|Due By (Pacific Time)||01/10/2017 12:00 am|
Exam: 250395RR - The Reading and Writing Process
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Questions 1 to 20: Select the best answer to each question. Note that a question and its answers may be split across a page
break, so be sure that you have seen the entire question and all the answers before choosing an answer.
1. Which of the following transitional expressions would be considered a logical connection?
C. For example
D. In the distance
2. When you write, the tone, vocabulary, and type of information you choose should vary depending on
3. Lillian is looking for ideas to write about, and she decides to make a list of everything she can think of
that relates to the topic of teenage romance. Which concept best describes Lillian's strategy?
A. Free association
4. In evaluating a thesis statement, it's important to bear in mind that it should
A. be general rather than specific.
B. focus on at least two or three points.
C. make an assertion.
D. serve as an announcement regarding what the essay is about.
5. Deciding whether to express yourself, inform others, or persuade readers are issues are related to the
_______ of writing an essay.
B. point of view
6. If you suspect that readers are interested in your topic, you may choose a _______ method of organizing
7. Carmen asserts that a strong conclusion to an essay should look ahead and present a call for action. Carl
agrees, except he also insists that a strong conclusion should restate the thesis verbatim. Who is correct?
A. Only Carl is correct.
B. Both Carmen and Carl are correct.
C. Only Carmen is correct.
D. Neither Carmen nor Carl is correct.
8. As she thinks about an essay she is about to write on the effects of Super PACs on elections, L'Shaun
will need to consider which of the following about her audience?
A. The medium through which the audience will read her essay
B. The length of time readers will commit to reading an essay
C. Their attitudes, beliefs, opinions, and biases
D. The genre expected by the audience
9. One of the methods of narrowing a topic involves posing
A. drafting an outline of the essay.
B. writing the first paragraph.
C. creating a thesis statement.
D. who, what, where, when, why, and how questions.
10. An effective paragraph not only provides specific details but presents them in
A. the third person.
B. logical order.
C. narrative form.
D. active voice.
11. Which point of view uses pronouns such as you, your, and yours?
A. Compound person
B. Second person
C. First person
D. Third person
12. Your topic is courtesy, and you're writing from the point of view of a caring mentor. Which of the
following sentences is most persuasive for an audience of high school graduates from a working-class
A. Courtesy to others shows self-respect as much as it shows respect for others.
B. Remember that you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
C. Courtesy yields profits to the impecunious as well as to the wealthy.
D. Courtesy is the oil that lubricates the machinery of discourse.
13. Latisha is writing an essay on the subject of increasing the minimum wage, and wants to ensure that her
essay will engage or entice readers. Which method of organization will most likely support her aim?
14. Please read the following excerpt from an essay, and answer the question that follows.
I've never actually met a real live humorist. Well, not in person at any rate. However, one summer, having
a lot of time on my hands, I discovered unexpected treasures lurking in the local public library. Among the
nuggets I unearthed in those musty stacks was a book by humorist Robert Benchley. To this day I
remember one of his quips. He wrote, "There are two kinds of people in this world: those who divide the
world into two kinds of people and those who don't." After laughing out loud, I became pensive. I
wondered why the quip was so funny. A year or so later, I formed a theory. Humor is based on the
In the passage above, the topic sentence and the thesis are one and the same. What makes the last sentence
effective as a thesis statement?
A. Specific detail
15. If you're creating an opening paragraph and you present supporting details in the beginning, your topic
sentence is most likely to be
A. at the end of the paragraph.
B. in the first sentence.
C. in the next paragraph.
D. in the second sentence.
16. _______ is a method of narrowing a topic through subdividing it into subtopics, choosing one and
subdividing it further until you've settled on a topic that is interesting, appropriate, and manageable.
17. For most academic writing, the types of evidence preferred include
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A. personal observations and opinions.
B. facts, statistics, and expert testimony.
C. a combination of assertions and first-hand experiences.
D. general statements and quotations by well-known individuals.
18. Leila says that a thesis statement is like a promise to a reader. Lucas says a thesis statement expresses
the writer's point of view. Who is correct?
A. Neither Leila nor Lucas is correct.
B. Only Leila is correct.
C. Both Leila and Lucas are correct.
D. Only Lucas is correct.
19. Please read the following excerpt from an essay, and answer the question that follows.
After Sean was arrested for breaking into a pawnshop, I began to wonder. Why did some kids from my
neighborhood end up in trouble while most of us didn't? I started out with a question: What causes young
people to make bad choices? Now, after two years of research, I've arrived at the conclusion that there is
no simple answer. There is no one reason why good kids go bad, but there are typical reasons.
According to my research, teenagers are most likely to get into trouble if they hang out with a bad crowd.
That's because people learn their values from the people they associate with. So a very big reason for bad
behavior is imitating one's peers. But there are other important factors as well. Kids who get in trouble are
often school dropouts. Also, kids being raised by a single mother are more likely to get in trouble than kids
raised in an intact family. Substance abuse also plays a role, especially when it comes to alcohol and legal
or illegal drugs.
What method of organization is used by the writer?
20. A _______ should make clear what the paragraph is about and express a view about the subject matter.
A. topic sentence
D. thesis statement
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