Research Mastery Quiz #2: HSA Practice TEST
Part I: HSA Reading Passage
Directions: Read “The Gift” by Ray Bradbury, then answer the questions that follow.
By Ray Bradbury
Tomorrow would be Christmas, and even while the “Not quite yet,” said the father. “I’ll take you up
three of them rode to the rocket port the mother later.”
and father were worried. It was the boy’s first flight “I want to see where we are and where we’re
into space, his very first time in a rocket, and they going.”
wanted everything to be perfect. So when, at the “I want you to wait for a reason,” said the father.
customs table, they were forced to leave behind his He had been lying awake, turning this way and
gift, which exceeded the weight limit by no more that, thinking of the abandoned gift, the problem of
than a few ounces, and the little tree with the lovely the season, the lost tree and the white candles. And
white candles, they felt themselves deprived of the at last, sitting up, no more than five minutes ago, he
season and their love. believed he had found a plan. He need only carry it
out and this journey would be fine and joyous
The boy was waiting for them in the Terminal indeed.
room. Walking toward him, after their unsuccessful “Son,” he said, “in exactly one half-hour it will be
clash with the Interplanetary officials, the mother Christmas.”
and father whispered to each other. “Oh,” said the mother, dismayed that he had
“What shall we do?” mentioned it. Somehow she had rather hoped that
“Nothing, nothing. What can we do?” the boy would forget.
“Silly rules!” The boy’s face grew feverish and his lips trembled.
“And he so wanted the tree!” (sentence C) “I know, I know. Will I get a present, will
The siren gave a great howl and people pressed I? Will I have a tree? Will I have a tree? You
forward into the Mars Rocket. The mother and promised –“
father walked in the very last, their small pale son “Yes, yes, all that, and more,” said the father.
between them, silent. The mother started. “But--”
“I’ll think of something,” said the father. “I mean it,” said the father. “I really mean it. All
“What …?” asked the boy. and more, much more. Excuse me, now, I’ll be back.”
And the rocket took off and they were flung He left them for about twenty minutes. When he
headlong into dark space. (sentence A) came back, he was smiling. “Almost time.”
The rocket moved and left fire behind and left “Can I hold your watch?” asked the boy, and the
Earth behind on which the date was December 24, watch was handed over and he held it ticking in his
2052, heading out into a place where there was no fingers as the rest of the hour drifted by in fire and
time at all, no month, no year, no hour. They slept silence and unfelt motion.
away the rest of the first “day.” Near midnight, by “It’s Christmas now! Christmas! Where’s my
their Earth-time New York watches, the boy woke present?”
and said, “I want to go look out the porthole.” “Here we go,” said the father and took his boy by
(sentence B) the shoulder and led him from the room, down the
There was only one port, a “window” of immensely hall, up a rampway, his wife following.
thick glass of some size, up on the next deck.
“I don’t understand,” she kept saying. (sentence D) The boy gasped. (sentence F)
“You will. Here we are,” said the father. Behind him, the father and the mother gasped
They had stopped at the closed door of a large with him, and then in the dark room some people
cabin. The father tapped three times and then twice began to sing.
in a code. The door opened and the light in the cabin “Merry Christmas, son,” said the father.
went out and there was whisper of voices. And the voices in the room sang the old, the
“Go on in, son,” said the father familiar carols, and the boy moved slowly until his
“It’s dark.” face was pressed against the cool glass of the port.
“I’ll hold your hand. Come on, Mama.” And he stood there for a long, long time, just looking
They stepped into the room and the door shut, and looking out into space and the deep night at the
and the room was very dark indeed. And before burning and the burning of ten billion billion white
them loomed a great glass eye, (sentence E) the and lovely candles ….
porthole, a window four feet high and six feet wide, The End
from which they could look out into space.
