The AP English Language and Composition course is designed to help students become skilled readers and writers of prose. Below is the first of our AP English Language Practice Tests.
Directions: The multiple choice portion of the AP English Language exam consists of passages from prose works along with questions about the content, form, and style of these passages. After reading this passage, choose the best answer to each question and click on the corresponding letter. Then click on the right arrow when you are ready to move on to the next question.
Which statement does NOT describe Mr. Severe?
A sadistic tyrant
So brutal that the slaves viewed his death as a blessing
A disgusting, cruel slave owner
A man with very little humanity
An archetypical slave overseer
The passage can best be described as which of the following types of writing?
Which of the following statements is NOT true about the passage?
Douglass creates a horrifying picture of slavery by showing in graphic detail the violence and cruelty of Mr. Severe.
Douglass creates a feeling of pathos in the reader by using auditory imagery (crying children, cursing, the sound of the horn).
In spite of the violence, there is humor at the end of the passage when he describes the kinder overseer, Mr. Hopkins.
Douglass creates emotion in the reader by using blood imagery to display Mr. Severe's cruelty.
Douglass portrays Mr. Hopkins as much more likeable than Mr. Severe.
Which answer best describes the author’s tone or mood in this passage?
What is the author indirectly referring to in the phrase “so unfortunate as to not hear”?
Mr. Severe was hearing impaired.
The slaves with physical deformities were treated worse than the physically healthy slaves.
The plantation was too large for everyone to be within shouting distance.
Mr. Severe would punish slaves who didn’t move at the sound of the horn regardless of why they weren’t moving.
Many of the slaves were illiterate.
Based on what is implied in the passage, who was Colonel Lloyd?
A black commissioned officer
A white slave owner
A relative of the author’s
The author uses the description of “cursing, raving, cutting, and slashing” in order to
emphasize the violence inflicted on the slaves by Mr. Severe
reveal the mercurial character of Mr. Severe
compare Mr. Severe’s personality with that of Mr. Hopkins
hint at another aspect of Mr. Severe’s personality
exemplify the level of humiliation slaves faced in the South
Which of the following can be inferred from the sentence, “He whipped, but seemed to take no pleasure in it”?
Mr. Hopkins was far crueler than Mr. Severe.
Mr. Hopkins was disappointed in the slaves when they did not do what they were told.
Mr. Hopkins was not racist.
Mr. Severe liked to inflict pain on others, while Mr. Hopkins did not.
Mr. Hopkins did not have to whip the slaves to get them to work.
Which of the following inferences can be made about the author?
He looked up to Mr. Hopkins.
He was frequently whipped.
He moved plantations frequently.
He was well-liked by his fellow slaves.
He overcame a lot to become a talented writer.
What is ironic about the last sentence of the passage?
Mr. Hopkins took no pleasure in beating the slaves the way that Mr. Severe did.
Mr. Hopkins didn't curse like Mr. Severe did.
The slaves thought he was not a good overseer because he treated them better.
Mr. Severe was quieter than Mr. Hopkins even though he was meaner.
The slaves are describing a man who forces them to work for free and punishes them with a whip as “good.”
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