Ela 20-2 Style Test Read a case For Short Words. Have at hand the essays



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ELA 20-2 Style Test
Read A Case For Short Words. Have at hand the essays How to Write with Style and Three Passions
1 Theme is to story as _____ is to essay
a theme

b character

c plot

d thesis
2 thesis =


a theme

b controlling idea

c nemesis

d ideal
3 In the essay, Three Passions, the thesis is


a Three Passions simple but overwhelmingly strong have governed my life:…

b Three Passions simple but overwhelmingly strong have governed my life; the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and the unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.

c Three Passions

d none of the above


4 The topic is
a life’s regrets

b three passions

c How much I have loved and lost

d none of the above


5 In Three Passions the author concludes
a that he would live his life again

b inappropriately for an essay: the conclusion should also summarize main points

c that extreme passions need to be cooled

d that he has achieved much in his life


6 Bertrand Russel says about each passion
a that he would die to re-live any of them

b the extent to which he achieved it

c that he regrets never having achieved it completely

d that each was worthwhile


7 The form of Three Passions is
a a rant

b letter (to God) with a reflective closure

c essay with a tidy three-point thesis

d a free-write

8 The point of The Case For Short Words is
a monosyllables are always the best

b short words can be as, or more powerful as long ones

c use short words in descriptive writing

d long words give a cumbersome and overbearing tone


9 All three essays we read in class had in common:
a a tidy three-point thesis

b an introduction without a thesis

c a conclusion that did not summarize the main points of the essay

d a conclusion that gave an effective close to the essay

e whole paragraphs that contained monosyllables
10 In the introduction of his essay, Lederer illustrates his point by
a using monosyllables

b creating beautiful images through description

c introducing his students’ writing

d listing the advantages of using complex language


11 The persuasive essay is
a The Case for Short Words

b How to Write with Style

c Three Passions

d none of the above


12 The Vonnegut’s voice in his essay, How To Write with Style is
a humorous and hopeful

b informal but instructive

c cynical and ironic

d tense and imperative


13 The personal essay is
a The Case for Short Words

b How to Write with Style

c Three Passions

d none of the above


14 The best process to use when writing an essay is:
a brainstorm for, and narrow a topic; decide what you’ll say about the topic and craft the thesis; outline supporting details; draft and redraft; edit and revise; polish; make it look pretty.
b decide what you’ll say about the topic and craft the thesis; brainstorm for, and narrow a topic; outline supporting details; edit and revise; polish; make it look pretty; hand it in.
c the process that makes the best essay for you, the writer, and that best accomplishes your purpose for your audience
15 Having the Guts to Cut is done during which phase of writing?
A editing

B spelling

C polishing

D publishing


16 Correcting minor punctuation errors is done during which phase of writing?
A editing

B spelling

C polishing

D publishing


17 Stream of Consciousness writing is a solution for
A creativity

B writer’s block

C poor spelling

D getting over yourself


18 It is not cheating to
A Copy someone else’s work

B Use a writer’s handbook

C Have two girlfriends at once

D Count cards


19 The problem with the title, how to be the best writer possible, is that
A it doesn’t show what the writing will be about

B it is too long

C it is too short

D the main words in it are not capitalized


20 Cynical, cautious, sarcastic, funny – are all examples of
a tones of voice

b points of view



c words that are too big

d none of the above


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