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PSAT English Unit 3 Test
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something out of place in time, especially something that is outdated
The modern-sounding dialogue was conspicuously ________ for a movie set in the 1920s
belie (definition #1)
to fail to give a true impression of something
David's bluster ________ his lack of self-confidence
belie (definition #2)
to betray; to show to be untrue
The evidence _______ the defendant's claim
devious trickery or evasion
Unlike most politicians, she discusses tax policies openly, rather than using ________ to hide her true motives and affiliations
We took a ______ route to the cabin because the main highway was closed
confound (definition #1)
to cause someone to become confused
She was _________ by the puzzle for many weeks
confound (definition #2)
to confuse two elements as being one
We should not ______ patriotism and loyalty to the government
convoluted (definition #1)
(of and argument or story) complicated and difficult to follow
The account the witness provided was so ______ that the jury could not follow
convoluted (definition #2)
The human cortex is a _________ shell of interconnected neurons
stray from the topic in speaking or writing
Powell _______ for several pages to describe the history of the village he was visiting
not candid or sincere; deceitful
The senator's _________ comments were just another example of political posturing
dubious (definition #1)
That is a _______ claim, bordering on the absurd
dubious (definition #2)
I'm _________ that our team will be able to come back and win
He considered a career as a spy but wondered whether he had the skill or moral flexibility to engage in such _________
cunning or slyness in attaining a goal
David Rohde was able to use _______ and patience to escape his Taliban captors
Todd's awkward joke was a sincere but _______ attempt to lighten the mood
a plot or scheme
Dawn's artful ________ succeeded in gaining her the title of class president
to lie under oath
Martha Stewart's conviction for conspiracy to commit _______ landed her six months in prison
false or fake; not want it seems to be (esp. as applied to claims to theories)
The stories about Jordan's career as a spy were _______, generated by his friends' wild imaginations
a trick or expedient used to escape a consequence or achieve a goal
Max's _______ involved three alibis and a full-scale replica of himself
kept secret because it is objectionable
Charlotte was upset when she heard about her husband's ________ affair
treacherous (definition #1)
characterized by or guilty of betrayal
Benedict Arnold's ________ actions are etched in our national history
treacherous (definition #2)
The ocean currents here are very _______
dishonest; showing no moral principles
The broker's ________ dealings only came to light after he had stolen several million dollars of his client's money
to make to feel annoyed or frustrated
I am constantly ________ by my inability to remember the names of all your friends
Grammar Rule 11: The relative pronouns are ______, _____, _____, _____, and ______. They agree in number with the _________
who, whom, which, that, those; noun of reference
He is one of those people who (is, are) always happy
They are a group of people who (is, are) always happy
Grammar Rule 12: A pronoun agrees in ______ and _____ with the ______ to which it refers
number, gender; noun
When a student is learning, (he, they) should listen
When the students are learning (he, they) should listen
Grammar Rule 13: A pronoun that refers to the ______ of a sentence (after the linking verb) must be in the ___________
subject; subject form
I wish I were (he, him)
We wish we were (they, them)
Grammar Rule 14: A pronoun in an _______ takes the same form as the ______ to which it is referring
an appositive is a phrase separated from the rest of the sentence by _______. It means the same thing as _____________
commas; the words before it
Two teachers, Paul and (I, me) were chosen
They chose two teachers, Paul and (I, me)
Grammar Rule 15: If a pronoun is the _______ of a _______, it mist be in the _______ case
object, preposition; objective
What are examples of prepositions?
of, by, over, about, etc.
What are examples of objective pronouns?
me, you, her, him, it, us, them
Sally asked Julie to drive with (she, her).
Grammar Rule 16: A pronoun in front of a _______ (action word that ends in "-ing") must be in the _______ case
What are examples of possessive pronouns?
my, your, our, his, her, its, there
I was excited about (us, our) getting a dog.
Grammar Rule 17: "_________" is not a word. "_______" is not a word
What is the correct way to say "themself" or "theirselves"?
Each person is skiing by (himself, themself)
Grammar Rule 18: "______" stands for it is. "_____" is a possessive pronoun
The bike was missing (its, it's) sear
Grammar Rule 19: "_______" stands for there is. "_______" shows possession
(Theirs, There's) only one month until the exam
Grammar Rule 20:
_______ = things and people
_______, _______ = people
_______ = things
that; whom, who; which
What kind of questions follow these characteristics?
**- identifying central ideas or themes
**- summarize key information or ideas
- usually no line or paragraph numbers
**- identifying the main purpose of the passage
- usually being with "according to the passage...."
- you can't usually skim through hrs passage to find
How do you find main or central ideas?
1) italicized portion
2) end of the 1st paragraph
3) sometimes in the last paragraph
What would an author's purpose be?
1) inform -educate, teach, etc.
2) persuade - convince
3) entertain - emotion
4) inspire - improve a life
What are some tips when confronted with a global question?
- Read the italicized portion before the passage
- Avoid choosing answers about secondary points
What do command of evidence questions ask for?
to cite evidence that best supports the correct answer to her previous question
What is the format for Command of Evidence Questions?
A. Line "_______"
B. Line "_______"
C. Line "______"
D. Line "______"
What are the two steps in attacking "Command of Evidence Questions"?
Step 1: review the previous answer
Step 2: ask yourself: Where's my proof? Why? How come?
What is a tip in combating "Command of Evidence Questions"?
If you answered the question preceding a command of evidence question incorrectly, you have a small chance of selecting the correct answer, so take your best guess and move on. Time matters!
What are the characteristics of Detail Questions?
- mention a specific line
- mention a specific word or phrase
- Test your memory as well as you'd understand of the passage
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