Question 5 - 11th Grade English Language Arts and Literacy: Writing Practice Test for the SBAC

Read the attached essay draft and answer this question about it.

Which two of these sources are least likely to give the student relevant information to add to these paragraphs?

The History of Slavery in America — A video about the history of slavery in America from the 1600s to the Emancipation Proclamation and the resulting fight for civil rights.

The Roles of Women in the Civil War — an article by R.B. Brooks about the roles women played during the Civil War found on a Civil War history website

Riley M. Hoskinson letter to his wife, Martha Hoskinson of Rushville, Illinois, Oct. 27, 1863 — A letter written from a Union soldier to his family back home about his experiences serving in the Union Army

A Stillness at Appomattox — Pulitzer Prize-winning book by B. Catton about the Civil War’s final year and the Confederate surrender at Appomattox

The Entire Civil War Animated Map — An animated map of the battles of the Civil War

A student is writing a research report on the Civil War. Here is a draft of that report.

The American Civil War erupted after years of tension between the North and the South. Differing views on westward expansion, states’ rights, and possibly most notably slavery, Abraham Lincoln’s win in the 1860 presidential election was the trigger that sparked the war. Eleven states announced their secession from the Union and the Confederate States of America was born.

As the southern states banded together to fight for their rights against a president and government they feared was trying to abolish their way of life and ruin their economy, the Civil War pitted brother against brother in some cases. Those who supported the abolition of slavery supported the northern Union army. Those who saw value in slavery fought for the Confederate south. As shots were fired at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, the deadliest war for American soldiers was officially underway.

The fighting would last another four years. Each side celebrated victories and suffered defeats during that time, but the North ultimately won. On April 9, 1865, three days shy of four years after it began, the Civil War came to an end. General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Court House in Appomattox County, Virginia.

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