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e. cultivate. . .


Part II. Instructions: Choose the correct form of verb for each sentence

11. Neither the coach nor the players ---- willing to make any
change in the schedule.
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English-Post Test 13. He is one of those people who ---- always at ease in any
Part I. Instructions: Beneath each sentence are five lettered words’ or situation.
sets of words. Choose the word or set of words that best fits the meaning a. Is b. are c. were d. was
14. Measles ---- a disease which most of us have in childhood.
of the sentence as a whole.
a. Is b. are c. were d.was
1. The selection committee for the exhibit was amazed to see 15. The price of prime commodities ---- expected to increase
such fine work done by a mere -----. again.
a. Connoisseur b. artist c.amateur d.Entrepreneur a. Is b. are c. were d. was
e. exhibitionist 16. The Pilot, together with the passengers and crew, was
2. The teacher suspected cheating as soon as he noticed the
seriously wounded during the crash.
pupil’s ----- glances at his classmate’s paper. a. Is b. are c. were d. was
a. Futile b. rregular c.sneaky 17. Romeo and Juliet ---- one of Shakespeare’s best known
d. Cold e. inconsequential
3. Known for his commitment to numerous worthy causes, the
a. Is b. are c. were d. was
philanthropist deserved --- for his ----. 18. The water in the tropics ---- billions of hungry microbes.
a. recognition. . .folly a.Contain b. contains c. contained d. containing
b. blame. . .hypocrisy 19. A lot of antique plates ---- in Libmanan.
c. reward. . .modesty a. is dug b.were dug c.were dugged d. are dugged
d. admonishment. . .wastefulness 20. The students, along with their professor, ---- on a field trip.
e. credit. . .unselfishness a. Is b. are c. were d. was
4. Your ---- remarks spoil the effect of your speech, try not to
stray from your subject. Part III. Instructions: Identify what study skill is being described in each
a. Innocuous b. digressive statement by encircling the letter of your choice.
c.derogatory d. persistent e. enigmatic
5. There was a hint of carelessness about her appearance, as 21. Show what kind of person a certain character is by pointing
though the cut of her blouse or the fit of her slacks was a matter of ---- to out his qualities or attributes as revealed by the character himself, or by
her. other people, or by the author.
a. Satisfaction b. aesthetics c. indifference a. Criticize b.Compare
d.significance e. controversy
6. Many educators argue that a ---- grouping of students would c.Characterize d. Illustrate
improve instruction because it would limit the range of student abilities in
the classroom. 22. Find the differences in terms of appearance, attributes or
a. Heterogeneous b. systematic characteristics of things, persons, events, situations, or places.
c.homogeneous d.fragmentary a. Contrast b. Compare
e.sporadic c.Criticize d. Evaluate
7. I can vouch for his honesty; I have always found him ---- and 23. Interpret, examine, analyze, give details and reasons for
carefully observant of the truth. against.
a. Arbitrary b. plausible c. volatile a. Trace b. Define c. Discuss d.Interpret
d.veracious e. innocuous 24. Study both advantages and disadvantages from your own
8. Perhaps because he feels ---- by an excess of parental point of view and from those of authorities on the subject and then draw
restrictions and rules, at adolescence the repressed child may break out your own conclusion.
dramatically. a. Analyze b. Prove c. Evaluate d.Explain
a. Nurtured b. appeased c. confined 25. Arrange materials according to main and subordinate points.
d.fascinated e. liberated Observe correct mechanics in outlining such as the use of numerals,
9. As a girl, Emily Dickinson was ---- but ----: extraordinarily
letters, and indention.
intense about her poetry yet exceptionally inhibited socially. a. Paraphrase b. Evaluate
a. zealous. . .gregarious c.Outline d. List
b. ardent. . .repressed 26. Show how ideas, concepts, or things are connected to each
c. prudent. . . reserved
other or are like one another, or how one causes the other.
d. rash. . .intrusive
a. Relate b. Interpret c.Trace d.Explain
e. impulsive. . .dedicated
27. Give the main point briefly. Omit details and illustrations. Pay
10. Believing that all children posses a certain natural
attention to the order or arrangement of facts. When summarizing a story,
intelligence, the headmaster exhorted the teachers to discover and ----
use the chronological order; a description, the space order; and argument
each student’s ---- talents.
a. suppress. . .unrecognized the logical order.
b. develop. . .intrinsic a. Summarize b. Evaluate c.Outline d. Describe
c. redirect. . .specious 28. Analyze important statements or parts and then comment on
d. belittle. . .dormant them.
a. Review b. Prove c. Justify d. Relate Part V. Literature
29. A free translation of a line or passage.
a. Paraphrase b. Interpret c.Prove d. Summarize 41. According to this religion human beings are bound to the wheel of
30. Prove by giving actual evidence or clear and logical reasons. life which is a continual cycle of birth, death, and suffering.
a. Justify b. Rationalize c.Evaluate d.Define A. Hinduism B. Buddhism C. Shintoism D. Taoism

