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					                                     7th Grade Common Assessment- 1st Quarter
Objective:
1.81 Determine correct use of modifiers.
     Adjective forms (degree of comparison)
     Predicate adjective


1. Choose the sentence that shows the correct form of modifier.
   A. Of the five paintings in the gallery, I like this one bestier.
   B. Hal’s painting is larger than Ivey’s.
   C. I think that Ivey’s is framed more well than Hal’s.
   D. He paints most professionally than she does.

2. Choose the sentence that shows the correct form of modifier.
   A. I am most confident in Hal than I am in Ivey.
   B. It costs most money than that beautiful painting by Hal.
   C. Almost everyone agreed that his work was better than hers.
   D. Ivey’s painting is the lovelier of all the other paintings, excluding Hal’s.

3. Choose the sentence that shows the correct form of modifier.
   A. Who has the easiest job—you or I?
   B. This has been the more splendid vacation of my life.
   C. Do you think a screwdriver is more useful than a hammer?
   D. Are Tony’s pizzas spiciest than Gino’s pizzas?

4. Choose the sentence that shows the correct form of modifier.
   A. My parents pay much attention to my sister than to me.
   B. Of all the employees, Carol Ann has the least influence with the president.
   C. This cough syrup tastes more worse than the other one.
   D. Which month has the more holidays?

5. Choose the sentence that contains a predicate adjective.
   A. Mrs. Ortiz is strict.
   B. The director sounded the alarm.
   C. Mrs. Ortiz is a teacher and a musician.
   D. Douglas dressed as a pirate.

6. Choose the sentence that contains a predicate adjective.
   A. Cold milk tastes good on a hot day.
   B. Carly is a singer and a dancer.
   C. Mr. Menendez grows large pumpkins in his garden.
   D. The leaves fall from the trees in the autumn.

7. Choose the sentence that contains a predicate adjective.
   A. The sky grew dark as the storm approached.
   B. His trumpet fell to the ground.
   C. The hamburger slipped from Annie’s fingers.
   D. The day started with a mile-long run.

8. Choose the sentence that contains a predicate adjective.
   A. The ironed shirt was worn by Brian.
   B. From my seat in the stadium, I thought the big bass drums were loud.
   C. The old man lived in Mobile, Alabama.
   D. The student sat in the room in silence.


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9. Choose the sentence that contains a predicate adjective.
   A. Three pelicans flew over the beach.
   B. The children built a sandcastle.
   C. Ben played chess with Alex.
   D. During Annie Dillard’s speech, the audience grew enthusiastic.

10. Choose the sentence that contains a predicate adjective.
    A. The twins are tired after the long flight.
    B. Everyone in the stadium watched the game.
    C. The microwave beeped.
    D. Bart, Mike, and Jim went bowling.




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   Objective
   4.31 Demonstrate correct use of the semicolon.
        Use a semicolon to join two independent clauses in a compound sentence with no coordinating
          conjunction.
        Use a semicolon and a comma together when a conjunctive adverb separates two main clauses.

1. Choose the sentence that uses the semicolon correctly.
   A. Jimmy took my suitcase upstairs he left; his own travel bag in the car.
   B. Jimmy took my suitcase; upstairs he left his own travel bag in the car.
   C. Jimmy took my suitcase upstairs; he left his own travel bag in the car.
   D. None of the above.

2. Choose the sentence that uses the semicolon correctly.
   A. Miyoko finished her homework then she decided; to go to Sally’s house.
   B. Miyoko finished her homework; then she decided to go to Sally’s house.
   C. Miyoko finished her homework then she decided; to go to Sally’s house.
   D. None of the above.

3. Choose the sentence that uses the semicolon correctly.
   A. Tie these newspapers together with string; put those aluminum cans in a bag.
   B. Tie these newspapers together with string put those aluminum; cans in a bag.
   C. Tie these newspapers; together with string put those aluminum cans in a bag.
   D. None of the above.

4. Choose the sentence that uses the semicolon correctly.
   A. Reading is my favorite pastime I love to begin; a new book.
   B. Reading is my favorite; pastime I love to begin a new book.
   C. Reading is my favorite pastime I love; to begin a new book.
   D. None of the above.

