Chang-Rae Lee's debut and award-winning novel Native Speaker is about Henry Park, a Korean-American individual who struggles to find his place as an immigrant in a suburb of New York City. This novel addresses the notion that as the individuals who know us best, our family, peers, and lovers are the individuals who direct our lives and end up defining us. Henry Park is confronted with this reality in the very beginning of the novel, which begins:
The day my wife left she gave me a list of who I was.
Upon separating from his wife, Park struggles with racial and ethnic identity issues due to his loneliness. Through Parks' work as an undercover operative for a private intelligence agency, the author presents the theme of espionage as metaphor for the internal divide that Park experiences as an immigrant. This dual reality creates two worlds for Park and increases his sense of uncertainty with regard to his place in society. While he constantly feels like an outsider looking in, he also feels like he belongs to neither world.
Chang-Rae Lee is also a first-generation Korean American immigrant. He immigrated to America at the early age of three. Themes of identity, race, and cultural alienation pervade his works. His interests in these themes no doubt stem from his first-hand experience as a kid growing up in a Korean household while going to an American school. Lee is also author of A Gesture Life and Aloft. The protagonists are similar in that they deal with labels placed on them based on race, color, and language. Consequently, all of these characters struggle to belong in America.
Lee's novels address differences within a nation's mix of race, religion, and history, and the necessity of assimilation between cultures. In his works and through his characters, Lee shows us both the difficulties and the subtleties of the immigrant experience in America. He urges us to consider the role of borders and to consider why the idea of opening up one's borders is so frightening. In an ever-changing world in which cultures are becoming more intermingled, the meaning of identity must be constantly redefined, especially when the security of belonging to a place is becoming increasingly elusive. As our world grows smaller with increasing technological advances, these themes in Lee's novels become even more pertinent.
A. To entertain
B. To criticize
C. To analyze
D. To inform
2. Why does the author of the passage quote the first line of the novel Native
A. To illustrate one of the themes in the novel
B. To create interest in the novel
C. To show how the book is semi-autobiographical
D. It is the main idea of the novel
3. According to the passage, which of the following is not a main theme of Lee's novels?
4. Based on the passage, why do Lee's novels focus on race and cultural identity?
A. Because Lee was born in Korea
B. Because Lee’s ancestors are Korean
C. Because Lee feels these issues are the biggest problem facing America
D. Because Lee immigrated to America at a young age
5. How does the author of the passage feel about the ideas presented in Lee's novels?
A. excited that immigrants are easily able to redefine and establish themselves in new cultures
B. concerned about the disappearance of cultures in a rapidly expanding and mixed world
C. certain that all borders will eventually be eliminated so world cultures will commingle and fully assimilate
D. critical regarding the role technology has played in society and how it destroys the immigrant experience
This formula is for people with deficiencies and anemic conditions. It aids in the body’s absorption of vital minerals such as iron, calcium, zinc, potassium, and sulfur. Take the following ingredients:
Parsley root Comfrey root
Yellow dock Watercress
Slowly simmer equal parts of these herbs with four ounces to a half-quart of water. Continue to simmer slowly until the volume of liquid is reduced by half. Strain, reserve the liquid, and cover the herbs with water once more. Then simmer again for 10 minutes. Strain and combine the two liquids. Cook the liquid down until the volume is reduced by half. Add an equal amount of blackstrap molasses. Take one tablespoon four to five times daily, not exceeding four tablespoons in a 24-hour period.
A. to increase the absorption of minerals
B. to get rid of unnecessary minerals
C. to serve as a mineral supplement
D. to reduce the absorption of minerals
A. 1/2 ounce
B. 1/3 ounce
C. 1 ounce
D. 1/4 ounce
A. Once every four hours
B. Once every three hours
C. Once every two hours
D. Once every six hours
A. 0.35 inches
B. 0.30 inches
C. 0.55 inches
D. 0.25 inches
The Channel Tunnel is an underwater tunnel that passes through the English Channel and connects England and France. Work on the Tunnel began in 1987 despite much controversy. Many protests took place due to concerns for the environment, fears about terrorism, and the risk of fire. Construction required five thousand workers to dig undersea in the Channel at all hours of the day using laser-guided Tunnel Boring machines. These machines cost around 7.5 million pounds and could construct up to one thousand meters of tunnel a month. Two tunnels were built for passenger trains, with a smaller service tunnel was built in between for maintenance and an escape route in the case of emergency. Costs to construct the Tunnel were much higher than anticipated, and loans were required to finance its construction. After many delays and additional costs, the tunnel was finally opened in 1995. The concrete tunnel's overall length is 50 kilometers, with 40 km being undersea. The journey time from England to France is only 35 minutes, and trains run every 20 minutes. Travel between London and Brussels takes three hours and 10 minutes. In its first year of service, the Tunnel accounted for 40% of the traffic across the Channel and had a turnover of 299 million pounds. Nonetheless, it suffered a huge loss of 925 million pounds due to the high interest the Tunnel company had to pay on the 8.1 billion pounds borrowed from banks.
