Language Practice Test

Level M language test

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Question 1

Nina has several books she needs to reference in her essay about American literature. Which of the following books is listed properly?

A
To Kill a Mockingbird: by Harper Lee
B
“The Great Gatsby,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
C
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
D
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
E
“The Scarlet Letter”: by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Question 1 Explanation: 
Answer choices (C) and (D) are correct because they both follow two basic rules for listing book titles. First of all, book titles should either be italicized or underlined, which eliminates answer choices (B) and (E). Secondly, the title of the book and its author’s name should be separated by a comma, which eliminates answer choices (A) and (E).
Question 2

You have been asked to write a book report about 1984 in which you summarize the book in a paragraph. Which of the following is the best introductory sentence to that paragraph?

A
George Orwell wrote 1984 as a warning for what he worried society was going to become.
B
1984 is just as relevant now as it was when it was written.
C
1984 is a book about Winston, a man who lives in a dystopian future.
D
Aldous Huxley wrote A Brave New World as almost a rebuttal to 1984, and offered what he thought was a more accurate view of humanity’s future.
Question 2 Explanation: 
Answer choice (C) is correct because it is the only sentence that properly introduces a summary paragraph. The other answer choices would be better served as introductory sentences to analytical paragraph discussing the metaphorical meaning of the book, or the importance of the book then and now.
Question 3

Litzy is writing a paragraph about how to make a paper airplane. She has written the sentences below. Read her response and answer the following questions.

Here is how you make a paper airplane. First, choose a _____ of paper. You will want to pick paper that is sturdy, but not to heavy. That way, it will glide well, but won’t immediately sink to the ground. Place the paper in front of you in the same direction you would if you were going to write on it. Then, take the top two corners and fold them down and together to make a point at the top of the paper. Once you have done that, fold the paper in half vertically. Flip the paper so that it opens to the right, and with your right hand fold about an inch of paper back against himself. Flip the paper over and do the same thing with your right hand.
 

Litzy needs to write a conclusion. Identify three of the sentences from the list below that best finish Litzy’s paragraph.

A
You have just made a basic airplane that you can hold from the vertical fold to throw it.
B
If you want to make a more complicated paper airplane, there are some more detailed steps you need to follow.
C
When you throw it, make sure to push your arm forward in a gliding motion and release the plane before your arm moves down.
D
If you’ve done everything correctly, the plane should glide nicely through the air.
E
Make sure the paper you have chosen is the right weight, or it may not fly the way you want it to.
Question 3 Explanation: 
Answer choices (A), (C), and (D) are correct because they bring the instructions to a logical conclusion. Answer choice (B) would be an effective sentence to transition into another set of instructions, but we’re looking for something that concludes the current paragraph, not something that sets up the next paragraph. Answer choice (E) might be a valid point to make in the passage, but it belongs somewhere earlier in the passage when the reader is selecting a piece of paper.
Question 4
Here is how you make a paper airplane. First, choose a _____ of paper. You will want to pick paper that is sturdy, but not to heavy. That way, it will glide well, but won’t immediately sink to the ground. Place the paper in front of you in the same direction you would if you were going to write on it. Then, take the top two corners and fold them down and together to make a point at the top of the paper. Once you have done that, fold the paper in half vertically. Flip the paper so that it opens to the right, and with your right hand fold about an inch of paper back against himself. Flip the paper over and do the same thing with your right hand.
 

Litzy is having trouble deciding what word to use in the blank. Which word best fits in the blank in the second sentence of her paragraph?

A
piece
B
peace
C
peece
D
peas
Question 4 Explanation: 
Answer choice (A) is correct because “piece” refers to a part of something, like a piece of paper, or a piece of pizza. Answer choices (B) and (D) are incorrect because their meaning does not fit the sentence. “Peace” means a period of quiet or no fighting, and “peas” are the green vegetable you eat. Answer choice (C) is incorrect because “peece” isn’t a real word.
Question 5

Which sentence is written correctly?

A
Abner and Cynthia need to stop talking on the bus because their distracting to the driver.
B
Abner and Cynthia need to stop talking on the bus because they’re distracting to the driver.
C
Abner and cynthia need to stop talking on the bus because they’re distracting to the driver.
D
Abner and cynthia need to stop talking on the bus because their distracting to the driver.
Question 5 Explanation: 
Answer choice (B) is correct because it’s the only sentence that uses proper capitalization and the right form of “they’re.” People’s names should always be capitalized, which eliminates answer choices (C) and (D). Since the children are distracting the bus driver, the sentence should use “they’re,” which is a contraction of “they” and “are.” This eliminates answer choices (A) and (D).
Question 6

Read the paragraph and answer questions 6 and 7.

