Exam: 500439RR – Planning a Paper with Sources
1. Jake is interested in writing on “children of divorce” for his research paper. However, he’s correctly concerned that the topic is probably too _______ to be workable.
2. All or most of the ideas presented in an essay will be questionable if they’re based on
A. a generalization.
B. a reliable opinion.
C. biased sources.
D. a false assumption.
3. You’re creating a graphic organizer to help you remember the content of an essay. Which of the
following is not necessary to include?
A. The title
C. Background information
D. Main ideas
4. James has just accessed a website he thinks may be relevant to his essay topic. He finds a likely source document and then checks to see when it was posted to the site. It’s most likely that James is concerned with whether the document information is
5. If you see how logical or clear the presentation of ideas is and overlook more subtle shades of meaning,
you are a _______ learner.
6. Which of the following websites would most likely be a usable source for a research paper about
7. An example of a primary source is a/an
A. newspaper story.
B. encyclopedia article.
8. If you’re having a hard time reading sentences because they’re long and confusing, you should first
A. read the sentences aloud.
B. find some background information about the writer.
C. imagine yourself having the writer’s experiences.
D. read the summary or conclusion.
9. To strengthen your thesis, use sources to provide
A. preliminary conclusions.
B. specific details.
C. connotative meaning.
D. denotative meaning.
10. Among key elements in an essay, the _______ is usually a direct expression of the main point or idea in an essay.
A. body of the essay
B. title and subtitle
D. thesis statement
11. Brian and Maya are analyzing an essay they just read. Brian will use annotation as a tool for analyzing.
Maya will keep a response journal. Who is using the correct tool for analyzing a reading?
A. Both Brian and Maya
B. Only Maya
C. Only Brian
D. Neither Brian nor Maya
12. When you write a summary, begin with
A. a quote from the author.
B. the author’s thesis.
C. your opposing ideas.
D. the least important point.
13. Thelma’s working thesis is “Children raised permissively are more likely to be dependent, impulse
driven, and socially immature.” Her next step will probably be to
A. offer a dictionary definition of permissiveness.
B. write an outline for her essay.
C. list research questions on her topic.
D. define several different styles of parenting.
14. You’re developing a system of highlighting to help you understand new texts. Which of the following
guidelines would be useful for this purpose?
A. Read first; then highlight later.
B. Use a different color highlighter to differentiate important content.
C. Highlight every idea as you read.
D. Highlight the entire introduction and conclusion.
15. Which of the following sentences is most evidently a generalization?
A. Children from poor urban neighborhoods engage in delinquent behavior.
B. Speech centers in the human brain are located in or near the left temporal lobe.
C. Fires may be contained by restricting their exposure to oxygen.
D. Both domestic and wild species of cats are referred to as felines.
16. When you review after reading an article, you should pay particular attention to all of the following
except which one?
B. Body of the article
17. You’re creating a graphic organizer to help you understand an essay you read. Which of the following
should you connect to the main ideas of the essay?
A. Key details
B. Final statement
D. Thesis statement
18. Which of the following statements is most likely to be a fact rather than an opinion?
A. Social scientists agree that life satisfaction is highest during adolescence.
B. Earthworms are instrumental in the production of topsoil.
C. It seems likely that variations in solar radiation have an effect on the ionosphere.
D. The American Civil War created our modern state.
19. When reading a difficult text, there are various strategies to help you absorb the content. Which of the
following strategies is suggested when the material contains unfamiliar words?
A. Study the surrounding text for clues to the meaning of the words.
B. Study with a classmate.
C. Create a graphic organizer of the words.
D. Make outline notes in the margins.
20. An important step in defining your assignment is
A. listing your sources.
B. identifying its purpose.
C. preparing a rebuttal.
D. selecting an argument.
21. Wendy and Peter are determining a website’s purpose. Wendy will start by identifying the site’s sponsor. Peter will check the advertisers who support the website. Who is correctly going about
determining a website’s purpose?
A. Only Wendy
B. Neither Wendy nor Peter
C. Both Wendy and Peter
D. Only Peter
22. An Internet or print source that supports a strong opinion with distorted facts and incomplete
information is presenting a/an _______ viewpoint.
23. Ashley and Tiffany are discussing how to read for success in college. Ashley will think and read
critically by concentrating on what an article says instead of what an article means. Tiffany will overlook drawings and photographs in a textbook because they’re just for visual purposes. Who will read successfully for college?
A. Only Tiffany
B. Only Ashley
C. Both Ashley and Tiffany
D. Neither Ashley nor Tiffany
24. In the active reading process, when should you draw graphic organizers?
A. While you read
B. While you highlight key points
C. After you read
D. Before you read
25. Which of the following can you use to pique your interest in a reading assignment?
C. Studying the figures
26. If you create mental pictures of people and places, you are a/an _______ learner.
27. In a manner similar to looking up a number in a telephone directory, you seek out information in an essay without reading it from front to back. This process is called
28. Each time you come across an unfamiliar word, you should
A. write down the word in a notebook for words to look up later.
B. look it up in a dictionary.
C. look it up in a dictionary and immediately use it in a sentence.
D. try to figure out the meaning from the surrounding words.
29. When previewing content of an essay, you should follow which guideline when it comes to headings?
A. Read headings and write notes for each one in an outlining method.
B. Read headings and the first sentence following each one.
C. Read headings and the final sentence of the paragraph.
D. Read headings and bulleted text.
30. An effective way to scan material for information is to
A. read only the first two words of every sentence.
B. read every other page.
C. closely scrutinize every sentence.
D. follow a pattern to systematically cover the page.