What two concepts does H. G. Wells connect in this excerpt from The Time machine? At first, proceeding from the problems of our own age, it seemed clear as daylight to me that the gradual widening of the present merely temporary and social difference between the Capitalist and the Labourer, was the key to the whole position. No doubt it will seem grotesque enough to you—and wildly incredible!—and yet even now there are existing circumstances to point that way. There is a tendency to utilize underground space for the less ornamental purposes of civilization; there is the Metropolitan Railway in London, for instance, there are new electric railways, there are subways, there are underground workrooms and restaurants, and they increase and multiply. Evidently, I thought, this tendency had increased till Industry had gradually lost its birthright in the sky. I mean that it had gone deeper and deeper into larger and ever larger underground factories, spending a still-increasing amount of its time therein, till, in the end—! Even now, does not an East-end worker live in such artificial conditions as practically to be cut off from the natural surface of the earth? A. present and future social conditions B. rich employers and poor laborers C. the Eloi and the Morlocks D. primitive and modern technology
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Which narrative element is used in this excerpt from Theodore Dreiser’s short story “Peter”? On Monday, the day he saw me, he was well. On Tuesday morning he had a slight cold but insisted on running out somewhere without his overcoat, against which his wife protested. Tuesday night he had a fever and took quinine and aspirin and a hot whiskey. Wednesday morning he was worse and a doctor was called, but it was not deemed serious. Wednesday night he was still worse and pneumonia had set in. Thursday he was lower still, and by noon a metal syphon of oxygen was sent for, to relieve the sense of suffocation setting in. Thursday night he was weak and sinking, but expected to come round—and still, so unexpected was the attack, so uncertain the probability of anything fatal, that no word was sent, even to me. Friday morning he was no worse and no better. “If he was no worse by night he might pull through.” At noon he was seized with a sudden sinking spell. Oxygen was applied by his wife and a nurse, and the doctor sent for. By one-thirty he was lower still, very low. “His face was blue, his lips ashen,” his wife told me. “We put the oxygen tube to his mouth and I said ‘Can you speak, Peter?’ I was so nervous and frightened. He moved his head a little to indicate ‘no.’ ‘Peter,’ I said, ‘you mustn’t let go! You must fight! Think of me! Think of the babies!’ I was a little crazy, I think, with fear. He looked at me very fixedly. He stiffened and gritted his teeth in a great effort. Then suddenly he collapsed and lay still. He was dead.” A.This excerpt shows the writer’s use of figurative language to hold the reader’s attention. B.This excerpt shows how the writer develops Peter’s character. C.This excerpt shows how the writer is trying to pace the story through flashbacks. D.This excerpt shows how the writer is trying to develop a specific conflict.
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Circle the letter of the sentence in which the word in bold-faced type is used incorrectly. 1. a. Give him some vegetables, herbs, and cream, and he’ll concoct a tasty soup. b. You concoct me every time I start to say something. c. We’re concocting a surprise party for the twins. d. This tofu concoction tastes like ice cream but contains no milk. 2. a. The meaning of their winks and nudges eluded me completely. b. Hiding in the “Secret Annex,” Anne Frank’s family eluded the Nazis for two years. c. The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Orczy’s crafty hero, proved so elusive that he was never detected by French officials. d. She waited for her parents to make some elusion to the dented fender. 3. a. Despite his distaste for collusion, Brutus joined Cassius’s plot against Caesar. b. Stalin’s fear of collusion within the Communist party led him to arrest even long- time party members during the 1930s. c. By this delicate surgery a patient’s heart collusion can be repaired. d. Working in collusion with the Allies during World War II, the French Resistance prepared for the invasion of Normandy. 4. a. He imbibed a strong sense of Southern tradition from his grandmother. b. No soda, thank you; I never imbibe sugary drinks. c. She felt great urgency to imbibe as much of Rome as possible during her brief visit. d. I imbibed a few cookies to keep from starving before lunch. 5. a. Saline lake water is not potable. b. Cucumbers preserved in a saline solution become pickles. c. Although her saline interruptions irritated the speaker, they raised interesting points. d. Objects float more easily in saline waters. 6. a. Despite her mathematical precocity, she is socially immature. b. Anthropologists have noted a trend toward precocious adolescence among South Sea islanders. c. Tutored by his father, English philosopher John Stuart Mill had the precocious ability to translate Greek at the age of four. d. Because the souffle was still precocious when removed from the oven, it fell into a soggy mass. 7. a. After my low test scores, I have no delusions about becoming valedictorian. b. Only delusions of grandeur could lead a beginner like her to challenge a grand master in chess. c. Extreme desert heat can create an optical delusion known as a Fata Morgana. d. You are deluded if you think I’m going to lend you my new sweater.
