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NYSTCE CQST: Reading Passages Chapter Exam

Exam Instructions:

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Question 1 1. If you're trying to figure out what the author is trying to accomplish in a scene, you're trying to determine the scene's...

Question 2 2. Which of the following choices does NOT help the reader discover the theme of a poem?

Question 3 3. What three things should you think about before trying to determine the main idea or purpose of a scene?

Question 4 4. Which of the following statements best defines the main idea of an essay?

Question 5 5. If your topic sentence is: 'Students get sick frequently because of stress and other pressures of academic life,' your topic is _______ and your controlling idea is _______.

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Question 6 6. Where are topic sentences generally found in writing? Why?

Question 7 7. Janet is focused on reading the first four lines of Romeo and Juliet. She is using a/an _____ reading strategy.

Question 8 8. Which of the following is an example of a close reading strategy?

Question 9 9. When trying to determine the main idea of a poem, what is the first thing the reader should do?

Question 10 10. Which of the following statements is an example of a thesis statement?

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Question 11 11. What is the theme in The Lion and the Mouse?

Question 12 12. Setting is not always important. What is one clue that the setting of a scene is important?

Question 13 13.

Which of the following might be included in a close reading of the line from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet:


Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene

Question 14 14. In a topic sentence, the controlling idea tells readers

Question 15 15. When would summarizing your main points in your conclusion be particularly useful?

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Question 16 16. When you use the bookending technique, you _____.

Question 17 17.

Consider the following fable:

A fox one day spied a beautiful bunch of ripe grapes hanging from a vine trained along the branches of a tree. The grapes seemed ready to burst with juice, and the Fox's mouth watered as he gazed longingly at them.

The bunch hung from a high branch, and the fox had to jump for it. The first time he jumped he missed it by a long way. So he walked off a short distance and took a running leap at it, only to fall short once more. Again and again, he tried but in vain.

Now he sat down and looked at the grapes in disgust.

What a fool I am, he said. Here I am wearing myself out to get a bunch of sour grapes that are not worth gaping for.

And off he walked very, very scornfully.

What is the theme of this fable?

Question 18 18. A writer would MOST LIKELY use a call to action in the _____ of their essay in order to _____.

Question 19 19. The topic sentence is:

Question 20 20. Which of the following is a true statement about interpreting theme?

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Question 21 21. What is the theme of The Tortoise and the Hare?

Question 22 22. Which of the following BEST demonstrates a reader who is using a big picture reading strategy?

Question 23 23. Where do you find the main idea of a scene in a play?

Question 24 24. Tom is guiding a group of his students through a big picture reading of Romeo and Juliet. Which of the scenarios below should NOT be included as part of this guided reading?

Question 25 25. If you ask yourself what you're supposed to learn from a scene, you're trying to figure out the...

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Question 26 26. Longer pieces of literature can have several themes. What is one theme in The Diary of Anne Frank: A Play?

Question 27 27. Which one of the following is not an important component of writing?

Question 28 28. In a topic sentence, the topic tells readers

Question 29 29. How do the details in a piece of literature relate to the main idea?

Question 30 30. Thomas is thinking about including a funny anecdote in his introductory paragraph. Which of the following provides the BEST reason for doing this?

NYSTCE CQST: Reading Passages 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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