Praxis Writing Practice Questions

Now that you’ve learned all about the Praxis writing test, try your hand at some practice questions.

Question 1
Find the error in the following sentence. If there is no error, mark ‘No error.’
Galileo begged Rome’s indulgence for his (A) support of a Copernican system (B) in which earth circled the sun (C) instead of (D) occupied a central position in the universe. (E) No error
A. support of
B. in which
C. instead of
D. occupied
E. No error

D: “Instead of” takes a participle: “occupied” should be corrected to occupying.

Question 2
Find the error in the following sentence. If there is no error, mark ‘No error.’
The new office complex is beautiful, but (A) nearly two hundred longtime residents (B) were forced to move when (C) they (D) tore down the old apartment buildings. (E) No error
A. nearly
B. were forced
C. they
D. tore down
E. No error

C: Who tore down the old buildings? Surely not the “longtime residents.” The antecedent—some group such as landlords or developers—is missing.

Question 3
What type of citation is shown below?
Gaitskill, Mary. Interview with Charles Bock. Mississippi Review, vol. 27, no. 3, 1999, pp. 129–150.
A. Interview
B. Magazine article
C. Encyclopedia
D. Book
E. Published interview

E: This is a published interview. This is evidenced not only by the fact that the citation contains “Interview with Charles Bock,” but also by the inclusion of the year of publication and the pages of the magazine in which the interview was published.

Question 4
A student is writing a paper on the stock market. Which of the following would NOT be a primary source for this paper?
A. An official daily report issued by a stock exchange
B. A biography of George Soros, a securities trading strategist
C. Emails between two investment bankers discussing the market
D. A letter written from one stock exchange floor trader to another after the “Black Tuesday” stock market crash of 1929
E. A photograph from a Wall Street stock exchange trading floor from last year

B: Choice (B) is correct, as a biography is a secondary source. The other sources listed are produced by people who were present during the event or activity being documented and are thus primary sources. (E) might have been tempting, but an artifact, recording, or other source of information, such as a photograph, from the time of an event can be a primary source.

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