Part IV. Instructions: Identify the figure of speech used in each item. 42. __________ is a collection of sacred hymns in archaic Sanskrit
which exalt the deities who personify various natural and cosmic
31. “Sally sells sea shells by the seashore”. phenomena.
a.Anaphora b. Alliteration A. Dhammapada B. Upanishads C. Bhagavad Gita
c.Assonance d.Repetition D. Rigveda
32. I am trying to solve a million issues these days.
a. Personification b. Hyperbole c.Assonance d. Irony 43. This is a story of a learned Brahman named Vishnusarman who
33. “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!” used animal fables to instruct the three dull-witted sons of a king.
a. Personification b. Hyperbole c.Assonance d.Irony A. Panchatantra C. Gitanjali
34. “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re b.The Little Clay Cart D. On Learning to be an Indian
going to get”. 44. __________ dominates every scene in a Sanskrit drama and
a. Irony b. Personification c. Metaphor d. Simile allows the audience to take part in the play and be one with the characters.
35. “My heart is a lonely hunter that hunts on a lonely hill”. A. artha B. rasa C. kama D. moksha
a.Irony b. Personification c. Metaphor d.Simile
36. “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.”
a. Irony b. Onomatopoeia c. Metaphor d.Pun
37. A chat has nine lives.
a.Irony b. Onomatopoeia c. Metaphor d.Pun
38. “I have to have this operation. It isn’t very serious. I have this
tiny tumor on the brain.”
a. Onomatopoeia b. Pun
c.Metaphor d. Understatement
39. His warm lips touching my skin lacerated my nerves like a
mosquito’s humming in a dark room.
a. Personification b. Metaphor
c.Simile d. Pun
40. Malacañang announced that there would be a four-day
a.Understatement b. Oxymoron c. Paradox d.Metonymy

45. What is the rhythmical development of this excerpt from the Rigveda , ‘The Hymn of Man?’

When they divided Purusa, how many portions did them make?
What do they call his mouth, his arms? What do they call his thighs and feet?
The Brahman was his mouth, of both arms was Rajanya made.
His thighs became Vaisya, from his feet the Sudra was produced.

A. free verse B. quatrain C. couplet D. octave

Read the poem below by Ping Hsin then answer questions 46 –47

Time is a Pair of Scissors

Time is a pair of scissors

And life, a bolt of brocade
Section by section the brocade is cut;
When the last section is done
The scraps are committed to a bonfire.
Time is an iron whip,
And life, a tree full of blossoms.
One by one the flowers are lashed off;
When the last on is gone,
The fallen petals are trampled into the dirt and sand.

46. What figure of speech is used in the title?

A. simile B. metaphor C. personification D. hyperbole

47. What is the central idea of the poem? 48. China’s most famous teacher, philosopher, and political theorist,
A. cruelty of time C. destruction of beauty whose ideas have influence all civilization of East Asia.
B. impermanence of life D. beauty of nature A. Confucious B. Lao-tzu C. Li Po D. Tu Fu
Read the excerpt below from Chinua Achebe’s The Voter then answer firewood we need.”
questions 15 –16. 49. The ‘iroko’ tree mentioned in line 20 symbolizes __________.
A. responsibilities B. privileges C. opportunities D. resources
We have a Minister from our village, one of our own sons. He said to a
group 50. What ills in society are being condemned in this satirical story?
of elders in the house of Ogbuefi Exenwa, a man of high traditional title, A. unqualified yet popular candidates c. politician’s
“What honour can a village have? Do you ever stop to ask yourself why unkept promises
we B. opportunities during election campaign d. vote-buying during
should be single our of this honour? I will tell: it is because we are elections
favoured by 51. __________ is the movement organized by African writers who
the leaders of PAP. Whether we cast our paper for Marcus or not PAP wished to reunite black people to their own history, traditions, and
will languages, to the culture which truly expresses their soul.
continue to rule. Think of the pipe-borne water they have promised us A. Tigritude B. Apartheid C. Negritude D. Orature

