Content Knowledge Praxis Study Material

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Passage 1

While Alexander Graham Bell was experimenting with telegraph instruments in the early 1870s, he realized it might be possible to transmit the human voice over a wire using electricity. Bell's interest in electricity continued, and he attempted to send several telegraph messages over a single wire at one time. It was on June 2, 1875, while Bell was at one end of the line and his assistant Watson worked on the reeds of the telegraph in another room that he heard the sound of a plucked reed coming to him over the wire.

Passage 2

After many failed attempts, Alexander Graham Bell invented a working telephone. The next step was to make the telephone accessible so people could use it. This involved putting in lines to carry the telephone messages. The first telephone lines went from one person's phone to another. Those were called landlines. Then they added what are called switching stations, so one line could reach more than one place. Even though it was not the most efficient system, it still worked well enough for people to communicate.

Which of the following excerpts most strongly supports the claim that Alexander Graham Bell's early diligence resulted in the telephone we know today?


A. "... he realized it might be possible to transmit the human voice over a wire using electricity."

B. "... he heard the sound of a plucked reed coming to him over the wire."

C. "After many failed attempts, Alexander Graham Bell invented a working telephone."

D. "Even though it was not the most efficient system, it still worked well enough for people to communicate."
Passage 1

While Alexander Graham Bell was experimenting with telegraph instruments in the early 1870s, he realized it might be possible to transmit the human voice over a wire using electricity. Bell's interest in electricity continued, and he attempted to send several telegraph messages over a single wire at one time. It was on June 2, 1875, while Bell was at one end of the line and his assistant Watson worked on the reeds of the telegraph in another room that he heard the sound of a plucked reed coming to him over the wire.

Passage 2

After many failed attempts, Alexander Graham Bell invented a working telephone. The next step was to make the telephone accessible so people could use it. This involved putting in lines to carry the telephone messages. The first telephone lines went from one person's phone to another. Those were called landlines. Then they added what are called switching stations, so one line could reach more than one place. Even though it was not the most efficient system, it still worked well enough for people to communicate.

Although both passages discuss Alexander Graham Bell's telephone, passage 1 is primarily concerned with __________________, while passage 2 is mostly concerned with __________________.


A. the first sound transmitted via telephone / world interest in telephones

B. Bell's interest in the telegraph / the first switching station

C. Watson's contribution to the telephone / Bell's failures with the telegraph

D. the invention of the telephone / the installation of the first telephone lines
If I could have the best job in the world, it would be to play for a major league baseball team when I'm older. I believe that a major league team should hire me because of my excellent skills. I also have a positive attitude and I want to play the game. Also I think a team should hire me because of the talent I have that will support the team's success. The team could probably win the World Series!

They should hire me because I can hit the ball really hard and score runs in every game. I can catch the ball really good. I can get the players on the other team out really easily. I can throw great to all the bases to get them out. I can run the bases OK and when it comes to stealing the bases most of the time I don't get out. My batting average is good. I hardly ever make errors. When I hit the ball, I mostly get singles but sometimes doubles. I might hit a homerun sometimes. I want this job because I'm really good at the sport. I can do a lot for my team and the fans and the owner and the manager. More people will watch the games on TV if I'm on the team and that will bring the ratings up.

The student writing sample best shows an understanding of which of the following components of effective writing?


A. The sample is clearly and logically organized and includes an introduction, body, and conclusion.

B. The writer's arguments and support in the sample are presented in a logical order that makes it easy for the reader to follow.

C. There are a variety of transitions that clearly show how ideas are connected, and the sample includes a variety of sentence types.

D. The thesis statement names the topic of the sample, and then the main points that support a position are introduced.
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