American Literature & Composition Released Test Booklet

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American Literature & Composition
Released Test Booklet
Spring 2004
Georgia Department of Education Kathy Cox, State Superintendent of Schools
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Today you will be taking the American Literature and Composition End-of-Course Test. To answer some of the questions on this test, you will be asked to read a passage first. Other questions will not be based on a

As you take the test, read each passage carefully. Read each question carefully and then choose the best answer. You may look back at the reading passage as often as necessary.

Be sure that the question number on the answer sheet matches the number on the test. Then mark your answer by filling in the circle on your answer sheet. Do not write your answers in the test booklet. If you do not know the answer to a question, skip it and go on. You may return to it later if time permits.

If you need to change an answer on your answer sheet, be sure to erase your first mark completely. Do not make any stray marks on the answer sheet.

If you finish the part of the test you are currently working on, you may review your answers in that part only. Do not go on to the next part of the test.

The two practice test questions below are provided to show you what the questions in the test are like. Remember that for each question you should choose the one best answer and fill in the circle in the space provided on your answer sheet.
Practice Items:

Sinclair Lewis, who lived from 1885 to 1951, wrote several well-known novels. In them, he attacked the weaknesses he saw in American society. Main Street is probably his most famous novel. In this work, Lewis described the dullness and lack of culture in a typical American small town. In another novel, called Babbitt,
Lewis told the story of a small-city businessman. Babbitt could not break free from his role of a solid American citizen, no matter what he tried.

P1 The main purpose of this paragraph is to

A give information about the works of Sinclair Lewis B describe what is wrong with American society C encourage people to read more American literature D tell when Sinclair Lewis lived and wrote P2 What is the BEST way to punctuate the sentence?

Emily Dickinson wrote her poetry while living in Amherst Massachusetts.

A add a comma after Dickinson B add a semicolon after poetry C add a comma after Amherst D add a dash after living





Preface to Leaves of Grass
By Walt Whitman 1 The greatest poet hardly knows pettiness or triviality. If he breathes into any thing that was before
thought small, it dilates with the grandeur and life of the universe. He is a seer . . . he is individual . . . he is complete in himself . . . the others are as good as he, only he sees it and they do not. He is not one of the chorus . . . he does not stop for any regulations . . . he is the president of regulation. What the eyesight does to the rest, he does to the rest. Who knows the curious mystery of the eyesight? The other senses corroborate themselves, but this is removed from any proof but its own and foreruns the identities of the spiritual world. A single glance of it mocks all the investigations of man and all the instruments and books of the earth and all reasoning. What is marvelous? what is unlikely? what is impossible or baseless or vague? after you have once just opened the space of a peachpit and given audience to far and near and to the sunset and had all things enter with electric swiftness, softly and duly without confusion or jostling or jam.

2 The land and sea, the animals, fishes and birds, the sky of heaven and the orbs, the forests, mountains and rivers, are not small themes . . . but folks expect of the poet to indicate more than the beauty and dignity which always attach to dumb real objects . . . they expect him to indicate the path between reality and their souls. Men and women perceive the beauty well enough . . . probably as well as he. The passionate tenacity of hunters, woodcutters, early risers, cultivators of gardens and orchards and fields, seafaring persons, drivers of horses, the passion for light and the open air, all is an old varied sign of the unfailing perception of beauty and of a residence of the poetic in outdoor people. They can never be assisted by poets to perceive . . . some may but they never can. The poetic quality is not marshalled in rhyme or uniformity or abstract addresses to things nor in melancholy complaints or good precepts, but is the life of these and much else and is in the soul. The profit of rhyme is that it drops seeds of a sweeter and more luxuriant rhyme, and of uniformity that it conveys itself into its own roots in the ground out of sight. The rhyme and uniformity of perfect poems show the free growth of metrical laws and bud from them as unerringly and loosely as lilacs or roses on a bush, and take shapes as compact as the shapes of chestnuts and oranges and melons and pears, and shed the perfume impalpable to form. The fluency and ornaments of the finest poems or music or orations or recitations are not independent but dependent.

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1 Which idea is presented first in the passage?

2 In the first sentence, the word triviality means

A The usual subjects of poems “are not small themes.”
B All people can “perceive the beauty well enough.”
C A poem contains “fluency and ornaments.” D The poet is “the president of regulation.”

