Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators - Reading (5712): Study Guide & Practice Final Exam

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Galileo Galilei is one of the most famous scientists because of his discovery that the universe is heliocentric rather than geocentric, meaning the Sun rather than the Earth is at the center of the universe. Despite Galileo's discovery, the Catholic Church declared his teachings heretical. He was sent to Rome for a hearing and was deemed a heretic and sent into exile.

Question 1 1. In this passage, what from the following information would be helpful to add to help the reader understand the tension between Galileo and the Church?

Question 2 2. Which conclusion about Netflix viewership can be determined from this chart of shows and their viewership numbers for a week?

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Passage 1:

Dog training does not happen overnight, but is a process that continues throughout a dog's life. Of course, many commands and behaviors should be taught when the dog is young or new to the household, such as when and where to use the bathroom, what furniture the dog is allowed or not allowed on, and to stay and come when told.


Teaching a dog what furniture she is allowed on can be complicated, particularly if you are not consistent with it. If you do not want your dog on any furniture, you should never allow her on it. Instead of scolding her for jumping on the furniture, however, you should gently move her off of it onto the floor and reward her for being where she belongs. Positive reinforcement should always be used instead of negative reinforcement like yelling or spanking. This positive reinforcement should be continued until the dog seems to grasp the idea that she is not allowed on the furniture, which may take a week or more, depending on the dog. Having a companion who knows her role in your household is worth the hard work, though.


Passage 2:

To teach your dog to stay, you should begin by placing your dog where you want him to stay and give the ''stay'' command before stepping back a bit. If your dog successfully stayed where he was told, you should reward him with a treat. However, if he moved, you should scold him by flicking his nose and sharply saying ''No!'' This process should be repeated until the dog stays where he was told successfully. After each successful time he stays, you should move back further. This process will take around a week. Dog training is a long process, but is incredibly rewarding for creating a well-mannered dog.

Question 3 3. Which, if any, of these passages uses inductive reasoning, and which, if any, uses deductive reasoning?

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Passage 1:

Dog training does not happen overnight, but is a process that continues throughout a dog's life. Of course, many commands and behaviors should be taught when the dog is young or new to the household, such as when and where to use the bathroom, what furniture the dog is allowed or not allowed on, and to stay and come when told.


Teaching a dog what furniture she is allowed on can be complicated, particularly if you are not consistent with it. If you do not want your dog on any furniture, you should never allow her on it. Instead of scolding her for jumping on the furniture, however, you should gently move her off of it onto the floor and reward her for being where she belongs. Positive reinforcement should always be used instead of negative reinforcement like yelling or spanking. This positive reinforcement should be continued until the dog seems to grasp the idea that she is not allowed on the furniture, which may take a week or more, depending on the dog. Having a companion who knows her role in your household is worth the hard work, though.


Passage 2:

To teach your dog to stay, you should begin by placing your dog where you want him to stay and give the ''stay'' command before stepping back a bit. If your dog successfully stayed where he was told, you should reward him with a treat. However, if he moved, you should scold him by flicking his nose and sharply saying ''No!'' This process should be repeated until the dog stays where he was told successfully. After each successful time he stays, you should move back further. This process will take around a week. Dog training is a long process, but is incredibly rewarding for creating a well-mannered dog.

Question 4 4. Unlike the author of Passage 2, the author of Passage 1 notes a variable that can change the time it takes for a dog to learn a command. What is that variable?

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Passage 1:

Dog training does not happen overnight, but is a process that continues throughout a dog's life. Of course, many commands and behaviors should be taught when the dog is young or new to the household, such as when and where to use the bathroom, what furniture the dog is allowed or not allowed on, and to stay and come when told.


Teaching a dog what furniture she is allowed on can be complicated, particularly if you are not consistent with it. If you do not want your dog on any furniture, you should never allow her on it. Instead of scolding her for jumping on the furniture, however, you should gently move her off of it onto the floor and reward her for being where she belongs. Positive reinforcement should always be used instead of negative reinforcement like yelling or spanking. This positive reinforcement should be continued until the dog seems to grasp the idea that she is not allowed on the furniture, which may take a week or more, depending on the dog. Having a companion who knows her role in your household is worth the hard work, though.


Passage 2:

To teach your dog to stay, you should begin by placing your dog where you want him to stay and give the ''stay'' command before stepping back a bit. If your dog successfully stayed where he was told, you should reward him with a treat. However, if he moved, you should scold him by flicking his nose and sharply saying ''No!'' This process should be repeated until the dog stays where he was told successfully. After each successful time he stays, you should move back further. This process will take around a week. Dog training is a long process, but is incredibly rewarding for creating a well-mannered dog.

Question 5 5. Which of the following is the major difference between the authors' viewpoints as presented in the passages?

