Praxis II Physical Education: Content Knowledge Test Questions

1. During what stage of motor development does talent begin to play a role?
a. Stage 1
b. Stage 2
c. Stage 3
d. Stage 4

2. Which of the following is the BEST description of intrinsic feedback?
a. It is received through the feelings of particular motions.
b. Teachers give intrinsic feedback to teach information about motions themselves.
c. It is generally positive feedback and rarely negative.
d. Teachers give intrinsic feedback to foster self-motivation in students.

3. Which of the following kinds of activities are BEST suited for developing perceptual-motor skills in adolescents?
a. one-step physical activities to build foundational skills
b. fun physical activities that consist of identifiable steps
c. any physical activities at all, as long as they are fun
d. any activities that involve hearing, seeing, or touching

4. Which of the following factors in motor development is most likely to be affected by motor development itself?
a. family attitudes
b. poor nutrition
c. self-confidence
d. societal perceptions

5. To which of the following kinds of development is physical play among a group of children likely to contribute?
a. motor development only
b. motor and physical development only
c. motor, physical, and social development
d. motor development and social development only

6. Which of the following statements most accurately describes the relation between motor development and personality development?
a. Personality development and motor development are independent of one another and are the result of different processes.
b. Motor development and personality development are both a function of a person’s economic circumstances.
c. Personality development leads to motor development by fostering individual preferences and tastes.
d. Motor development leads to personality development by fostering interaction with others and one’s environment.

7. A teacher wants to give an objective assessment of a student’s ability to jump distances. What should the teacher do?
a. Test the strength of the student’s legs.
b. Measure how far the student jumps.
c. Evaluate the effort the student makes in jumping.
d. Assess the student’s description of jump technique.

8. What is the difference between swinging and swaying?
a. Swinging is movement below an axis; swaying is movement above an axis.
b. Swinging is movement above an axis; swaying is movement below an axis.
c. Swinging is movement around an axis; swaying is movement above an axis.
d. Swinging is movement above an axis; swaying is movement around an axis.

9. Which of the following is a characteristic of the mature overhand throw?
a. facing the thrower’s intended target
b. using more than just the elbow to throw
c. stepping with the foot on the same side as the throwing arm
d. moving the trunk before moving the hips

10. Which of the following is true about teaching in order to develop motor skills?
a. Activities for developing motor skills should vary in order to retain student interest.
b. It is best to use the same activity until all the students have mastered a basic skill.
c. Motor skills develop best when students engage in free and unstructured play.
d. Challenging skills are best taught by using them in structured game situations

Praxis II Physical Education: Content Knowledge Knowledge Test Answer Key