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LA Practice 10
03/22/2010
Student Name: ___________________________
Instructions: Read each question carefully and select the correct answer.

1. Read the following paragraph.

Well known for his dramatic photographs of western landscape, Ansel Adams began his photography career as a hobby. Adams worked throughout his career to increase the public acceptance of photography as a fine art. He established the first academic department to teach photography as a profession and helped to found the first museum collection of photographic art.

Choose the most appropriate concluding sentence.

A. In the beginning of his career, Ansel Adams adopted a straight photography style.

B. Making photomurals for the United States government enabled him to perfect his zone system.

C. Ansel Adams had a keen interest in preserving the environment and served as the director of the Sierra Club.

D. Thanks to Ansel Adams' efforts, today many people can enjoy the art of photography.

2. Read the following paragraph.

Commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson in 1804, the Lewis and Clark Expedition explored the unknown territory from the Missouri River to the Oregon coast. While historically there is much information recorded regarding the land explored by the expedition, there has been little physical evidence to link the expedition to the trail. After more than a decade of searching, archaeologists have discovered one of the expedition's campsites near Great Falls, Montana. As the site has been excavated, the researchers have found fire pits, a gun flint, an iron pushpin, and bison bones. These discoveries provide physical evidence to corroborate the historical details of the journey as recorded by the explorers.

Choose the most appropriate concluding sentence for the paragraph.

A. As artifacts continue to be retrieved, they will provide new information regarding this significant expedition.

B. The campsite is located in a strategic position above the Missouri River.

C. Archaeologists are searching for artifacts at a campsite in Oregon.

D. After the two-year expedition was completed, many Americans used the same trail to travel west across the U.S. territory.

3. Read the following paragraph.

Finger painting, usually remembered with fondness from childhood, was first developed in Rome by Ruth Faison Shaw. The inspiration for the new art form came when she discovered one of her students decorating the bathroom by dipping his finger in iodine and smearing it on the wall. She immediately saw the creative possibilities of allowing children to paint with their fingers. It is often used as a daily activity for young children. Additionally, therapists frequently use finger painting to gain insight into the lives of emotionally disturbed children and to assist in retraining children who are recovering from injuries.

Choose the most appropriate concluding sentence for the paragraph.

A. One type of finger paint is made by mixing liquid starch and powdered tempera paint on paper.

B. Children and adults can enjoy the feel of rubbing the mud-like paint over the paper to create abstract designs.

C. Although accidentally discovered, finger painting has become a staple creative art form for children.

D. Sand painting is an art form related to finger painting.

4. Read the following paragraph.

Is it possible to build muscle without exercising? Researchers have discovered the means by which the body converts normal skeletal muscle to endurance muscle. Endurance muscle is the type of muscle that is built when the muscles are active for an extended period of time during exercise. Scientists are hopeful that, with this new information, they can create a drug that will allow people to develop endurance muscle without having to exercise.

Choose the most appropriate concluding sentence for the paragraph.

A. Long distance runners change skeletal muscle into endurance muscle through prolonged exercise.

B. People who refuse to exercise do not have a lot of endurance muscle.

C. Skeletal muscles cover the skeleton and control balance, posture and movement.

D. Researchers warn, however, that this drug will not be a replacement for exercise; it will only help a person get started.

5. Choose the word or phrase that best completes the sentence.

Playing soccer is both exhilarating and _____________.



A. tired

B. makes me tired

C. my favorite sport

D. tiring

6. Identify the sentence that does not contain a mistake in expression or structure.

A. Playing golf is both challenging and frustrating.

B. Playing golf is both challenging and makes me frustrated.

C. Playing golf both frustrates me and makes me challenged.

D. Playing golf is both frustrating and makes me challenged.

7. Identify the sentence that does not contain a mistake in expression or structure.

A. He liked hunting and to fish.

B. He liked hunting and fishing.

C. He liked hunting, fishing, and to swim.

D. He liked to hunt and fishing.

8. Identify the sentence that does not contain a mistake in expression or structure.

A. The dolphin is intelligent, playful, and loyal.

B. The dolphin is intelligent, has a playful nature, and loyalty.

C. The dolphin has intelligence, is playful, and loyal.

D. The dolphin has intelligence, a playful nature, and is loyal.


9. Choose the best order for the following sentences.

1. Next, you'll have to find a container large enough to hold your dog while you're bathing him.


2. To begin with, you'd better have a lot of towels on hand.
3. Once you've located a container, fill it with warm water.
4. There are many things you'll need to know before attempting to wash a dog for the first time.
5. It's important that the water isn't too cold, because you don't want your dog to catch a cold.
6. Using a dog shampoo, lather him up and scrub him clean.
7. Then, gently place your dog in the water.
8. Finally, rinse off all of the soap, and try to dry him off before he gets away.
9. It's important to repeat this process only once a month to avoid dry skin.