Samantha pedaled quickly, glancing down at her watch as often as her balance would allow. The clock’s face read 10:57, sending a spike of panic shooting up her spine. She bent further over her bike, willing her legs to go faster. She screeched to a stop in front of a large restaurant bearing a bright blue, neon sign, her ears ringing, sweat breaking out on her skin. She hurriedly locked her bike to the lone pole positioned in front of the building, before pushing her way through the heavy glass front doors.
“You’re late.” Samantha stopped short, turning to face her boss. She was greeted with a stern face, her boss’ lips a thin line. She shook her head in apology. “I’m sorry, Paul. My bike’s tires were flat, and I forgot my I.D. badge, so I had to turn back—“ Paul held up his hand, cutting her off. “Just don’t let it happen again.”
Samantha threw her hair into a ponytail, hoping her shift would prove more successful as the day wore on. She nearly ran to her first table of the day, plastered a smile on her face, and greeted her first customers of the day. She responded to their questions politely, though her mind was still occupied by Paul’s disappointed expression as she ran in the door. Despite her initial mistakes, Samantha worked hard to remain chipper and upbeat, answering her customers’ questions to the best of her ability, forcing herself to smile when her eyes began to glaze over with tears. As her first customers left, she caught the eye of the elderly gentleman with the group. He winked, and walked through the doors. Confused, Samantha began to gather the dishes from the table and there, staring up at her, was a crisp $100 bill. She let a tear roll down her cheek. Her day had just gotten better.
17. What can be deduced about the character of Paul from the 2nd and 3rd paragraphs of the story?
A. Paul’s disappointment is a source of stress for Samantha.
B. Paul does not treat Samantha well.
C. Paul does not care what Samantha does.
D. Paul is a mean boss.
A. the presence of generosity in society
B. the relationship between Paul and Samantha
C. the difficulties of using a bike as one’s sole source of transportation
D. Samantha’s workday failures and successes
A. to convince the audience to leave generous tips
B. to teach the audience about proper workplace etiquette
C. to tell a hopeful story about a down-on-her-luck waitress
D. to warn against tardiness in the workplace
A. The gentleman who left the tip was a friend of Samantha’s.
B. Samantha’s job is a big part of her financial stability.
C. Samantha’s trouble at work stemmed entirely from Paul.
D. Paul was responsible for Samantha’s tire trouble.
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After a careful review of your submission, we have determined that your piece does not meet the requirements of the literary journal. We thank you for your interest in becoming a part of the journal and encourage you to review the guidelines and try again next year.
We look forward to seeing your work in the future. Good luck!
-Claymont High School Review
A. to inform a student that his work has not been selected for the student journal
B. to discourage a student from submitting work in the future
C. to announce a student’s success in applying for a student journal internship
D. to encourage a student to submit work to the student journal
22. What can be inferred about the student’s work from the explanation offered in the passage?
A. The student failed to provide all of the necessary information for publication in the journal.
B. The student’s work met the journal’s requirements.
C. The student’s work content was inappropriate.
D. The student’s work needs further revision and improvement before being accepted.
A. Write a new poem that the journal’s staff has not read yet.
B. Re-submit his work to another staff member.
C. Re-read the journal’s guidelines and submit a work in compliance with those guidelines.
D. Seek out another journal.
Eric and Billy purchased new bikes to use when they went off to college. Given the rising cost of gas, they felt the purchase was justified and reasoned that, living on campus, they would not require cars. Their mother, however, felt that a car should be shared between them, and presented them with a car as a gift. Following this gift, Eric and Billy returned one bike and determined that they could share both a car and a bike, reasoning that some gas savings was better than nothing.
B. Eric and Billy’s decisions regarding transportation leading up to college
C. the advantages of public transportation over personal vehicles
D. Billy and Eric’s mother
A. The necessity of having a car is a fact.
B. The necessity of having a car is the mother’s opinion.
C. The necessity of having a car is encouraged by the university.
D. The necessity of having a car at school is an opinion of the school faculty.
A. cause and effect
B. sequential structure
C. compare and contrast
D. descriptive structure
A. a young adult novel
B. a persuasive essay
C. a nonfiction work
D. a news article
Temika purchased a set of blocks for her young son. In the kit, she found three red triangles, six yellow stars, and five blue circles. Follow the directions below and determine the answer.
