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intelligence, the headmaster exhorted the teachers to
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English-Post Test Part II. Instructions: Choose the correct form of verb for
each sentence
Part I. Instructions: Beneath each sentence are five lettered 11. Neither the coach nor the players ---- willing to
words’ or sets of words. Choose the word or set of words that make any change in the schedule.
best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole. a. Is b. are c. were d.was
1. The selection committee for the exhibit was 12. Each of us ---- that people do not devote enough
amazed to see such fine work done by a mere -----. time to the study of legislation.
a. Connoisseur b. artist c.amateur d.Entrepreneur a. Know b. knows c. knew d. known
e. exhibitionist 13. He is one of those people who ---- always at ease
2. The teacher suspected cheating as soon as he in any situation.
noticed the pupil’s ----- glances at his classmate’s paper. a. Is b. are c. were d. was
a. Futile b. rregular c.sneaky 14. Measles ---- a disease which most of us have in
d. Cold e. inconsequential childhood.
3. Known for his commitment to numerous worthy a. Is b. are c. were d.was
causes, the philanthropist deserved --- for his ----. 15. The price of prime commodities ---- expected to
a. recognition. . .folly increase again.
b. blame. . .hypocrisy a. Is b. are c. were d. was
c. reward. . .modesty 16. The Pilot, together with the passengers and crew,
d. admonishment. . .wastefulness was seriously wounded during the crash.
e. credit. . .unselfishness a. Is b. are c. were d. was
4. Your ---- remarks spoil the effect of your speech, 17. Romeo and Juliet ---- one of Shakespeare’s best
try not to stray from your subject. known plays.
a. Innocuous b. digressive a. Is b. are c. were d. was
c.derogatory d. persistent e. enigmatic 18. The water in the tropics ---- billions of hungry
5. There was a hint of carelessness about her microbes.
appearance, as though the cut of her blouse or the fit of her a.Contain b. contains c. contained d. containing
slacks was a matter of ---- to her. 19. A lot of antique plates ---- in Libmanan.
a. Satisfaction b. aesthetics c. indifference a. is dug b.were dug c.were dugged d. are
d.significance e. controversy dugged
6. Many educators argue that a ---- grouping of 20. The students, along with their professor, ---- on a
students would improve instruction because it would limit the field trip.
range of student abilities in the classroom. a. Is b. are c. were d. was
a. Heterogeneous b. systematic
c.homogeneous d.fragmentary Part III. Instructions: Identify what study skill is being
e.sporadic described in each statement by encircling the letter of your
7. I can vouch for his honesty; I have always found choice.
him ---- and carefully observant of the truth.
a. Arbitrary b. plausible c. volatile 21. Show what kind of person a certain character is
d.veracious e. innocuous by pointing out his qualities or attributes as revealed by the
8. Perhaps because he feels ---- by an excess of character himself, or by other people, or by the author.
parental restrictions and rules, at adolescence the repressed a. Criticize b.Compare
child may break out dramatically.
c.Characterize d. Illustrate
a. Nurtured b. appeased c. confined
d.fascinated e. liberated 22. Find the differences in terms of appearance,
9. As a girl, Emily Dickinson was ---- but ----: attributes or characteristics of things, persons, events,
