AP English Language and Composition Practice Test 1

Questions 1-10 refer to the following information.

In his 1729 essay "A Modest Proposal," Jonathan Swift wrote the following:

1. This text can best be described as

2. In the first, second, and fourth paragraphs the author relies on dubious

3. "Probationers" (line 13) are

4. The phrase "the charge of nutriment and rags having been at least four times that value" (lines 24-26) is humorous because

5. The word "fricassee" (line 35) is obviously a(n)

6. In lines 36-44 the author adopts the standard rhetorical pattern of

7. The phrase "always advising the mother to let them suck plentifully in the last month" (lines 47-48) extends the comparison between the children and

8. In line 58, "dear" means

9. In context, "devoured" (line 60) is an effective word choice because

10. According to the author, the proposal