Besides Roof and his assistant, there were five elders in the room. An 52. The study of Asian literature cannot be dissociated from all of these
old except one.
hurricane with a cracked sooty glass chimney gave out yellowish light in A. history B. religion C. philosophy D. politics
midst. The elders sat on very low stools. On the floor, directly in 53. The world’s first known novel, The Tale of Genji was written by
front of them, __________.
lay two shilling pieces. Outside the moon kept a straight face. “We A. Lady Murasaki B. Wu Chengan C. Sei Shōnagon D. Valmiki
every word you say to be true,” said Ezenwa. “We shall every one of us 54. The religion of this country is based on the perception of life as a
drop process of continual change in which opposing forces, such as heaven and
his paper for Marcus. Who would leave an ozo feast and go to a poor earth or light and dark, balance one another.
ritual A. India B. China C. Japan D. Africa
mean? Tell Marcus he has our papers, and our wives papers, too. But 55. Studying literature is like looking at the mirror of life where ___, his
what we innermost feelings and thoughts are reflected.
do say is that two shillings is shameful.” He brought the lamp
close and tilted a. man’s experiences
it at the moment before him as if to make sure he had not mistaken its b. human’s experiences
value. c. person’s experiences
“Yes, two shillings, it is shameful. If Marcus were a poor man which our d. earthling’s experiences
ancestors forbid I should be the first to give him my paper free, as I did 56. In Literature, we become familiar not only with the ______ of
neighboring countries but also with that of others living very far from us.
But today Marcus is a great man. We did not ask him for
money yesterday; we a. religion b. culture c. tradition d. norms
have climbed the iroko tree today and would be foolish not to
take down all the

57. What is the tone of the following lines from Shakespeare’s Hamlet ?
What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason!

How infinite in faculties! In form and moving, how express and admirable!
A. amazement C. veneration
B. mockery D. sadness
58. The following lines from Robert Browning’s My Last Duchess exemplify what poetic strategy?
That's my last Duchess painted on the wall,
A. Aside
Looking as if she were alive. I call
B. Dialogue
That piece a wonder, now: Frà Pandolf's hands
C. Monologue
Worked busily a day, and there she stands.
D. Soliloquy
Will't please you sit and look at her?
59. From what perspective is the following story told?
"I could picture it. I have a rotten habit of picturing the bedroom scenes of my friends. We went out to the
Cafe Napolitain to have an aperitif and watch the evening crowd on the Boulevard." from The Sun Also
Rises by Ernest Hemingway.
A. First person C. Third person omniscient
B. Second person D. Third person limited
60. What type of irony does Shakespeare use in Anthony’s speech?
When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept: A. dramatic irony
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff: C. causal irony
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; B. irony of situation
And Brutus is an honourable man. D. verbal irony
61. What do the following lines from William Blake exhort?

To see a World in a Grain of Sand A. to appreciate even the smallest of things

And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, B. to be extremely imaginative and creative
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand C. to believe in fantasy like a child
And Eternity in an hour. D. to be strong and faithful to God

62. What poetic device is exemplified in the following lines from Edward Taylor’s “Huswifery”?

Make me, O Lord, thy Spinning Wheel complete,

A. irony of statement Thy Holy Word my Distaff make for me.
Make mine Affections thy Swift Flyers neat
B. pathetic fallacy And make my Soul thy holy Spool to be.
My Conversation make to be thy Reel
And reel the yarn thereon spun of thy Wheel .

63. What does the persona in “Huswifery” ask God to do?

A. Complete him as a human being
B. Bless him with food and clothing
C. Mold him into what God wants him to be
D. Clothe him with the finest silk from God
64. Which two sound devices did Alexander Pope use in the following lines?
Soft is the strain when Zephyr gently blows, A. Assonance and consonance
And the smooth stream in smoother numbers flows; B. Alliteration and onomatopoeia
but when loud surges lash the sounding shore, C. Consonance and cacophony
The hoarse, rough verse should like the torrent roar: D. Onomatopoeia and assonance

65. What figure of speech is exemplified below?

“The wind stood up and gave a shout. He whistled on his two fingers.”
A. Allusion C. Onomatopoeia
B. Metaphor D. Personification
66. What type of sonnet is exemplified in the following lines?
When I consider how my light is spent A. Elizabethan
Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide, B. English
And that one talent which is death to hide C. Petrarchan
D. Spenserian
Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent

67. Which statement best summarizes the Holy Sonnet X by John Donne?
And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
A. Death shall cease in the afterlife. And better than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then?
B. Death comes through poppy or charms. One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
C. Death takes so many forms and ways. And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die.
D. Death should not be proud since it is not mighty.

