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Question 1

Read the sentence.

Statements on the internet come from people about politics that are biased and are not supported by facts.

Which revision of the sentence is most appropriate and clear?

A
The internet is where biased people make statements that are not supported by facts about politics.
B
People often make statements about politics on the internet that are biased and not supported by facts.
C
Biased and not supported by facts, politics are discussed by people on the internet.
D
Politics is a topic that people on the internet make statements on that are biased and not supported by facts.
Question 1 Explanation: 
Answer choice (B) is the correct answer because it is the clearest and easiest to read sentence. It is organized in a way that makes sense and is grammatically correct. The other answer choices each leaves something unclear or ambiguous to the reader.
Question 2

Read the sentences.

The computer should be able to tell us what class Maria is in right now. _____ _____ job to create every student’s schedule, so we can use it to figure out where Maria is.

Which words best complete the sentence?

A
Its; it’s
B
It’s; its
C
It’s; it’s
D
Its; its
Question 2 Explanation: 
Answer choice (B) is correct because the sentence should start with a contraction of a pronoun and “is” (“It’s”), then lead into a possessive pronoun (its). If we were going to write this sentence without pronouns, it would read, “Creating a schedule is the computer’s job.” Answer choices (A), (C), and (D) use the right words, but in the wrong place and/or the wrong order.
Question 3

Which of the sentences correctly uses a colon to introduce quoted words?

A
This is what she says to me whenever I and feeling depressed: “Everything will work out in the end.”
B
“Everything will work out in the end”: she tells me whenever I am feeling depressed.
C
Something that she says to me whenever I get depressed is: “Everything will work out in the end.”
D
She is always giving me advice whenever I get depressed, like: “Everything will work out in the end.”
Question 3 Explanation: 
Answer choice (A) is correct because the colon in that sentence is used to properly introduce the information in quotations. In each of the other sentences, a comma would be the appropriate punctuation to use.
Question 4

Read the sentences.

The only thing that I could do to assuage their concerns was to give them a free appetizer. Once I offered them that, they weren’t as upset about how long their food was taking.

What does the word assuage mean as used in the first sentence?

A
Ignore
B
Combat
C
Worsen
D
Ease
Question 4 Explanation: 
The second sentence infers that whatever the narrator did in the first sentence made things better. This eliminates answer choices (A) and (C). Answer choice (B) might be tempting, but it is way too aggressive and negative to fit in the sentence.
Question 5

Read the sentences.

The only time Maria had ever gotten angry at him was when he disrespected her family. He disrespected her family by refusing to take off his shoes. They were also disrespected when he refused to make eye contact with them as they talked.

Which of the following effectively combines the sentences into one sentence using appropriate parallel structure?

A
When he disrespected her family, Maria got angry with him for not taking off his shoes or making eye contact with them.
B
The only time Maria had ever gotten angry with him was when he disrespected her family by refusing to remove his shoes and not making eye contact when they spoke.
C
The only time Maria had ever gotten angry with him was when he disrespected her family by not removing his shoes and making eye contact when they spoke.
D
Maria’s family was disrespected when he refused to take off his shoes or make eye contact; this was when Maria got angry.
Question 5 Explanation: 
Answer choice (B) is correct because it’s the only answer choice that remains accurate to the original sentences and makes sense grammatically. Answer choice (C) might be tempting, but the way the sentence is worded, it seems like “he” disrespected the family by “making eye contact with the family when they spoke,” instead of by not making eye contact, as is stated in the original sentences.
Question 6

Read Kaylin’s essay. Then answer the following questions.

Compared to most of our country’s Founding Fathers, Thomas Paine is essentially unknown. In fact, there are many Americans who have never even heard of him. Paine was born in 1737. He was the son of a corseter – a tailor specializing in corsets and other undergarments – and grew up in rural Thetford, England. He became a famous writer and revolutionary figure when he was older. Paine didn’t find his true calling until he moved to the British colonies in America, and worked as a young man as a corseter, sailor, and minister.

Paine first gained notoriety as the editor of Pennsylvania Magazine and, as political turmoil engulfed the colonies, he became more prominent. In 1776, Paine published a book called Common Sense. The book’s popularity spread like wildfire; soon there were 200,000 copies in circulation. Once the war began, Paine published a series of pamphlets called The Crisis. These; in the midst of a bloody war, helped keep up the morale of the troops. Thomas Paine is also credited with conceiving the name “The United States of America.”

