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. Start your test prep now with our free AP English Language practice test.
“Every rock in its walls seems to glow with life.”
"...a thousand flowers leaning confidingly against their feet, bathed in floods of water..."
"Awful in stern, immovable majesty, how softly these rocks are adorned..."
"...myriads of small winged creatures, birds, bees, butterflies - give glad animation and help to make all the air into music."
"...as if into this one mountain mansion Nature had gathered her choicest treasures..."
“Awful in stern, immovable majesty…”
“...this one mountain...”
“…wonderful in fineness of beauty and proportion…”
“...beautiful groves and meadows...”
“…give glad animation and help to make all the air into music.”
The natural precision of Yosemite makes it look like it was man-made, and carefully planned.
Muir claims that Yosemite serves as surrogate temple for America, a country that has no temples quite as beautiful as the temples in other countries.
No man-made structure, no matter how sacred, can adequately compare with the natural beauty and majesty of Yosemite.
The assumption is that people should attempt to construct temples and other structures in the most natural way possible.
Yosemite, though physically impressive, is made even more stunning by the diversity of its plant and tree species.
The trees that are inside Yosemite Valley are not considered particularly large.
The silver firs are not found below 600 feet.
It has a more diverse plant-life than animal-life.
Yosemite Valley in not located inside Yosemite Park.
The town of Merced lies outside Yosemite Park.
to express the opinion that the relative size of the trees in Yosemite compared with most other trees is smaller.
to relay scientific information about the Latin name for large Sequoia trees.
to imply that comparatively, the trees in the one area of Yosemite are smaller than those in another area.
to indicate a sarcastic opinion that the trees mentioned are in fact rather small.
to describe the physical measurement of the trees found in the Valley or about the rim of it.
It is irrelevant and should be omitted.
John Muir and his friends
The first provides evidence to support the author’s opinion as a whole; the second states a secondary opinion of the author’s.
The first provides information without which the construction of the passage lacks focus; the second states the main thesis of the passage.
The first states evidence bearing against the author’s initial description; the second is the author’s main opinion.
The first is a point of view that the author as a whole opposes; the second provides supporting examples against the position being opposed.
The first identifies the author’s thesis and develops it; the second provides additional support for that thesis.
The highest point in Yosemite is above 8000 feet.
Yosemite’s landscape is made up of forest, river, and desert terrain.
The silver fir is one of the most common types of trees in Yosemite.
It is possible to take public transportation to Yosemite.
Yosemite contains more than one river.
John Muir died in the year 1912.
John Muir’s environmental philosophy club was termed, “The Century Company.”
Though he lived in New York, John Muir published his book in California.
The Century Company was located in the Yosemite Valley.
The Century Company first published Muir’s book in 1912.
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