1. In sentence A, the phrase flung headlong means that the rocket and its passengers were:
A. delayed before takeoff because of too much weight
B. getting motion sickness
C. excited for Christmas Day
D. thrown quickly into space at a high speed
2. There is enough information in the story to conclude that the boy will most likely
A. Thank his father for the gift
B. Yell at his father for making him share the porthole
C. Inform his mother that space travel is tiring
D. Regret that he traveled into space
3. Which of the following best describes the father’s major character trait?
4. The third-person omniscient point of view allows the reader to:
A. hear the internal thoughts of one character
B. understand the story from many perspectives
C. feel the story is directed at them
D. get to know the author more intimately
5. Which of these best characterizes the mood changes of the boy during the journey?
A. sadness followed by despair and then anger
B. confidence followed by determination and then happiness
C. doubt followed by curiosity and then delight
D. cautiousness followed by terror and then pride
6. Which of these excerpts best describes the climax of “The Gift”?
A. The boy’s face grew feverish and his lips trembled. (sentence C)
B. Near midnight, by their Earth-time New York watches, the boy awoke and said, ‘I
want to go look out the porthole.’ (sentence B)
C. The boy gasped. (sentence F)
D. “I don’t understand,” she kept saying.
7. Which phrase below best describes the theme of “The Gift”?
A. There is more to Christmas than material gifts.
B. Good fathers are hard to find.
C. The boy did not have gifts this year.
D. In the future, space travel will interfere with the holidays.
8. The author most likely uses the words “before them loomed a great glass eye” in sentence E to
create a tone of
9. What is the setting of the majority of the story, “The Gift”?
A. New York City
C. On a rocket ship
D. The moon
Read the following sentence from the story:
And he stood there for a long, long time, just looking and looking out into space and the deep night
at the burning and the burning of ten billion billion white and lovely candles ….
10. What does the author mean by “ten billion billion white and lovely candles”?
A. There were many candles
B. There were many stars
C. The boy was dreaming
D. There were many Christmas lights
Read the sentence below and answer the question that follows.
The rocket moved and left fire behind and left Earth behind on which the date was December 24, 2052,
heading out into a place where there was no time at all, no month, no year, no hour.
11. Which of these statements best explains the effect of repeating the word no in the sentence above?
A. It simplifies the vocabulary.
B. It emphasizes the change these characters are facing.
C. It highlights their feelings about space travel.
D. It stresses the author’s anger toward the rocket industry.
Part II: HSA Poetry Passage
Directions: Read the poem “After Love” and answer the questions that follow
by Sara Teasdale
There is no magic any more,
We meet as other people do,
You work no miracle for me
Nor I for you.
You were the wind and I the sea—
There is no splendor any more,
I have grown listless as the pool
Beside the shore.
But though the pool is safe from storm
And from the tide has found surface,
It grows more bitter than the sea,
For all its peace.
*Listless= lacking energy, lethargic
12. Which of the following best expresses the theme of the poem “After Love”
A. Love is storm one must weather
B. Sometimes people fall out of love
C. There is nothing more important than love
D. Love has no magic.
Read the following line from the poem and answer the questions that follow. [1.2.3]
You were the wind and I the sea
13. What type of figurative language is being used?
14. Which of the following best describes what is being said about the couple in the line above? They:
A. Loved nature
B. Hated each other
C. Worked well together in the past
D. Barely knew each other
Read the following lines from the poem
There is no magic any more,
We meet as other people do,
You work no miracle for me
Nor I for you.
15. What is the author saying in this stanza?
A. His magic tricks no longer work on her
B. They are strangers
C. There is no longer a spark in their relationship
D. They are madly in love
Part III: Grammar and Paragraph structure
Directions: Use the sentence below to answer the questions that follow.
When Hannah returned home to get her green sweatshirt, she found that her sister had taken it.
16. The pronoun “she” refers to?
17. The subject of the sentence is________.
A. sister C. it
B. sweatshirt D. Hannah
18. All of the following are nouns EXCEPT:
A. returned B. home
C. Hannah D. sister
19. Which word acts as a modifier in the sentence?
20. Which of the choices below most effectively combines the ideas of the following sentences:
The girl crossed the street.
The street was Washington Avenue.
She crossed the street confidently.