5. Choose the sentence that uses the colon correctly.
   A. This marinara sauce is: made of the following ingredients tomato, onions, oregano, and garlic.
   B. This marinara sauce is made of the following ingredients: tomato, onions, oregano, and garlic.
   C. This marinara sauce is made of the following: ingredients tomato, onions, oregano, and garlic.
   D. None of the above.

6. Choose the sentence that uses the colon correctly.
   A. Dear Dr. Nichols:
   B. Dear: Dr. Nichols
   C. Dear Dr.: Nichols
   D. None of the above.

7. Choose the sentence that uses the colon correctly.
   A. The meeting has: been rescheduled for 730 P.M.
   B. The meeting has been rescheduled: for 730 P.M.
   C. The meeting has been rescheduled for 7:30 P.M.
   D. None of the above

8. Choose the sentence that uses the semicolon correctly.
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    A.   Your grades have definitely improved you will easily pass; the course.
    B.   Your grades have definitely improved; you will easily pass the course.
    C.   Your grades have; definitely improved you will easily pass the course.
    D.   None of the above

9. Choose the sentence that uses the semicolon correctly.
   A. I; wrote to Ann, Ramona, and Mai and Jean notified Charles, Latoya, and Sue.
   B. I wrote; to Ann, Ramona, and Mai and Jean notified Charles, Latoya, and Sue.
   C. I wrote to Ann, Ramona, and Mai and Jean notified; Charles, Latoya, and Sue.
   D. None of the above

10. Choose the sentence that uses the semicolon correctly.
    A. I called Tom, Paul, and Francine; Fred called Amy, Luis, Carlos, and Brad.
    B. I called; Tom, Paul and Francine, and Fred called Amy, Luis, Carlos, and Brad.
    C. I called Tom: Paul, and Francine, and Fred called Amy, Luis, Carlos, and Brad.
    D. None of the above




Objective
1.31 Recognize subject-verb agreement.
     Singular and plural subjects, including compound subjects. (NOTE: Compound subjects will include those
       joined by “or” with the second element singular of plural).
     Sentences with intervening phrases
     Sentences with inverted word order
     Indefinite pronouns as subjects

1. Which of the following sentences contains the correct subject-verb agreement?
   A. Is the brown bear and the polar bear related?
   B. My guide and companion in Bolivia were Pilar.
   C. Tornadoes and hurricanes are dangerous storms.
   D. Fruit and cheese tastes good together.

2. Which of the following sentences contains the correct subject-verb agreement?
   A. One boy or girl takes the part of the narrator.
   B. The club president or the officers meets regularly with the sponsors.
   C. Either the mice or squirrels is living in our attic.
   D. Flowers or a book usually make an appropriate gift.

3. Which of the following sentences contains the correct subject-verb agreement?
   A. Many people throughout the world claims to have seen objects like this.
   B. However, no one know for sure what they are.
   C. Since 1947, they has been officially called unidentified flying objects, or UFOs.
   D. The U.S. government has investigated many unusual UFO sightings.

4. Which of the following sentences contains the incorrect subject-verb agreement?
   A. Somebody in the club wants the meetings held on a different day.
   B. “Both of the tapes sound good to me,” Gregory said.
   C. Our dog and cat gets baths in the summer.
   D. Macaroni and cheese is my favorite food for supper.


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5. Which of the following sentences contains the correct subject-verb agreement?
   A. Do Jim know the Chens?
   B. Here is our umbrellas.
   C. My family are coming home from vacation.
   D. There are scary movies on TV.

6. Which of the following sentences contains the incorrect subject-verb agreement?
   A. Are both of your parents from Atlanta?
   B. Here is the apples and bananas for the picnic basket.
   C. The news was encouraging.
   D. At the press conference, there were several candidates for mayor and two for governor.

7. Which of the following sentences contains the incorrect subject-verb agreement?
   A. Electronics is a branch of physics.
   B. Measles is the most unpleasant disease I’ve ever had.
   C. Was you arriving late, too?
   D. The Friends is a book about a girl from the West Indies and a girl from Harlem.

8. Which of the following sentences contains the incorrect subject-verb agreement?
   A. Don’t Midori come here every afternoon?
   B. Elephants have worked with people for centuries.
   C. Civics was only one of the classes that challenged me.
   D. The team have all received their jerseys.

9. Which of the following sentences contains the incorrect subject-verb agreement?
   A. All of the shells in my collection were displayed.
   B. Neither Cindy nor her cousins know how to sew.
   C. Mr. Sakata’s former neighbor and best friend, Ms. Chang, writes poetry.
   D. All of the players was tired; they had had a long practice.