extraordinarily intense about her poetry yet exceptionally situations, or places.
inhibited socially. a. Contrast b. Compare
a. zealous. . .gregarious c.Criticize d. Evaluate
b. ardent. . .repressed 23. Interpret, examine, analyze, give details and
c. prudent. . . reserved reasons for against.
d. rash. . .intrusive a. Trace b. Define c. Discuss d.Interpret
e. impulsive. . .dedicated
24. Study both advantages and disadvantages from a. Irony b. Onomatopoeia c. Metaphor d.Pun
your own point of view and from those of authorities on the 37. A chat has nine lives.
subject and then draw your own conclusion. a.Irony b. Onomatopoeia c. Metaphor d.Pun
a. Analyze b. Prove c. Evaluate d.Explain 38. “I have to have this operation. It isn’t very serious.
25. Arrange materials according to main and I have this tiny tumor on the brain.”
subordinate points. Observe correct mechanics in outlining a. Onomatopoeia b. Pun
such as the use of numerals, letters, and indention. c.Metaphor d. Understatement
a. Paraphrase b. Evaluate 39. His warm lips touching my skin lacerated my
c.Outline d. List nerves like a mosquito’s humming in a dark room.
26. Show how ideas, concepts, or things are a. Personification b. Metaphor
connected to each other or are like one another, or how one c.Simile d. Pun
causes the other. 40. Malacañang announced that there would be a
a. Relate b. Interpret c.Trace d.Explain four-day holiday.
27. Give the main point briefly. Omit details and a.Understatement b. Oxymoron c. Paradox d.Metonymy
illustrations. Pay attention to the order or arrangement of
facts. When summarizing a story, use the chronological Part V. Literature
order; a description, the space order; and argument the
41. According to this religion human beings are bound to
logical order. the wheel of life which is a continual cycle of birth, death, and
a. Summarize b. Evaluate c.Outline d. suffering.
Describe A. Hinduism B. Buddhism C. Shintoism
28. Analyze important statements or parts and then D. Taoism
comment on them.
42. __________ is a collection of sacred hymns in archaic
a. Review b. Prove c. Justify d. Relate
Sanskrit which exalt the deities who personify various natural
29. A free translation of a line or passage. and cosmic phenomena.
a. Paraphrase b. Interpret c.Prove d. A. Dhammapada B. Upanishads C. Bhagavad
Summarize Gita D. Rigveda
30. Prove by giving actual evidence or clear and
logical reasons. 43. This is a story of a learned Brahman named
Vishnusarman who used animal fables to instruct the three
a. Justify b. Rationalize c.Evaluate d.Define
dull-witted sons of a king.
A. Panchatantra C. Gitanjali
Part IV. Instructions: Identify the figure of speech used in
b.The Little Clay Cart D. On Learning to be an Indian
each item. 44. __________ dominates every scene in a Sanskrit
drama and allows the audience to take part in the play and
31. “Sally sells sea shells by the seashore”. be one with the characters.
a.Anaphora b. Alliteration A. artha B. rasa C. kama
c.Assonance d.Repetition D. moksha
32. I am trying to solve a million issues these days.
a. Personification b. Hyperbole c.Assonance d.
33. “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the
War Room!”
a. Personification b. Hyperbole c.Assonance
34. “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know
what you’re going to get”.
a. Irony b. Personification c. Metaphor d. Simile
35. “My heart is a lonely hunter that hunts on a lonely
a.Irony b. Personification c. Metaphor d.Simile
36. “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.”