Thomas Paine was an extremely talented writer; Thomas Jefferson and John Adams drew heavily on his work when drafting the Declaration of Independence. Later in life, Paine wrote other, highly controversial works. He was even exiled from England and imprisoned in France for his writings. In 1796, Paine did his part to inspire what would become Social Security. He suggested a system of social insurance for the young and the elderly in his last great work, Agrarian Justice.
 

Read the sentence from the essay.

Paine didn’t find his true calling until he moved to the British colonies in America, and worked as a young man as a corseter, sailor, and minister.

Which revision of the sentence is most appropriate and clear?

A
As a young man, Paine worked as a corseter, sailor, and minister, but found his true calling when he moved to the British colonies in America.
B
Paine’s true calling wasn’t as a corseter, which was one of his jobs as a young man along with sailor and minister; he didn’t find his calling until he moved to the British colonies in America.
C
As a corseter, a sailor, and a minister, Paine wasn’t fulfilled, and he found his true calling when he moved to the British colonies in America.
D
The young man, Paine, didn’t work at his true calling when he worked as a corseter, a sailor, and a minister, but rather he found his true calling when he moved to the British colonies in America.
Question 6 Explanation: 
Answer choice (A) simplifies the sentence, while still providing all the same information as the original sentence in a clear and efficient way. Answer choice (C) might be tempting, but it adds the fact that Paine was not fulfilled when he was in Britain. While that may be true, we can’t draw that conclusion just from what Kaylin has included in her essay. Answer choices (B) and (D) make the sentence more confusing and/or do not provide the same information as the original sentence.
Question 7
Compared to most of our country’s Founding Fathers, Thomas Paine is essentially unknown. In fact, there are many Americans who have never even heard of him. Paine was born in 1737. He was the son of a corseter – a tailor specializing in corsets and other undergarments – and grew up in rural Thetford, England. He became a famous writer and revolutionary figure when he was older. Paine didn’t find his true calling until he moved to the British colonies in America, and worked as a young man as a corseter, sailor, and minister.

Paine first gained notoriety as the editor of Pennsylvania Magazine and, as political turmoil engulfed the colonies, he became more prominent. In 1776, Paine published a book called Common Sense. The book’s popularity spread like wildfire; soon there were 200,000 copies in circulation. Once the war began, Paine published a series of pamphlets called The Crisis. These; in the midst of a bloody war, helped keep up the morale of the troops. Thomas Paine is also credited with conceiving the name “The United States of America.”

Thomas Paine was an extremely talented writer; Thomas Jefferson and John Adams drew heavily on his work when drafting the Declaration of Independence. Later in life, Paine wrote other, highly controversial works. He was even exiled from England and imprisoned in France for his writings. In 1796, Paine did his part to inspire what would become Social Security. He suggested a system of social insurance for the young and the elderly in his last great work, Agrarian Justice.
 

Which of these sentences should Kaylin delete from her essay?

A
“Thomas Paine was an extremely talented writer; Thomas Jefferson and John Adams drew heavily on his work when drafting the Declaration of Independence.”
B
“Compared to most of our country’s Founding Fathers, Thomas Paine is essentially unknown.”
C
“Paine first gained notoriety as the editor of Pennsylvania Magazine and, as political turmoil engulfed the colonies, he became more prominent.”
D
“He became a famous writer and revolutionary figure when he was older.”
Question 7 Explanation: 
While answer choice (D) contains information that is relevant to the essay, this sentence briefly mentions his later life at the exact time the writer is writing about Paine’s early life. It is out of place in the essay. Each of the other answer choices includes a sentence that is organized properly and serves a valid purpose in the essay.
Question 8
Compared to most of our country’s Founding Fathers, Thomas Paine is essentially unknown. In fact, there are many Americans who have never even heard of him. Paine was born in 1737. He was the son of a corseter – a tailor specializing in corsets and other undergarments – and grew up in rural Thetford, England. He became a famous writer and revolutionary figure when he was older. Paine didn’t find his true calling until he moved to the British colonies in America, and worked as a young man as a corseter, sailor, and minister.

