SAT Writing: Parts of an Essay Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Which of the following should NOT be included in the conclusion paragraph of a 5-paragraph essay?

Question 2 2. The following sentences contain four broad generalizations and one specific detail. Pick the detail.

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.

Put the following sentences in order:

[1]But few of us ever stop to consider the consequences of our caffeine habit. [2]Coffee is not a free ride to alertness and concentration; it has side effects including insomnia and anxiety. [3]Coffee powers us through rush hour, lunch hour, and the 3pm slump. [4]Although the benefits might be tempting, ultimately the risk of drinking coffee isn't worth it. [5]For many Americans, a cup of coffee is the only way to get out of bed in the morning.

Question 5 5. Which of the following must be true of a thesis statement?

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Question 6 6. In order from beginning to end, a typical essay has…

Question 7 7. Why is the attention getter such an important element of the introductory paragraph?

Question 8 8. Should a thesis always be revised?

Question 9 9. Which of the following sentences is NOT written with simple subject-verb construction?

Question 10 10. Which answer choice below BEST demonstrates a descriptive title?

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Question 11 11. You are transitioning between paragraphs. The second paragraph will build on the argument of the first paragraph, and support the same main point. Which of the following would NOT be an appropriate transition to use?

Question 12 12. A coherent body paragraph is one that _____.

Question 13 13. Why is the 'bridge' used?

Question 14 14. Which essays do not necessarily need a thesis, and why?

Question 15 15.

Read the following short paragraphs and identify what may be missing:

'Flowers are very well-liked in most parts of the world. There are many types of flowers.'

'Roses are one of the most recognized types of flowers. Roses come in a variety of colors. Roses are often bred to make even more unique colors.'

'Daisies are well-liked flowers. Daisies grow in various types of soil, so daisies are found in a lot of different regions.'

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Question 16 16. After a long day, a teacher is grading a large number of essays which were written by his students. He is reviewing how his students structured their essays. Tom structured his essay so each paragraph had 3 sentences. Jane used 4 to 5 sentences, Katie used 6 to 7 sentences, while Phil used 9 to 10 sentences for each paragraph. Based on this fact alone, which of the following likely received the highest grade?

Question 17 17.

Consider this general statement: 'honesty is always the best policy.'

Regardless of whether or not you personally agree with that statement, pick the best specific example to use if you were writing an SAT essay defending this position:

Question 18 18.

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

Question 20 20. A well-developed body paragraph is one that _____.

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Question 21 21. It's a good idea to write fully developed paragraphs because

Question 22 22. In a typical essay, where should the thesis statement be?

Question 23 23. The primary role of a topic sentence is to…

Question 24 24. Why is it a bad idea to use only short subject-verb sentences?

Question 25 25. You've been assigned to write an essay arguing that hard work is more important than natural ability. Regardless of whether you do or don't agree with this statement, which detail would best support it (assume that all are true)?

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Question 26 26. How does a thesis statement help the reader?

Question 27 27. To ensure that a paragraph is clear and easy to understand,

Question 28 28. Which of the following should be included in your first paragraph?

Question 29 29. While some may describe it as antiquated, why is the 5-paragraph essay still so widely used by writers?

Question 30 30. Which of the following statements is an example of a thesis statement?

SAT Writing: Parts of an Essay Chapter Exam Instructions

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