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9th Grade English: Argumentative Reading & Writing Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1.

Which of the following identifies a piece of EVIDENCE for the author's argument?

Public health authorities constantly repeat the argument that calories cause weight gain or loss, and that counting calories is all that is required to manipulate one's weight. But if this is true, why do naturally thin people fail to gain weight in controlled experiments even on a calorie surplus? And why do different kinds of calories seem to cause weight gain at different rates? Calories may tell part of the story, but something else is clearly going on.

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Question 2 2. Proving that an idea is false or untrue in your writing involves doing what?

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Question 3 3. Which part of an argument explains why?

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Question 4 4. Which of the following occurs when sounds are repeated at the beginning of words?

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Question 5 5. Which part of an argument gives proof that your main point is correct?

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Question 6 6. Rhetoric is communication that ____.

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Question 7 7. What is the purpose of a persuasive essay?

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Question 8 8. Which of the following elements should be restated in the last paragraph of a persuasive essay?

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Question 9 9. You are working to prepare an argument that is both clear and concise. You have written several different sentences but need to select the option that best meets this requirement. Which of the following should be included in the final draft?

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Question 10 10.

What is the ARGUMENT of the following paragraph?

Public health authorities constantly repeat the argument that calories cause weight gain or loss, and that counting calories is all that is required to manipulate one's weight. But if this is true, why do naturally thin people fail to gain weight in controlled experiments even on a calorie surplus? And why do different kinds of calories seem to cause weight gain at different rates? Calories may tell part of the story, but something else is clearly going on.

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Question 11 11. Which of the following occurs when a writer splits his or her sentence into two parts and the second part provides a mirror image of the first part?

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Question 12 12. Which part of an argument tells the main point?

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Question 13 13. Which of the following statements about assumptions in written work is FALSE?

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Question 14 14. A widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing is a(n) _____.

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Question 15 15.

Read the following paragraph. What is the TOPIC of the paragraph?

Is coffee a health food or a dangerous stimulant drug? Every other week, a new study seems to condone or condemn it as one or the other, suggesting that perhaps, the truth actually lies somewhere in between. Perhaps coffee is neither a miraculous superfood nor a poison in liquid form, but simply a luxury food that individuals can choose to consume or not to consume as they please.

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Question 16 16. What is the purpose of the conclusion sentence in a persuasive essay?

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Question 17 17. You have completed the steps to organizing a great argument and are ready to write the essay. Which of the following should you AVOID doing while writing the piece?

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Question 18 18. Where should you choose to refute potential opposing views in a document?

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Question 19 19. Which of the following is a category of rhetorical devices?

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Question 20 20. Which of the following is NOT a step in writing a good argument?

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Question 21 21. Which of the following could be used as the ARGUMENT when writing a passage?

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Question 22 22. Which of the following is NOT an example of valid evidence?

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Question 23 23. Which of the following is a deliberate overstatement or exaggeration?

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Question 24 24. How many sentences should be used to summarize the main reasons and evidence at the end of a persuasive essay?

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Question 25 25. 'College basketball players practice and play just as hard as professional players in the NBA. Therefore, they should be compensated, especially because they earn lots of money for the universities.' Which of the following is NOT an assumption based on this claim?

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Question 26 26. Steve wants to write a convincing argument supporting the need for reducing carbon emissions from cars. Which of the following is NOT an approach he should use to write a good argument?

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Question 27 27. All of the following are elements of an effective argument EXCEPT:

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Question 28 28. Four of these answer possibilities could be TOPICS of a passage. Which one is actually an ARGUMENT?

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Question 29 29. Which of the following represents the best example of dealing with disagreements in an argument?

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Question 30 30. Why is it important for readers to identify stereotypes, biases and assumptions in written work?

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9th Grade English: Argumentative Reading & Writing Chapter Exam Instructions

Choose your answers to the questions and click 'Next' to see the next set of questions. You can skip questions if you would like and come back to them later with the "Go To First Skipped Question" button. When you have completed the practice exam, a green submit button will appear. Click it to see your results. Good luck!

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