And she crossed the street purposefully.
A. The girl crossed the street confidently and purposefully.
B. Confidently and purposefully, Washington Avenue was crossed by the girl.
C. The girl crossed the street, which was Washington Avenue, and she crossed it confidently
D. The girl crossed Washington Avenue, confidently and purposefully.
21. Choose the best way to cite the following information in a research paper:
About 70 percent of women with children younger than 18 work outside the home.
Author: Author Schrobsdorff
A. “About 70 percent of women with children younger than 18 work outside the
B. According to one book, about 70 percent of women with children younger than 18
work outside the home.
C. It may be shocking, (Schrobsdorff, 46) but “About 70 percent of women with
children younger than 18 work outside the home.”
D. Recent statistics say “about 70 percent of women with children younger than 18
work outside the home” (Schrobsdorff, 46).
Directions: Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow.
How many times a week do you drink a soda and throw away the can? This is a perfect example of
something that can be recycled, but often isn’t. Each day many people throw away materials such as
paper, soda cans, and cardboard that could have been recycled. Recycling is a necessary chore that
everyone should participate in, as it will greatly help the environment, and our communities.
Landfills are quickly becoming a smelly problem for many areas. A recent study by the
Environmental Protection Agency states that, “Landfills are filling up faster than new ones can be
constructed, and communities are forced to stash their trash closer to their homes. Recycling would
dramatically reduce the amount of trash that ends up in a landfill” (Stevens, 56). This means that people
are creating more trash than they can deal with, and that much of this trash is recyclable, meaning it can
be re-used, rather than left to rot in a landfill.
If every community a major effort to recycle, the landfill issue would resolve itself.
Many people don’t recycle at all.
22. Which of the following sentences is the thesis statement of this essay?
A. How many times a week do you drink a soda and throw away the can?
B. Recycling is a necessary chore that everyone should participate in, as it will greatly help
the environment, and our communities.
C. Landfills are quickly becoming a smelly problem for many areas
D. This means that people are creating more trash than they can deal with, and that much
of this trash is recyclable, meaning it can be re-used, rather than left to rot in a landfill.
23. What would be the best evidence to support the sentence “Many people don’t recycle at all.”
A. “There are symbols on the bottom of product which inform you if that product is
B. “In a recent survey of 10,000 homes, only 15% of families reported that they regularly
C. “There are over 8 million people living in the United States.”
D. “The average person makes about 9 pounds of trash each week.”
24. Which of the following would NOT be a relevant detail to include in the rest of the essay?
A. Recycling reduces pollution.
B. Cleaning your recycling bin regularly reduces the spread of germs to your family.
C. Recycling is just as easy as throwing things in the trash.
D. Recycling has a positive impact on the environment.
25. Which of the following would be the best transition to use between the following sentences:
Studies show that many people simply don’t know what recyclable materials are. There are
symbols on the bottom of product which inform you if that product is recyclable.
Q. In short,
R. For example,
S. This is clearly shown when,
26. What is the best way to edit this sentence:
If every community a major effort to recycle, the landfill issue would resolve itself.
A. If every community a major effort to recycle, the landfill issue would resolve it.
B. If every community a major effort to recycle; the landfill issue would resolves itself.
C. If every community made a major effort to recycle, the landfill issue would resolve itself.
D. If every community a major effort to recycle, the landfill issue would resolve itself.
27. Based on the essay, what can you infer about the author?
A. The author does not care about environmental issues
B. The author wants to move to a bigger city
C. The author cares about the environment
D. The author is extremely funny.
28. What is the author’s purpose in the essay?
A. To encourage you to recycle
B. To persuade you to work at a landfill
C. To entertain you
D. To scare you
Putting Energy Back into Your Life
Are you getting enough water? Think of your houseplants. When they are short on water, they droop. The
same thing happens to you! Our bodies are made up of millions of cells; the principal part of these cells is
water. If cells are low on water, you will function at less than full efficiency. Strive to drink six to eight glasses
of water each day.
