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Question 1, The test you are about to begin is an English Practice Exam This exam does not contain an essay. portion The actual VPT English Exam will have an essay portion in which you will select from two. essay topics You will only be required to respond to one essay topic. Question 2 of 36,Read the selection and answer the question. Excerpt from Biological Diversity How Are We Changing Life on Earth by Tracey Cohen. People tend to think that the crisis of biodiversity as well as other environmental problems created. by human activities can be corrected with things like better technology Science and technology can. provide crucial information and strategies but there are limits to their usefulness Captive breeding. programs for instance can help save no more than a few hundred of the 1 million known animal. species On a larger scale too many interdependent species are being lost often before their ecological. roles are fully known And it would be impossible to create artificially all the conditions necessary for. complex healthy ecosystems, The true problem of preserving life on Earth is ethical It means recognizing that other species have a. right to continue living This recognition involves drastic changes in the ways we see and use natural. resources It also means changing the way we see ourselves in the larger community of living things We. need what environmental science professor David Orr called a biophilia revolution Biophilia is in. essence a love of life and things that are alive A biophilia revolution would combine a reverence for life. with efficient use of resources and simpler lifestyles Until that happens the plight of biodiversity will. not be solved, Source Cohen Tracey Biological Diversity How Are We Changing Life on Earth Biology Principles and Explorations Eds George B Johnson. and Peter H Raven New York Holt Rinehart and Winston 1998 412 413 Print. According to the selection the author believes that. A Preserving the biodiversity of the planet is an ethical imperative. B captive breeding policies must be implemented correctly and safely. C biophilia is a radical concept with little potential for practical application. D human beings can use technological advances to reverse ecological damage. Question 3 of 36,Read the selection and answer the question.
If you wanted to find out more information about the crisis of biodiversity which of the following. resources would be best to use,A The encyclopedia entry for biophilia. B An online chat forum for environmentalists,C The website for National Geographic magazine. D A smartphone app that tracks ecological phenomena. Question 4 of 36,Read the selection and answer the question. If you were taking notes on the selection which of the following details would be most important to. A Other animal species besides human beings have a right to continue living on the planet. B The planet can only sustain life if we work to sustain the planet in part through mindful living. C Environmental science professor David Orr defines biophilia as a love of life and all living things. D The decline in biodiversity cannot be undone even with captive breeding programs and. technological advances,Question 5 of 36,Read the selection and answer the question. Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King Jr. You may well ask Why direct action Why sit ins marches and so forth Isn t negotiation a better. path You are quite right in calling for negotiation Indeed this is the very purpose of direct. action Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a. community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue It seeks so. to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored My citing the creation of tension as part of. the work of the nonviolent resister may sound rather shocking. But I must confess that I am not afraid of the word tension I have earnestly opposed violent. tension but there is a type of constructive nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth Just as. Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could rise from the. bondage of myths and half truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal. we must we see the need for nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help. men rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and. brotherhood, The purpose of our direct action program is to create a situation so crisis packed that it will inevitably.
open the door to negotiation I therefore concur with you in your call for negotiation Too long has our. beloved Southland been bogged down in a tragic effort to live in monologue rather than dialogue. Which of the following best summarizes Martin Luther King Jr s view of tension. A All tension can ultimately be used for good, B All tension is unstable even if it is constructive. C Some tension is necessary to stir people into action. D Some tension is needed to punish and expel prejudice. Question 6 of 36,Read the selection and answer the question. The overall pattern of organization used in this selection is. A simple listing,B Cause and effect,C definition and example. D statement and refutation,Question 7 of 36,Read the selection and answer the question. Which of the following assumptions does the author of this selection make about the audience. A They do not support equality,B They have participated in a sit in.
