In this lesson, our instructor Rebekah Hendershot, teaches the Multiple-Choice Question Types in greater detail. Youll learn how to answer based on the entire passage, how to handle comprehension questions, how to manage the specific parts of a passage, what to do when faced with factual knowledge questions, and why grammar questions are really just reading comprehension questions in disguise. Rebekah also goes over how you should order your questions and then ends the lesson with why you should make friends with the hobgoblin.
These questions ask about the passage as a whole. They may focus on style, structure, tone, or main idea.
Answer them based on the entire passage.
The passage is primarily concerned with …
Which one of the following best describes the tone of the passage?
Which choice best describes X’s character/relationship/situation?
It is evident from the passage that the author feels …
To whom is this poem addressed?
Which of the following best describes the speaker’s changing attitude?
These questions ask about specific parts of the passage—a line, a sentence, a phrase, a word, and so on.
Always go back and look at the part in question before answering.
What change occurs in lines 6-8?
How does the final sentence in paragraph 2 alter the tone of the passage?
What does the author mean by “ironic” (line 27)?
Which of the following is the best way to paraphrase line 42?
Factual Knowledge Questions
These questions ask about the English language, basic grammar, and the basic terminology of criticism and literature studies.
Answer them using what you’ve learned in English and in history class. You can’t really study for these.
How does the author’s use of analogy contribute to the effect of the poem?
What repetition emphasizes the author’s point?
The appearance of the cat symbolizes …
When Character X calls the resolution a “deus ex machina”, he is referring to …
These questions are a subset of factual knowledge questions. They are more likely to appear with poetry passages than prose.
You don’t need much more than basic grammar to answer these questions … but that’s because they’re actually reading comprehension questions in disguise.
The phrase “if I were your mother” establishes the …
The word “unremarkable” modifies which of the following words?
In line 12, “he” refers to …
How to Order Your Questions
Answer questions in the best order for you.
If you feel confident that you understand the passage, answer the questions in the order they’re given. Don’t worry about reordering them.
If you’re not confident of the main idea, do the detail questions first. Rereading may help you find the main idea at last.
Making Friends with the Hobgoblin
“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ignore him. Choose answers that are consistent with the main idea of the passage.
Choose answers that are consistent with one another.
Random-bubble consistently, too.
Multiple-Choice Question Types
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This book includes five full length practice exams with all questions answered and explained. It includes a review of test topics covering details test takers need to know, such as poetry,prose fiction, and drama. It also includes sample student essays with critiques of their strengths and weaknesses, as well as a detailed glossary defining 175 literary and rhetorical terms.
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd; New ed edition
This book is a reprint of the Shakespeare Head Press edition, and it presents all the plays in chronological order in which they were written in an easy to read format. It also includes Shakespeare's Sonnets, as well as his longer poems Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece.
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