Benchmark review questions:
1 pt. questions
1. The ___________ is the events that happen in a story.
2. Problems that arise in the story are known as _________________.
3. A problem within the character is known as __________ ______________.
4. The _________________ is when the conflict of the story is solved and the story usually ends.
5. A clue about what will happen later in the story is known as ________________.
6. A _________ is when the present action in a story is paused to describe an earlier event.
7. Anxiety and excitement about what will happen next in the story is _____________.
8. A short description of a picture is a _____________.
9. A direct comparison between two unlike things that continues throughout the text is an
10. _________________ is giving human qualities to non human things.
11. Words that make sounds are known as _____________________.
12. __________________ is the perspective from which the story is told.
13. The narrator knows what every character is doing, thinking, and feeling in this point of view.
2 point questions
By: Tracy Wilson
Austin loved baseball, like fish love water, but he felt his asthma had probably kept him from reaching his full athletic potential.
He knew today’s practice would be tough, for tomorrow was a big game. He was right. It was rough, and Austin and several
others weren’t at the top of their game today. Coach Tanner firmly patted Austin’s shoulder as they headed for the dugout.
“You’ve got to stop using it as a crutch, and let it go son.” Coach said in a firm, low voice.
1. Coach Tanner appears to be the kind of person who
a. Doesn’t say what he means.
b. Is tough and unsympathetic.
c. Is only worried about winning.
d. Understands the reasons for people’s behaviors.
“Mother Nature’s Fury”
By: Tracy Wilson
While I cannot remember the actual impact, pictures from the aftermath tell the story word for word. The tin can that
once was a car was belly up in the top of a 100 foot maple. We hung there for hours oblivious to the disaster around
us. When rescuers could finally get to us, power lines made it too dangerous to touch the metal car. I awoke first 32
days after my ride in the sky and remembered much of the ordeal. My sister, however, after lying in a coma for nearly
three months, has no recollection of any detail from her life before the accident. Lack of oxygen erased her past. My
physical wounds have long since healed, but I spend many hours below ground. The slightest hint of thunder or an
awkward colored sunset sends me racing to my life below to hide from her.
2. The tin can that was once a car is an example of which type of figurative language?
By: Sherwood Anderson
“There is a time in the life of every boy when he for the first time takes the backward view of life. Perhaps that is the
moment when he crosses the line into manhood. The boy is walking through the street of his town. He is thinking of
the future and of the figure he will cut in the world. Ambitions and regrets awake within him. Ghosts of old things
creep into his consciousness; the voices outside of himself whisper a message concerning the limitations of life.
From being quite sure of himself and his future he becomes not at all sure. If he be an imaginative boy a door is torn
open and for the first time he looks out upon the world, seeing, as though they marched in procession before him, the
countless figures of men who before his time have come out of nothingness into the world, lived their lives and again
disappeared into nothingness. The sadness of sophistication has come to the boy. With a little gasp he sees himself
as merely a leaf blown by the wind through the streets of his village.”
3. What is the BEST description of the tone of this passage?
a. Joyous and creative
b. Satirical and cruel
c. Comical and mocking
d. Melancholy and regretful
4. The sadness of sophistication has come to the boy.
Which literary device does the author use to emphasize the importance of this sentence?
5. The phrase the line into manhood is used as a symbol for
a. Crossing the street.
b. Feeling sad the he is growing up.
c. Realizing the beginning of maturity.
d. Running into a friend of his father’s.
6. In this passage, consciousness means
a. An alert cognitive state.
b. A sense of one’s personal identity.
c. Having special knowledge of something.
d. Special sensitivity to paranormal situations.
7. In this passage, a door is torn open is meant figuratively to mean that
a. Life is full of closed doors.
b. Patience creates opportunity.
c. The boy becomes suddenly aware.
d. The boy decides on occupation.
By: Caroline Jenkins
Everyone knows that a home should be “child-proof” to protect young babies and toddlers from illness and injury.
(2) Pets are also in danger from many common household sources which many people don’t realize. (3) Pets can
chew and swallow seemingly safe things, resulting in disaster.
(4) It may seem perfectly harmless to toss a pet a grape or a raisin as a treat, but these can be very deadly. (5)
Although the exact cause is not known, gastrointestinal problems result after a pet ingests grapes or raisins. (6)
Kidney failure frequently occurs.
