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Question 8 (Multiple Choice Worth 5 points)

[LC]

The Fall of the House of Usher
By Edgar Allan Poe

Shaking off what must have been a dream, I scanned more narrowly the real aspect of the building. Its principal feature seemed to be that of an excessive antiquity. The discoloration of ages had been great. Minute fungi overspread the whole exterior, hanging in a fine tangled web-work from the eaves. Yet all this was apart from any extraordinary dilapidation. No portion of the masonry had fallen; and there appeared to be a wild inconsistency between its still perfect adaptation of parts, and the crumbling condition of the individual stones. In this there was much that reminded me of the specious totality of old wood-work which has rotted for long years in some neglected vault, with no disturbance from the breath of the external air. Beyond this indication of extensive decay, however, the fabric gave little token of instability. Perhaps the eye of a scrutinizing observer might have discovered a barely perceptible fissure, which, extending from the roof of the building in front, made its way down the wall in a zigzag direction, until it became lost in the sullen waters of the tarn.

Read this line from Fall of the House of Usher:

In this there was much that reminded me of the specious totality of old wood-work which has rotted for long years in some neglected vault, with no disturbance from the breath of the external air.

Why does the narrator describe the house in this way?


 

Question 9 (Multiple Choice Worth 5 points)

[MC]

The Fall of the House of Usher
By Edgar Allan Poe

Shaking off what must have been a dream, I scanned more narrowly the real aspect of the building. Its principal feature seemed to be that of an excessive antiquity. The discoloration of ages had been great. Minute fungi overspread the whole exterior, hanging in a fine tangled web-work from the eaves. Yet all this was apart from any extraordinary dilapidation. No portion of the masonry had fallen; and there appeared to be a wild inconsistency between its still perfect adaptation of parts, and the crumbling condition of the individual stones. In this there was much that reminded me of the specious totality of old wood-work which has rotted for long years in some neglected vault, with no disturbance from the breath of the external air. Beyond this indication of extensive decay, however, the fabric gave little token of instability. Perhaps the eye of a scrutinizing observer might have discovered a barely perceptible fissure, which, extending from the roof of the building in front, made its way down the wall in a zigzag direction, until it became lost in the sullen waters of the tarn.

Read this line from The Fall of the House of Usher:

Minute fungi overspread the whole exterior, hanging in a fine tangled web-work from the eaves.

What does this line suggest about the building?


 

Question 10 (Multiple Choice Worth 5 points)

[MC]

Which of the following would benefit from an informational graphic?


 

Question 11 (Multiple Choice Worth 5 points)

[MC]

Read the sentence and answer the following question:

I have many beliefs about how the traffic light system could perform better.

Which revision would make this sentence more precise?


 

Question 12 (Multiple Choice Worth 5 points)

[LC]

Read the sentence below and answer the following question:

Jody’s reaction to the question was quite cautious and tentative because of her fear of speaking in public.

What does tentative mean?

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