10. Which of the following sentences contains the incorrect subject-verb agreement?
    A. Either Gordon or Ruben knows the right answer.
    B. Outside the back door is a few of your friends.
    C. My brother and my uncles play rugby.
    D. The exhibit of drawings by John James Audobon was fascinating, don’t you think?




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Objective
4.12 Determine word meaning through the use of context clues in recreational and informational/functional
reading materials.

Directions: Read the passage and answer questions 1-4.
      After her car accident, we visited my aunt in the hospital. She is a bit verbose, fond of using twenty words where
two would do. Still, her veracity is admirable. She admitted that when it came down to a question of responsibility she
was culpable because she did not notice the stop sign.

1. What does verbose mean in this passage?
   A. angry                                                           C. distant
   B. wordy                                                           D. cheerful

2. Which clue in the selection helped you determine the meaning of the word verbose?
   A. fond of using twenty words                                   C. after her car accident
   B. in the hospital                                              D. her veracity

3. In this passage, what does the word veracity mean?
   A. truthfulness                                                    C. dishonesty
   B. strength                                                        D. conversation

4. What does the word culpable mean in this passage?
   A. sad                                                             C. guilty
   B. angry                                                           D. worried

Directions: Read the passage and answer questions 5-10
       In 1922, an Egyptologist named Howard Carter discovered a buried staircase that led to a sealed tomb. When the
tomb was opened, Carter found fantastic treasures—items made of gold, alabaster, ebony, and precious stones. The
mummified body of King Tutankhamen, the 18-year-old Egyptian boy king, had been buried with jewelry and other items
that indicated his importance. He had clearly been of noble birth.

5. In the context of the passage, the word sealed means--
   A. open                                                            C. tightly closed
   B. missing                                                         D. damp

6. What context clue helps you clarify the meaning of sealed?
   A. A buried staircase.                                             C. Howard Carter discovered a buried staircase.
   B. When the tomb was opened                                        D. Carter found fantastic treasures.

7. In the passage, which word does not have context clues to reveal its meaning?
   A. fantastic                                                     C. tomb
   B. mummified                                                     D. sealed

8. In the passage, the word indicated means—
   A. minimized                                                       C. buried
   B. diminished                                                      D. pointed out

9. In the passage, which word does not help you understand the significance of alabaster?
   A. gold                                                         C. precious
   B. treasures                                                    D. opened

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10. Which phrase in the passage identifies King Tutankhamen?
    A. in 1992
    B. an Egyptologist
    C. found fantastic treasures
    D. Egyptian boy king




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Objective
5.22 Identify and analyze elements on a plot.
     Exposition (hook)
     Conflict
     Rising action
     Climax
     Falling action
     Resolution

1. The plot of the story is—
   A. the main character.                                            C. the conflict in the story.
   B. the solution to a conflict.                                    D. a series of events.

2. The setting of the story consists of its—
   A. conflict and solution.                                         C. characters and dialogue.
   B. time and place.                                                D. All of the above.

3. The most important part of a story is usually the—
   A. the conflict.                                                  C. time period.
   B. dialogue.                                                      D. None of the above.

4. The opening of a story should—
   A. summarize the main events.                                     C. always be written last.
   B. grab the reader’s attention.                                   D. None of the above

5. The exposition of a story involves all of the following except—
   A. characters are introduced.
   B. the story’s most emotional or suspenseful moment.
   C. the struggle between opposing characters.
   D. foreshadowing that gives the reader a hint of what comes next.

Directions: Read the passage and answer the question that follows.
   It was nearly dark when Red arrived, but as she approached her grandma’s bed, she sensed something was wrong. “Are
you all right, Granny?” Red asked. “Your eyes look bloodshot.”
   “All the better to see you with,” replied the wolf.
   “And your teeth—suddenly they look like fangs.”
   “All the better to eat. . .” the wolf began, but stopped at the sound of his motorcycle engine thundering in the front
yard. “Wait right there, Red,” said the wolf, bounding from the bed. The wolf was startled to find Grandma sitting on the
motorcycle. “Hey!” he shouted. “Stop fooling with my bike.”
    As he lunged for her, Grandma found the gearshift, and the cycle leapt forward, scooping the wolf up on its handlebars
and hurling him into a giant thorn bush—which is where the police found him when they arrived.

