GACE Middle Grades ELA: Essay Writing Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. You can draw many of the points for your outline from _____.

Question 2 2. One should focus on _____ during the outlining process.

Question 3 3.

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

Question 5 5. A well-developed body paragraph is one that _____.

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Question 6 6.

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

Question 8 8.

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

Question 10 10. Where would you TYPICALLY expect to find an essay's thesis statement?

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Question 11 11. Suppose that you wanted to expand on an idea in your writing to further clarify the meaning for your readers. Which of following transition words or phrases would you NOT want to use?

Question 12 12. A writer would MOST LIKELY use a call to action in the _____ of their essay in order to _____.

Question 13 13. Which of the following effectively utilizes a transition?

Question 14 14. Words and phrases that help carry a thought from one idea to the next are referred to as _____.

Question 15 15. Effective body paragraphs within an essay...

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Question 16 16. Which of the following sentences contains a mixed sentence structure?

Question 17 17. Thomas is thinking about including a funny anecdote in his introductory paragraph. Which of the following provides the BEST reason for doing this?

Question 18 18. Why is it a good idea to develop your thesis statement before writing your outline?

Question 19 19. A vague sentence is one that _____.

Question 20 20. You are writing a paper for a class to persuade the professor and other readers of the value of using recycled paper. What type of appeal should you frame within the paper to achieve your goal?

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Question 21 21. Assume that you wanted to indicate a shift in time in your writing. Which of the following words or phrases would you want to AVOID using?

Question 22 22. Which of the following is a sentence fragment?

Question 23 23. When would summarizing your main points in your conclusion be particularly useful?

Question 24 24. What type of information or support would be included within a logical appeal?

Question 25 25. Peter is creating an outline for a paper on ecotourism and decides to use a formal outline format. You would expect Peter's outline to _____.

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Question 26 26. Which essays do not necessarily need a thesis, and why?

Question 27 27. A unified body paragraph is one that _____.

Question 28 28. Why would you want to take the time to outline your paper before you write it?

Question 29 29. A coherent body paragraph is one that _____.

Question 30 30. Proving that an idea is false or untrue in your writing involves doing what?

GACE Middle Grades ELA: Essay Writing Chapter Exam Instructions

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