C They respect Socrates as a thinker,D They understand the purpose of tension. Question 8 of 36,Read the selection and answer the question. Mr Bojangles s Stoplight, 1 Luther Bojangles Robinson was a native of Richmond Virginia 2 Having lost both of his parents. by the age of seven Robinson recalled that he stole the name of his brother Bill and began shining shoes. and tap dancing for petty cash 3 After joining a traveling dance troupe he eventually found himself. performing at nightclubs in Chicago 4 Although his audiences were limited his talent did not go. unnoticed 5 Under the direction of a stage manager Marty Forkins he was soon pulling in 3 500 a. week 6 Robinson claimed that his feet had a mind and musicality that was all their own a statement. that wasn t too hard to believe given the way he danced his feet lively and ingeniously creative his. upper body relaxed and lit with an entertainer s face. 7 At the age of fifty Robinson finally broke into Broadway 8 The musical Blackbirds allowed him to. debut his self choreographed stair dance which became one of his most memorable performances. 9 From then on Robinson s career also included acting earning him a number of famous roles. alongside America s sweetheart Shirley Temple 10 Yet underneath his new found stardom Robinson. never forgot his rocky childhood 11 During a visit to his hometown he witnessed a near accident as a. couple of schoolchildren attempted to cross a busy street 12 According to reports he immediately put. down enough money to have a traffic light installed 13 Over the course of his lifetime he gave away. more than one million dollars leaving him bankrupt at the time of his death 14 To this day a statue of. Bill Robinson remains at the intersection of Adams and West Leigh Streets 15 It features Bojangles. atop a set of stairs much like the ones that graced his feet in real life. Which of the following word changes would convey a more skeptical tone. A Change stole to borrowed Sentence 2,B Change claimed to believed Sentence 6. C Change allowed to was a chance for Sentence 8, D Change According to reports to Allegedly Sentence 12.
Question 9 of 36,Read the selection and answer the question. Which of the following sentences contains an opinion. A Sentence 3,B Sentence 6,C Sentence 9,D Sentence 12. Question 10 of 36,Read the selection and answer the question. The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus,Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame. With conquering limbs astride from land to land,Here at our sea washed sunset gates shall stand.
A mighty woman with a torch whose flame,Is the imprisoned lightning and her name 5. Mother of Exiles From her beacon hand,Glows world wide welcome her mild eyes command. The air bridged harbor that twin cities frame,Keep ancient lands your storied pomp cries she. With silent lips Give me your tired your poor 10,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,Send these the homeless tempest tost to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door,A thesaurus entry for the word command. command verb,Synonyms order demand instruct dominate lead. Antonyms obey conform follow submit observe, Which of the following synonyms would best help readers understand the meaning of the word. command as it is used in the selection,C Instruct,D Dominate. Question 11 of 36,Read the selection and answer the question.
Based on its use in the selection the word exiles could be replaced with which of the following words. A Outcasts,B Refugees,C Deportees,D Immigrants,Question 12 of 36. Read the selection and answer the question, Based on its use in the selection the word brazen most likely means. A bold or flashy,B careful or prudent,C proud or dignified. D modest or unnoticeable,Question 13 of 36,Read the selection and answer the question. Excerpt from Dark They Were and Golden Eyed by Ray Bradbury. The rocket metal cooled in the meadow winds Its lid gave a bulging pop From its clock interior. stepped a man a woman and three children The other passengers whispered away across the Martian. meadow leaving the man alone among his family, The man felt his hair flutter and the tissues of his body draw tight as if he were standing at the.
center of a vacuum His wife before him seemed almost to whirl away in smoke The children small. seeds might at any instant be sown to all the Martian climes. The children looked up at him as people look to the sun to tell what time of their life it is His face. What s wrong asked his wife,Let s get back on the rocket. Go back to Earth,Yes Listen, The wind blew as if to flake away their identities At any moment the Martian air might draw his. soul from him as marrow comes from a white bone He felt submerged in a chemical that could dissolve. his intellect and burn away his past, Which of the following details best supports the idea that the main character is uneasy about their. arrival on Mars, A His wife before him seemed almost to whirl away in smoke. B The children looked up at him as people look to the sun to tell what time of their life it is. C At any moment the Martian air might draw his soul from him as marrow comes from a white bone. D The other passengers whispered away across the Martian meadow leaving the man alone among. his family,Question 14 of 36,Read the selection and answer the question.
If you were to rewrite the selection which of the following would best convey a cause and effect. A A description of the setting including vivid imagery. B A description of each character s impressions of the planet. C A description of the arrival followed by what happens afterward. D A description of the narrator s motivations for wanting to return home. Question 15 of 36,Read the selection and answer the question. According to the logic of the text readers can assume that. A time travel is a dangerous pursuit,B the family will return home immediately. C this story is told in the genre of science fiction. D technological advances now allow tourists in space. Question 16 of 36,Read the selection and answer the question. Should schools stop selling soda to students Choose a stance and explain your position. The primary purpose of this essay is to,C entertain. D persuade,Question 17 of 36,Using the model provided answer the question.