6. After reading the above passage, what part of the plot structure would this piece NOT be classified as?
   A. Climax                                                         C. Falling action
   B. Exposition                                                     D. Resolution

7. After reading the following passage, what part of the plot structure would this piece be classified as?
   The wolf was brought to trial and sent to prison. Granny became a popular guest on talk shows. Red lived happily ever
after.
    A. Climax                                                         B. Conflict

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    C. Falling action                                                D. Resolution




8. After reading the following passage, what part of the plot structure would this piece be classified as?
    Jealous of her beauty and kindness, Cinderella’s cruel stepfamily leaves her at home to do her house work on the eve
of the ball.

    A.   Climax
    B.   Conflict
    C.   Falling action
    D.   Resolution




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Directions: Read the following passage and answer question 9.
      John lived for hockey. Every day after school, he would walk to the town’s only ice rink and watch the local youth
teams practice. Often when the teams were packing up, he would borrow some skates and a stick and zoom around on the
ice, perfecting his turns or slamming the puck into the net. “Come on, John!” someone would always say. “Why don’t you
join the team?” “Naw,” he would answer. “My mom’s scared I’ll get hurt. She won’t sign the papers.”

9. The setting of this story can best be described as which of the following—
   A. Mother is looking for John and finds him at a skating rink watching a hockey game.
   B. John explains that he really wants to be on the team that will play other teams.
   C. John mother decides that playing for a youth team is a good idea.
   D. None of the above.

10. All are listed in the structure of plot development in a story except—
    A. exposition
    B. conflict
    C. resolution
    D. author’s bias


Objective
3.22 Relate literary elements and devices to each other in reading comprehension.
     Mood
     Flashback
     Theme
     Imagery
     Point of view (1st person, 2nd person, 3rd person)




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                                                       October
                                                     by Gary Soto

                                   A cold day, though only October,
                                   And the grass has grayed
                                   Like the frost that hardened it
                                   This morning.

                             5     And this morning
                                   After the wind left
                                   With its pile of clouds
                                   The broken fence steamed, sunlight spread
                                   Like seed from one field
                             10    To another, out of a bare sycamore
                                   Sparrows lifted above the ridge.

                                   In the ditch an owl shuffled into a nest
                                   Of old leaves and cotton,
                                   A black tassel of lizard flapping
                             15     From its beak. Mice
                                   And ants gathered under the flat ground
                                   And slipped downward like water,
                                   A coyote squatted behind granite,
                                   His ears tilting
                             20    Toward a rustle, eyes dark
                                   With winter to come.


1. What words best describe the mood of this poem?
   A. angry, tired                                                  C. joyful, awestruck
   B. serious, reflective                                           D. fun, humorous

2. Which line is the best example of imagery?
   A. “After the wind left”
   B. “Of old leaves and cotton”
   C. “And this morning”
   D. “With winter to come”




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                                             from The Highwayman
                                               by Alfred Noyes

                           The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees,
                           The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
                           The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
                           And the highwayman came riding—
                                  Riding—riding—
                           The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn door.


3. What is the mood of this excerpt?
   A. happy                                                          C. eerie
   B. excited                                                        D. sad

                                                    from User Friendly
                                                 by T. Ernesto Bethancourt

    As I walked by the corner of my room, where my computer table was set up, I pressed the on button, slid a diskette into
the floppy drive, then went to brush my teeth. By the time I got back, the computer’s screen was glowing greenly,
displaying the message: Good morning, Kevin.

4. What point of view is the above passage written?
   A. First person                                                   C. Third person
   B. Second person                                                  D. Omniscient

                                              from The Smallest Dragonboy
                                                   by Anne McCaffrey

  There was such a lot to know and understand about being a dragonrider that sometimes Keevan was overwhelmed.
How would he ever be able to remember everything he ought to know at the right moment?

5. What point of view is the above passage written?
   A. First person                                                   C. Third person
   B. Second person                                                  D. Omniscient


6. According to the graphic below, all are examples of a theme in a work except—

                                                  Theme




                                                                                 Awareness of death
               Happiness is                                                      can make life richer.
             accepting the joys                  Childhood                              (C)
              of ordinary life.                     (B)
                    (A)

    A.   box (A)
    B.   box (B)
    C.   box (C)
    D.   all three boxes
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7. All of the following are crucial in finding theme in a work except—
   A. the title of a work may reflect a story’s topic, its theme, or both.
   B. plot of a story often revolves around conflict that is important to theme.
   C. what characters do and learn can aid in discovering the theme of a work.
   D. the index.

