English III End-of-Course Test. Basically it’s a 5 0-question reading comprehension test. Last year there were three reading selections: 1. Fiction 2. Poetry 3. Non-fiction.
Basically it’s a 50-question reading comprehension test.Last year there were three reading selections:1. Fiction2. Poetry3. Non-fiction
You’ll be asked to write your “short answer” in a box with nine lines. Be sure to write your answer inside the box and use no more than nine lines.
After 40 minutes you’ll have a brief “stretch break” during which you’ll be allowed to stand beside your desk and stretch. Then it’s back to work for another 40 minutes.
Last year the test had three reading passages: a fiction passage, a poem and a non-fiction science article. Each passage had a multiple-choice questions and a short answer question.
2013: selection 1: FictionFour long single-spaced pages of potentially boring writing- multiple-choice questions- 1 short essay (paragraph)
Selection 3: Non-fiction5 long pages of single-spaced prose. Last year it was an article titled: “Education fro the Twenty-First Century Knowledge Society.” 9 multiple-choice questions 1 short essay question
Be sure to read with a pencil in your hand and to underline names. This will help you to focus and may prove helpful when answering the questions about a given passage.
The questions are intended to measure your understanding of the passages. Some will ask about what effect the author achieves by choosing a certain word.
Still other questions might ask you to figure out the meaning of an unfamiliar word by using context clues (the words that surround the unfamiliar word).
Still other questions may ask about such literary devices as word choice, point of view, imagery, detail, tone and mood, and how the author creates effects with them.
Other questions may ask you to recognize an accurate summary of part of the passage (e.g. “What is the purpose of the author making reference to Tom Friedman’s popular book The World Is Flat?).
Multiple-choice strategyEach of the multiple-choice questions has four possible answers (a – d).Eliminate as many wrong answers as possible and draw a line through them.Using the process of elimination (POE) will greatly increase your chance of getting the question right.
Blind guessing offers only a 25% chance of guessing correctly. If you eliminate two choices, your odds of guessing correctly increase to 50%.
There are 2 short essays; each one will be about one of the reading selections.Last year, this was the question about the fiction passage: “In paragraphs 9 and 10, what rhetorical device does the author rely on to convey the crowing and speed of a cable care. Include one example from the text to support your answer.”
Remember that a “rhetorical device” is any way in which the author uses language to create a particular effect. Metaphor, for example, is a rhetorical device, as are many other things, such as diction, detail, imagery, tone, mood, etc.
This question can be answered sufficiently with a paragraph that identifies the device and gives at least one example from the text to support that claim.
“The author relies mainly on personification to convey the crowding and speed of the cable car. For example, the author describes the cable car as “it turns three hand-springs…” and “bounds into the air.”
The poetry question last year read: How does the poet’s use of figurative language in lines 9-14 impact the meaning of the poem? Include one example from the text to support your answer.
And having scared the cellar under himIn clomping there, he scared it once againIn clomping off;--and scared the outer night,Which has its sounds, familiar, like the roarOf trees and crack of branches, common thingsBut nothing so like beating on a box
The poem is about an old man by himself in a house at night and how lonely that seems. The metaphors and personification used in lines 9-14 contribute to this lonesome effect. For example, he couldn’t really “scare” the outer night; it was he who was the one being scared, of being an old man alone in a house on a stormy night.
The essay question for the non-fiction passage last year read: “Identify the author’s point of view in the selection and analyze how the author uses rhetoric to advance her point of view. Include two examples from the text to support your answer.
The author’s point of view is that broadband access to the internet is essential to education worldwide. The author uses rhetoric to persuade the audience to agree with her. For example, she argues that “it is essential for governments to work with providers to develo mechanisms to assure afordable access to schools, colleges, universities, and research institutes…”
Furthermore, she argues that “countries need to develop broadband infrastructure deployment plans and advance policies to implement them.” Both of these claims indicate her support for broadband access to the internet.
We’ve been doing literary analysis all year, as well as writing essays and answers to complex questions about reading. You have been well prepared for this test.