Reading Questions for Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Test Practice Problems
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This practice applies the five-step approach to a sample passage. You may want to review the five-step approach before you begin.
Read the following passage to answer questions 1 and 2.
In his famous study of myth, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell writes about the archetypal hero who has ventured outside the boundaries of the village and, after many trials and adventures, has returned with the boon that will save or enlighten his fellows. Like Carl Jung, Campbell believes that the story of the hero is part of the collective unconscious of all humankind. He likens the returning hero to the sacred or tabooed personage described by James Frazier in The Golden Bough. Such an individual must, in many instances of myth, be insulated from the rest of society, "not merely for his own sake but for the sake of others; for since the virtue of holiness is, so to say, a powerful explosive which the smallest touch can detonate, it is necessary in the interest of the general safety to keep it within narrow bounds."
There is much similarity between the archetypal hero who has journeyed into the wilderness and the poet who has journeyed into the realm of imagination. Both places are dangerous and full of wonders, and both, at their deepest levels, are journeys that take place into the kingdom of the unconscious mind, a place that, in Campbell's words, "goes down into unsuspected Aladdin caves. There not only jewels but dangerous jinn abide.…"
- Based on the passage, which of the following best describes the story that will likely be told by Campbell's returning hero and Frazier's sacred or tabooed personage?
- a radically mind-altering story
- a story that will terrify people to no good end
- a warning of catastrophe to come
- a story based on a dangerous lie
- a parable aimed at establishing a religious movement
- Which of the following is the most accurate definition of the word boon as it is used in the passage?
You can answer these questions by following the five-step approach explained in the previous lesson.
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