Read the sentence below and answer the following question:

Despite requests from their teacher, the students would not desist in making paper airplanes.

What does desist mean?


Question 27 (Multiple Choice Worth 5 points)


Read the sentence below and answer the following question:

He never did his work, so he was the bane of the complicated project.

Use context to determine the meaning of bane.


Question 28 (Multiple Choice Worth 5 points)


If you are developing an argument in favor of removing soda from school vending machines, which combination of resources would be most helpful in supporting your position?


Question 29 (Multiple Choice Worth 5 points)


Which of the following would provide the best supporting evidence of an author’s sarcasm?


Question 30 (Multiple Choice Worth 5 points)


Roderick Usher’s poem
By Edgar Allan Poe

    1. In the greenest of our valleys,
      By good angels tenanted,
      Once a fair and stately palace—
      Radiant palace—reared its head.
      In the monarch Thought’s dominion—
      It stood there!
      Never seraph spread a pinion
      Over fabric half so fair.


    1. Banners yellow, glorious, golden,
      On its roof did float and flow;
      (This—all this—was in the olden
      Time long ago);
      And every gentle air that dallied,
      In that sweet day,
      Along the ramparts plumed and pallid,
      A winged odor went away


  1. Wanderers in that happy valley
    Through two luminous windows saw
    Figures moving musically
    To a lute’s well-tun´d law;
    Round about a throne, where sitting
    In state his glory well befitting,
    The ruler of the realm was seen.

Review the second stanza of Roderick Usher’s poem, specifically the last two lines:

Along the ramparts plumed and pallid,
A winged odor went away.

What is the most likely explanation for the “winged odor” being kept away?


Question 31 (Essay Worth 20 points)

[Honors Seg 2, 02 MC]

“All people who work with their hands are partly invisible, and the more important the work they do, the less visible they are. Still, a white skin is always fairly conspicuous. In northern Europe, when you see a labourer ploughing a field, you probably give him a second glance. In a hot country, anywhere south of Gibraltar or east of Suez, the chances are that you don’t even see him. I have noticed this again and again. In a tropical landscape one’s eye takes in everything except the human beings. It takes in the dried-up soil, the prickly pear, the palm-tree and the distant mountain, but it always misses the peasant hoeing at his patch. He is the same colour as the earth, and a great deal less interesting to look at.”

Describe the use of figurative language in this excerpt from Marrakech by George Orwell, and use evidence from the excerpt to explain the author’s view of the British Empire.


Question 32 (Essay Worth 20 points)

[Honors Seg 2, 01 MC]

“Such occasions arise in the life of the man who is a pure seeker after truth and who would seek to serve the humanity and his country to the best of his lights without fear or hypocrisy. For the last fifty years I have known no other way. I have been a humble servant of humanity and have rendered on more than one occasion such services as I could to the Empire, and here let me say without fear of challenge that throughout my career never have I asked for any personal favor. I have enjoyed the privilege of friendship as I enjoy it today with Lord Linlithgow. It is a friendship which has outgrown official relationship.”

Identify the theme of this excerpt from the Quit India speeches of 1942 by Mahatma Gandhi, and explain the author’s use of diction to support the theme.


Question 33 (Essay Worth 20 points)

[Honors Seg 2, 04, 05, 06 MC]

“On this the heart of the Mussalmans of India has become lacerated. British pledges given after the greatest deliberation by the Prime Minister of England in the name of the English nation, have been dragged into the mire. The promises given to Moslem India on the strength of which, the consideration that was expected by the British nation was exacted, have been broken, and the great religion of Islam has been placed in danger. The Mussalmans hold—and I venture to think they rightly hold—that so long as British promises remain unfulfilled, so long is it impossible for them to tender whole-hearted fealty and loyalty to the British connection; and if it is to be a choice for a devout Mussalman between loyalty to the British connection and loyalty to his Code and Prophet, he will not require a second to make his choice,—and he has declared his choice.”

Identify and explain Mahatma Gandhi‘s use of connotation and diction to create a formal or informal writing style in this passage from his Quit India speeches of 1942, citing specific examples from the text.


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