FTCE Humanities K-12 Exam

The FTCE Humanities K-12 subject examination consists of 120 multiple-choice questions with a time limit of 2 hours and 30 minutes. Question formats will include direct question, sentence completion, command, and scenario. Each question will contain four response options, which will be answered by bubbling in choice A, B, C, or D.

The test encompasses 6 core competencies, each with between 2 and 8 skill areas. Competencies are defined as areas of content knowledge, with skills being the behaviors that demonstrate those competencies. Each competency is also assigned a percentage representing the approximate proportion of test items in that content area on the test. Together, the competencies and skills are representative of knowledge that has been determined by content specialists to be important for beginning teachers.

Test-takers will need to demonstrate knowledge of the vocabulary and concepts basic to the humanities; historical periods, styles, and movements; interrelatedness of arts and ideas; the relationship between a culture’s beliefs and values and their expression in the humanities; prominent aesthetic principles used by major cultures in evaluating the arts; and instructional techniques, assessment, and resources appropriate to the humanities.

FTCE Humanities K-12 Exam Practice Questions

1. In music, _________ is a texture consisting of two or more independent melodic voices.
A. monophony
B. polyphony
C. madrigal
D. motet

2. Which British Pre-Raphaelite painter’s famous works include a portrait of King George V, Lady Godiva, and Tannhauser?
A. Harry Payne
B. Albert Goodwin
C. J. E. Buckley
D. John Collier

3. The term “cliffhanger” is considered to have originated with which author’s serial novel A Pair of Blue Eyes?
A. Thomas Hardy
B. Henry Adams
C. Hans Christian Andersen
D. John Steinbeck

4. Poet Maya Angelou wrote and delivered the poem “On the Pulse of the Morning” at which President’s inauguration?
A. George Bush
B. Gerald Ford
C. Bill Clinton
D. Barack Obama

5. Dracula by Bram Stoker and its use of letters and diary entries is an example of what type of novel?
A. dystopian
B. epistolary
C. allegorical
D. proletarian


Answer Key

1. B. Polyphony is derived from the Greek words for “many” and “voice.”
2. D. John Collier (1850-1934) was considered one of the most prominent portrait painters of his generation.
3. A. In the novel, Hardy leaves the protagonist literally hanging off a cliff.
4. C. Angelou wrote and then delivered the poem in 1993 at President Clinton’s request.
5. B. The word “epistolary” comes from the Latin word epistola, meaning a letter.

FTCE Humanities K-12 Exam Practice Questions