Language Practice Test 15 Questions (set 5)

Directions: This test consists of 10 multiple-choice questions. Answer all of the questions. Do not leave any question unanswered.

 

Question 1 of 15

1. Henry felt terrible about the lies he had told to his mother. If she ever
found out the truth, she’d never trust him again.

Which of the verbs in the passage above is a linking verb?
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Question 2 of 15

2. Efforts to ban chlordane assailed

WASHINGTON (AP)--The only exterminator in Congress told his colleagues Wednesday that it would be a short- sighted move to ban use of chlordane and related termiticides that cause cancer in laboratory animals.

Supporters of the bill, however, claimed that the Environmental Protection Agency was 'dragging its feet' on a chemical that could cause 300,000 cancers in the American population in 70 years.

'This bill reminds me of legislation that ought to be introduced to outlaw automobiles' on the grounds that cars kill people, said Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, who owns an exterminating business.

EPA banned use of the chemicals on crops in 1974, but permitted use against termites because the agency did not believe humans were exposed. Chlordane does not kill termites but rather drives them away.

Source: Associated Press, June 25th, 1987Representative DeLay is comparing banning the use of the pesticide chlordane to banning the use of automobiles.

Which of the following differences makes this a weak or false analogy?
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Question 3 of 15

3. What’s the most important aspect of planning a composition?
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Question 4 of 15

4. You need to choose a topic that is …
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Question 5 of 15

5.

SOCIAL OR STINKY? NEW STUDY REVEALS HOW ANIMAL DEFENSES EVOLVE

 

Why some animals use noxious scents while others live in social groups to defend themselves against predators is the question that biologists Tim Caro of the University of California, Davis and Theodore Stankowich of California State University, Long Beach sought to answer through a comprehensive analysis of predator-prey interactions among carnivorous mammals and birds of prey.

 

University of California, Evolution, 2014

The point of view of the excerpt is:
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Question 6 of 15

6. Which answer shows the incorrect use of an apostrophe?
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Question 7 of 15

7. The door opened, and some men-at-arms appeared. The leader said: 'The stake is ready. Come!'

The stake! The strength went out of me, and I almost fell down. It is hard to get one's breath at such a time, such lumps come into one's throat, and such gaspings; but as soon as I could speak, I said:

'But this is a mistake—the execution is to-morrow.'
'Order changed; been set forward a day. Haste thee!' [Mark Twain]

Use the context clues to determine when this story takes place.
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Question 8 of 15

8. How many words are in the complete predicate?

Adult cougars hunt deer and other animals.
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Question 9 of 15

9. Choose the answer which incorrectly completes the sentence.

Deductive reasoning, or ‘top-down’ logic …

 
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Question 10 of 15

10. Which of the following sentence uses comparative adjectives incorrectly?
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Question 11 of 15

11. Which of the following are overgeneralizations?
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Question 12 of 15

12. What’s the author’s purpose in the following selection?

Everyone should have a pet. Pets are very loving and affectionate. They help children learn responsibility. Pets give you unconditional love. Having a pet is a wonderful experience that everyone should know.
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Question 13 of 15

13. Complete the sentence by choosing the clause that begins with a subordinating conjunction.
I like oranges …
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Question 14 of 15

14. Synthesizing text is also called …
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Question 15 of 15

15. Which of the following does NOT contain an idiom?
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