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Originally posted June 25, 2012
End Of Instruction Tests-Students By The Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma this year is requiring high school seniors to pass a series of tests before awarding a diploma. Below are sample questions from some of the tests, provided by the state Department of Education. Answers below.
From ALGEBRA I
Question 1. Which sentence could be written algebraically as n (equals) 6n - 4?
F) A number is 4 less than the product of the number and 6.
G) A number is 4 minus the product of 6 and the number.
H) Six times a number is 4 less than the number.
J) Six times the difference of a number and 4 is equal to the number.
Question 2. A sign above a sweater says "Take an additional 50% off." The price tag shows a price that is 40% off the regular price. What percent of the regular price is the discounted price (the price after both discounts)?
A) 20 percent
B) 30 percent
C) 60 percent
D) 90 percent
Question 3. Given:
x + y (equals) 4
2x + 3y (equals) -2
What is the x-value of the solution to this system of equations?
Question 4. What happens to the y-intercept of the equation y (equals) x when the equation is changed to y (equals) x + 4 ?
F) The y-intercept does not change.
G) The y-intercept changes from 0 to 4.
H) The y-intercept changes from 0 to -4.
J) The y-intercept becomes equal to the x-intercept.
From ENGLISH II
There is a common proverb that states, "The unexpected always happens." Write about a situation or an event that did not turn out the way you expected. If you could have foreseen what was going to happen, would you have changed anything about your actions? Be sure to include an introduction, a body, and a conclusion in your writing.
A Birthday Challenge
1 Dangling her feet over the edge of the cave, Janelle put on her
2 backpack, equipped with water, extra batteries, an energy bar, a light
3 windbreaker--things she thought she wouldn't need. Still, her friend Ethan
4 wouldn't let her go without a safety kit. Ethan had promised her an hour to
5 herself and then he would follow. He had pledged her that much time
6 alone only because it was her birthday, not because he understood how
7 important this experience was for her. She set her watch to chime on the
8 hour. In thirty minutes, the alarm would sound, and she would know Ethan
9 would not be far behind.
10 Janelle lowered herself into the gaping limestone mouth in the hillside.
11 Cautiously, she maneuvered from foothold to foothold, stone to rock,
12 before her boot touched the yielding softness of soil. A creature skittered
13 within centimeters of her foot. Janelle stood frozen, her heart pounding, as
14 if she were face to face with a bear, instead of what she knew must be
15 some tiny creature. The splash of a frog, vanishing into the protection of
16 the water, reassured her.
Question 5. The main character Janelle can be described as:
A) a lost adventurer.
B) a curious explorer.
C) a careless planner.
D) a thoughtful friend.
Question 6. What is the best change, if any, to make to herself in line 5?
J) no change
From U.S. HISTORY:
Question 7. The "separate but equal" doctrine established by the Supreme Court in the case of Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) upheld the use of:
A) Jim Crow laws.
B) voting rights restrictions.
C) forced busing of students.
D) Affirmative Action programs.
Question 8: Advocates of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 generally overlooked the contributions Chinese immigrants had made to the:
F) settlement of farmlands on the Great Plains.
G) defeat of the Confederacy in the Civil War.
H) defeat of Native Americans in the 1870s.
J) settlement of the American West.
"Despite a superior geographical location, the United States is . . . unready to assert its influence . . . . Whether they will or not, Americans must now begin to look outward. The growing production of the country demands it." --Admiral Alfred T. Mahan, 1890
"The United States have always protested . . . international law which permits the (domination) of the weak by the strong. A self-governing state cannot accept sovereignty over an unwilling people." --the American Anti-Imperialist League, 1890
Question 9. The quotations are arguments for and against the:
A) formation of a league of nations to prevent future wars.
B) expansion of United States political and economic power abroad.
C) restriction of immigrants to protect the jobs of domestic workers.
D) creation of a United States agency to provide relief for natural disaster victims.
Question 10. Two holiday gifts are in the shape of cubes. The ratio of the side lengths of the gifts is 3 to 1. If the side length of the larger gift is 12 inches, what is the volume of the smaller gift?
V (equals) s(cubed)
A) 27 cu in.
B) 36 cu in.
C) 64 cu in.
D) 1,728 cu in.
Source: Oklahoma State Department of Education: http://www.ok.gov/sde/