Paine first gained notoriety as the editor of Pennsylvania Magazine and, as political turmoil engulfed the colonies, he became more prominent. In 1776, Paine published a book called Common Sense. The book’s popularity spread like wildfire; soon there were 200,000 copies in circulation. Once the war began, Paine published a series of pamphlets called The Crisis. These; in the midst of a bloody war, helped keep up the morale of the troops. Thomas Paine is also credited with conceiving the name “The United States of America.”

Thomas Paine was an extremely talented writer; Thomas Jefferson and John Adams drew heavily on his work when drafting the Declaration of Independence. Later in life, Paine wrote other, highly controversial works. He was even exiled from England and imprisoned in France for his writings. In 1796, Paine did his part to inspire what would become Social Security. He suggested a system of social insurance for the young and the elderly in his last great work, Agrarian Justice.
 

What does the word notoriety as it is used in the first sentence of the second paragraph?

A
Criticism
B
Respect
C
Fame
D
A publisher
Question 8 Explanation: 
Based on the rest of the paragraph, Thomas Paine became more well-known as he gained notoriety, which means that answer choice (C) is correct. Answer choice (B) might be tempting, but the word the author uses in the end of the sentence containing notoriety is prominent. This means that notoriety her is just about becoming more well-known, not more respected. Answer choices (A) and (D) are off-the-mark.
Question 9
Compared to most of our country’s Founding Fathers, Thomas Paine is essentially unknown. In fact, there are many Americans who have never even heard of him. Paine was born in 1737. He was the son of a corseter – a tailor specializing in corsets and other undergarments – and grew up in rural Thetford, England. He became a famous writer and revolutionary figure when he was older. Paine didn’t find his true calling until he moved to the British colonies in America, and worked as a young man as a corseter, sailor, and minister.

Paine first gained notoriety as the editor of Pennsylvania Magazine and, as political turmoil engulfed the colonies, he became more prominent. In 1776, Paine published a book called Common Sense. The book’s popularity spread like wildfire; soon there were 200,000 copies in circulation. Once the war began, Paine published a series of pamphlets called The Crisis. These; in the midst of a bloody war, helped keep up the morale of the troops. Thomas Paine is also credited with conceiving the name “The United States of America.”

Thomas Paine was an extremely talented writer; Thomas Jefferson and John Adams drew heavily on his work when drafting the Declaration of Independence. Later in life, Paine wrote other, highly controversial works. He was even exiled from England and imprisoned in France for his writings. In 1796, Paine did his part to inspire what would become Social Security. He suggested a system of social insurance for the young and the elderly in his last great work, Agrarian Justice.
 

Which of the following sentences from the passage is punctuated incorrectly?

A
“He suggested a system of social insurance for the young and the elderly in his last great work, Agrarian Justice.”
B
“In 1776, Paine published a book called Common Sense.”
C
“He was the son of a corseter – a tailor specializing in corsets and other undergarments – and grew up in rural Thetford, England.”
D
“These; in the midst of a bloody war, helped keep up the morale of the troops.”
Question 9 Explanation: 
Answer choice (D) is correct because Kaylin uses a semicolon incorrectly in the sentence, and should replace it with a comma. Answer choice (C) might be tempting because Kaylin uses dashes, but they are used correctly. Answer choices (A) and (B) similarly use punctuation accurately and appropriately.
Question 10
Compared to most of our country’s Founding Fathers, Thomas Paine is essentially unknown. In fact, there are many Americans who have never even heard of him. Paine was born in 1737. He was the son of a corseter – a tailor specializing in corsets and other undergarments – and grew up in rural Thetford, England. He became a famous writer and revolutionary figure when he was older. Paine didn’t find his true calling until he moved to the British colonies in America, and worked as a young man as a corseter, sailor, and minister.

Paine first gained notoriety as the editor of Pennsylvania Magazine and, as political turmoil engulfed the colonies, he became more prominent. In 1776, Paine published a book called Common Sense. The book’s popularity spread like wildfire; soon there were 200,000 copies in circulation. Once the war began, Paine published a series of pamphlets called The Crisis. These; in the midst of a bloody war, helped keep up the morale of the troops. Thomas Paine is also credited with conceiving the name “The United States of America.”