68. What does the word “swell’st” in the Holy Sonnet X mean?
A. boast C. grow
B. shrink D. swear
69. Which statement about love is true based on Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116?
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks A. Love dissipates when lovers live apart.
Within his bending sickle's compass come: B. Love adapts to changing circumstances.
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, C. Love never wanes even in old age.
But bears it out even to the edge of doom. D. Love grows even to the edge of doom.

70. In “To the Virgins to Make Much of Time,” what is the persona’s main message?
A. Be wise in marriage to make life more worthwhile.
B. Marry now, or you may never have another chance.
C. Gather the rosebuds now, before the roses bloom.
D. Choose only lovers who, like roses, are of the highest order.
71. Which word best describes the speaker in “To Lucasta, on Going to the Wars”?

A. cold-hearted Tell me not, Sweet, I am unkind,

B. sweet-tongued That from the nunnery
C. honorable Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind
D. modest To war and arms I fly.

72. To what sensory perception do the following lines from James Joyce’s Araby appeal?
“…we ran…to the dark dripping gardens to the back doors of the dark dripping gardens where odors arose
from the ashpits, to the dark odorous stables where a coachman smoothed and combed the horse or shook
music from the buckled harness.”
A. auditory C. gustatory
B. olfactory D. tactile
73. Little Lamb, who made thee? symbolize?
What does the lamb in “The Lamb”
Dost thou know who made thee? A. Faith and loyalty
B. Innocence and purity
Gave thee life, and bid thee feed, C. Weakness and hopelessness
By the stream and o'er the mead; D. Helplessness and dependence
Which of the following best states the theme of Ozymandias ?
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" A. Power and arrogance are both destructive.
B. Temples and statues are witnesses to history.
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
C. Powerful rulers and great civilizations perish.
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare D. Life is short and time is fleeting.
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

75. What 17th Century philosophy does Browning assert in the following lines from Rabbi Ben Ezra?
Ay, note that Potter’s wheel,
That metaphor! and feel
Why time spins fast, why passive lies our clay,—
Thou, to whom fools propound,
When the wine makes its round,
“Since life fleets, all is change; the Past gone, seize to-day!”
A. anagnorisis C. peripeteia
B. carpe diem D. romanticism
76. What lesson does the speaker learn in A.E. Housman’s When I Was One-and-Twenty ?
'The heart out of the bosom
Was never given in vain; A. The speaker realizes the value of listening to pieces of advice.
'Tis paid with sighs a plenty B. The speaker learns the foolishness of disobeying his elders.
And sold for endless rue.' C. The speaker realizes the folly and pain of youthful love.
And I am two-and-twenty, D. The speaker learns the stupidity of wasting his youth.
And oh, 'tis true, 'tis true. From Ode to the West Wind
77. How does Shelley regard the west wind in the following ode?
Her clarion o'er the dreaming earth, and fill
A. It is responsible for preserving life.
(Driving sweet buds like flocks to feed in air)
B. It can both wipe out and maintain life.
With living hues and odours plain and hill:
C. It is a wild spirit in nature that is very strong.
D. It is strong but weak since it is everywhere.
Wild Spirit, which art moving everywhere;
Destroyer and Preserver; hear, oh, hear!
78. How does the speaker picture God in the following sermon?
The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider; or some loathsome insect, over the fire,
abhors you, and is dreadfully provoked: his wrath towards you burns like fire; he looks upon you as worthy of
A. incensednothing else, but toC.beassertive
cast into the fire; he is of purer eyes than to bear to have you in his sight; you are ten
B. abominable times more abominable
D. vengeful in his eyes, than the most hateful venomous serpent is in ours.
79. Paradise Lost is considered among the greatest epics in English. Which of the following was the basis for this epic poem?
A. treachery of Judas Iscariot C. fall from God’s grace
B. the passion of Christ D. sinning of Adam and Eve
80. What does the speaker mean in the following lines?
A. Let’s continue writing poetry to immortalize us.
B. Let’s have faith in God and He will keep us alive.
C. Let’s be true to our love, and we will be joined in eternity.
“Let’s so persevere
That when we live no more, we may live ever”
From To My Dear and Loving Husband

81. Which of the following is NOT an example of Gothic literature?

A. Dracula C. Frankenstein
B. Lord of the Rings D. Tell Tale Heart
82. According to the speaker in Sanburg’s "Chicago," how would most others describe the city?
They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for I
have seen your painted women under the gas lamps
luring the farm boys.
A. Admirable C. Immoral
B. Amusing D.Vibrant

83. What does the speaker like about Chicago as shown in the following lines?
Come and show me another city with lifted head singing
so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning. A. Its vitality
Flinging magnetic curses amid the toil of piling job on B. Its wickedness
job, here is a tall bold slugger set vivid against the C. Its indifference
little soft cities; D. Its progress

84. Who are the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot Paine alluded to in The Crisis ?
THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink
from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

A. The cowards who love their country less C. The happy optimistic people
B. The brave men and women in the country D. The former heroes of the revolution
85. What does that the speaker lament over in the following lines?

