Part III Task, texts, and Question-Sample A*
Direction: Read the passages on the following pages (a poem and an excerpt from a story) and answer the multiple-choice questions. Then write the essay described in "Your Task." You may use the margins to take notes as you read and scrape to plan your response.
After you have read the passages and answered the multiple-choice question, write a unified essay about effects of war on the soldiers who do the fighting as revealed in the passages. In your essay, use ideas from Both passages to establish a contr olling idea about the effects of the soldiers who do the fighting, use evidence from both passages to develop your controlling idea, and show how each author used specific literary elements or techniques to convey ideas.
Direction: Answer the following questions. The question may help you think about the ideas you might want to use in your essay. You may return to these questions any time you wish.
Passage I (the poem)-Questions 1-7 refer to passage I.
1. mystery 3. peacefulness
2. foreboding 4. confusion
1. storm clouds 3. hungry rats
2. advancing soldiers 4. enemy tanks
1. onomatopoeia 3. oxymoron
2. personification 4. alliteration
1. overwhelming hunger 3. painful memories
2. merciless weather 4. paralyzing fear
1. puzzling 3. erratic
2. noisy 4. threatening
1. injured animals 3. suffering survivors
2. living relatives 4. absent soldiers
1. fear 3. anger
2. hopelessness 4. indifference
Passage II (the excerpt from a story)- Question 8-12 refer to passage II.
1. soldiers 3. Civilians
2. trains 4. Ambulances
1. make friends 3. sell products
2. bribe villagers 4. maintain morale
1. relentlessness 3. suspense
2. fond memories 4. unexplained forces
1. earthly delights 3. weighty matters
2. fond memories 4. disappointment
1. literal to figurative 3. emotion to reason
2. past to present 4. far to near
After you have finished these questions, review Your Task and the Guidelines and write your response to Part III. You may use scrape paper to plan your response.
Note: The operational examination will include only 8-10 questions on Part III. Additional questions are included here to suggest a fuller range of possible question types.