NES English Language Arts (301): Practice & Study Guide Final Exam

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Question 1 1. Based on their descriptions below, which pairing of characters from different texts are best to use for an analysis paper on the theme of isolation?

Question 2 2. Which is of the following is a defining characteristic of a myth?

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Read the excerpt taken from Animal Farm by George Orwell and answer the question below.


'Comrades,' he (Squealer the pig) said, 'I trust that every animal here appreciates the sacrifice that Comrade Napoleon has made in taking this extra labour upon himself. Do not imagine, comrades, that leadership is a pleasure! On the contrary, it is a deep and heavy responsibility. No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?'

Question 3 3. Considering that Squealer is a villainous character, what is Orwell most likely communicating in a political sense?

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Read the passage from Charles Dicken's Great Expectations and answer the question that follows.


My sister, Mrs. Joe Gargery, was more than twenty years older than I, and had established a great reputation with herself and the neighbours because she had brought me up ''by hand.'' Having at that time to find out for myself what the expression meant, and knowing her to have a hard and heavy hand, and to be much in the habit of laying it upon her husband as well as upon me, I supposed that Joe Gargery and I were both brought up by hand.

Question 4 4. What literary device is used in the passage from Great Expectations to comic effect?

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A person has lost his passport card but still has his passport book. These are the instructions for reporting a lost passport card.


HOW TO REPORT A LOST OR STOLEN PASSPORT BOOK AND/OR CARD

To report a lost or stolen passport, please choose ONE of the following options:

1. To apply for a new U.S. passport book and/or card: please submit this form with a new DS-11, Application for a U.S. Passport, to any designated acceptance facility, U.S. passport agency, U.S. embassy, or U.S. consulate abroad.


OR


2. If you are NOT applying for a new U.S. passport book and/or card, submit this form AND a photocopy of a government-issued photo identification (such as a driver's license or state-issued identification) to the following address:

ATTN: CLASP

U.S. Department of State

CA/PPT/S/L/LE

44132 Mercure Cir

P.O. Box 1227

Sterling, Virginia 20166-1227

Only use this address to submit this form or other correspondence about lost/stolen passports. For general inquiries, call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778


OR


3. To report a lost or stolen U. S. passport by phone, call 1-877-487-2778 and follow the representative's instructions.


OR


4. To report a lost or stolen U. S. passport online, please visit our website at www.travel.state.gov.


Source: U.S. Department of State

DS-64 Statement Regarding a Lost or Stolen U.S. Passport Book or Card

Question 5 5. According to the guidelines, by which of the following ways can this person obtain a new passport card?

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Read this passage from the short story ''The Palace Thief'' and answer the accompanying question.


It was only as I mounted the stage to present Deepak with the garland of Laurel, however, that I glanced at Mr. Woodbridge and realized that he too had wanted me to steer the contest toward Sedgewick Bell. At the same moment, I saw Senator Bell making his way toward the rear door of the hall. Young Sedgewick stood limply to the side of me, and I believe I had my first inkling then of the mighty forces that would twist the life of that boy.

Question 6 6. What literary device is used which adds to the momentum of ''The Palace Thief''?

Question 7 7.

The following is someone's draft of a body paragraph for a persuasive essay.


Tanning beds are extremely harmful to health for a myriad of reasons. Many doctors advise to never use them because they can cause cancer of the skin. They can also cause premature aging of the skin.


Which of the following adjustments would make the writing style sound logically ordered and concise?

Question 8 8. Lawrence is about to go spend time at a park with a colleague. Which of the following would be considered rude to do when Lawrence greets his colleague?

Question 9 9. A writer is doing research for a paper on how aspirin affects the body and finds the following sources. Which of these is likely to have the most credibility?

Question 10 10. Historically, which of the following terms was commonplace but is now considered offensive?

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Read the passage from Silent Spring by Rachel Carson and answer the following question.


The whole process of spraying seems caught up in an endless spiral. Since DDT was released for civilian use, a process of escalation has been going on in which ever more toxic materials must be found. This has happened because insects, in a triumphant vindication of Darwin's principle of the survival of the fittest, have evolved super races immune to the particular insecticide used, hence a deadlier one has always to be developed, and then a deadlier one than that. ...


The 'control of nature' is a phrase conceived in arrogance, born of the Neanderthal age of biology and philosophy, when it was supposed that nature exists for the convenience of man. The concepts and practices of applied entomology for the most part date from that Stone Age of science. It is our alarming misfortune that so primitive a science has armed itself with the most modern and terrible weapons, and that in turning them against the insects it has also turned them against the earth.

Question 11 11. Which rhetorical technique is used in the excerpt from Silent Spring to support the author's main argument that nature cannot be interfered with without unintended effects?

Question 12 12. Which of the following has the most realistic diction and syntax for the dialogue of a three-year-old?

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The following paragraph is a draft of a research essay's body paragraph.


There have been innumerable studies done on the varied benefits of exercise. A recent 2017 one was done by the University of Cambridge and the University of Essex which showed that exercise raised subjects' self-reported happiness scores. Complementing this finding, a long term 2015 study of older Norwegian men found that those of them who exercised just 30 minutes a day regardless of the intensity had longer life spans than the ones who didn't.


Question 13 13. Which of these sentences are the most relevant to begin the essay's introduction paragraph?

Question 14 14.

A writer is doing research for a research paper on how aspirin affects the body and finds the following sources.

Which of these is likely to be carry the most credibility?

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Read the following excerpt from the poem ''A Dream Within a Dream'' by Edgar Allen Poe and consider the question below.


I stand amid the roar

Of a surf-tormented shore,

And I hold within my hand

Grains of the golden sand -

How few! yet how they creep

Through my fingers to the deep,

While I weep - while I weep!

O God! Can I not grasp

Them with a tighter clasp?

O God! can I not save

One from the pitiless wave?

Is all that we see or seem

But a dream within a dream?

Question 15 15. Which of the following selections best reflects the distressed and harrowed tone of the speaker in the poem?

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