                                                      Little Sister
                                                    by Nikki Grimes
                              little sister
                              holds on tight.
                              My hands hurt
                              from all that squeezing,
                              but I don’t mind.
                              She thinks no one will bother her
                              when I’m around.
                              and they won’t
                              if I can help it.
                              And even when I can’t,
                              I try
                              ‘cause she believes in me.


8. The theme of “Little Sister” is—
   A. little sister should hold tight.
   B. your hands will hurt holding little sister’s hands too tight.
   C. when family members believe in you, it makes you stronger.
   D. no one will bother you with an older sibling.




Directions: Read the following story and answer questions 9-10.
   The Doctor was slowly trying to move forward, but it seemed like just yesterday that Rose Tyler had been his traveling
companion. He remembered taking Rose five billion years into the future where earth was about to be engulfed into a
supernova by our sun. He saw his present and future with Rose, but as he recalled the prophecy, Rose would die in battle
and there was nothing The Doctor could do but wait.
    Wait he did and watching two worlds being torn apart, The Doctor made the decision to save the two worlds, and that
meant losing Rose. He remembered the battle with the Daleks, and time had to be repaired. She was lost to him when two
worlds collided and to save both, The Doctor had to make a decision. That decision was to close the rift in time and leave
Rose Tyler on a parallel earth.
   Now, The Doctor is ever vigilant and protective of Martha Jones. Watching and ever vigilant over Martha to ensure her
safety. The Doctor asked Martha if she would like to go forward or backwards in time. She replied forward, and the time
machine swooshed ten billion years into the future where they landed on fifth earth.

9. Which sentence is an example of flashback?
   A. The Doctor seeing the present and future.
   B. The Doctor remembering traveling with Rose Tyler.
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    C. The Doctor being protective of Martha.
    D. The Doctor taking Martha ten billion years into the future.

10. In what point of view is the above passage written?
    A. First person
    B. Second person
    C. Third person
    D. Omniscient


Objective
5.11 Determine logical progression and completeness of a paragraph.
     Thesis statement
     Introductory paragraph
     Supporting paragraphs
     Sequence of events and/or details
     Transitional words or phrases
     Concluding paragraph

Directions: Read the following passage and answer questions 1-7.
   (1)The backwater swamps of the American South support many life forms that are threatened by the overuse of natural
resources. (2) Wetlands that have not been replanted after logging are vulnerable to floods and erosion. (3) Because the
soil is so rich, lands have been cleared for agriculture. (4) The great trees have been cut down for lumber. (5) Huge stands
of oak, elm, cypress, and other species of the North American wetlands have been removed from the landscape. (6) To
preserve and protect this important habitat, we must all work for the reforestation of these swamps.

1. Which of the following is the introductory sentence?
   A. The backwater swamps of the American South support many life forms that are threatened by the overuse of
      natural resources.
   B. Wetlands that have not been replanted after logging are vulnerable to floods and erosion.
   C. Huge stands of oak, elm, cypress, and other species of the North American wetlands have been removed from the
      landscape.
   D. To preserve and protect this important habitat, we must all work for the reforestation of these swamps.

2. Which of the following is the concluding sentence?
   A. The backwater swamps of the American South support many life forms that are threatened by the overuse of
      natural resources.
   B. Wetlands that have not been replanted after logging are vulnerable to floods and erosion.
   C. Huge stands of oak, elm, cypress, and other species of the North American wetlands have been removed from the
      landscape.
   D. To preserve and protect this important habitat, we must all work for the reforestation of these swamps.

3. What transitional word or phrase might be added to the beginning of sentence 5?
   A. Fortunately,                                                 C. However,
   B. Otherwise,                                                   D. For example,

4. How else might sentence 5 be strengthened?
   A. By explaining how lumber is used for                            C. By using comparisons to the destruction of the rain
      construction                                                       forests
   B. By replacing “Huge stands” with more exact                      D. By moving it to the end of the paragraph
      statistics

5. Where might sentence 2 be moved to make the paragraph more effective?

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    A.   to the beginning of the paragraph to introduce the topic
    B.   following sentence 5, to show the harm that can come from deforestation
    C.   to the end of the paragraph, to serve as a call to action
    D.   out of the paragraph altogether

6. Which of the following statements might be added to support the opening sentence?
   A. Many swamp creatures are nocturnal.
   B. These wetlands shelter snakes, alligators, black bears, and many varieties of birds, as well as enormous trees.
   C. Many superstitions exist about swamps.
   D. The naturalist John James Audubon wrote about alligators on the shores of the Red River.

