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1. Which sentence best expresses the central point of the entire selection?
a. There are two kinds of anxiety: the normal anxiety that one feels when confronted with
a new situation, and abnormal, disabling anxiety, which requires medical attention.
b. The author turned down an exciting opportunity in college and almost immediately
wished he had accepted it.
c. Accepting challenges that make you anxious helps you to learn and grow in beneficial
d. The author accepted a writing assignment that required that he spend three months in
Europe, even though the idea made him very anxious.
2. The topic sentence of paragraph 10 is its
a. first sentence.
b. second sentence.
c. third sentence.
d. last sentence.
3. Which sentence best expresses the main idea of paragraph 15?
a. When Jeff wanted to quit swimming lessons, his father insisted that he keep at it.
b. Jeff’s experience in learning to swim demonstrates that you can “extinguish” a fear by
c. Jeff was at first afraid to try to swim, but he soon got over his fear.
d. Avoiding things that cause anxiety is never a good idea.
4. Once the author’s friend asked another young man to go with him to Argentina, the author felt
b. hurt and insulted.
c. regretful and depressed.
5. The philosopher Soren Kierkegaard believed that
a. people should do whatever is necessary to avoid feeling anxious.
b. even very well-known people often suffer from stage fright.
c. anxiety is an abnormal condition.
d. anxiety results when we face the possibility of our own development.
6. Which of the following is not one of the reasons the author was hesitant about accepting the
a. He did not speak any European languages.
b. He had promised to teach his brother to sail that summer.
c. He was unfamiliar with the geography of the places he would be traveling.
d. He did not know the transportation systems of the cities where he would be staying.
7. We can conclude that the author
a. no longer feels anxiety about new experiences.
b. wishes that he had not accepted the European writing assignment.
c. in some ways welcomes the feeling of anxiety when he faces a new task.
d. thought less of Duke Ellington after learning that he suffered from stage fright.
8. In paragraph 19, the author implies that
a. his European trip was a disaster.
b. after his European trip, he felt pleased with his ability to deal with the challenges he
c. he realizes now that he was reckless to head off to Europe without a better idea of what
he was doing.
d. since his European trip, he has traveled a good deal for pleasure, but not on writing
9. For the most part, Collier relies on which of the following to illustrate his points?
b. Theoretical examples involving characters he has invented
c. Quotations from experts on human development
d. Examples from his personal experience
10. Collier’s piece is organized around which of the following?
a. Three rules
b. A rule and two corollary rules
c. Two rules and one corollary rule
d. Three corollary rules
Part II: Essay Questions (5 points each)
Directions: Answer each of the following questions in a paragraph (5 to 6 sentences).
1. Do you agree with Collier that anxiety has a positive side? Can you give an example from your own life of a decision that has made you feel anxious, as opposed to a decision that has left you feeling depressed?
2. Like most people, at one time or another, you have probably decided not to take on a challenge because it made you feel too anxious. How did you feel about yourself and your decision? In the long run, do you think the decision worked out for the best, or would you do it differently if you had another chance?
1. Which sentence best expresses the central point of the selection?
a. The automobile has been the source of all social change during the twentieth century.
b. Automobiles are responsible for the decline of traditional farm communities.
c. The automobile has had a profound impact on American culture and society.
d. Women’s liberation could never have occurred without the automobile.
2. The main idea of paragraph 6 is stated in its
b. second sentence.
c. third sentence.
3. Which sentence best expresses the main idea of paragraph 7?
a. The automobile affected both commercial and home architecture.
b. The automobile had numerous important effects.
c. The automobile led to huge parking lots and drive-up windows.
d. At first, the stable was the logical place to keep the automobile.
4. According to the author, the automobile changed the shape of U.S. cities because
a. cars severely damaged the old cobblestone and dirt streets.
b. auto accidents required the installation of traffic lights.
c. many buildings were demolished in order to build wider streets.
d. cars enabled residents to settle in areas away from streetcar tracks.
5. Villages near farming families lost their place as “centers of social and commercial life” because
a. farmers could not afford to shop in those centers after buying cars.
b. farmers used mail-order catalogues instead of shopping in the nearby villages.
c. once they had cars, farmers could drive to the city both to socialize and to shop.
d. there wasn’t enough room in the nearby villages to park the farmers’ cars.
6. The relationship expressed in the second part of the sentence below (the part after the comma) to the first part of the sentence is
“Their departure significantly reduced the cities’ tax base, thus contributing to many of the problems that U.S. cities experience today.” (Paragraph 5)
7. The relationship of the last sentence of paragraph 12 to the sentences before it is one of
8. The selection mainly
a. presents a definition with many kinds of examples.
b. narrates a series of events in time order.
c. discusses many different effects that had the same cause.
d. compares and contrasts the automobile with other new technologies.
9. Paragraph 2 in large part
compares the use of horses and cars.
contrasts people’s views of horses and cars.
c. lists modes of transportation.
d. defines and illustrates a new term.
Part 2: Essay Questions . Directions: Write a well-developed paragraph in response to each of the following questions.
1. The author lists numerous effects of the automobile, but does he think any of those effects are positive or negative? Look at the reading and try to determine the author’s opinion of the various effects he describes.
2. The passage argues that the automobile stands out as a candidate for the “single item that has had the greatest impact on social life in this century.” Can you think of another item that has also hadÃ¢â‚¬â€or will haveÃ¢â‚¬â€a tremendous impact on society? What is it, and what are some of its more important effects?
Part 3: Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Chapter 5 . Directions: Write a well-developed paragraph in response to each of the following questions.
1. Why do you think Henrietta initially chose not to tell people about her cancer diagnosis? What does this decision suggest about HenriettaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s personality?
2. Why did Henrietta and David (Day) Lacks decide to place Elsie in the Hospital for the Negro Insane? What specific details let the reader know that sending Elsie away was difficult for Henrietta?
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