If you were using this model to learn the word covert as shown which of the following pictures. would most likely be included under the M heading,A A locked and hidden diary. B An opened letter on a desk,C An illustrated poster on a wall. D A messy or disorganized room,Question 18 of 36,Read the selection and answer the question. I am fond of pigs Dogs look up to us Cats look down on us Pigs treat us as equals Winston. Which of the following correctly integrates the quotation. A According to Winston Churchill Dogs look up to us Cats look down on us Pigs treat us as equals. B Winston Churchill believed that dogs looked up to us cats looked down on us and pigs treated us as. C According to Winston Churchill I am fond of pigs Dogs look up to us Cats look down on us Pigs. treat us as equals, D Winston Churchill believed that dogs look up to us and cats look down on us This is why he. eventually stated I am fond of pigs,Question 19 of 36.
Read the selection and answer the question, I love America more than any other country in the world and exactly for this reason I insist on the right. to criticize her perpetually James Baldwin, Which of the following paraphrases is an example of plagiarism. A Writer James Baldwin believed that a love for one s country requires one to look critically at the. practices of that country, B If we wish to be truly patriotic then we must exercise our right and responsibility to criticize. America perpetually as James Baldwin has said, C Writer James Baldwin said that he loved America more than any other country in the world and. exactly for this reason he insisted on the right to criticize her perpetually. D If you say I love America more than any other country in the world as James Baldwin has said then. you must also like Baldwin insist on the right to criticize her perpetually. Question 20 of 36,Read the selection and answer the question.
Mightier Than the Sword An All Too True Tale of Felt Tipped Woe. Twenty five years ago in a none too remarkable British town a rather unremarkable thing. happened a woman swallowed a felt tipped pen Doctors of course will tell you that there is nothing. unusual about finding foreign objects in people s stomachs particularly if those people happen to be. curious children In anticipation of the reader s question the person in question here was not a child. but a middle aged woman in her fifties No doubt by now the reader is wondering just how a grown. woman managed to swallow a pen The story goes that the woman was using the pen to examine a. tonsil that was causing her pain She opened her mouth and pointed to the tonsil at the back of her. throat with the handy pen turned pointer then at what would prove to be a fateful moment the. woman s hand slipped the pen fell and presumably by reflex the woman swallowed it. When her husband came home she told him the story He did not quite believe her but he drove. her to the hospital anyway as any good husband would do When they met with the physician the. physician did not quite believe her but performed all the appropriate medical exams anyway as any. good physician would do The test results showed that everything was normal and the woman was sent. home with a good laugh by husband and physician alike. Fast forward to the present day the woman is now seventy six years old still living in her none. too remarkable town in Britain when she begins to experience stomach pains She goes to the doctor. who refers her to another doctor who then runs a slew of standard medical exams When the test. results for the CT scan return the doctor is stunned to find floating inside the woman s digestive tract. what appears to be a single felt tipped marker The woman only nods matter of factly at this news. because for her it was not news at all, The surprise as it turned out was not in the pen s discovery but in its removal After spending a. quarter of a century inside the entrails of a human being the pen still worked. Which of the following alternate titles would lead readers to expect a more serious tone. A Well That s One Way to Write a Medical History,B An Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly or a Pen. C Dangers of Ingesting Foreign Objects by the Elderly. D Eating Your Way to the Truth or Just to the Hospital. Question 21 of 36,Read the selection and answer the question. The author s primary purpose in this selection is to. A provide readers with an entertaining anecdote, B convince readers that medical miracles can happen. C warn readers of the dangers of swallowing foreign objects. D motivate readers to advocate for themselves during doctor visits. Question 22 of 36,Read the selection and answer the question.
It can be inferred from the selection that the, A townspeople thought the woman foolish for having swallowed a pen. B husband had complained about his missing pen in the weeks leading up to the incident. C physician cautioned the woman against using pens to examine her own tonsils in the future. D woman experienced no side effects from swallowing the pen in the intervening twenty five years.


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