A insignificance B weariness C arrogance D uncertainty



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3 In Paragraph 2, Whitman states that “men and women perceive the beauty” of nature just as well as the poet does. The role of the poet, then, is to A help people contemplate nature B unite different people in appreciation of nature C show a higher meaning of nature D describe the details of nature
4 Within the context of this passage, the phrase opened the space of a peachpit MOST likely means to have A expanded awareness in an unexpected way B respected the knowledge found in poetry C imitated the methods of science D listened to the problems of ordinary people
5 According to the author, people want poets to A express themselves “without confusion or jostling or jam” B “indicate the path between reality and their souls” C embody “the passionate tenacity of hunters” D express their ideas “in melancholy complaints or good precepts”

Read the sentence below. The rhyme and uniformity of perfect poems show the free growth of metrical laws and bud from them as unerringly and loosely as lilacs or roses on a bush . . .
7 In this sentence, the word unerringly means A very nearly B quite quickly C without fail D securely
8 Which question is NOT addressed in the passage? A Where do poets get their inspiration? B What do people want from poets? C How should poems be read? D Why are poets important?
9 The main idea of this passage is that poetry A is subject to the laws of meter and rhyme B is created through the vision of the poet C often describes natural objects D does not appeal to all people equally

6 When the author states that poems’ formal aspects “bud from them as unerringly and loosely as lilacs or roses on a bush,” he is using a poetic device called A simile B iambic pentameter C personification D onomatopoeia



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10 Based on the passage, the reader could MOST logically predict that Whitman’s own poetry A is frequently set to music B follows laws of rhythm and meter C is not tied to formal requirements D concerns itself only with natural occurrences

The brakes screeched as the car came to a halt. 12 The sentence above contains an example of A a simile B irony C alliteration D onomatopoeia

11 American literature before the War Between the States was heavily influenced by a philosophy called A Transcendentalism B Modernism C Realism D Objectivism



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No preliminary work is necessary. Assembling an Interlock Bookcase requires practically no effort. In addition to the pre-cut pieces, nails, and screws provided in the kit, only a hammer and a Phillips screwdriver are required to make an Interlock Bookcase. The pieces are cut so they slide together easily. Only the kick plate and back piece require tools to install.

2 SIDES - 8"x 53"

4 SHELVES - 8"x 48"
1 KICK PLATE - 4"x 36" 1 BACK PIECE - 47"x 36"

Simply follow these step-by-step instructions.

1. Place the back edge of the two SIDES (unslotted side) against the floor or worktable. (This will be easier to do if you have a helper to stabilize the sides while you insert the shelves.)

2. Slide the four SHELVES into the pre-cut slots in the side pieces.

3. Slip the KICK PLATE under the bottom shelf and fasten with the 1½” wood screws provided. There are pre-drilled holes on the bottom of the two side pieces, so it is simple to place the kick plate in the proper place.

4. Turn the bookcase unit over so it is lying facedown on the work surface.

5. Lay the BACK PIECE over the back side of the bookcase unit so that it lines up with the two side pieces as well as the top and bottom shelves. Hammer the small nails provided into the pre-drilled holes. (The back piece will stabilize the bookcase unit and prevent items from falling behind it when in use.)

13 The purpose of the back piece of the Interlock Bookcase is to A hold the kick plate in place B stabilize the bookcase C keep the shelves from collapsing D provide a flat surface for assembly

14 The sentence “Assembling an Interlock Bookcase requires practically no effort” is an opinion because A it is difficult to assemble an Interlock Bookcase B there are only five steps required to assemble the bookcase C the amount of effort required will differ with every person D the pieces of the bookcase have been cut to slide together



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15 What would be the BEST subheading for this passage? A About Interlock Bookcases B Assembly Instructions C Caring for Your Bookcase D Warranty Information
16 The main idea of the section labeled “Parts” is that A four different kinds of pieces make up the bookcase B you should measure the space where the bookcase will stand C there are four shelves and two sides D the back piece is the largest part of the bookcase
17 What should you do immediately before hammering the nails into the back piece? A slip the kick plate under the bottom shelf and fasten with the 1 1/2” wood screws B assemble your pre-cut pieces, nails, screws, and tools C line up the back piece with the two side pieces and with the top and bottom shelves D make sure the bookcase is lying facedown on the work surface

19 The sentence “No preliminary work is necessary” means that A no heavy labor is involved in assembling the bookcase B no special preparations are needed before you start C the bookcase comes to you already assembled D following the instructions is optional
20 You need a Phillips screwdriver to assemble the A sides B shelves C kick plate D back piece
21 The author makes the assumption that A the Interlock Bookcase will hold heavy objects B readers cannot tell the difference between screws and nails C readers are skilled at assembling furniture D it is very easy to assemble an Interlock Bookcase

18 The passage suggests using a helper to A hold the bookcase sides against the floor or worktable B turn the bookcase unit over C slide the shelves into the side pieces D hammer the nails into the pre-drilled holes



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