CSET English Practice Test Questions

Below are sample CSET English practice test questions from various areas of the exam.

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CSET English Subtest 1 Practice Test Question

Read the following passage, from Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, and answer the question below.

“I was born in the city of Bombay… once upon a time.  No, that won’t do, there’s no getting away from the date: I was born in Dr. Narlikar’s Nursing Home on August 15th, 1947.  And the time?  The time matters, too.  Well then: at night.  No, it’s important to be more… On the stroke of midnight, as a matter of fact.  […] Oh, spell it out, spell it out: at the precise instant of India’s arrival at independence, I tumbled forth into the world.  There were gasps.”

Which of the following most closely describes the text?

A. British
B. Romantic
C. Postcolonial
D. Victorian

CSET English Subtest 2 Practice Test Question

The merging of English and French in parts of Louisiana is an example of which linguistic process?

A. creolization

B. motherese

C. universal grammar

D. fossilization

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