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Would You Pass English At School Now?

These are multiple choice, however, instead of the essays. Questions inspired by GCSE English and the SATs.

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  1. 1. Which pair of words best fit the below sentence?

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    tribulations...despair
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    hardships...exhilaration
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    confusions...bewilderment
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    inconvenience...panic
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    hardships...exhilaration

    This pair best suits the context of the sentence, and maintains its internal logic.

  2. 2. Which author wrote this quotation?

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald.

    It comes from The Great Gatsby.

  3. 3. Choose the best antonym for the word below.

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    Patient.

    Restive means being unable to remain still, silent, or submissive, especially because of boredom or dissatisfaction. Patient is therefore the opposite of this.

  4. 4. Which part of speech is the underlined word?

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    Adverb.

    An adverb is a word that changes or simplifies the meaning of a verb, adjective, other adverb, clause, or sentence. The quote itself is from P.G. Wodehouse's The Adventures Of Sally.

  5. 5. Which novel is the below quotation from?

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    'Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry'
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    'Of Mice And Men'
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    'To Kill A Mockingbird'
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    'The Old Man And The Sea'
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    'Of Mice And Men'

    The novel was written by John Steinbeck, and published in 1937.

  6. 6. Improve and clarify the below sentence.

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    Breakfast is skipped by many people because of their underestimating its value.
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    Many people, underestimating the value of breakfast, and skipping it.
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    Many people skip breakfast because they underestimate its value.
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    A meal skipped by many people underestimating its value is breakfast
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    Many people skip breakfast because they underestimate its value.

    The problem with this sentence is that the opening phrase "underestimating its value" modifies "breakfast," not "people." The order of the words in the sentence in the correct answer does not have this problem of a misplaced modifying phrase. This choice also clarifies the causal relationship between the two clauses in the sentence. None of the other choices convey the information presented in the sentence as effectively and directly.

  7. 7. Which poet wrote this?

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    Wilfred Owen.

    The poem is 'Anthem for Doomed Youth,' written September - October 1917.

  8. 8.

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    Use a season word, paralleling the concept of 'kigo'.
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    Use of three (or fewer) lines of 17 or fewer syllables.
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    Use end-rhyming on the first and third lines, paralleling 'kuhi'.
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    Use of a cut paralleling the concept of 'kireji'.
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    Typically, Haiku are not end-rhymed.

    While not rules, as such, this is the accepted guidance, though American scholar Harold G. Henderson did stick to the end-rhyme principle while translating. Kuhi are in fact poem monuments bearing carvings of famous haiku on natural stone.

  9. 9. Which Shakespeare play does this plot describe?

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    <i>The Comedy Of Errors</i>
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    <i>Measure For Measure</i>
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    <i>All's Well That Ends Well</i>
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    'The Comedy Of Errors'

    This is one of William Shakespeare's early plays, as well as one of his most farcical comedies

  10. 10. Which part of speech is the underlined word?

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    Conjunction

    A conjunction is a part of speech that connects words, sentences, phrases or clauses. The quote is from Tina Fey's autobiography, Bossypants.

  11. 11. Determine which answer choice below has a relationship similar to the original words.

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    Gooser : Gosling
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    Gem : Ruby
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    Alloy : Iron
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    Pony : Bridle
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    Alloy : Iron

    A spaniel is a purebred dog, in the same way that iron is a pure metal. A mongrel is comprised of multiple pure breeds, and an alloy is comprised of multiple pure metals.

  12. 12. Which would be the correct word to use in this sentence?

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    Heretical

    In the context of this sentence, 'heretical' makes most sense, as it relates closely, though in opposition, to the 'radical' and 'conservative' concepts also mentioned.

  13. 13. What movement were these poets a part of?

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    Romantic.

    They were all part of the Romantic movement in the 18th and 19th centuries.

  14. 14.

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    “You’re burrito is over there, but they’re coming back later, so don’t eat they’re tacos.”
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    "Your burrito is over there, but they’re coming back later, so don’t eat their tacos.”
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    “Your burrito is over there, but their coming back later, so don’t eat there tacos.”
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    “You’re burrito is over there, but there coming back later, so don’t eat their tacos.”
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    "Your burrito is over there, but they’re coming back later, so don’t eat their tacos. They aren’t yours.”

    This is only one that shows the correct usage of "your," "there," "they're" and "their."

  15. 15. Please write 2,000 words in answer to the question below.

    To what extent do you agree with the view of the critic who claimed that “a longing for home and security pervades the Brontës’ poetry”? In your answer you should either refer to two or three poems in detail or range more widely through the whole selection.

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    Er...I'd rather not.
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    Fair enough.

 
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