7. Based on the information from the passage above, which of the following indicates the correct sequence of details?
   A. 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1                                C. 1, 3, 4, 5, 2, 6
   B. 5, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1                                D. None of the above.

Directions: Read the following passage and answer questions 8-10.
(1) The day I had been dreading for months finally arrived. (2) It was a wet, cold February morning when I saw the
moving vans pull up to our driveway. (3) We were leaving the only home I had ever known, the place where I had built a
lifetime of memories. (4) The movers were wearing slickers to keep the rain off. (5) I heard my mother giving instructions
to the movers, anxiously telling them to be careful with the baby’s crib. (6) As I made a tour of the place, the rooms
appeared vacant. (7) All the pictures and curtains had been taken down; the furniture was covered with sheets; the books
and breakable objects had been packed away. (8) I knew that I would make new friends and have fun in the years ahead,
but nothing would replace my special memories of my first home.

8. What could the writer add to further develop this personal narrative?
   A. The effect of the move on other members of the family
   B. A description of some of the narrator’s special memories
   C. Treasured objects broken during the move
   D. The reactions of the neighbors

9. Which of the following sentences is unnecessary and should be deleted?
   A. sentence 3                                                  C. sentence 7
   B. sentence 4                                                  D. sentence 8

10. Which of the following sentences is the best replacement for sentence 6?
    A. As I entered the rooms, I found them empty.
    B. As I revisited the rooms, the floorboards creaked.
    C. As I moved around the empty house, I was grief-stricken.
    D. As I walked through the rooms, the house seemed to have lost its life.




Objective
2.12 Identify the main idea in recreational and informational/functional reading materials.
     Recognize the main idea in a passage
     Identify best title/topic (subject)
     Interpret author’s message (theme)
     Interpret author’s purpose

Directions: Read the following passage and answer questions 1-3.




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         Quickly, quickly, we gathered the sheep into the pens. Dogs barked, and people shouted out orders to one
another. Children rushed through the village gathering firewood to pile inside the homes. Men and women scooped up
pots and pots of water, filling cisterns and containers as rapidly as possible. People pulled the last ears of corn from the
fields and turned their backs on the dry stalks. Finally, we all stood together in the plaza in the center of the village for
just a moment before the fighters went to stand near the walls, and the wide-eyed children were coaxed inside the houses.
We were prepared for the upcoming battle.

1. Which of the following would be the best title for this selection?
   A. A Fun Day                                                       C. Getting Ready
   B. My Birthday                                                     D. Anticipation

2. What is the subject of this passage?
   A. Children should not run through the village unsupervised.
   B. Sheep should remain in their pens at all times.
   C. Villagers are just running around in chaos and confusion.
   D. A village is preparing for an upcoming battle.

3. What is the author’s purpose in writing this passage?
   A. to inform                                                        C. to persuade
   B. to entertain                                                     D. to answer a specific question

Directions: Read the following poem and answer questions 4 and 5.
                                                       I’m Nobody
                                                    by Emily Dickinson

                                  I’m nobody! Who are you?
                                  Are you nobody, too?
                                  Then there’s a pair of us—don’t tell!
                                  They’d banish us, you know

                               5 How dreary to be somebody!
                                 How public like a frog
                                 To tell your name the livelong day
                                 To an admiring bog!


4. The theme of “I’m Nobody” is that—
   A. the world is a dreary place.                                     C. all nobodies are banished.
   B. people are very much like frogs.                                 D. it is fine to be who you are.

5. Your purpose in reading this poem would MOST LIKELY be
   A. to find information                                 C. to be entertained
   B. to be persuaded                                     D. to answer a specific question

Read the following passage and answer questions 6-10.




