AP English Language and Composition Practice Test 47

Questions 1-11 refer to the following information.

The following passage is from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Oration before the Phi Beta Kappa society, at Cambridge University, August 31, 1837, entitled "The American Scholar."

1. In context, the word "oracle" in line 25 can best be interpreted to mean the

2. In line 17, the word "diet" refers to

3. The speaker characterizes the great writers as being able to

4. The speaker's attitude toward great writers in the fourth sentence of paragraph 1 (lines 5–8) might best be described as

5. The speaker's tone in the passage can best be described as

6. All of the following lines use figurative language except :

7. After reading the passage, the reader can infer that the author desires to

8. The pronoun "this" in the last sentence of the passage refers to

9. According to the speaker, the characteristics of the discerning reader include all of the following except:

10. Paragraphs 1 and 2 develop their ideas by means of

I. metaphor and simile

II. allusion

III. paradox

11. The purpose of the third paragraph is to