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These spices will give your dish a very special ________ taste.

A. pungent

B. bland

C. dank

D. extraordinarily

A. pungent

The following sentence contains what kind of adjective? She was a brilliant scholar and teacher.

A. positive

B. comparative

C. superlative

D. predicate

A. positive

Read the review. Then, answer the questions that follow.

Georgia on Our Mind is a great example of the best of the new Southern writing, and, believe me, I have read most of it! Devin McLeod has a fabulous ear, and his use of Southern dialect of all classes and types of Southerners is pitch perfect. What reader will ever forget the character of Miz Roberts?

What is most appropriate tone to use when having a conversation with a doctor?

A. playful

B. formal

C. suspicious

D. mocking

B. formal

What is the meaning of the prefix com- in the word compact?

A. two

B. create

C. thought

D. together

D. together

What is the meaning of intervention in the following sentence? The growing conflict was stopped, thanks to Steven's intervention.

A. creating bad feelings

B. sharing of ideas

C. coming in between

D. stopping all motion

C. coming in between

It will soon be autumn, and the birds seem to be preparing for ________.

A. migration

B. inevitable

C. regenerate

D. crisscrossing

A. migration

To believe that her children would never misbehave was very ________ of her.

A. baser

B. characterization

C. motivating

D. naive

D. naive

I try to exercise and read some ________ quietly every day.

A. sayings

B. assumptions

C. pacts

D. meditations

D. meditations

D. meditations

D. convergent

Which word has the same prefix as disrespect?

A. disk

B. disrepair

C. dishful

D. direct

B. disrepair

Read the following selection from "Winter Mist" by Robert Palfrey Utter. Then, answer the questions that follow.

I like pond skating best by moonlight. The hollow among the hills will always have a bit of mist about it, let the sky be clear as it may. The moonlight, which seems so lucid and brilliant when you look up, is all pearl and smoke round the pond and the hills. The shore that was like iron under your heel as you came down to the ice is vague, when you look back at it from the center of the pond, as the memory of a dream. The motion is like flying in a dream; you float free and the world floats under you; your velocity is without effort and without accomplishment, for, speed as you may, you leave nothing behind and approach nothing.

From what type of essay was this selection taken?

A. expository

B. narrative

C. reflective

D. persuasive

A. expository

When the fire fighters arrived on the scene,the warehouse was already ________.

A. brazier

B. astray

C. sabotage

D. ablaze

D. ablaze

In the sentence: Ms. Smith is the teacher. The word teacher is the predicate nominative because it follows a(n):

A. linking verb

B. present participle

C. action verb

D. article

A. linking verb

Read this excerpt from a short story. Then, answer the questions that follow.

From the day Danny Bannerman transferred to Spencerville High School, he was popular with the other students. A talented athlete with a good sense of humor, he immediately became friendly with several boys in his classes and on the sports teams that he joined. The girls flocked around him too, delighted by his good looks and outgoing manner. Nevertheless, though he was friendly enough, Danny never singled out any one girl for special attention. Daniela Marlowe moved to Spencerville a few months after Danny. For her, the transition to a new high school was far more difficult. A smart and sweet-faced girl, she was unfortunately rather shy, drawing little attention from fellow students in such a big school. Moreover, because she had to work part-time to help out at home, she joined no after-school clubs or sports teams where she might find friends.

Based on the details in the selection, which of these predictions seems most likely to happen?

A. Danny and Daniela will never meet and become friends.

B. Danny and Daniela will dislike each other when they meet.

C. Daniela will be jealous of Danny and behave spitefully toward him.

D. Danny will take a romantic interest in Daniela.

A. Danny and Daniela will never meet and become friends.

What is the primary purpose of most television commercials?

A. to inform

B. to entertain

C. to persuade

D. to commemorate

C. to persuade

Retelling a story from another character's perspective demonstrates the importance of:

A. suspense

B. climax

C. foreshadowing

D. point of view

D. point of view

The school policy states that for every six students, there must be at least one ________ on field trips.

A. governess

B. reveler

C. chaperone

D. reinforcement

C. chaperone

In the sentence The young boy jumped with joy after winning the spelling bee., the word joy is an example of:


A. abstract noun

B. proper noun

C. pronoun

D. concrete noun

A. abstract noun

Which rule should you follow to form possessive nouns?

A. To form the possessive of plural nouns that end in the letter s, add an apostrophe and s.

B. To form the possessive of most singular nouns, add just an apostrophe.

C. To form the possessive of plurals that do not end in s, add an apostrophe and s.

D. Do not use apostrophes to form the possessive of most nouns.

C. To form the possessive of plurals that do not end in s, add an apostrophe and s.

Read the passage. Then, answer the questions that follow.

Our school's mission statement stresses community, cooperation, and personal and intellectual growth. But one of our school's practices—selecting a valedictorian and salutatorian each year—does not support our mission. This practice is divisive, it is unfair, it is archaic. So let's end it now! For some students, jockeying for these positions begins when they start high school. They choose classes they can ace, as well as AP and IB courses that boost their grade-point averages, rather than ones that excite their interest or challenge them. They pay plenty and spend hours in classes that promise to raise standardized test scores. Successful candidates are routinely accused of gaming the system. The formula for selecting the two "top" students is complex; selection can turn on several zeroes after a decimal point. At several schools around the country, students who lost out as valedictorian have sued. Is this the kind of situation we want to encourage at our school?

Which of the following sentences most clearly expresses an opinion?

A. Our school's mission statement stresses community, cooperation, and personal and intellectual growth.

B. This practice is divisive, it is unfair, it is archaic.

C. They pay plenty and spend hours in classes that promise to raise standardized test scores.

D. The formula for selecting the two "top" students is complex; selection can turn on several zeroes after a decimal point.

D. The formula for selecting the two "top" students is complex; selection can turn on several zeroes after a decimal point.

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