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Introduction to High School Writing: Help and Review Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Which one of the following might indicate that there's a potential problem with a thesis?

Question 2 2. If you discover that one of your body paragraphs has gone off track and doesn't support your thesis, you should _____.

Question 3 3. A good personal essay _____.

Question 4 4. Key terms in an essay question might include

Question 5 5. Outlining the major points from your essay after writing the essay can help you _____.

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Question 6 6. Why should you have a clear purpose when writing a personal essay?

Question 7 7. It's a good idea to develop a one-sentence response to essay questions because

Question 8 8. Which of the following is a question we should ask ourselves when editing the work of others?

Question 9 9. Which of the following would NOT make a good thesis?

Question 10 10. Which of the following is an example of a non sequitur?

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Question 11 11. When you try to improve your thesis statement, you should _____.

Question 12 12. How does a thesis statement help the reader?

Question 13 13. What two types of editing do we engage in when editing the work of others?

Question 14 14. Why should your 'scope' in a personal essay, in which you support or oppose a specific point, be narrow?

Question 15 15. Which essays do not necessarily need a thesis, and why?

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Question 16 16.

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 17 17. What key method can you use to determine major opposing views?

Question 18 18. If you find that you've written more of a descriptive essay when you meant to write a persuasive essay, you should _____.

Question 19 19. To help yourself stay on track while writing a personal essay, it can be useful to _____.

Question 20 20.

Who would be the best intended audience for this paragraph?

The moon is not really made of green cheese. It is made of atoms found in rocks and dirt. Clouds are not made of cotton candy, but of atoms found in air and water.

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Question 21 21. It's particularly important to consider your audience when you write an argumentative paper because _____.

Question 22 22. How can you go about staying on track while writing an essay?

Question 23 23. Why is it always important to anticipate and refute possible opposing views in your argumentative paper?

Question 24 24.

From the following options, what suggestion would you make when editing the paragraph below?

'I love to hear the rain falling. It doesn't matter if it is reining hard or soft; I love it. I love what the rain represents - cleansing and nurturing for all of the Earth. The rain is amazing.'

Question 25 25. Why is I want to be an English major, so I will go grocery shopping this afternoon an example of a non sequitur?

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Question 26 26.

What would be the BEST editing option for the paragraph below?

'Cars are one of the ways people all over the world travel. Transportation has changed a lot over the past 200 years. People travel at speeds most couldn't imagine 200 years ago. A distant land most could only dream of can now be traveled to by the average person in many countries.'

Question 27 27.

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.

Question 28 28. How can writing an outline before writing a response to an essay question be helpful?

Question 29 29.

Select the best revision of the following thesis:

'Apples are definitely better than other fruit.'

Question 30 30.

Select the best revision of the following thesis:

'Setting the legal drinking age at 21 seems unfair because you can serve in the military at 18.'

Introduction to High School Writing: Help and Review 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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