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                                       Dogs and People: A Longtime Bond

How did wild dogs form lasting relationship with people?
   Dogs have been cheered for their real-life acts of heroism. They help the police track down criminals, help blind
people find their way, and it seems they are always ready with a wagging tail to cheer someone up. But did dogs and
people always get along so well? When did dogs and people first begin to peacefully live together?
   Recent studies suggest that dogs and people have lived together for at least 12,000 years. In Israel, scientists
discovered the fossilized remains of a dog that had been buried with a person at least that long ago. The position of the
dog, cradled in the arms of the person, suggests that the two had a special bond.
   Many scientists believe that modern-day dogs are the descendants, or the close relatives, of wolves. One study
suggests that most modern-day dogs descended from a single female wolf that lived about 40,000 years ago. Although it
is possible that people began developing relationships with wolves and dogs at that time, most scientists believe the
animals kept their distance from people until about 12,000-15,000 years ago.
    Just how dogs and people began to live together is still a mystery. Some scientists believe that people adopted young
dogs and bred the tamest of the animals. Eventually, all of the animals became tame. Other scientists believe that dogs
gradually domesticated, or tamed, themselves when they began to eat food left by humans. Those that were less afraid of
humans succeeded in this environment because they had easily accessible sources of food. Over time, the dogs became
so tame that they were able to coexist with people. Those that fled when humans approached remained wild.

6. Your purpose for reading this passage would probably be—
   A. to discover the difference between people and dogs.
   B. to learn why dogs help people
   C. to find out how people formed relationships with dogs.
   D. to learn why scientists study dogs.

7. What does the title in this passage suggest?
   A. that dogs and wolves are related
   B. how long dogs and people have been together
   C. when the first tame dogs appeared
   D. why dogs and people get along so well

8. A good photo or illustration for this passage could be
   A. a wolf observing a herd of sheep.
   B. a dog eating out of a food bowl.
   C. a pack of wild dogs.
   D. a girl, a boy, and a dog playing together.

9. This passage can be classified as—
   A. nonfiction                                                     C. novel
   B. fiction                                                        D. drama

10. What is the author’s purpose in writing this passage?
    A. to entertain                                                  C. to persuade
    B. to inform                                                     D. to answer a specific question




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                                                                       D. Why was the woman walking alone at eleven
                                                                          o’clock at night?

Objective                                                          Directions: Read the passage below and answer question
1.12 Identify supporting details in recreational and               number 4.
informational/functional reading materials.                             Quickly, quickly, we gathered the sheep into the
     Identify details that support main idea(s) in                pens. Dogs barked, and people shouted out orders to one
        one or more passages.                                      another. Children rushed through the village gathering
     Explain how the supporting details support                   firewood to pile inside the homes. Men and women
        the main idea.                                             scooped up pots and pots of water, filling cisterns and
                                                                   containers as rapidly as possible. People pulled the last
Directions: Read the following passage and answer                  ears of corn from the fields and turned their backs on the
questions 1-3.                                                     dry stalks. Finally, we all stood together in the plaza in
    from “Thank You, M’am” by Langston Hughes                      the center of the village for just a moment before the
                                                                   fighters went to stand near the walls, and the wide-eyed
     She was a large woman with a large purse that had             children were coaxed inside the houses. We were
everything in it but hammer and nails. It had a long               prepared for the upcoming battle.
strap, and she carried it slung across her shoulder. It was
about eleven o’clock at night, and she was walking
alone, when a boy ran up behind her and tried to snatch            4. Which sentence is NOT a supporting detail?
her purse. The strap broke with the single tug the boy                A. Dogs barked, and people shouted out orders to
gave it from behind. But the boy’s weight and the weight                 one another.
of the purse combined caused him to lose his balance, so              B. People pulled the last ears of corn from the
instead of taking off full blast as he had hoped, the boy                fields and turned their backs on the dry stalks.
fell on his back on the sidewalk, and his legs flew up.               C. Finally, we all stood together in the plaza in the
The large woman simply turned around and kicked him                      center of the village for just a moment before the
right square in his blue-jeaned sitter. Then she reached                 fighters went to stand near the walls and the
down, picked the boy up by his shirt front, and shook                    wide-eyed children were coaxed inside the
him until his teeth rattled.                                             houses.
                                                                      D. We were prepared for the upcoming battle.

