E T S Praxis Series

Physical Education: Content Knowledge (0091/5091)

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Here is the same sample question as it would appear on a paper-delivered test:

Which of the following is the capital of the United States?

  1. New York, NY
  2. Washington, DC
  3. Chicago, IL
  4. Los Angeles, CA

For the purposes of this guide, sample questions are provided as they would appear in a paper-delivered test.

Sample Test Questions

The sample questions that follow illustrate the kinds of questions in the test. They are not, however, representative of the entire scope of the test in either content or difficulty. Answers with explanations follow the questions.

Directions:  Each of the questions or statements below is followed by four suggested answers or completions. Select the one that is best in each case.

  1. In which of the following locomotor skills does each foot have two tasks to complete before the weight is transferred to the other foot?

    1. Galloping
    2. Running
    3. Walking
    4. Skipping
  2. Which of the following is a problem most characteristic of the primitive stage of forward rolling?

    1. Keeping the chin tucked
    2. Keeping the knees and hips flexed
    3. Losing the curl
    4. Using the hands to cushion the head contact
  3. All of the following are characteristics of a correct mature form for striking a ball with a racquet EXCEPT

    1. taking a forward step with the foot opposite to the striking arm
    2. coiling and rotating the body forward as the racquet is swung
    3. putting weight on the back foot and then shifting to the front foot as the racquet is swung
    4. stopping the racquet at the point of contact with the ball
  4. When dribbling a soccer ball in a restricted space, the player should attempt to do all of the following EXCEPT

    1. keep the ball close to the feet
    2. stay in a slightly crouched position
    3. use body feints and changes of speed
    4. use only the dominant foot for better control
  5. It is reputed that Milo of Greece lifted a newborn bull onto his shoulders each day until the bull became fully mature. Milo followed what two principles of modern muscle strength and endurance conditioning?

    1. Progression and overload
    2. Variable resistance and overload
    3. Frequency and progression
    4. Intensity and retention
  6. In which of the following lists is each physiological factor linearly (proportionately) related to oxygen consumption?

    1. Cardiac output, diastolic blood pressure, heart rate
    2. Cardiac output, heart rate, work rate
    3. Core temperature, red blood cell count, work rate
    4. Minute ventilation, red blood cell count, respiration rate
  7. In the late 1800's, the greatest influence on the direction of physical education came from individuals with a background in which of the following?

    1. Medicine
    2. Professional sport
    3. Intercollegiate sport
    4. The military
  8. According to most sport sociologists, a sport is primarily described as what kind of activity?

    1. idealized
    2. institutionalized
    3. masculinized
    4. professionalized
  9. Angular motion is represented by which of the following?

    1. The knees of a cyclist
    2. The legs of a runner
    3. The arms of a swimmer
    1. I only
    2. III only
    3. I and II only
    4. I, II, and III
  10. The correct racing posture of a swimmer, a cyclist, or a downhill skier minimizes the effect of

    1. lift
    2. propulsion
    3. turbulence
    4. gravity
  11. Which of the following practice alternatives would best promote motor learning and safety for potentially injurious sports such as pole vaulting and downhill skiing?

    1. Whole
    2. Part
    3. Progressive-part
    4. Distributed
  12. All of the following are direct physiological consequences of warm-down (cool-down) activities following vigorous physical activity EXCEPT

    1. preventing blood from pooling in the legs
    2. increasing the rate of lactic acid removal from the blood and skeletal muscle
    3. promoting the reduction of cholesterol in the blood
    4. reducing the risk of cardiac irregularities
  13. Which of the following is NOT an example of static balance?

    1. Standing in place on a balance beam
    2. Maintaining a handstand position
    3. Skipping across a gymnasium
    4. Placing three body parts within a hula hoop for five seconds
  14. Which of the following is the best example of a target game?

    1. Basketball
    2. Lacrosse
    3. Bocce
    4. Badminton
  15. In teaching a closed skill, a teacher initially should provide which of the following?

    1. A stable environment with varying rates of skill performance
    2. A stable environment with a stable rate of skill performance
    3. A varying environment with varying rates of skill performance
    4. A varying environment with a stable rate of skill performance
  16. Which of the following would be LEAST appropriate to include in a manual of safety procedures for a physical education program?

    1. Teachers must personally inspect playing fields before soccer classes.
    2. Teachers must clearly mark appropriate traffic patterns around the throwing area in javelin classes.
    3. Students must read and sign a copy of the rules for archery classes.
    4. Students must exercise at or below 50 percent of their maximal heart rate during aerobic fitness activities.
  17. During a physical education unit that focuses on the development of health-related fitness, a teacher asks students to keep a journal about their individual responses to three different types of cardiovascular activities—such as heart rate, perceived rate of exertion, and motivation—and write a journal entry on how they personally felt about each activity. This journaling is an example of

    1. criterion-referenced grading
    2. differentiated instruction
    3. identification and recall of information
    4. standards-based instruction
  18. Learning about sport rules, traditions, history, and etiquette falls under which of the following domains of learning?

    1. Affective
    2. Cognitive
    3. Psychomotor
    4. Associative
  19. Which of the following technology applications would best support a wrestler's learning a new takedown technique?

    1. Reading about the proper technique and procedure on the Internet
    2. Recording the wrestler's performance and having the wrestler view it on a video screen
    3. Viewing a series of pictures of proper execution on a video screen
    4. Exchanging e-mail messages with other wrestlers about their experience of learning the technique
  20. The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) is an important resource for beginning physical educators because

    1. it provides liability insurance for physical educators in case of a problem
    2. its Web site contains all the lesson plans a physical education teacher needs
    3. its mission is to enhance knowledge, improve practice, and disseminate current information
    4. it is a key resource for health education teachers
  21. The best choice of available fitness tests for a teacher to use to assess students with disabilities is the

    1. Brockport Physical Fitness Test (BPFT)
    2. Fitnessgram
    3. President's Challenge
    4. Activitygram
  22. Which of the following sets of tasks would be the best for a physical education teacher to complete and adhere to in the beginning of the school year in an effort to establish good classroom management?

    1. Establishing rules and reviewing them with students, creating a record-keeping system, and teaching students a predetermined signal to stop activity
    2. Posting rules on the wall, not smiling until November, and learning students' names
    3. Learning students' names, teaching the class how to do warm-ups, and playing a fun game
    4. Having an open gym period, posting rules on the wall, and creating a record-keeping system
  23. Which of the following would be the best example of authentic assessment for a basketball skills unit?

    1. Using standardized instruments on basketball skills at the end of the unit
    2. Using district-devised assessments of skills at the end of the unit
    3. Developing a rubric to assess learners as they move through the unit
    4. Counting the number of baskets made in a class game
  24. Which of the following best expresses the percentage of maximum heart rate that should characterize students' exercise for health-related fitness in physical education class?

    1. 25-40% of maximum heart rate
    2. 40-60% of maximum heart rate
    3. 60-85% of maximum heart rate
    4. 85-100% of maximum heart rate