Thomas Paine was an extremely talented writer; Thomas Jefferson and John Adams drew heavily on his work when drafting the Declaration of Independence. Later in life, Paine wrote other, highly controversial works. He was even exiled from England and imprisoned in France for his writings. In 1796, Paine did his part to inspire what would become Social Security. He suggested a system of social insurance for the young and the elderly in his last great work, Agrarian Justice.
 

Kaylin needs to add a concluding paragraph. Which three sentences below combine to create an effective conclusion?

A
Paine’s early life as a sailor and a minister helped inspire some of his greatest written works.
B
Common Sense was Thomas Paine’s only real popular piece of writing.
C
Even though Paine is not well-known by Americans today, his contributions are all around us.
D
Even though Paine was imprisoned in France, he was still an important person.
E
Paine’s revolutionary literature helped spark the war that has defined America over the last 240 years.
F
Whether everyone remembers him or not, Thomas Paine was a great American and a big part of making our country what it is today.
Question 10 Explanation: 
When taken together, answer choices (C), (E), and (F) create a strong conclusion that brings back the main idea from the opening paragraph and provides closure for the rest of the response. Answer choices (A) and (D) might fit elsewhere in the essay, but don’t work in the conclusion. Answer choice (B) might be directly refuted by the rest of the essay.
Question 11

Read Cynthia’s essay. Then answer the following questions.

For a fairly harmless animal, bats have a bad reputation. Either they are bloodsucking vampires trying to turn us into and undead army, and they are a source of fear used by an eccentric billionaire super hero. In other words, we find them frightening. Why is that?

People have always feared the unknown, the other, and bats are no exception. While bats are mammals like us, their behavior I so unfamiliar to us that it’s scary. First of all, bats are blind and nocturnal. As everyone knows, bats used a form of echolocation to see the world around them. They produce a sound and measure the sound as it returns to them in order to locate things, which is exactly the way our modern radar works. Secondly, they sleep while hanging upside down off of a perch, which can be just freaky to see. The reason bats sleep like this is because it helps them more easily transition into flying quickly. This is the next reason people don’t like them. Bats need momentum to fly, and they sleep upside down so they can quickly plummet towards the ground to gain speed in order to fly. The third reason people are scared of bats is because they seem to dive quickly down in the night. This is just how they have to start flying, but to suddenly see a bat careening down at you is extremely frightening.

Bats are often innocent animals, though. In fact, most bats eat small insects, which means if there are bats in your yard on a warm summer night, they could clear the air of bugs for you. Vampire bats do exist, and their bites can be scary since they can carry rabies. But, vampire bats are very rare, mostly seen in South America, and are more likely to attack small animals than you. Considering how rare it is to see a vampire bat and how rare it would be for that vampire bat to bite you, it’s surprising that bats have gotten such a bad reputation. If bats want to clear the insects out of my yard, they’re welcome to all my summer parties.
 

Read the sentence from the essay.

Either they are bloodsucking vampires trying to turn us into and undead army, and they are a source of fear used by an eccentric billionaire super hero.

Which of the words should the writer use in place of “and” to improve the sentence?

A
or
B
but
C
so
D
for
Question 11 Explanation: 
Answer choice (A) is correct because the sentence begins with “either,” so the two ideas in the sentence need to be linked by the conjunction “or.” This is the only answer choice that suggests an “either/or” relationship between the two ideas.
Question 12
For a fairly harmless animal, bats have a bad reputation. Either they are bloodsucking vampires trying to turn us into and undead army, and they are a source of fear used by an eccentric billionaire super hero. In other words, we find them frightening. Why is that?

People have always feared the unknown, the other, and bats are no exception. While bats are mammals like us, their behavior I so unfamiliar to us that it’s scary. First of all, bats are blind and nocturnal. As everyone knows, bats used a form of echolocation to see the world around them. They produce a sound and measure the sound as it returns to them in order to locate things, which is exactly the way our modern radar works. Secondly, they sleep while hanging upside down off of a perch, which can be just freaky to see. The reason bats sleep like this is because it helps them more easily transition into flying quickly. This is the next reason people don’t like them. Bats need momentum to fly, and they sleep upside down so they can quickly plummet towards the ground to gain speed in order to fly. The third reason people are scared of bats is because they seem to dive quickly down in the night. This is just how they have to start flying, but to suddenly see a bat careening down at you is extremely frightening.

