not have to walk on your knees/for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. 26 Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.

Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -over and over announcing your place in the family of things. Read these lines from the poem. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. These lines suggest A. B. C. D.

the futility of talk the need for forgiveness the desire for change the uselessness of hope 27 Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver You do not have to be good. By beginning lines 1, 2, and 4 with You and You do not have to walk on your knees then beginning lines 7, 8, and 12 with For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. Meanwhile, the poet emphasizes You only have to let the soft animal of your body A. the moral imperative for each person to love what it loves. take responsibility for protecting the Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. natural world Meanwhile the world goes on. B. the contrast between the misery of a

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain person lost in despair and the are moving across the landscapes, magnificence of the natural world C. the parallel between the changing phases over the prairies and the deep trees, in a persons life and the eternal cycles the mountains and the rivers. found in nature Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, D. the need for each person to understand are heading home again. the geographic features of his or her Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, natural environment the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -over and over announcing your place in the family of things. 28 Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver You do not have to be good.

Read these lines from the poem. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain You only have to let the soft animal of your body are moving across the landscapes, love what it loves. over the prairies and the deep trees, Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain blue air, are moving across the landscapes, are heading home again. over the prairies and the deep trees, The tone of this section of the poem can best the mountains and the rivers. be described as Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. A. uplifting

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, B. straightforward the world offers itself to your imagination, C. conversational calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -- D. condescending over and over announcing your place in the family of things. 29 Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver Read these lines from the poem. You do not have to be good. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, You do not have to walk on your knees the world offers itself to your imagination, For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and You only have to let the soft animal of your body exciting love what it loves.

over and over announcing your place Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. in the family of things. These lines suggest that the poets purpose Meanwhile the world goes on. for writing the poem is to persuade the reader Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain to are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, A. re-examine old assumptions about human the mountains and the rivers. nature compared with the nature of wild Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, animals B. appreciate how natural forces work in are heading home again. nature Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, C. develop an understanding of the role the world offers itself to your imagination, people play in the natural world calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -- D. overcome alienation by creating a new

over and over announcing your place relationship with the natural world in the family of things. 30 Read the following excerpt from Andy Weir's novel The Martian. The protagonist has been stranded on Mars and has been keep a log of his thoughts and actions while stuck there. This excerpt begins with NASA officials trying to figure out how to get him home and end with one of the protagonist's log entries. "Any idea on how to keep him alive for four years?" "Nope." "Work on that, too." "Will do," Venkat said. Teddy swiveled his chair and looked out the window to the sky beyond. Night was edging in. "What must it be like?" he pondered. "He's stuck out there. He thinks he's totally alone and that we all gave up on him. What kind of effect does that have on a man's psychology?" He turned back to Venkat. "I wonder what he's thinking right now." LOG ENTRY: SOL 61 How come Aquaman can control whales? They're mammals! Makes no sense. What literary device is being used for humorous effect? a. juxtaposition b. allusion

c. pun d. rhetorical device 31 Read the following passage from "Polar Night" by Norah Burke. The story is about a female polar bear who is getting ready for winter. At this point in the story, she has just killed a seal and heard a noise. She hid and this is what happens next: Presently she saw upright seals coming along the shore. They were rather rare creatures, these, and dangerous for all they were so weak. The places they lived had light and noise, and smelled of good food. The she-bear often drew near the places, attracted by those smells. She hunted these land-seals too, and ate them when she could. They were not like the sea-seals, though. They wore seal fur, and their skins were rubbed with seal blubber, but there was a different taste inside. Based on this passage, the term "land-seal" probably means: a. sea lions b. leopard seals c. some unknown animals d. humans 32

Read this passage from The Running Man by Richard Bachman: "Oh dear God," Amelia Williams moaned. Richards looked down at himself casually. His entire right side, from ribcage to calf, was bright and sparkling red. "Who would have thought the old man had so much blood in him?" Richards said. What literary term is the last line said by Richards? a. allusion b. cliche c. personification d. metaphor 33 This is an example of which literary term? a. pun b. situational irony c. metaphor d. alliteration 34

Look at the picture : Using the headline, what is this an example of? a. satire b. irony c. rhetorical device d. idiom 35 Look at this panel from the first appearance of Marvel's Iron Fist: What is the purpose of writing these captions in 2nd person point of view? a. to mimic Asian writing styles b. to make the reader feel like he or she is the main character c. second person is the traditional style used to write comics d. the point of view is awkward, so it shows that Iron Fist will be a fallen hero or villain as the series

progresses. 36 What two literary terms drive the humor in this image? a. verbal irony and periphrasis b. alliteration and dramatic irony c. allusion and pun d. archetypes and imagery 37 Based in the poster, one of the themes of Othello is: a. jealousy b. hatred c. fidelity d. love 38

"Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Coleridge is an excellent poem about some freaky things that happen to this guy while on a boat on the ocean. Read the following excerpt: Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink. What is the above an example of? a. hyperbole b. imagery c. situational irony d. unreliable narrator 39 Read the following from J. R. R. Tolkien's work, The Fall of Arthur: Greatest was Gawain, whose glory waxed as times darkened, true and dauntless, among knights peerless ever anew proven,

defence and fortress of a falling world What word could replace "waxed" in the second line? a. faded b. increased c. faltered d. fearless 40 Read the following excerpt from Fahrenheit 451. This is a book written in the 1950s that takes place in our future. The little mosquito-delicate dancing hum in the air, the electrical murmur of a hidden wasp snug in its special pink warm nest. The music was almost loud enough so he could follow the tune. Without turning on the light he imagined how this room would look. His wife stretched on the bed, uncovered and cold, like a body displayed on the lid of the tomb, her eyes fixed in the ceiling by invisible threads of steel, immovable. And in her ears the little Seashells, the thimble radios tamped tight, and an electronic ocean of sound, of music and talk and music and talk coming in, coming in on the shore of her unsleeping mind. The room was indeed empty. Every night the waves came in and bore her off on their great tides of sound, floating her, wide-eyed, toward morning. There had been no night in the last two years that Mildred had not swum that sea, had not gladly gone down in it for the third time.

What is the purpose of the metaphor in this passage? a. to explain how Mildred drowned b. to show that Mildred cannot swim c. to explain how Mildred listens to music d. to show Mildred's unique fashion sense 41

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