This test covers skills, not necessarily the readings that have been covered throughout the semester. The following objectives are tested:
1. Identify author’s purpose, tone, and audience in historical documents
2. Analyze the sequence of ideas and support analysis of what the text says
3. Determine the meaning of words in context
4. Analyze the author’s structure/mode of writing/figurative language/style/POV
5. Analyze and evaluate modes of discourse
Each of these skills has been developed throughout the course, and each one is reinforced throughout the semester in my bundled units. However, you do not need to purchase the bundles to use the test, as it is skill analysis, as opposed to reading comprehension.
Readings include creation stories from two Native American tribes, assessing skills of POV, sequence of ideas and text analysis. Next is Explorer literature, focusing on summarization and reading comprehension skills. The next readings are from "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," "My Bondage and My Freedom," "Leaves of Grass," and"Roughing It." These are all excerpts and MC questions assess all of the above objectives in different formats. Essentially, students are required to understand all elements of a SOAPSTone analysis, including figurative and rhetorical language.
The last section comes from my vocabulary lessons, which includes matching of quotations from the readings throughout the semester to rhetorical/figurative devices. These include antithesis, understatement, consonance, alliteration, anaphora, repetition, hyperbole, metaphor. rhetorical questions, paradox, personification, and pun. The last section is matching logical fallacies and a few additional rhetorical devices, including logos, pathos, bandwagon, either/or, generalization, allusion, slippery slope, and imagery.
This is available as a word doc so that you can add/delete any questions. Since it is skills based, the readings from throughout the semester are not necessary; this test assesses skills as opposed to memorization.
There is a writing prompt for "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" which asks students to analyze Twain's use of satire. I have students complete the written portion during class time, as the MC section will last 60 - 90 minutes.
My school uses NoRedInk, an online program designed to teach and assess students in grammar, so I have that written in as part of my test, but it can be eliminated.