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December 1, 2012

Keystone English: Are you smarter than an 11th-grader?

Pass the test and graduate from high school!

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7. This passage comes from Main-Travelled Roads, a book published in 1891. Which sentence describes the historical significance of the passage?

A. It represents prairie life of the American Midwestern farmer during the pioneer movement.

B. It shows the luxurious comfort of American train travel through the far Western states.

C. It presents the splendor of the landscape of the Eastern part of America.

D. It shows the value of education in the Western states of America.

The student is asked to analyze the historical significance of the passage. The 1880s was a time of movement westward by pioneers in the United States. The author describes the lives of pioneer farmers in this passage. Therefore, option A describes the historical significance of the passage. Options B, C, and D do not reflect the significance of the passage within an accurate historical context.

8. What is the main effect of the dialect in the passage?

A. It creates a sense of realism.

B. It adds a touch of humor.

C. It creates a dignified mood.

D. It reveals a rivalry between characters.

The student is asked to identify the effect of dialect in the passage. The dialect used reflects how rural pioneers of the 19th century may have actually spoken. Therefore, it creates a sense of realism for the reader, making option A correct. Options B, C, and D do not accurately reflect the effect of the dialect in the passage.

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