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FSA Grade 9-10 ELA: Argumentative Writing Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1.

Once they have taken over NASA, we believe that the aliens are planning to infiltrate the CIA. The aliens have been meeting in the middle of the night and current intelligence includes encrypted transmissions (see figure A) indicating such a plan.


In the excerpt above, what constitutes good evidence that the aliens are planning to infiltrate the CIA? why?

Question 2 2. Jerald was given the assignment of finding peer-reviewed research articles on the subject of auto safety. Which of the following statements best describes the kind of articles that Jerald needs to find?

Question 3 3. Proving that an idea is false or untrue in your writing involves doing what?

Question 4 4. Liza, a school librarian, believes a series of certain books should be made available to the students and that the principal has the authority to make that decision. Liza believes the books will encourage students to think outside the box and read more just for fun. She expects the school administration and students to also hold these _____ as acknowledgement of her argument.

Question 5 5. Which of the following is NOT an example of valid evidence?

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Question 6 6. How many paragraphs would you expect to see in a standard argumentative essay?

Question 7 7. Which of the following represents the best example of dealing with disagreements in an argument?

Question 8 8. Why do you need to know what a counterclaim might be?

Question 9 9. Thomas is thinking about including a funny anecdote in his introductory paragraph. Which of the following provides the BEST reason for doing this?

Question 10 10. Imagine you're writing an essay about a character in a book. The character's name is Bob. You're arguing that Bob is angry at his friend, Joe. Which of the following quotations from the book could you bring up as evidence?

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Question 11 11. Facts and data that support reasons in an argumentative essay are called _____.

Question 12 12. You have written an essay in which you claim that 'Southern Georgia was once the home to an underground civilization.' Which of the following provides the BEST evidence in order to convince your reader? Why?

Question 13 13.

Jared believes that the minimum wage should be higher. In his argumentative essay he addresses the view of opponents who claim that a higher wage will cause companies to hire fewer workers with this statement:


Though some think that a higher minimum wage will cut down on company hiring, a 2016 study of retail stores in Canada has shown otherwise, demonstrating hiring levels that remained the same in the wake of rising wages.


In this instance, Jared is using what is known as a/an _____.

Question 14 14. Why would you want to take the time to outline your paper before you write it?

Question 15 15. You are writing a standardized test essay arguing that not everyone always gets what they deserve. Which of the following would be a good piece of supporting evidence?

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Question 16 16. Which part of an argument gives proof that your main point is correct?

Question 17 17. If you choose not to effectively refute potential opposing views, what is a possible outcome of your writing?

Question 18 18. Linda found several journal articles about scientific experiments that produced statistically significant findings. Because of this, Linda can conclude:

Question 19 19.

Fructose from whole foods does not seem to be harmful. Consumption of whole fruit is associated with lower mortality.


The first sentence is the author's main argument, and the second is a piece of evidence. Pick the sentence that would connect the evidence to the argument.

Question 20 20. Allyne is writing an argumentative essay in favor of expanded women's rights in the workplace. Where should she include background information about the topic of women's rights in general?

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Question 21 21. Sarah is about to ask her Mom for a new computer for college. She is preparing her argument, getting all her reasons together for why she needs a new computer. Sarah anticipates her Mom may say her old computer should do just fine, so Sarah spends time coming up with three reasons why her old computer won't be sufficient for her needs in college. What did Sarah anticipate from her Mom?

Question 22 22. Which part of an argument tells the main point?

Question 23 23. 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?

Question 24 24. 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?

Question 25 25. Why are reasons important in an argument?

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Question 26 26. Which part of an argument explains why?

Question 27 27. Which of the following is NOT a step in writing a good argument?

Question 28 28. What would be considered appropriate evidence in support of an argument?

Question 29 29. 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?

Question 30 30. Which of the following is NOT an example of a claim?

FSA Grade 9-10 ELA: Argumentative 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 yellow "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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