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? 20 have climbed the iroko tree today and would be

A. cruelty of time C. destruction of beauty foolish not to take down all the
B. impermanence of life D. beauty of nature firewood we need.”
48. China’s most famous teacher, philosopher, and political 49. The ‘iroko’ tree mentioned in line 20 symbolizes
theorist, whose ideas have influence all civilization of East __________.
Asia. A. responsibilities B. privileges C. opportunities D.
A. Confucious B. Lao-tzu C. Li Po D. Tu Fu resources

Read the excerpt below from Chinua Achebe’s The Voter 50. What ills in society are being condemned in this satirical
then answer questions 15 –16. story?
A. unqualified yet popular candidates c.
We have a Minister from our village, one of our own sons. politician’s unkept promises
He said to a group B. opportunities during election campaign d. vote-
of elders in the house of Ogbuefi Exenwa, a man of high buying during elections
traditional title, 51. __________ is the movement organized by African
“What honour can a village have? Do you ever stop to ask writers who wished to reunite black people to their own history,
yourself why we traditions, and languages, to the culture which truly expresses
5 should be single our of this honour? I will tell: it is
their soul.
because we are favoured by A. Tigritude B. Apartheid C. Negritude D.
the leaders of PAP. Whether we cast our paper for Marcus Orature
or not PAP will
continue to rule. Think of the pipe-borne water they have 52. The study of Asian literature cannot be dissociated from
promised us … all of these except one.
Besides Roof and his assistant, there were five elders in the A. history B. religion C. philosophy D. politics
room. An old
hurricane with a cracked sooty glass chimney gave out 53. The world’s first known novel, The Tale of Genji was
yellowish light in their written by __________.
10 midst. The elders sat on very low stools. On the A. Lady Murasaki B. Wu Chengan C. Sei Shōnagon
floor, directly in front of them, D. Valmiki
lay two shilling pieces. Outside the moon kept a straight
face. “We believe 54. The religion of this country is based on the perception
every word you say to be true,” said Ezenwa. “We shall of life as a process of continual change in which opposing
every one of us drop forces, such as heaven and earth or light and dark, balance
his paper for Marcus. Who would leave an ozo feast and one another.
go to a poor ritual A. India B. China C. Japan D. Africa
mean? Tell Marcus he has our papers, and our wives 55. Studying literature is like looking at the mirror of life
papers, too. But what we where ___, his innermost feelings and thoughts are reflected.
15 do say is that two shillings is shameful.” He a. man’s experiences
brought the lamp close and tilted b. human’s experiences
it at the moment before him as if to make sure he had not c. person’s experiences
mistaken its value.
d. earthling’s experiences
“Yes, two shillings, it is shameful. If Marcus were a poor
man which our 56. In Literature, we become familiar not only with the
ancestors forbid I should be the first to give him my paper ______ of neighboring countries but also with that of others
free, as I did before. living very far from us.
But today Marcus is a great man. We did not ask a. religion b. culture c. tradition d. norms
him for money yesterday; we
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”?

A. irony of statement Make me, O Lord, thy Spinning Wheel complete,

B. pathetic fallacy Thy Holy Word my Distaff make for me.
C. a literary conceit Make mine Affections thy Swift Flyers neat
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. D.Which
a paradoxical
statementline best summarizes the Holy Sonnet X by John Donne?

And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well

And better than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then?
One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die.
A. Death shall cease in the afterlife.
B. Death comes through poppy or charms.
C. Death takes so many forms and ways.
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. Tell cold-hearted
me not, Sweet, I am unkind,
B. Thatsweet-tongued
from the nunnery
C. Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind
D. 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. What does the lamb in “The Lamb” symbolize?
Little Lamb, who made thee?
A. Faith and loyalty
Dost thou know who made thee?
B. Innocence and purity
74. 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
Her clarion o'er the dreaming earth, and fill 5
(Driving sweet buds like flocks to feed in air•)
With living hues and odours plain and hill:

Wild Spirit, which art moving everywhere;

Destroyer and Preserver; hear, oh, hear!
77. How does Shelley regard the west wind in the following ode?
A. It is responsible for preserving life.
B. It can both wipe out and maintain life.
C. It is a wild spirit in nature that is very strong.
D. It is strong but weak since it is everywhere.

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
nothing else, but to be cast into the fire; he is of purer eyes than to bear to have you in his sight; you are ten
thousand times more abominable in his eyes, than the most hateful venomous serpent is in ours.
A. incensed C. assertive
B. abominable D. vengeful
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.
“Let’s so persevere
B. Let’s have faith in God and He will keep us alive.
That when we live no more, we may live ever”
From To My Dear and Loving Husband
C. Let’s be true to our love, and we will be joined in eternity.
D. Let’s have lots of children to remember us when we die.

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
sweet". - (Romeo and Juliet Act II, Scene II)

A. Roses will always be roses despite their variety.

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 divine majority
Obtrude no more.
88. What do the following lines reveal about the world?

"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 has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won.
A. Abraham Lincoln C. John 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
rich, it is very difficult to understand. They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to
discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves. Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they
still think that they are better than we are. They are different.

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
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 democrac y
later on.
a. The Mahabharata
b. Canterbury Tales
c. Uncle Tom’s Cabin
d. The Divine Comedy

“Will it be easy? NOPE. Worth it? ABSOLUTELY!”