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CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Understanding Word Choice Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. A group of letters at the beginning or end of a word can change its meaning. This is known as a/an:

Question 2 2. Why are epic similes sometimes called Homeric similes?

Question 3 3. The addition of the suffix '-s' to the end of a word typically does what?

Question 4 4. Which of the following sentences contains a mixed metaphor?

Question 5 5. Which of the following BEST explains a metaphor?

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Question 6 6. Why is the relationship between words so important to understanding words in a sentence?

Question 7 7. Studying roots, prefixes, and suffixes helps students:

Question 8 8. A student is reading a book, and they come across the word heliogram. They don't know what it means, but they do know that heliocentric means having the sun at the center. What strategy would the student use and why?

Question 9 9. The prefix re- means:

Question 10 10. Compare the words 'frustrate' to 'frustration'. The addition of the suffix '-ation' does what?

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Question 11 11. Writers use metaphors for all of the following reasons EXCEPT:

Question 12 12. Read the following text. Using what you have learned about prefixes and their meanings, determine which of the four choices best fits in the blank.

Question 13 13. Which of the following is NOT an example of a common suffix?

Question 14 14. Which of the following statements about similes is FALSE?

Question 15 15. 'Youthful' and 'childlike' have similar definitions, but they have different emotional impacts. The emotional impact of a word is the word's:

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Question 16 16. Read the following text. Use what you have learned about prefixes and their meanings to determine which of the four choices best fits the meaning of the word irreplaceable.

Question 17 17. Hyper is to energetic as organic is to _____.

Question 18 18. Which of the following sentences is an example of an antonym context clue for the word nervous?

Question 19 19. In 'Harry Potter', Professor Snape's first name, Severus, means serious, strict, and severe. The character of Professor Snape is also serious and strict. This is an example of which of the following?

Question 20 20. True or False: A suffix ALWAYS determines a word's part of speech.

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Question 21 21. Which of the following terms refers to the attitude of a speaker?

Question 22 22. A word's connotation is _____.

Question 23 23. How do metaphors differ from similes?

Question 24 24.

Indicate the metaphor in the following passage:

I realized it was Creole who held them all back … Up there, keeping the beat with his whole body, wailing on the fiddle, with his eyes half closed, he was listening to everything, but he was listening to Sonny. He was having a dialogue with Sonny. He wanted Sonny to leave the shoreline and strike out for deep water. - excerpt from 'Sonny's Blues' by James Baldwin

Question 25 25. To the residents of Fort Lauderdale, which of the following would not be a connotation of the word 'Sistrunk'?

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Question 26 26. A root word must appear:

Question 27 27. Which of the following is NOT helpful when trying to determine the meaning of an unknown word?

Question 28 28.

'Cheap posters' and 'economy hatchback car' are examples that define which word in the following sentence?

'Even though he says he likes ornate artwork, extravagant clothes, and immoderate cars, Tom is so frugal that he hangs cheap posters on his walls and drives an economy hatchback car.'

Question 29 29.

Which word could be substituted for 'querulous' in the following sentence?

'The querulous child I babysit just won't stop bothering me until I let him play video games.'

Question 30 30. How does a metaphor differ from a simile?

CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Understanding Word Choice Chapter Exam Instructions

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