Multiple Choice Questions (Long Fiction I)

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Multiple Choice Practice for Long Fiction I

Welcome to the AP English Lit Multiple Choice Questions! Grab some paper and a pencil 📄 to record your answers as you go. You can see how you did on the Long Fiction I Practice Questions Answers and Review sheet once you're done. Don't worry, we have tons of resources available if you get stumped 😕 on a question. And if solo study is not your thing, join a group in Rooms!
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Facts about the test: The AP English Lit exam has 55 multiple-choice questions and you will be given 1 hour to complete the section. That means it should take you around 10 minutes to complete 9 questions.
The following questions were not written by CollegeBoard and although they cover information outlined in the AP English Literature and Composition Course and Exam Description the formatting on the exam may be different.

(1) What is a connotation?
(A) A change in mood based on the narrator's want to misdirect the reader
(B) An opposition character to add contrast
(C) Feelings or connections associated with a word
(D) The dictionary definition of a sensory word

(2) What is denotation?
(A) Feelings evoked in a reader, usually negative
(B) Fictionalized footnotes meant to give the appearance of a nonfiction work
(C) The direct indication of what a word means
(D) Words thought by a character, but not said outright

(3) What is a theme?
(A) A character's typical clothing pattern
(B) A palate of colorful words employed by the author
(C) The main subject of the novel
(D) The statement of an author's viewpoint, applicable to many texts

(4) What is a motif?
(A) A common set of images or actions that repeat throughout a text
(B) Descriptions of different Victorian rooms
(C) Generalities about an ancillary character
(D) What a character desires in any given scene

(5) What is slang?
(A) Casual, informal language signaling humor or familiarity
(B) Improper language
(C) Misspellings
(D) Strictly joking language

(6) Which is an example of figurative language?
(A) "He smiled a lot, showing small even teeth with a friendly gap in the middle." (The Bluest Eye)
(B) "I once sacrificed my life to keep my parents' promise. This means nothing to you because to you promises mean nothing. A daughter can promise to come to dinner, but if she has a headache, if she has a traffic jam, if she wants to watch a favorite movie on TV, she no longer has a promise." (The Joy Luck Club)
(C) "I put my face against the soft hair at the back of her neck and breathe her in, baby powder and child's washed flesh and shampoo..." (The Handmaid's Tale)
(D) "They had then drawn patterns on them in white, yellow and dark green. They then set about painting themselves with camwood and drawing beautiful black patterns on their stomachs and on their backs." (Things Fall Apart)

(7) Which is an example of physical characterization?
(A) Burly
(B) Doting
(C) Loving
(D) Sharp

(8) Which is an example of emotional characterization?
(A) Aggressive
(B) Confused
(C) Dismissive
(D) Wayward

(9) Which is an example of psychological characterization?
(A) Beautiful
(B) Frightening
(C) Hulking
(D) Vengeful

(10) Which is a trope?
(A) Cars out-pacing one another
(B) Ducks on a frozen pond
(C) Flowers in spring
(D) Ubiquitous technology in a dystopia

(11) What can be inferred from this setting description: "
At such times, in each of the countless thatched huts of Umuofia, children sat around their mother's cooking fire telling stories, or with their father in his obi warming themselves from a log fire, roasting and eating maize. It was a brief resting period between the exacting and arduous planting season and the equally exacting but light-hearted month of harvests." (Things Fall Apart)
(A) Children often disregarded as part of the community
(B) Community participation in both the hard work of planting and the joy of yielding crops
(C) Exclusion of other families
(D) Only the women in the tribe handle food

(12) What can be inferred from this narration:
"Younger than both Frieda and Pecola, I had not yet arrived at the turning point in the development of my psyche which would allow me to love her. What I felt at that time was unsullied hatred. But before that I had felt stranger, more frightening thing than hatred for all theShirley Temples of the world." (The Bluest Eye)
(A) The narrator has resentment towards Shirley Temple as a child, but now has the benefit of hindsight
(B) The narrator hates television programming
(C) The narrator is the eldest
(D) The narrator resents her sisters

(13) Define analysis.
(A) Claims arguing the importance of a given piece of evidence
(B) Complex descriptions of important character traits
(C) Describing notable symbolism
(D) Summarizing important plot points

(14) What is foil (in literature)?
(A) One character who emphasizes the traits in another character, through contrast or similarity
(B) Sandwich packaging popularized at the turn of the century
(C) Stopping a crime from being committed
(D) Two characters who rely on each other regularly

(15) What can be said of the Auntie Ying's motivation:
"'Did you know Lena move to Woodside?' asks Auntie Ying with obvious pride, looking down at the tiles, talking to no one in particular. She quickly erases her smile and tries for some modesty. 'Of course, it's not best house in neighborhood, not million-dollar house, not yet. But it's good investment. Better than paying rent. Better than somebody putting you under their thumb to rub you out.'" (The Joy Luck Club)
(A) A mix of pride and humility, with an emphasis on fiscal responsibility
(B) Only money is important to her
(C) She often brags about her successes
(D) She resents her niece's success

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