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Reading Comprehension Chapter Exam

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Use this material to answer question #1

Given Agassi's position and world-class quickness, Federer had to send that ball down a two-inch pipe of space in order to pass him, which he did, moving backwards, with no setup time and none of his weight behind the shot. It was impossible. It was like something out of The Matrix. I don't know what-all sounds were involved, but my spouse says she hurried in and there was popcorn all over the couch and I was down on one knee and my eyeballs looked like novelty-shop eyeballs.

Question 1 1. Spot the allusion in the attached passage from Federer as Religious Experience by David Foster Wallace.

Question 2 2.

Which word could be substituted for 'querulous' in the following sentence?

'The querulous child I babysit just won't stop bothering me until I let him play video games.'

Question 3 3. You go to the checkout counter, but all you find is a mannequin is an example of _____ narration.

Question 4 4. How do metaphors differ from similes?

Question 5 5. Her smile is as warm as a summer night is an example of a(n) _____.

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Question 6 6. In a book you are reading, a new character is introduced. On the day of her arrival, a bad storm threatens the town. Later in the story, this character causes a lot of trouble. What literary device is being used in this story?

Question 7 7. Why do mystery writers use red herrings?

Question 8 8. Which of the following is NOT a motif from Sense and Sensibility?

Question 9 9. Saying the opposite of what you mean, sometimes for humorous effect, is an example of _____.

Question 10 10. Breaking apart a word into its component parts is an example of using _____.

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Question 11 11. What is the purpose of foreshadowing in literature?

Question 12 12. It had not occurred to Lydgate that he had been a subject of eager meditation to Rosamond... that inward repetition of looks, words, and phrases, which makes a large part in the lives of most girls... But Rosamond had registered every look and word... What type of narration is this example from?

Use this material to answer question #13

Raise up thy thoughts above the sky/That dunghill mists away may fly./Thou hast a house on high erect/Fram'd by that mighty Architect,/With glory richly furnished/Stands permanent, though this be fled.

Question 13 13. Spot the allusion in the attached passage from Verses upon the burning of our House by Anne Bradstreet.

Question 14 14. Applying what you know about U.S. history when you read a historical novel is an example of using _____.

Question 15 15.

Indicate the metaphor in the following passage:

I realized it was Creole who held them all back … Up there, keeping the beat with his whole body, wailing on the fiddle, with his eyes half closed, he was listening to everything, but he was listening to Sonny. He was having a dialogue with Sonny. He wanted Sonny to leave the shoreline and strike out for deep water. - excerpt from 'Sonny's Blues' by James Baldwin

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Question 16 16. A story begins at a wedding with a bride (Marie) and groom (Tony) saying their vows. After they say, ''I do,'' the account flashes back to a boy named Tony meeting a girl named Marie on the first day of kindergarten. The narrative proceeds from there. What literary device is being used in this story?

Question 17 17. Which of the following is NOT a connotation associated with the word grave?

Question 18 18.

Who would be the most likely intended audience for the following paragraph?

The hybrid approach to integrated circuit design involves attaching two or more integrated circuit dies along with some discrete components in the same case. It is often, and desirably, transparent to the consumer whether the circuit is monolithic or hybrid. The hybrid integrated circuit is typically more costly than the monolithic structures.

Question 19 19. What is your best clue to the intended audience in an essay?

Question 20 20. Harry caught sight of Seamus's eye and Seamus winked. This quote from 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' is an example of what kind of narration?

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Question 21 21.

In the following sentence, which word serves as a definition of 'transient'?

'Her transient thoughts of quitting her dead-end job are fleeting, lasting only as long as the weekly meeting she abhors.'

Question 22 22.

'Cheap posters' and 'economy hatchback car' are examples that define which word in the following sentence?

'Even though he says he likes ornate artwork, extravagant clothes, and immoderate cars, Tom is so frugal that he hangs cheap posters on his walls and drives an economy hatchback car.'

Question 23 23. First person point of view narration can reference the subject with which of the following pronouns?

Question 24 24. In 'Harry Potter', Professor Snape's first name, Severus, means serious, strict, and severe. The character of Professor Snape is also serious and strict. This is an example of which of the following?

Question 25 25. To the residents of Fort Lauderdale, which of the following would not be a connotation of the word 'Sistrunk'?

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Question 26 26. Which of the following sentences has a synonym for 'inconsistent'?

Question 27 27. Shakespeare uses _____ in the plot of Romeo and Juliet when Juliet fakes her death to be with Romeo, but Romeo doesn't know this and kills himself.

Question 28 28. Which of the following sentences contains a mixed metaphor?

Question 29 29.

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.

Question 30 30. Which of the following contains an example of an allusion?

Reading Comprehension Chapter Exam Instructions

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