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AEPA Middle Grades ELA: Composition Writing Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. How are transitional sentences important in achieving coherence in body paragraphs?

Question 2 2. A unified body paragraph is one that _____.

Question 3 3. How can writers prepare readers for new ideas?

Question 4 4. A vague sentence is one that _____.

Question 5 5. Why is it important to avoid common pitfalls in academic writing?

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Question 6 6. Where would you TYPICALLY expect to find an essay's thesis statement?

Question 7 7. If you choose not to effectively refute potential opposing views, what is a possible outcome of your writing?

Question 8 8. Which of the following sentences contains a mixed sentence structure?

Question 9 9. Which of the following is true regarding topic sentences?

Question 10 10. A well-developed body paragraph is one that _____.

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Question 11 11. Why is the attention getter such an important element of the introductory paragraph?

Question 12 12. What would be considered appropriate evidence in support of an argument?

Question 13 13. One should focus on _____ during the outlining process.

Question 14 14. Why is the 'bridge' used?

Question 15 15.

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?

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Question 16 16. Why would you want to take the time to outline your paper before you write it?

Question 17 17. If you were trying to develop an ethical appeal to further engage readers, which of the following strategies would be the most successful?

Question 18 18.

Identify the thesis in the paragraph that follows:

There are many who believe that healthcare is a basic human right. I strongly disagree. Life, food, shelter, and the right to pursue happiness (whatever that means) may be human rights, but little else. But when we talk about whether this country should have universal healthcare for its citizens, we are not discussing basic human rights. No, access to universal healthcare is instead the moral obligation of any society that dares to call itself 'civilized.'

Question 19 19.

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 20 20. Words and phrases that help carry a thought from one idea to the next are referred to as _____.

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Question 21 21. Which of the following is the best approach to take while creating a story?

Question 22 22. How would an emotional appeal be made?

Question 23 23. Which essays do not necessarily need a thesis, and why?

Question 24 24. Which of the following effectively utilizes a transition?

Question 25 25. Proving that an idea is false or untrue in your writing involves doing what?

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Question 26 26. Why is it a good idea to avoid overly ornate sentences?

Question 27 27. Why is it a good idea to develop your thesis statement before writing your outline?

Question 28 28. You can draw many of the points for your outline from _____.

Question 29 29. When thinking of a way to ensure the body paragraphs of your essay flow together, _____.

Question 30 30.

Pick out the thesis in the paragraph that follows:

Van Gogh, Edgar Allen Poe, and Oscar Wilde were all great artists who died penniless. They are far from the only ones. In fact, to compile a list of all of the artists now considered classics who never made much money from their work would take ages. Given this, we should perhaps assume that the path to making great art requires you to be penniless. But this is a human flaw of romanticism triumphing over reasoning. Success in art requires the same as success in life - good business sense and luck. It's mere coincidence that many artists rarely have either.

AEPA Middle Grades ELA: Composition Writing Chapter Exam Instructions

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