NES Middle Grades ELA: Composition Writing Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. 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 _____.

Question 2 2. 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?

Question 3 3. Which of the following is the best approach to take while creating a story?

Question 4 4. A well-developed body paragraph is one that _____.

Question 5 5. How does a thesis statement help the reader?

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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. When you use the bookending technique, you _____.

Question 8 8. Why might it be a good idea to utilize emotional appeals less frequently than other approaches?

Question 9 9. Where would you TYPICALLY expect to find an essay's thesis statement?

Question 10 10. Why is it a good idea to avoid overly ornate sentences?

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Question 11 11.

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

Question 13 13. When thinking of a way to ensure the body paragraphs of your essay flow together, _____.

Question 14 14. Why is it a good idea to develop your thesis statement before writing your outline?

Question 15 15.

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.'

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Question 16 16. Which of the following identifies the proper order for the introductory paragraph?

Question 17 17. Words and phrases that help carry a thought from one idea to the next are referred to as _____.

Question 18 18. When would summarizing your main points in your conclusion be particularly useful?

Question 19 19. Which of the following would NOT make a good thesis?

Question 20 20. One should focus on _____ during the outlining process.

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Question 21 21. Where should you choose to refute potential opposing views in a document?

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

Question 23 23. A unified body paragraph is one that _____.

Question 24 24. How are transitional sentences important in achieving coherence in body paragraphs?

Question 25 25. How can writers prepare readers for new ideas?

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Question 26 26.

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 27 27. Why is the 'bridge' used?

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

Question 29 29. Which of the following effectively utilizes a transition?

Question 30 30. A coherent body paragraph is one that _____.

NES Middle Grades ELA: Composition Writing Chapter Exam Instructions

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