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Answering Multiple Choice Questions. The Finicky Shark. The Challenge of English. Most subjects = content based course English = skills based course This means that there is often no clear answer – which can be VERY difficult for Multiple Choice questions. Each Question is important.

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the challenge of english
The Challenge of English
  • Most subjects = content based course
  • English = skills based course
  • This means that there is often no clear answer – which can be VERY difficult for Multiple Choice questions
each question is important1
Each Question is important
  • There will be around 23 Multiple Choice Questions on the provincial exam
  • The total of the exam is 83 marks
  • Each MC question is worth over 1% of your final exam, and worth about 0.5% of your FINAL English grade
  • That means, for every MC question you get wrong on the provincial exam, you are watching your mark drop 0.5%
tip 1 read the question and find the key words
Tip #1 – Read the question and find the key words
  • 1. Paragraph 1 contains examples of
tip 2 think of the answer before looking at options if possible
Tip #2 – think of the answer before looking at options if possible
  • 1. Paragraph 1 contains examples of
  • Before you look at the options, try to figure out the answer
  • Go back to paragraph one, re-read it, and try to answer it
tip 3 now look at options
Tip #3 – Now look at options
  • 1. Paragraph 1 contains examples of
    • A. simile
    • B. contrast
    • C. allusion
    • D. imagery
tip 4 if you don t know cross out what you know is wrong
Tip #4 – If you don’t know, cross out what you know is wrong
  • 1. Paragraph 1 contains examples of
    • A. simile
    • B. contrast
    • C. allusion
    • D. imagery
tip 4 if you don t know cross out what you know is wrong1
Tip #4 – If you don’t know, cross out what you know is wrong
  • 1. Paragraph 1 contains examples of
    • A. simile
    • B. contrast
    • C. allusion
    • D. imagery
tip 4 if you don t know cross out what you know is wrong2
Tip #4 – If you don’t know, cross out what you know is wrong
  • 1. Paragraph 1 contains examples of
    • A. simile
    • B. contrast
    • C. allusion
    • D. imagery
tip 5 if you are still unsure put a star beside it
Tip #5 – If you are still unsure put a star beside it
  • 1. Paragraph 1 contains examples of
    • A. simile
    • B. contrast
    • C. allusion
    • D. imagery
  • The answer may come to you later, or something else might hint to the correct answer
let s try a new one
Let’s Try a New One…
  • In Paragraph 3, “unpalatable” means that people are…
let s try a new one1
Let’s Try a New One…
  • In Paragraph 3, “unpalatable” means that people are…
  • After finding the key words, what is the first thing you should do?
  • Find the word in the text and try to figure out what it means by using context clues
  • The key here is to look to paragraph two
let s try a new one2
Let’s Try a New One…
  • In Paragraph 3, “unpalatable” means that people are…
    • A. easy prey
    • B. flavorful
    • C. unappetizing
    • D. hard to swallow
let s try a new one3
Let’s Try a New One…
  • In Paragraph 3, “unpalatable” means that people are…
    • A. easy prey
    • B. flavorful
    • C. unappetizing
    • D. hard to swallow
and another
And another…
  • In Paragraph 4, the word “genteel” means
  • Side note – They are not asking these questions to test your vocabulary skills. They are testing your ability to make an educated guess based on context clues.
and another1
And another…
  • In Paragraph 4, the word “genteel” means
    • A. Civil
    • B. Skillful
    • C. Vicious
    • D. Competitive
slide19

Paragraph 13 suggests that the great white shark is

    • A. beyond control
    • B. becoming endangered
    • C. dominating the oceans
    • D suffering overpopulation
last one
Last one…
  • In paragraph 15, Dr. Murphy suggests that people should
last one1
Last one…
  • In paragraph 15, Dr. Murphy suggests that people should
    • A. protect the shark
    • B. fear killer sharks
    • C. eliminate the species
    • D. admire the health of the shark
final tip
Final Tip!
  • WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT LEAVE A QUESTION BLANK
now on your own
Now on your own…
  • Please do questions 16-20