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as
A. Roses willsweet".
always be- (Romeo
roses despite
andtheir variety.
Juliet Act II, Scene II)
B. Their names keep Romeo and Juliet apart.
C. Romeo and Juliet will always love one another.
D. Changing names will help Romeo and Juliet.

86. Which of the following is an example of novel of the soil?

A. The Good Earth C. Catcher in the Rye
B. Bread and Wine D. Sound and the Fury
87. What does the speaker celebrate in “The Soul Selects her own Society”?
The soul selects her own society, A. conformity C. life and freedom
Then shuts the door;
B. community D. self-imposed isolation
On her
88. divine
What majority
do the following lines reveal about the world?
Obtrude no more.
"All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their
exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts" - (As You Like It,
Act II, Scene VII)
A. Life is just like going to the theater. C. Life is but an empty, senseless dream.
B. People have different roles to play in life. D. People live and die at different times.

89. What truth about humans do the following lines from A Noiseless Patient Spider reveal?
And you,O my Soul, where you stand,
Surrounded, surrounded, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing,--seeking
thespheres, to connect them;
Till the bridge you will need, be form'd--till the ductile anchor hold;
Till the gossamer thread you fling, catch somewhere, O my Soul.

a. People need food and shelter

b. People search for their meaning
c. People need friends and families
d. People endlessly seek to create

90. Which of the following is the resounding theme of contemporary stories like Hemingway’s A Clean and Well Lighted Place and Anderson’s Hands?
A. alienation from the society C. respect for the old
B. melancholia in solitude D. contentment in life
91. Who is alluded to as the Captain in the following lines from Whitman’s poem?
O captain! My Captain! Our fearful trip is done,
The ship
A. Abraham has weather’d every rack,C.the
Lincoln prize
John we sought is won.
F. Kennedy
B. George Washington D. Thomas Jefferson
92. In the passage, which of the following best describes the speaker's attitude toward the very rich?

Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does
something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born
A. He finds their pessimism alarming and unwarranted.
B. He finds them so different from the rest of society
C. He believes that the rich know more than others do.
D. He thinks that he understands their way of life.
93. What is the tone of the speaker in the previous passage?
A. Optimistic C. Pessimistic
B. Laconic D. Sarcastic
94. What do the novels of Bronte, Eliot, Gaskell and Dickens reveal about fiction produced during the Victorian period in English Literature?
a. They closely represent the real social life of the times.
b. The novels were long and full of psychological musings.
c. They concentrate on the effect of industrialization on cities.
d. They were largely produced by upper middle-class women.
95. What do the last two lines from Freneau’s The Wild Honeysuckle reveal about life?
From morning suns and evening dews
At first thy little being came;
If nothing once, you nothing lose,
For when you die you are the same;
The space between is but an hour,
The frail duration of flower.

A. Life is just an hour. C. Life is short.

B. Life is frail. D. It is like a flower.
96. What do the following lines from Wordsworth’s Psalm of Life reveal about heroes and heroism?
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;
A. Anybody can be a hero. C. Heroes are easy to find
B. Heroes are often forgotten. B. It is easy to do heroic acts
97. This is where Literature is viewed to discuss man and its nature.
a. Formalistic/Literary Approach
b. Moral/Humanistic Approach
c. Historical Approach
d. Sociological Approach
98. Viewed as the expression of man within a given social situation which is reduced to discussions on economy which will underscore the conflict
between the two classes- the rich and the poor.
a. Formalistic/Literary Approach
b. Moral/Humanistic Approach
c. Historical Approach
d. Sociological Approach
99. From Arabia and Persia (Iran) It shows the ways of government, of industries and of the society of the Arabs
a. El Cid
b. The Song of Roland
c. The Book of the Dead
d. One Thousand and One Nights
100. Written by Harriet Beecher Stowe of the US. This depicted the sad fate of slaves; this became the basis of democracy later on.
a. The Mahabharata
b. Canterbury Tales
c. Uncle Tom’s Cabin
d. The Divine Comedy

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