Praxis Reading Exam 1

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The description of the windmill as "rheumatic and stiff in the joints from age" is an example of what literary device?"

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Personification is the technique in which something non-human is described as if it were a human being.

Who founded the Grange organization?"

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This information is contained in the first sentence of the second paragraph.

The word "ravished" probably means:

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The passage refers to stumps as a feature of the “ravished” forest.

What lesson din Edison learn from this experience?

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Edison decided that he would always learn whatever he needed to know before beginning an enterprise.

Why did farmers blame the tariff for their problems?"

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The farmers were annoyed that the tariff closed off a market for their crops.

Where does this passage take place?

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"The references to Antwerp, Napoleon, and the Low Countries indicate that this passage describes a village in Europe, most likely in Belgium."

This passage was probably taken from:

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The passage appears to be part of a larger narrative of the life of Edison.

Why did Edison want an extra $10?

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Edison was afraid to make the journey by himself.

In contrast to the other boy, Edison was:

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Edison refuses the other boy’s suggestion that they stop or climb a tree.

Which of the following would be the best title for the passage?"

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Boone’s life is the subject of the passage.

What was the basic reason for the formation of the Populist Party?"

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The Populist Party was formed to represent the interests of farmers and common citizens.

About how old was Edison when this story happened?

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"Edison was a newsboy, a job usually held by kids between the ages of 8 and 14."

From this passage, we can infer that Edison:

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"Edison is a newsboy, and admits that he doesn’t know much about animals."

What literary device is the author using in the phrase "frowning forest"?

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Personification is when something that is not a person is described as if it were a person.

Which of the following phrases is an example of simile?

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A simile is a figurative expression including the word like or as.

Which word best describes the villagers' attitude to the mill?

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"The author states that the villagers would never think of using another mill, despite the problems with their mill."

Which of the following factors did NOT drive crop prices down after the Civil War?"

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A decrease in supply would probably raise the price of crops.

Why did the shipping company ask Edison to fetch the captain?

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The shipping company needed a replacement captain immediately.

Why did the message have to be delivered that night?

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The passage states explicitly that they had to reach the captain that night so he could leave the next morning.

What is the name of the system in which individuals can buy things directly from the whole-sale distributor?"

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Cooperatives are meant to eliminate the extra costs of middle men.

This passage probably comes from:"

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The passage is most likely introducing the location in which the story will take place.

Who is the most likely author of this passage?

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The tone of the passage indicates that the author approves of Boone.

The purpose of this passage is:

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The passage provides a thorough description of a small village.

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