A. 4 - 2 - 1 - 3 - 5 - 7 - 6 - 8 - 9

B. 4 - 2 - 1 - 3 - 7 - 5 - 6 - 8 - 9

C. 4 - 2 - 1 - 3 - 7 - 8 - 6 - 5 - 9

D. 4 - 2 - 1 - 3 - 7 - 5 - 8 - 6 - 9

10. Choose the best order for the following sentences.

1. Now, it's May, and I nervously check the mail each afternoon, hoping for acceptance letters.


2. In the past, I had always dreamed of the fun I'd have during my last year of high school.
3. I'm beginning to wish I was back in kindergarten!.
4. February came and I spend countless hours filling out college applications and writing entrance
essays.
5. In October, I worried about taking the SAT's.
6. I can't believe that I had actually looked forward to my senior year.
7. It seems that every month I have had something new to worry about.
8. Little did I know the pressures that I would feel.
9. In December, I anxiously awaited my test scores.

A. 6 - 2 - 8 - 7 - 5 - 9 - 1 - 4 - 3

B. 6 - 2 - 8 - 7 - 5 - 9 - 4 - 1 - 3

C. 6 - 2 - 8 - 7 - 9 - 5 - 4 - 1 - 3

D. 6 - 2 - 8 - 7 - 5 - 4 - 9 - 1 - 3

11. Choose the best order for the following sentences.

1. At age eight, Jonathan presented a paper at Oxford University, a prestigious college in England.


2. Although Jonathan was a genius, by the age of twenty, he had dropped out of society.
3. On Jonathan's sixth birthday, he published a paper on an abstract mathematical principle that
exceeded five hundred pages.
4. At the youthful age of two and a half, he could read high school level material.
5. Many theorize that Jonathan was never taught social skills in his home and could not get along with
people.
6. By age five, he could speak several languages fluently.
7. When he was three, he could solve the most complicated trigonometry problem.
8. He published two books involving complicated mathematical and scientific principles when he was
only eleven.
9 Jonathan Stark was a boy genius.

A. 9 - 4 - 6 - 7 - 3 - 1 - 5 - 8 - 2

B. 9 - 4 - 7 - 6 - 1 - 3 - 8 - 2 - 5

C. 9 - 4 - 7 - 6 - 3 - 1 - 8 - 2 - 5

D. 9 - 4 - 7 - 6 - 3 - 8 - 1 - 2 - 5


12. Choose the best order for the following sentences.

1. In the evening, after dinner, our whole family goes night sledding.


2. This is because the roads can become treacherous if they ice over.
3. However, one year it snowed in October!
4. Each winter, my brother and I wait anxiously for the first big now.
5. When we're practically frozen, our mother calls us in and serves us hot chocolate and homemade
cookies.
6. As we get ready for bed, my brother starts hoping for another snowstorm to extend our hiatus from
school.
7. It usually doesn't occur until January.
8. On these days, we usually go sledding, build a snow fort, and have snowball fights.
9. One of the best things about a big snow is that school is often canceled for a day or two.

A. 4 - 7 - 3 - 9 - 2 - 1 - 8 - 5 - 6

B. 4 - 7 - 3 - 9 - 2 - 5 - 8 - 1 - 6

C. 4 - 3 - 7 - 9 - 2 - 8 - 5 - 1 - 6

D. 4 - 7 - 3 - 9 - 2 - 8 - 5 - 1 - 6

13. Choose the sentence that best combines the following two sentences.

Simon lugged the wet blanket up the stairs.


Simon put the blanket in the bathtub.

A. Simon put the wet blanket in the bathtub after he lugged it up the stairs.

B. Simon lugged the wet blanket up the stairs and put it in the bathtub.

C. Simon lugged the wet blanket up the stairs, and he put the wet blanket in the bathtub.

D. In the bathtub is where Simon put the blanket after he lugged it up the stairs.

14. Choose the sentence that best combines the following two sentences.

Jordan planted an oak tree for Arbor Day.


Cody planted a maple tree for Arbor Day.

A. Jordan planted an oak tree for Arbor Day and for Arbor Day Cody planted a maple tree.

B. Jordan and Cody planted an oak tree and a maple tree for Arbor Day.

C. For Arbor Day, Jordan planted an oak tree and Cody planted a maple tree.

D. For Arbor Day, Jordan and Cody planted a maple and a oak tree.

15. Choose the sentence that best combines the following three sentences.

Dylan drove to Colorado


Dylan drove a white truck.
Leslie drove to Colorado with Dylan.