Remove two yellow stars and three blue circles.
Replace one star and two circles.
Remove one triangle, and replace the second star.
A. two red triangles, four yellow stars, and two blue circles
B. two red triangles, six yellow stars, and four blue circles
C. three red triangles, four yellow stars, and four blue circles
D. three red triangles, two yellow stars, and one blue circle
30. Despite the band practicing for months, a cacophony of noise greeted the stunned concert-goers.
Based on the sentence above, what is the meaning of the word “cacophony?”
A. a loud, harmonious noise
B. a beautiful or ethereal noise
C. the sound of animals yelping
D. a large, disharmonious sound or noise
Remove the “D” from the end of the word and place it at the beginning.
Next, move the “L” between the “P” and “E.”
Finally, replace the “D” with the letter “S.”
What is the final product?
What is the meaning of the word “sententious?”
This year, Mom and Dad will be traveling to Hawaii for Christmas. Dylan and I hoped we could still get together at the house for the sake of maintaining tradition for our kids. If you and Susan don’t mind, we’d like to arrive two days before Christmas, as always, and uphold our typical schedules. Because Mom and Dad won’t be here, we’ll need help making Christmas dinner and desserts, and will also need help decorating the house for Christmas. Could you bring lights and ornaments? We will be providing the tree. Finally, we need help transporting all of our presents and decorations this year. Would you mind storing some of our decorations in your car for the drive to Mom and Dad’s?
Let me know!
33. What is the purpose of this email?
A. to request Andrew’s assistance in maintaining Christmas traditions
B. to request Andrew’s assistance in caring for Sarah’s children
C. to inform Sarah’s family of her Christmas plans
D. to inform Andrew that his parents would be gone for Christmas
Remove each red eight and each black ten.
Next, remove all jacks.
Replace a single red eight card.
How many cards are left in the deck?
As young children, we are taught to read. From a tender young age, we are read to at bedtime, serenaded by a mother or father’s voice. As time goes on, we learn to read ourselves. In kindergarten, or even before, we come to understand the meaning of words on a page and how they are significant. As children grow up, however, many fail to foster a love of or appreciation for reading, instead labeling it as a school-time activity or a source of stress. Reading comes to be regarded as harrowing, tedious, and for many is only engaged in for the purpose of receiving a passing grade. However, those who wish to develop their communication skills may want to take a closer look; reading regularly has been shown to not only improve one’s writing skills, but to also assist in verbal communication and increase understanding of verbal and facial cues. Reading, then, should not be regarded as a chore or an insurmountable obstacle, but as a crucial aspect of learning how to deal with others and how to express oneself.
41. Of these options, which title best fits this passage?
A. Reading in Communication: An Essential Skill
B. How to Read Properly
C. The Importance of Learning to Read
D. Why Reading is Good
42. Given the context of the word, what might “harrowing” mean in sentence 5 of the passage?
A. distressing, difficult
B. foolhardy, uncouth
C. simple, easy
D. troubled, juvenile
43. What is the author’s purpose in writing this passage?
A. to discourage students from learning to read
B. to encourage students to write
C. to convey the importance of reading regularly
D. to reprimand parents for not teaching their children to read
American Fast Food Restaurants
I. Burger King
IV. Taco Bell
Based on the context clues, what does the word “obsequious” mean?
49. “Travelogue: n. Illustrated lecture or movie of travels”
The excerpt above would most likely be found in which portion of a textbook?
When faced with a difficult academic task, many students turn to tutors for assistance. Tutors range widely in specialty and cost, including tutors who focus exclusively on reading, and others who work in broad categories such as general math. Tutors may be found in variety of ways, including checking with your local school and seeking out prospective tutors online. When searching for a tutor, however, recognize that different specialties may incur additional fees or charges. When selecting a tutor, consider establishing a trial period to ensure personality types mesh well and services deliver what they promise.
Black Messenger Bag
Purse Size: Large
Purse Cost: $30
Purse Durability: Extremely Durable
Mustard Yellow Cross-Body Purse
Purse Size: Medium
Purse Cost: $14.99
Purse Durability: Medium Durability
Purse Size: Mini
Purse Cost: $65
Purse Durability: Delicate
A. None of these bags suits Emily’s needs.
B. the black messenger bag
C. the studded clutch
D. the cross-body bag
58. Aralee is visiting Seattle for the first time. She hopes to check out local art and history. What book will serve Aralee’s needs best?
A. Seattle: A Brief History
B. a comprehensive guide to Seattle’s sights and attractions
C. a comprehensive atlas of Seattle and the surrounding areas.
D. Seattle: A Novel
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