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Read the excerpt from the story “Lather and Nothing Else” by Hernando Tellez and answer the question below. But he is not afraid. He is a tranquil man, who is not even giving thought to what he will do to his prisoners this evening. I, on the other hand, polishing his skin with this razor but avoiding the drawing of blood, careful with every stroke—I cannot keep my thoughts in order. In this excerpt the narrator, a barber, is having an internal conversation with himself while shaving the beard of Captain Torres. Based on the word choice of the narrator, select the choice that BEST describes the narrator’s tone toward his customer, Captain Torres. A. friendly B. mocking C. apologetic D. accusatory What is the difference between a narrator and an author? A. The author is the speaker, whereas the narrator is the writer. B. The author is the persona, whereas the narrator is the writer. C. The author is the writer, whereas the narrator is the storyteller. D. The author is the persona, where as the narrator is the storyteller. Read the following excerpt from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. While enjoying a month of fine weather at the sea-coast, I was thrown into the company of a most fascinating creature: a real goddess in my eyes . . . How does the narrative voice affect the tone in this excerpt? A. Through the first-person narration, the reader learns that the narrator feels attracted to the lady he is describing, which sets a tender tone. B. Through the first-person narration, the reader learns that the narrator feels injured by the lady he is describing, which sets an angry tone. C. Through the first-person narration, the reader learns that the narrator feels concerned for the lady he is describing, which sets a fretful tone. D. Through the first-person narration, the reader learns that the narrator feels deceived by the lady he is describing, which sets a suspicious tone. Read the following excerpt from “Death By Scrabble” by Charlie Fish. The heat of the sun is pushing at me through the window. I can hear buzzing insects outside. I hope they’re not bees. My cousin Harold swallowed a bee when he was nine, his throat swelled up and he died. I hope that if they are bees, they fly into my wife’s throat. Which is most likely the mood created by the narrator in this excerpt? A. The reader’s mood is likely fearful of the bees that might kill a character in the story. B. The reader’s mood is likely sympathetic to the narrator because he is so distraught over the death of his cousin Harold. C. The reader’s mood is likely angry at the narrator’s wife for being such an awful person and treating the narrator so badly that he wishes her dead. D. The reader’s mood is likely shocked by the narrator’s lack of emotion in describing the death of his young cousin and his expression of hope that bees would fly into his wife’s throat. Which statement about third-person limited point of view is false? A. The narrator is not a character. B. The narrator uses pronouns like he, she, they, and them. C. The narrator gives the reader access to all the characters’ thoughts. D. The narrator gives the reader access to one character’s thoughts The following question refers to “Lather and Nothing Else” by Hernando Tellez. Which of the following quotes from the story gives the BEST explanation for the narrator’s final decision? A. “My fate hangs on the edge of this razor blade.” B. “ . . . I am a painstaking barber.” C. “ . . . I’m shaking like a regular murderer.” D. “ . . . I am only a barber. Each one to his job.”
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1. Once unleashed, the dog bounded toward the backyard fence. raced leaped limped wandered 2. Read these lines from William Blake’s “The Tyger.” “And what shoulder, & what art,/Could twist the sinews of thy heart?” Which of these is nearest in meaning to the word sinews as it is used in the lines above? bones essence location longevity 3. His sportive personality delighted some and annoyed others. indifferent playful studious unusual 4. Which excerpt from Robert Burns’s “To a Mouse” best conveys empathy? “… At me, thy earth-born companion,/An’ fellow mortal!” “…An’ weary winter comin’ fast,/An cozie here, beneath the blast…” “Thy wee-bit housie, too, in ruin!/Its silly wa’s the win’s are strewin’!” “Still thou art blessed compared wi’ me/The present only toucheth thee…” 5. In William Blake’s “The Lamb,” to whom or what is the lamb compared? humankind Jesus nature 6. Which of these does William Wordsworth criticize in “The World Is Too Much with Us”? paganism modern life the death of reason nature’s destructive powers 7. Which line from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan” marks the point at which the dream it describes becomes nightmarish? “Where Alph, the sacred river, ran…” “…Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.” “A savage place! as holy and enchanted…” “…Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree…” 8. Which excerpt from Lord Byron’s Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage most clearly describes a state of alienation? “But in Man’s dwellings he became a thing/Restless and worn…” “…On with the giddy circle, chasing Time,/Yet with a nobler aim…” “But soon he knew himself the most unfit/Of men to herd with Man…” “…He had the passion and the power to roam;/The desert, forest, cavern…” 9. Which line from Percy Shelley’s “Ode to the West Wind” most directly describes a contrast to the subject of the work? “…Yellow, and black, and pale, and hectic red.” “…Thine azure sister of the Spring shall blow…” “…Wild Spirit, which art moving everywhere…” “…Loose clouds like earth’s decaying leaves are shed…” 10. In his “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” John Keats attempts to understand and describe the origin of life. the nature of beauty. the purpose of death. the meaning of passion. For questions 11–12, choose the correct answer. 11. Which of these is less typical of odes than of other types of poetry? heavy reliance on rhythm and word sounds language that creates a dignified tone or style thoughtful reflection upon a person or an object language directly addressing the subject of the work 12. “Bird, thou never wert…” Which of these is exemplified by this line from Percy Shelley’s “To a Skylark”? archaic language onomatopoeia simile terza rima