Praxis II Physical Education: Content and Design (5095) Test Questions

1. You want to develop students’ object control and locomotor skills. Which of the following is the BEST way to do this?
a. Require the students to describe shot put technique.
b. Ask the students to throw a Frisbee.
c. Lead the students in different kinds of dance.
d. Have the students play a game of catch.

2. Demonstrations of agility do NOT involve knowledge of which of the following?
a. how one’s body is placed
b. how one’s weight is distributed
c. how to move most efficiently
d. how muscles best develop

3. Why might a teacher ask a student to assess his or her own motor skills?
a. in order to provide kinesthetic feedback to the student
b. because self-assessment provides the most effective feedback
c. so the student will assume ownership over his or her own development
d. because students need positive as well as negative feedback

4. Why might a teacher use a metronome to teach certain motor skills?
a. to give students an additional auditory stimulus
b. to give a visual representation of rhythm
c. to analyze the motion of a students’ foot-tapping
d. to teach more complex motor skills in dance

5. Two people kick a soccer ball. The second person kicks less hard than the first person, yet both soccer balls travel the same distance. Why might this be?
a. The second person kicked the ball off-center, and the first person did not.
b. The kinetic energy of the second person’s kick was greater than the ball’s potential energy.
c. The second person kicked the ball in the center, and the first person did not.
d. The rotational movement of the second ball was greater than the rotational movement of the first.

6. A tennis ball that has been struck travels in a straight line. Why is it likely to continue to travel in a straight line?
a. because of the principle of inertia
b. because it was struck by a third-class lever
c. because of the ball’s kinetic energy
d. because it is moving along a horizontal plane

7. Which of the following explains why less force is required to throw a tennis ball a certain distance than a shot put?
a. The shot put must overcome inertia.
b. The tennis ball has more potential energy.
c. The shot put has greater mass.
d. The tennis ball requires horizontal projection.

8. What does it mean for a student to move in a pathway while learning biomechanical principles?
a. The student progresses from simple motions to complex motions.
b. The student moves along a straight line.
c. The student performs a variety of motions in an obstacle course.
d. The student performs a relevant motion slowly.

9. A person jumps from a standing position. Which of the following is an accurate description of the forces that produce the jumper’s movement?
a. The jumper overcomes the force of friction to jump, and then the force of inertia keeps the jumper in motion.
b. The jumper exerts force with his legs; an equal and opposite force is exerted by his feet.
c. The jumper converts potential energy into kinetic energy, overcoming the force of gravity.
d. The jumper exerts force on the ground; an equal and opposite force is exerted by the ground.

10. A student is having difficulty keeping balance while throwing a shot put. How can you BEST use principles of biomechanics to help her improve?

a. Explain the body’s center of gravity and teach the student to move in the direction of her throw to better keep balance.
b. Describe the difficulty of overcoming the force of inertia and explain that the student loses balance because of the necessary force used in throwing the shot put.
c. Tell the student that keeping her feet more widely spaced will improve her balance and better improve her use of an arm as a lever.
d. Explain that as the student presses her feet against the ground, the ground pushes back on her. Instruct her to focus on the position of each foot as she throws.

Praxis II Physical Education: Content and Design (0095 and 5095) Test Answer Key