(7) Flowering plants, when eaten by pets, can also be lethal. (8) Lilies are especially toxic to cats by causing
kidney failure. (9) Azaleas and rhododendrons can lead to serious problems for dogs. (10) Vomiting, diarrhea,
and central nervous system problems can result.
(11) Small amounts of Xylitol, an artificial sweetener used in sugar-free candy, chewing gum, cookies, and other
baked goods, can cause low blood sugar and liver damage in dogs. (12) It doesn’t take much of this stuff to
cause serious problems.
(13) There are many other common household items that are hazardous to pets. (14) All pet owners should
educate themselves about these items and the effects that they have on pets. (15) Every effort should be made to
“pet-proof” homes to provide safe and healthy environments for pets.
1. Paragraphs two, three, and four of this passage are organized
c. cause to effect
d. problem to solution
2. Which word best describes the author’s attitude about pets?
3. Which sentence is a conclusion that can by validly drawn from the passage?
a. Some human foods are not fit for pet consumption.
b. Fruits and sugars are something that no pet should ever eat.
c. Everything humans eat is deadly for domesticated pets to eat.
d. Pets have such delicate digestive systems that it is hard to find safe food for them.
4. Based on the passage, readers can infer that
f. all grape-sized fruits are dangerous to pets.
g. flowering plants such as roses may be dangerous to pets.
h. any type of chewing gum or cookies is dangerous for pets.
j. dogs and cats should only eat vitamin-enriched snacks and foods.
3 point questions:
Explain the extended metaphor below:
Life is a mountain, filled with switchbacks and rock slides and few straight paths to the top.
Based on the passage below, determine the point of view it is told in and why.
She noticed them immediately. Old habits die hard, and her eyes tracked the movement on the road even before her mind
registered approaching danger — five men striding with the swagger of warriors. The only outward sign of her alarm was the
tightening of her grip on the knife as she stripped a dead twig from the branch of the olive tree. There was no point in running.
The men had seen her, and if she was their target they would catch her sooner or later. Sooner, she thought ruefully,
remembering that her legs were not so limber as they once had been.
Drawing a deep breath, she spoke as calmly as she could. "Lyceus, I want you to take those olives to your mother, now."
The young boy at her side looked down at the basket he carried and hefted its weight. He could tell it was more than
half empty. "But Aunt Gabrielle, we've barely begun."
"It's enough," she said, more curtly than she had intended. Out of the corner of her eye she saw the warriors step off the road
and enter the far edge of the orchard. Softening her tone of voice, she spoke again, "I'm too tired to do any more work today.
Run along now, before I change my mind."
With a grin of delight, Lyceus turned to dash away, then froze.
"Auntie...those men..." He was young, but no fool, and his instincts were sharp, if less experienced than hers.
"Lyceus," she commanded softly. "Do as I say. Don't look back at them. Run."
Based on the passage below, what point of view is it written in? Why?
Xena drove the head of the shovel deep into the loose dirt, then heaved the load up and over, dropping it into the pit by her feet. She steeled
herself for the soft thudding sounds the dirt and clumps of grass made when they fell on the bodies below. Another stab with the shovel and
she could feel sweat break out on her brow. That was a bad sign. The morning air was cool and she hadn't been digging that long.
"I wish you'd let me help," came a voice from over her shoulder.
"Gabrielle, I told you to stay back." She couldn't spare enough breath to adequately convey her anger. Another bad sign. She wiped her brow
with the back of her hand, then went back to her task. The next load of dirt seemed a lot heavier than the others.
Time passed, marked only by the steady rise and fall of her shovel.
"Xena..." Gabrielle's voice sounded closer than it had before. "It's got to be safe for me by now. These are the last of the dead and they're
"Stay away!" snapped the warrior, careful to keep her back turned to her friend. A sudden wave of heat swept through Xena's limbs. Its
passage robbed her of the strength to hold the shovel. She could feel her body sway, as if buffeted by the fire that raged inside her.
"Stay...back," she cried out, but her voice was parched to a dry whisper.
How would “The Lottery Rose” have been different if Steve was a dynamic character and Georgie was a
Using “The Lottery Rose” give an example of an external conflict and be specific with details!
Using “The Other Side” give an example of an internal conflict and be specific with details.