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AP Style Test: The Handmaid's Tale

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  • The fourth sentence implies all of the following EXCEPT that a) citizens have been expected to become desensitized to brutality. b) it is dangerous to feel. c) each person has undergone suffering. d) corruption is a daily part of life.
  • The antecedent for “they” in paragraph three is a) the vans. b) those in the vans. c) the Guardians. d) the Angels
  • What is the primary purpose of the last paragraph? a) to create a mood of foreboding b) to give background and insight into the hierarchy of Gilead c) to contrast simple ideas to a harsh reality d) to setup Biblical allusions
  • Sentence six is coherent because of its use of a) onomatopoeia. b) metonymy. c) polysyndeton. d) anagnorisis. e) allusion.
  • Sentence seven stands out in contrast, yet is still coherent, because of its use of a) allusion. b) asyndeton. c) hyperbole. d) polysyndeton. e) pathos.
  • The last sentence of paragraph two serves to a) imply that fertility rates are low. b) note that women greatly outnumber men. c) characterize women as belonging in the home. d) reinforce the setting.
  • The author’s shift in verb tense primarily indicates a) a shift in tone. b) a flashback. c) the author’s ability to create believable characterization. d) the use of metaphor.
  • “The Wall” is an example of a) an anachronism. b) synecdoche. c) imagery. d) colloquialism.
  • The primary effect of beginning and ending the last paragraph with a conjunction is to a) establish credible doubt of Moira’s fate. b) concentrate on the stream-of-consciousness of the writing. c) heighten the expectations of the reader. d) draw the reader in through use of foreshadowing.
  • The effects of the diction “loose” in the passage are all of the following EXCEPT to a) use anaphora for emphasis on freedom. b) create puns that border on symbolism. c) evoke hyperbole and further irony. d) signal a shift in tone and mood.
  • The effects of pairing the words “mirth” and “birth” (paragraph 2) in the same sentence are most strongly reinforced by which of the following? a) “I stifle it in the folds of my hanging cloak…” b) “It sounds in my head now less like a prayer, more like a command…” c) “…why did she bother?” d) “All I can hear now is the sound of my own heart…”
  • What is the primary purpose of leaving the last paragraph open without a period? a) to shift the tone from anxious to hopeful b) to establish a sense of familiarity with the protagonist c) to create symbolism with diction d) to effectively use aposiopesis
  • “It could be fatal” emphasizes a) society’s return to old-fashioned beliefs. b) Biblical allusions often used in Gilead. c) the severity of the situation for women in society. d) the lack of proper medical practices during this time.

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This test has selections from the novel, multiple choice AP-style questions to accompany them, and the answers are in italics and bold. There is also an essay question dealing with symbols/motifs, themes, and author's style.