The AP English Language & Composition course is designed to help students become skilled readers and writers of prose. Below is the second of our three free AP English Language Practice Tests.
Directions: The multiple choice portion of the AP English Language exam consists of passages from prose works along with questions about the content, form, and style of these passages. After reading this passage, choose the best answer to each question and click on the corresponding letter of your choice. Then click on the right arrow when you are ready to move on to the next question.
"There is an instinctive sense of this, even in the midst of the grotesque confusion of our economic being; people feel that there is something profane, something impious, in taking money for a picture, or a poem, or a statue."
"I think that every man ought to work for his living, without exception ..."
"...once avouched his willingness to work, society should provide him with work and warrant him a living."
"Business is the opprobrium of Literature."
“Without a market for his wares he must perish, or turn to making something that will sell better than pictures, or poems, or statues.”
Artists should be supported and allowed to work on their art without worrying about money.
Art should be free to the viewer; however, many artists know they would starve unless they make art that people will buy.
A priest and a doctor get paid for performing their services, so an artist should too.
Even though artists create beauty, there is something "false and vulgar" in their achieving commercial success.
Artists in general should assert their willingness to work.
Appeal to authority
Unless he sells his art he cannot live, that society will leave him to starve if he does not hit its fancy in a picture, or a poem, or a statue.
Its (art's) results should be free to all.
When he has once avouched his willingness to work, society should provide him with work and warrant him a living.
A man's art should be his privilege, when he has proven his fitness to exercise it.
Without a market to sell his product, there’s no point in an artist’s perseverance in his craft.
too fanciful and not grounded in truth
unable to contain the author’s intent
misinterpreted by the general readership
too literal and without imaginative appeal
emotional at the expense of being intellectual
They use a much wider range of vocabulary to express themselves.
They are more objective about their own work.
They are more deeply connected to their own work.
They are less subjective about their own work.
They are unable to produce as varied a body of work.
He sees it as a necessary evil.
He wishes the two were wholly unconnected.
He laments its effect on the development of young artists.
He believes it causes a lack of radical new works of art that challenge established ideas.
He does not see it as an important component in the life on an artist.
It can create an emotional response.
It can trigger the senses.
It is an intimate art form.
It is extremely articulate compared with other forms of expression.
It can cause suffering to the artists who practice it.
to introduce an example
to describe a type of art
to refute a previous notion
to explain in more detail a thesis
to discuss the consequences of being a painter
a hypothetical bystander
the author himself
Artists and businessmen are not in the same brotherhood.
Poets should stand aloof, and refrain from joining the human brotherhood.
The human brotherhood should support and nurture artists.
The average human being does not owe anything to other human beings.
The brotherhood unequivocally violates the eternal fitness of things.
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