The AP English Language & Composition course is designed to help students become skilled readers and writers of prose. Below is the second of our four free 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. Then click on the right arrow when you are ready to move on to the next question.
What is the rhetorical purpose Brimmer’s first sentence in this passage?
She uses an analogy to set up the basic claim of her passage: it’s both smart and right to educate the world’s women.
She appeals to the audience by using her authority as the undersecretary for International Organizational Affairs.
She uses an appeal to authority to make her opinion more forceful.
She utilizes emotional and logical appeal with her inclusive choice of the word “we.”
She relies purely on an emotionless, logical approach to appeal to the intellect of the audience.
Which statement best explains the importance of the use of statistics in this passage?
The statistics back up the claim that fewer women/ girls continue to be illiterate than men/boys around the globe.
The statistical information in the passage sets up irrefutable proof that women and girls deserve to be educated.
The statistical information in the passage sets up a strong logical appeal designed to convince the audience to advocate for the education of women and girls.
The statistical information in the passage appeals to the emotions of the audience in order to provoke a radical change in thinking.
The statistical information provides a limited grasp of the available data and is meant to provide a broad overview of the logical argument for women’s education.
Which of the following is NOT a political assumption that can be inferred from this passage?
Women and girls need formal education because informal education is ineffective.
It’s important for us to think of new ways to reach women and girls and provide them with education.
Women and girls should be educated.
Women become empowered through education.
It makes sense to educate women and girls.
What strategy in this speech might best appeal to a hostile or critical audience?
The explication of the international community’s interest in promoting gender equality.
The claim that educating girls is a smart choice because it will benefit everyone.
The descriptions of how the United States is collaborating with UNESCO and UNICEF to promote women's literacy.
The advocacy of "nontraditional" ways to educate women.
The statistics that back up the claim that fewer women and girls are remaining illiterate.
Which sentence best summarizes the importance of education beyond elementary school as it is expressed in the passage?
Women's literacy has increased, but there are still not enough women in post-secondary education.
Women and girls are catching up with boys and men in school attendance but lag behind in secondary and post-secondary school.
Women's literacy is important but it must be made relevant to their lives and delivered in non-traditional forms.
The gender gap is beyond the ability of elementary education at present to close.
While there have been gains in elementary education for women and girls, we need to find more ways to encourage them to stay in school through secondary and beyond.
The chief effect of the phrase “participate fully” in paragraph three is to
criticize the small-mindedness of those who oppose funding for literacy programs.
preface the statistics from UNICEF with a blanket thesis.
summarize the Education For All Global Monitoring Report.
emphasize the concept that illiterate adults are closed off from many aspects of daily life.
repudiate the notion that people all over the world have the same access to education.
The author most likely works for what body?
The United Nations
The United States government
The Government of Afghanistan
The passage mentions all of the following as difficulties women face EXCEPT
earning equal pay for equal work
maintaining consistent school enrollment
being denied enrollment at educational institutions
lack of opportunities due to rural environments
curriculum that does not promote gender inclusiveness
The author mentions UNICEF’s Child-Friendly Schools in order to
point out a program that is dated and no longer working
request more funding for a nascent initiative
lobby for more donations to fund a worthy cause
describe how the idea of gender inclusiveness can be implemented
praise the United States for its help promoting education for boys and girls
Which of the following would be the most appropriate title for this passage?
A Journey Towards Literacy
The Gender Gap: An Ongoing Problem
UNESCO, UNICEF, and Promoting Literacy
Men v. Women: Gender in Education
How We Can Educate Women
Which of the following best describes the tone of the passage?
Bombastic and idiomatic
Humanistic and reverent
Laudatory and sentimental
Factual and unemotional
Optimistic and provincial
Which of the following can be inferred about UNESCO?
At some point in the past, the United States was not a part of it.
It is run by the same people who organize UNICEF.
It has gathered enough data to show that over 700 million adults lack literacy skills.
It only focuses on informal education as that is more effective.
It has implemented the Child-Friendly Schools to great success in more than 50 countries.
Which of the following can be inferred about Afghanistan?
More women are educated there today than were in 2008.
Educated men in Afghanistan largely oppose the education of women.
There are fewer post-secondary options for girls in Afghanistan than there are primary school options.
At least some of its leaders support the education of women.
The women in the cities are better educated than those in the rural areas.
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