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Passage 1:

Dog training does not happen overnight, but is a process that continues throughout a dog's life. Of course, many commands and behaviors should be taught when the dog is young or new to the household, such as when and where to use the bathroom, what furniture the dog is allowed or not allowed on, and to stay and come when told.


Teaching a dog what furniture she is allowed on can be complicated, particularly if you are not consistent with it. If you do not want your dog on any furniture, you should never allow her on it. Instead of scolding her for jumping on the furniture, however, you should gently move her off of it onto the floor and reward her for being where she belongs. Positive reinforcement should always be used instead of negative reinforcement like yelling or spanking. This positive reinforcement should be continued until the dog seems to grasp the idea that she is not allowed on the furniture, which may take a week or more, depending on the dog. Having a companion who knows her role in your household is worth the hard work, though.


Passage 2:

To teach your dog to stay, you should begin by placing your dog where you want him to stay and give the ''stay'' command before stepping back a bit. If your dog successfully stayed where he was told, you should reward him with a treat. However, if he moved, you should scold him by flicking his nose and sharply saying ''No!'' This process should be repeated until the dog stays where he was told successfully. After each successful time he stays, you should move back further. This process will take around a week. Dog training is a long process, but is incredibly rewarding for creating a well-mannered dog.

Question 6 6. The author of Passage 1 would be most likely to support which of the following methods of house-breaking a dog?

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High school students should not be forced to go to college after they graduate. While having a college degree can help a student get a better job, not all students are academically inclined or want to go into a career that requires a degree. College students who do not need or desire higher education waste the money their parents pay for their education. Technical schools are more affordable options for students who wish to enter a career in a specific profession like plumbing, programming, or cooking. High schools should host guest speakers from technical schools to ensure students know about alternatives to colleges and universities.

Question 7 7. What assumption is the author of this passage making?

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High school students should not be forced to go to college after they graduate. While having a college degree can help a student get a better job, not all students are academically inclined or want to go into a career that requires a degree. College students who do not need or desire higher education waste the money their parents pay for their education. Technical schools are more affordable options for students who wish to enter a career in a specific profession like plumbing, programming, or cooking. High schools should host guest speakers from technical schools to ensure students know about alternatives to colleges and universities.

Question 8 8. Which of the following points does the author seem to imply in this passage?

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The Episcopal denomination in the United States has many similarities to both Catholic and Protestant Christianity. There is a reason for this: the Episcopal denomination is the Americanized version of the Church of England. The Church of England had its most prominent moment with Henry VIII's attempt to annul his marriage. The Catholic Church would not permit divorce, so Henry VIII separated the Church of England from the Catholic Church and rejected papal authority to secure his annulment.

Question 9 9. In this passage, what is the author's purpose for mentioning the Catholic Church's stance on divorce?

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The Episcopal denomination in the United States has many similarities to both Catholic and Protestant Christianity. There is a reason for this: the Episcopal denomination is the Americanized version of the Church of England. The Church of England had its most prominent moment with Henry VIII's attempt to annul his marriage. The Catholic Church would not permit divorce, so Henry VIII separated the Church of England from the Catholic Church and rejected papal authority to secure his annulment.

Question 10 10. This passage can be best defined as which of the following types of essays?

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On the breast of her gown, in fine red cloth, surrounded with an elaborate embroidery and fantastic flourishes of gold thread, appeared the letter A. It was so artistically done, and with so much fertility and gorgeous luxuriance of fancy, that it had all the effect of a last and fitting decoration to the apparel which she wore; and which was of a splendor in accordance with the taste of the age, but greatly beyond what was allowed by the sumptuary regulations of the colony.


Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

Question 11 11. In this passage from Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, the letter ''A'' is an example of _____.

Question 12 12.

She rubbed her eyes and slowly got out of bed as her alarm clock yelled at her.


This sentence contains an example of which type of figurative language?

Question 13 13.

The old man brusquely yelled ''Get off my lawn!'' at the teenagers who were skateboarding in his grass.


In the above sentence, which word would effect the LEAST change in the meaning if substituted for ''brusquely''?

Question 14 14.

Sky Decker's book about Shakespeare's plays leaves a lot to be desired as she merely throws facts on the page.


In this sentence, the phrase ''throws facts on the page'' probably means that:

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The Jewish holiday Hanukkah is widely celebrated around the world and is one of the most popular holidays. Hanukkah lasts for eight days and celebrates the re-dedication of the Jewish Temple in the second century BCE. However, this story is found in the books of 1 and 2 Maccabees, which are not part of the canonical Hebrew Bible. Although it is a famous holiday, it is not one of the major holidays like Rosh Hashanah, which celebrates the Jewish new year, or Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

Question 15 15. Which of the following should NOT be inferred from this passage?

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