1. Which of the following is NOT a supporting detail?
   A. She was a large woman with a large purse. . .
   B. The boy wanted her money so he could buy
      special shoes.                                               Directions: Read the passage below and answer question
   C. It was eleven o’clock at night when he tried to              number 5.
      steal her purse.                                                 Nail polish can provide inexpensive and creative fun
   D. She kicked him on his rear end.                              for a long time. A bottle of nail polish can cost as little
                                                                   as a dollar and last for months, depending on how much
2. All the sentences below are supporting details                  you use. You can find it in every color in nature and any
   except—                                                         unnatural color you can imagine. Best of all, if you get
   A. She was a large woman with a large purse. . .                tired of a color, you can easily change it.
   B. It had a long strap, and she carried it slung
       across her shoulder.                                        5. Which sentence is NOT a supporting detail from the
   C. The woman worked as a nurse, and she was                        above passage?
       coming home from a long day at the hospital.                   A. Nail polish can provide inexpensive and creative
   D. The boy lost his balance and fell on his back.                     fun for a long time.
                                                                      B. A bottle of nail polish can cost as little as a
3.    Which question can you NOT answer based on                         dollar and last for months, depending on how
     information in this passage?                                        much you use.
     A. What time was it?                                             C. You can find it in every color in nature and any
     B. Why did the boy lose his balance?                                unnatural color you can imagine.
     C. What did the woman do when the boy tried to                   D. My favorite color is clear!
         steal her purse?
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Directions: Read the passage below and answer question            humans. Those that were less afraid of humans
number 6.                                                         succeeded in this environment because they had easily
   First, you need some supplies. These include a roller          accessible sources of food. Over time the dogs became
or brush, a ladder tall enough to reach the roof, and             so tame that they were able to coexist with people.
enough paint to cover the whole house. You should have            Those that fled when humans approached remained wild.
already scraped off the old paint. Start at the top of a
section and work your way down to avoid dripping wet              7. How did research show that humans and dogs had a
paint on a finished part. Painting your house isn’t                  long relationship?
complicated if you follow a few steps.                               A. Dogs have been cheered for their real-life acts of
                                                                         heroism.
6. Which sentence is NOT a supporting detail from the                B. Scientists believe that modern dogs are
   above passage?                                                        descendants of wolves.
   A. These include a roller or brush, a ladder tall                 C. Scientists discovered the fossilized remains that
      enough to reach the roof, and enough paint to                      had been buried with a person for at least 12,000
      cover the whole house.                                             years.
   B. You should have already scraped off the old                    D. Those that fled when humans approached
      paint.                                                             remained wild.
   C. Start at the top of a section and work your way
      down to avoid dripping wet paint on a finished              8. All the sentences below are supporting details
      part.                                                          except—
   D. Painting your house isn’t complicated if you                   A. Many scientists believe that modern-day dogs
      follow a few steps.                                                are the descendants, or the close relatives, of
                                                                         wolves.
Directions: Read the following passage and answer                    B. One study suggests that most modern-day dogs
questions 7-8.                                                           descended from a single female wolf that lived
       Dogs and People: A Longtime Bond                                  about 40,000 years ago.
How did wild dogs form lasting relationship with                     C. Dogs have become good pets and guardians over
people?                                                                  the years; everyone knows dogs and children
    Dogs have been cheered for their real-life acts of                   have a special bond.
heroism. They help the police track down criminals, help             D. Most scientists believe the animals kept their
blind people find their way, and it seems they are always                distance from people until 12,000-15,000 years
ready with a wagging tail to cheer someone up. But did                   ago.
dogs and people always get along so well? When did
dogs and people first begin to peacefully live together?
    Recent studies suggest that dogs and people have
lived together for at least 12,000 years. In Israel,
scientists discovered the fossilized remains of a dog that
had been buried with a person at least that long ago. The
position of the dog, cradled in the arms of the person,
suggests that the two had a special bond.
    Many scientists believe that modern-day dogs are the
descendants, or the close relatives, of wolves. One study
suggests that most modern-day dogs descended from a
single female wolf that lived about 40,000 years ago.
Although it is possible that people began developing
relationships with wolves and dogs at that time, most
scientists believe the animals kept their distance from
people until about 12,000 -15,000 years ago.
     Just how dogs and people began to live together is
still a mystery. Some scientists believe that people
adopted young dogs and bred the tamest of the animals.
Eventually, all of the animals became tame. Other
scientists believe that dogs gradually domesticated, or
tamed, themselves when they began to eat food left by
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