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December 1, 2012

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2. Based on information in the passage, which conclusion can be made about life in Howard’s childhood town?

 A. Life is simple and characterized by hard work.

B. Life is luxurious and distinguished by great wealth.

C. Life is communal and filled with hectic social activities.

D. Life is depressing and marked by unproductive idleness.

3. Which characteristic of the passage best indicates to the reader that it is fiction rather than nonfiction?

A. the use of active verbs

B. the use of paragraphs

C. the development of a tone

D. the development of a plot

4. Which sentence describes the relationship of the setting to the plot in the passage?

A. The setting is important only at the beginning of the passage.

B. The setting contributes little to the conclusion of the passage.

* C. The setting influences the progression of events in the passage.

D. The setting prevents the resolution of the conflict in the passage.

5. Which sentence from the passage most clearly conveys a nostalgic tone?

A. “It was about six o’clock as he caught sight of the splendid broken line of hills on which his baby eyes had looked thirty-five years ago.”

B. “The one main street ended at the hillside at his left, and stretched away to the north, between two rows of the usual village stores, unrelieved by a tree or a touch of beauty.”

C. “They climbed into the seat after William had lowered the buggy-top and unhitched the horse from the post.”

D. “They were passing along lanes now, between superb fields of corn, wherein plowmen were at work.”

6. What effect does the third person limited point of view have on the passage?

A. It allows the reader to understand the motives of William McTurg.

B. It allows the reader to feel sympathy for the men near the salt-barrels.

C. It allows the reader to feel dislike for the relatives plowing corn in the fields.

D. It allows the reader to understand the feelings of Howard McLane.

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