Bats are often innocent animals, though. In fact, most bats eat small insects, which means if there are bats in your yard on a warm summer night, they could clear the air of bugs for you. Vampire bats do exist, and their bites can be scary since they can carry rabies. But, vampire bats are very rare, mostly seen in South America, and are more likely to attack small animals than you. Considering how rare it is to see a vampire bat and how rare it would be for that vampire bat to bite you, it’s surprising that bats have gotten such a bad reputation. If bats want to clear the insects out of my yard, they’re welcome to all my summer parties.
 

Read the sentence from the essay.

As everyone knows, bats used a form of echolocation to see the world around them.

Which revision of the sentence is most appropriate and clear?

A
Bats used a form of echolocation, as everyone knows, to see the world around them.
B
As everyone knows, bats use a form of echolocation to see the world around them.
C
As everyone knows, bats used a form of echolocation to see the world around him.
D
Everyone knows bats use a form of echolocation to see the world around them.
Question 12 Explanation: 
Answer choice (B) is correct because the essay is written in present tense, so the verb “use” needs to also be in present tense. Answer choice (D) fixes this verb tense problem, but rearranges the sentence so that it no longer maintains the same meaning.
Question 13
For a fairly harmless animal, bats have a bad reputation. Either they are bloodsucking vampires trying to turn us into and undead army, and they are a source of fear used by an eccentric billionaire super hero. In other words, we find them frightening. Why is that?

People have always feared the unknown, the other, and bats are no exception. While bats are mammals like us, their behavior I so unfamiliar to us that it’s scary. First of all, bats are blind and nocturnal. As everyone knows, bats used a form of echolocation to see the world around them. They produce a sound and measure the sound as it returns to them in order to locate things, which is exactly the way our modern radar works. Secondly, they sleep while hanging upside down off of a perch, which can be just freaky to see. The reason bats sleep like this is because it helps them more easily transition into flying quickly. This is the next reason people don’t like them. Bats need momentum to fly, and they sleep upside down so they can quickly plummet towards the ground to gain speed in order to fly. The third reason people are scared of bats is because they seem to dive quickly down in the night. This is just how they have to start flying, but to suddenly see a bat careening down at you is extremely frightening.

Bats are often innocent animals, though. In fact, most bats eat small insects, which means if there are bats in your yard on a warm summer night, they could clear the air of bugs for you. Vampire bats do exist, and their bites can be scary since they can carry rabies. But, vampire bats are very rare, mostly seen in South America, and are more likely to attack small animals than you. Considering how rare it is to see a vampire bat and how rare it would be for that vampire bat to bite you, it’s surprising that bats have gotten such a bad reputation. If bats want to clear the insects out of my yard, they’re welcome to all my summer parties.
 

Which of the following sentences should Cynthia delete from her essay?

A
Secondly, they sleep while hanging upside down off of a perch, which can be just freaky to see.
B
The reason bats sleep like this is because it helps them more easily transition into flying quickly.
C
This is the next reason people don’t like them.
D
Bats need momentum to fly, and they sleep upside down so they can quickly plummet towards the ground to gain speed in order to fly.
Question 13 Explanation: 
Answer choice (C) is correct because it is trying to transition to the next idea before the writer has finished discussing her initial idea. Unless the writer begins the next idea immediately after this sentence, it’s unnecessary.
Question 14
For a fairly harmless animal, bats have a bad reputation. Either they are bloodsucking vampires trying to turn us into and undead army, and they are a source of fear used by an eccentric billionaire super hero. In other words, we find them frightening. Why is that?

People have always feared the unknown, the other, and bats are no exception. While bats are mammals like us, their behavior I so unfamiliar to us that it’s scary. First of all, bats are blind and nocturnal. As everyone knows, bats used a form of echolocation to see the world around them. They produce a sound and measure the sound as it returns to them in order to locate things, which is exactly the way our modern radar works. Secondly, they sleep while hanging upside down off of a perch, which can be just freaky to see. The reason bats sleep like this is because it helps them more easily transition into flying quickly. This is the next reason people don’t like them. Bats need momentum to fly, and they sleep upside down so they can quickly plummet towards the ground to gain speed in order to fly. The third reason people are scared of bats is because they seem to dive quickly down in the night. This is just how they have to start flying, but to suddenly see a bat careening down at you is extremely frightening.