29. What is the main idea of this paragraph?
A. Houseplants need water to live.
B. The body’s cells are composed of a high percentage of water.
C. Our bodies are made up of millions of cells.
D. People should drink water because their body needs it.
30. Ms. Acton
A. Is positive you will pass the HSA
B. Is crazy about English and learning
C. Loves working at Augusta Fells
D. All of the above
Directions: In Jessica’s English class, students are writing about artists they admire. Jessica decided to
write about the piano player and composer Eubie Blake. The draft of Jessica’s essay requires revisions
and edits. Read the draft. Then answer the following items.
Maryland is the home state of Eubie Blake. Blake was a very famous African American musician who
wrote and performed ragtime music, a kind of jazz. 3He was born on February 7, 1883, in Baltimore.
Sometime around the age of four or five, Blake playing his family’s pump organ. 5Noticing his interest in
music, his parents enrolled him in piano lessons. 6At the age of 15, against his mother’s wishes, Blake
began playing ragtime piano in and around Balitmore. 7He continued to perform and met the most
important musicians of his time. 8By partnering with some of these musicians, Blake created vaudeville
acts and Broadway shows which were the source of his most famous songs. 9Among these shows was one
of his more famous, “Shuffle Along.” 10When the ragtime era ended, Blake took a long, twenty-three year
break from music. 11However, at the age of 56, he returned to music, touring the world, playing piano, and
lecturing about ragtime music. 12He lived to be one hundred years old and died on February 12, 1983.
Indicator 3.1.6: The student will compound various sentence elements—subjects, predicates, modifiers, phrases, and clauses.
31. Which of these best combines the ideas in Sentences 1 and 2?
a. A very famous African American musician, Eubie Blake was from Maryland, and he wrote and
performed ragtime music, which is a kind of jazz.
b. Eubie Blake wrote and performed ragtime music, a kind of jazz, and was born in Maryland, and was
a very famous African American musician.
c. Eubie Blake, a very famous African American musician from Maryland, wrote and performed
ragtime music, a kind of jazz.
d. Ragtime music, which is a kind of jazz, was written and composed by Eubie Blake, who was a very
famous African American who was a musician and whose home state was Maryland.
Indicator 3.1.4: The student will differentiate grammatically complete sentences from non-sentences.
32. Which of these is an incomplete sentence that should be revised?
a. Sometime around the age of four or five, Blake playing his family’s pump organ.
b. Noticing his interest in music, his parents enrolled him in piano lessons.
c. Among these shows was one of his more famous, “Shuffle Along.”
d. He lived to be one hundred years old and died on February 12, 1983.
Indicator 3.1.8: The student will expand sentences by positioning phrases and clauses to accomplish a purpose.
33. Which sentence most clearly and effectively adds supporting details to Sentence 7?
a. He continued to perform and met the most important musicians of his time, including singer Noble
Sissle, becoming later his long-time collaborator.
b. He continued to perform and met the most important musicians of his time, including singer Noble
Sissle, who later would become his long-time collaborator.
c. He continued to perform and met the most important musicians of his time, and he met singer
Noble Sissle, because she would later become his long-time collaborator.
d. He continued to perform and met the most important musicians of his time, one of whom included
singer Noble Sissle, and she later would become his long-time collaborator.
Indicator 2.3.3: The student will use a systematic process for recording and documenting information
34. Jessica used information from an Internet site about famous Marylanders in her essay. All of these
would be included in the bibliographic citation for the Internet site EXCEPT
a. the title of the article
b. the Internet site address
c. the title of the Internet site
d. the number of related links
Indicator 2.3.1: The student will identify sources of information on a self-selected and/or given topic and assess their appropriateness
35. After reading about Eubie Blake, Jessica wanted to learn more about jazz music. Which of these
books would provide her with the best introduction to jazz?
a. Jazz 101: A Complete Guide to Jazz
b. Modern Jazz Piano: A Study in Harmony
c. Jazz Genius: Biographies of American-Jazz Musicians
d. Jump into Jazz: The Basics and Beyond for Jazz Dance Students