A. Dylan drove to Colorado in a white truck, and Leslie drove with him.

B. Dylan and Leslie drove to Colorado in a white truck.

C. In a white truck, Dylan and Leslie drove to Colorado.

D. Leslie drove to Colorado with Dylan in a white truck.

16. Choose the sentence that best combines the following three sentences.

I am going to the grocery store.


I am going to the gas station.
First, I will wash my car.

A. I will wash my car and then I will go to the grocery store and then go to the gas station.

B. I will go to the grocery store and the gas station, but first I will wash my car.

C. First, I will wash my car, and then go to the grocery store and the gas station.

D. I am going to the grocery store and I am going to the gas station and I will wash my car.


17. Choose the answer that best completes the sentence.

The book was _________________ than the movie.



A. most realistic

B. more realistic

C. unrealistic

D. realistic

18. Choose the answer that best completes the sentence.

That play was so much more ______________ than last month's production.



A. excited

B. exciting

C. excite

D. excitedly

19. Choose the answer that best completes the sentence.

The new ice cream flavor is ________________!



A. wonderful

B. more wonderful

C. most wonderful

D. the wonderfullest

20. Identify the adjective in the sentence.

The salty smell of the air beckoned us excitedly into the ocean.



A. salty

B. smell

C. beckoned

D. excitedly

21. Identify the adverb in the sentence.

The active puppy jumped anxiously at the children.



A. active

B. puppy

C. anxiously

D. at

22. Choose the answer that best completes the sentence.

We could see the fish ___________ today because visibility was 50 feet.



A. clear

B. clearer

C. more clearer

D. clearly


23. Identify the adverb in the sentence.

The small children laughed loudly at the clown.



A. small

B. laughed

C. loudly

D. at

24. Identify the adverb in the sentence.

Quickly, the young girl prepared for her first day of kindergarten.



A. quickly

B. young

C. prepared

D. first

25. Choose the sentence that is worded the best.

A. Leonard, in addition to a company car, wanted a four-day work week.

B. Leonard, a company car in addition, wanted a four-day work week.

C. Leonard, a four-day work week, wanted a company car, too.

D. In addition to a company car, Leonard wanted a four-day work week.

26. Choose the sentence that is worded the best.

A. We were delighted to see a field of poppies walking through the park.

B. Walking through the park, a field of poppies delighted us.

C. Walking through the park, we were delighted to see a field of poppies.

D. A field of poppies walking through the park delighted us.

27. Choose the sentence that is worded the best.

A. Broken and seemingly beyond repair, Geoff threw the kite away.

B. Geof, broken and seemingly beyond repair, threw the kite away.

C. The kite was thrown away by Geoff, seemingly broken and beyond repair.

D. Geoff threw away the kite, seemingly broken and beyond repair.

28. Choose the sentence that is worded the best.

A. Cristina saw an airplane take off while running.

B. While running, an airplane took off for Cristina to see.

C. Taking off, while running Cristina saw the airplane.

D. While running, Cristina saw an airplane take off.

29. Choose the verb or verb phrase that best completes the sentence.

A million dollars ________ a lot of money to win!



A. have been

B. were

C. is

D. are


30. Choose the verb or verb phrase that best completes the sentence.

The tardy student, together with his friend, ______ giving the teacher an arsenal of excuses.



A. is

B. are

C. were

D. have been

31. Choose the verb or verb phrase that best completes the sentence.

Juan and Bill __________ the classifieds daily hoping to find jobs.



A. scanning

B. peruse

C. reading

D. searches

32. Choose the verb or verb phrase that best completes the sentence.

The valedictorian and salutatorian __________ very pompous attitudes.



A. possesses

B. has exhibited

C. exhibits

D. exhibit

33. Choose the correct verb or verb phrase.

I __________ the suit with a silk scarf after I looked in the mirror.



A. will accentuate

B. accentuate

C. had accentuate

D. accentuated

34. Choose the correct verb or verb phrase.

Sometimes I _________ my siblings without realizing that I'm doing so.



A. have taunt

B. taunt

C. has been taunting

D. taunting

35. Choose the correct verb or verb phrase.

Taylor's avarice about his toys ________ him to lose many friends.



A. will have cause

B. causing

C. will causes

D. has caused


36. Choose the correct verb or verb phrase.

The antics of the team members _________ them a two-game suspension.



A. costed

B. has costed

C. costing

D. has cost

37. Choose the pronoun that best completes the sentence.

The boys are looking at _______________ .



A. we

B. your

C. she

D. him

38. Choose the pronoun that best completes the sentence.

I finished the project ____________________.



A. himself

B. itself

C. ourselves

D. myself

39. Which of the following would best complete the sentence?

The homework was divided between _______________ and me.



A. he

B. him

C. us

D. their

40. Choose the pronoun that best completes the sentence.

_____________ are my parents over there.



A. These

B. This

C. Them

D. Those

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