Bats are often innocent animals, though. In fact, most bats eat small insects, which means if there are bats in your yard on a warm summer night, they could clear the air of bugs for you. Vampire bats do exist, and their bites can be scary since they can carry rabies. But, vampire bats are very rare, mostly seen in South America, and are more likely to attack small animals than you. Considering how rare it is to see a vampire bat and how rare it would be for that vampire bat to bite you, it’s surprising that bats have gotten such a bad reputation. If bats want to clear the insects out of my yard, they’re welcome to all my summer parties.
 

Read the sentences from the essay.

Vampire bats do exist, and their bites can be scary since they can carry rabies. But, vampire bats are very rare, mostly seen in South America, and are more likely to attack small animals than you.

Which of these effectively combines the sentences into one sentence?

A
Vampire bats do exist, and their bites can be scary since they can carry rabies, but, vampire bats are very rare, mostly seen in South America, and are more likely to attack small animals than you.
B
Vampire bats only live in South America and carry rabies, but they are very rare and won’t bite humans, only small animals.
C
While vampire bats do exist, and their bites can be scary since they can carry rabies, they are very rare, mostly seen in South America, and are more likely to attack small animals than you.
D
Vampire bats are very rare in North America, and although they do exist and their bites could transmit rabies, they are more likely to go after small animals than humans.
Question 14 Explanation: 
Answer choice (D) is the only option that maintains the meaning of the original sentences while creating a streamlined and fluid sentence. Answer choice (C) almost does this, but by the end of the sentences, it has become a run-on.
Question 15
For a fairly harmless animal, bats have a bad reputation. Either they are bloodsucking vampires trying to turn us into and undead army, and they are a source of fear used by an eccentric billionaire super hero. In other words, we find them frightening. Why is that?

People have always feared the unknown, the other, and bats are no exception. While bats are mammals like us, their behavior I so unfamiliar to us that it’s scary. First of all, bats are blind and nocturnal. As everyone knows, bats used a form of echolocation to see the world around them. They produce a sound and measure the sound as it returns to them in order to locate things, which is exactly the way our modern radar works. Secondly, they sleep while hanging upside down off of a perch, which can be just freaky to see. The reason bats sleep like this is because it helps them more easily transition into flying quickly. This is the next reason people don’t like them. Bats need momentum to fly, and they sleep upside down so they can quickly plummet towards the ground to gain speed in order to fly. The third reason people are scared of bats is because they seem to dive quickly down in the night. This is just how they have to start flying, but to suddenly see a bat careening down at you is extremely frightening.

Bats are often innocent animals, though. In fact, most bats eat small insects, which means if there are bats in your yard on a warm summer night, they could clear the air of bugs for you. Vampire bats do exist, and their bites can be scary since they can carry rabies. But, vampire bats are very rare, mostly seen in South America, and are more likely to attack small animals than you. Considering how rare it is to see a vampire bat and how rare it would be for that vampire bat to bite you, it’s surprising that bats have gotten such a bad reputation. If bats want to clear the insects out of my yard, they’re welcome to all my summer parties.
 

Cynthia is considering replacing the final sentence of the essay with a better sentence. Which of the following sentences best concludes the essay while maintaining Cynthia’s tone and purpose?

A
While there are some bats that are dangerous, the majority of them, especially in North America, are harmless and nothing to be afraid of.
B
If a vampire bat bites you, though, get to the hospital as soon as possible because rabies can be lethal.
C
Next time you see a bat diving in your yard, give it a hug instead of trying to kill it.
D
We rely on bats to help us out, so why should we be afraid of them?
Question 15 Explanation: 
Answer choice (A) is correct because it is the sentence that is the most accurate to Cynthia’s tone and purpose. Answer choice (B) might be true, but it’s a diversion from Cynthia’s overall purpose. Answer choices (C) and (D) reflect Cynthia’s purpose, but break away from her tone.
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