(1) No matter what you like, there are a lot of shows to choose from, but they will all cost a lot. (2) Just to get a ticket in a popular show, you will probably have to pay more than $100. (3) Once you are there, food and drinks cost a lot of money, too. (4) Candy can sometimes cost more than $5 if your parents want to get a glass of wine, they might end up paying $20. (5) The price is often worth it, though, because seeing a show on Broadway is an experience that you can’t really get anywhere else.
 

Read the sentence.

Many people choose to eat dinner beforehand so they don’t spend a lot of money in the theater, but going out to eat in New York City is very expensive, too.

Where should the sentence be placed in the paragraph?

A
after sentence 1
B
after sentence 2
C
after sentence 3
D
after sentence 4
Question 6 Explanation: 
Answer choice (D) is correct because this sentence makes the most sense after discussing how expensive food and drinks are in a theater. This sentence doesn’t work as well anywhere else in the paragraph.
Question 7

Read the paragraph and answer questions 6 and 7.

(1) No matter what you like, there are a lot of shows to choose from, but they will all cost a lot. (2) Just to get a ticket in a popular show, you will probably have to pay more than $100. (3) Once you are there, food and drinks cost a lot of money, too. (4) Candy can sometimes cost more than $5 if your parents want to get a glass of wine, they might end up paying $20. (5) The price is often worth it, though, because seeing a show on Broadway is an experience that you can’t really get anywhere else.
 

The paragraph is missing an introduction. Which of the following would best introduce the topic?

A
“Aladdin” is a very popular show on Broadway.
B
If you are looking for something fun to do with your family consider going to a concert or a Broadway show.
C
Going to a Broadway show can be a lot of fun, but it can also be very expensive.
D
Going to a sporting event can be fun, but not everyone likes sports.
Question 7 Explanation: 
Answer choice (C) is correct because it is the only sentence that both introduces Broadway shows and indicates that they are expensive, which is the focus of the rest of the paragraph. Answer choice (A) is too specific to one show and answer choice (B) doesn’t introduce the fact that shows are expensive. Answer choice (D) would only work if another sentence were added after it to more completely introduce the topic of the paragraph.
Question 8

Which sentence is written correctly?

A
The most amaze trick the magician did was when he made himself levitate.
B
The teacher couldn’t take it anymore, and she told the students that this was their lastly chance.
C
The tomato soup was hotly enough that Sophia had to blow on it before she tasted it.
D
The cafeteria worker always felt a sense of satisfaction as he handed out the final meal to the last student in line.
Question 8 Explanation: 
Answer choice (D) is correct because it uses adjectives correctly. In answer choice (A), “amaze” should be “amazing,” in answer choice (B), “lastly” should be “last,” and in answer choice (C), “hotly” should be “hot.”
Question 9

Read the paragraph and answer the following questions.

(1) “Get Out” was the best movie of 2017. In the movie, Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) goes away with his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams) to meet her parents. (2) Chris is worried that because he’s black, his white girlfriend’s parents won’t like or accept him. (3) When he gets there, though, he finds out that they are a little too accepting of him. (4) It turns out that they are not accepting of Chris because they see him as a person and a good match for their daughter, but rather because they have evil plans for him. (5) Unlike other movies in 2017, “Get Out” told a compelling entertaining story, while providing modern audiences with an important and timely view of racism in America.
 

Which of the following sentences from the paragraph reflects an opinion?

A
Sentence 1
B
Sentence 2
C
Sentence 3
D
Sentence 4
Question 9 Explanation: 
Answer choice (A) is correct because it is the author’s opinion that “Get Out” was the best movie of 2017. Each of the other sentences in answer choices (B), (C), and (D) are factual summaries of the plot of the movie.
Question 10
(1) “Get Out” was the best movie of 2017. In the movie, Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) goes away with his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams) to meet her parents. (2) Chris is worried that because he’s black, his white girlfriend’s parents won’t like or accept him. (3) When he gets there, though, he finds out that they are a little too accepting of him. (4) It turns out that they are not accepting of Chris because they see him as a person and a good match for their daughter, but rather because they have evil plans for him. (5) Unlike other movies in 2017, “Get Out” told a compelling entertaining story, while providing modern audiences with an important and timely view of racism in America.
 

Which of the following pieces of evidence supports the opinion expressed in the passage?

A
“Lady Bird” was also an important movie in 2017 that showed what it was like to feel like an outcast.
B
“Get Out” has sparked a lot of important discussions about the nature of racism and what it feels like to be looked at as “other.”
C
“Get Out” was directed by Jordan Peele, who is best known for his sketch comedy TV show, “Key and Peele.”
D
Daniel Kaluuya was nominated for an Oscar for “Get Out,” but lost to Gary Oldman, who was amazing as Winston Churchill in “The Darkest Hour.”
Question 10 Explanation: 
Answer choice (B) is correct because it directly supports the opinion that “Get Out” was the best and most important movie of 2017. Answer choice (A) would be a digression from the author’s point, as would be answer choice (D). Answer choice (C) is a relevant piece of information, but does not directly support the opinion of the paragraph.
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