ACT English: Parts of an Essay Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1.

The following quote from a teenage girl, about her experience with cyberbullying, was reported by professors Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin.

'It makes me hurt both physically and mentally. It scares me and takes away all my confidence. It makes me feel sick and worthless' (Hinduja, 2010)

Why is the quote an effective attention getter?

Question 2 2. Why is the 'bridge' used?

Question 3 3.

Robert is writing an essay and in the last sentence of his introductory paragraph, he presented this as his thesis:

'My paper is about dating and social media.'

Why is this thesis NOT appropriate?

Question 4 4. Which of the following identifies the proper order for the introductory paragraph?

Question 5 5. Which of the following sentences is NOT written with simple subject-verb construction?

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Question 6 6. How is using emotional appeal in an essay similar to providing relevant supporting details?

Question 7 7. After a long day, a teacher is grading a large number of essays which were written by his students. He is reviewing how his students structured their essays. Tom structured his essay so each paragraph had 3 sentences. Jane used 4 to 5 sentences, Katie used 6 to 7 sentences, while Phil used 9 to 10 sentences for each paragraph. Based on this fact alone, which of the following likely received the highest grade?

Question 8 8. When writing a paragraph, why is it important to use topic sentences?

Question 9 9. How does a topic statement differ from a thesis statement?

Question 10 10. Which of the following is NOT an example of a reliable source for an academic essay?

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Question 11 11. Why is the thesis statement such an important element of any essay?

Question 12 12. Which of the following should NOT be included in a formal essay?

Question 13 13. A well-developed body paragraph is one that _____.

Question 14 14. A unified body paragraph is one that _____.

Question 15 15. How are transitional sentences important in achieving coherence in body paragraphs?

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Question 16 16. Which of the following is the best approach to take while creating a story?

Question 17 17. If you are writing an article explaining the similarities and differences between Microsoft and Apple, which pattern of organization should you use?

Question 18 18. You are reading the story of Snow White, and notice you are reading about a series of events in the order they occurred. What is the BEST way to describe this organizational pattern?

Question 19 19. Which term listed below is not an organizational pattern in writing?

Question 20 20. Which type of document is most likely to be written in order of importance?

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Question 21 21. A call to action in the conclusion is most appropriate in a _____ essay.

Question 22 22. What is the significance of using emotion in the conclusion?

Question 23 23. How can the use of a quotation in the conclusion be helpful?

Question 24 24. What is an anecdote?

Question 25 25. Where are topic sentences generally found in writing? Why?

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Question 26 26. Which of the following statements best defines the main idea of an essay?

Question 27 27. Why is a thesis statement so important in writing?

Question 28 28. Which of the following is true?

Question 29 29. Why is the attention getter such an important element of the introductory paragraph?

Question 30 30. Why is it a bad idea to use only short subject-verb sentences?

ACT English: Parts of an Essay Chapter Exam Instructions

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