Reading Skill: Using Context Clues Read the selection. Then, answer the questions that
follow. The tasks of broadcast meteorologists involve much more than standing in front
of television cameras and forecasting the weather. These professionals must collect and
digest a host of weather information sent to the studio from several sources, including
data from weather satellites high above Earth. They take this highly technical data and
translate it into intelligible language that viewers can understand and use in their daily
1. Which word from the selection best helps you understand the meaning of the word
2. Which of these is a possible meaning for the word intelligible in the selection?
A. highly technical
B. useful in daily life
C. able to be understood
D. able to be translated
Literary Analysis: Setting
Read the selection. Then, answer the questions that follow. The last wisps of light
dissolved. The campers huddled in their flimsy tent, inert and discouraged by the
increasingly colder temperature. No one, it seems, had thought to check a weather
forecast. Ted brooded silently, a blanket wrapped tightly around his body. Arturo sighed
heavily and wracked his brain to think of a plan. James fussed at the others, who ignored
him. Outside, the wind moved heavily through the pine trees. When James stuck an arm
outside the tent, the air felt cold and moist.
3. What is one element of the setting of this selection?
A. a campsite in the woods
B. the characters’ thoughts
C. the authors purpose
D. the plot of the story
4. Which of the following is part of the setting?
5. Which of the following would not help you learn about a character?
B. Authors purpose
C. Other characters’ attitudes
D. Direct descriptions
6. Which of the following devices is used in the sentence below?
The captives heard the guard laughed cruelly as he shut the heavy metal door and left them
A. direct characterization
C. indirect characterization
D. figurative language
7. Which of these character traits best describes Paul?
Paul hurried from sun up to sun down: He fed the livestock, helped his father in the fields,
and cared for this little sister when his mother fell ill.
8. Which of the following is an example of a prediction?
A. It is a complete surprise that school was cancelled today.
B. School will be closed tomorrow because of snow.
C. It is going to snow all night so school might be cancelled.
D. School will be closed when there is more than six inches of snow.
9. What prediction can you make about the weather based on the following sentence?
Although it was only noon, the sky began to darken.
A. A storm is coming.
B. A storm will not arrive.
C. A storm will arrive tomorrow.
D. The sun is setting early.
10. Which of the following is the best prediction about Joseph?
Because science is not his best subject, Joseph stayed up very late studying for the test he
would be taking the following morning.
A. Joseph will be late for school.
B. Joseph will study more the next evening.
C. Joseph will fail his test.
D. Joseph will do well on his test.
Reading the selection, Then, answer the questions that follow. Jason woke up to the
sound of his mother calling his name. He looked over at his alarm clock and sat up with a
jolt. It was 7:55. His bus was going to be there in five minutes! Jason jumped out of bed,
threw on his clothes, and ran down the stairs with only a minute to spare before his bus
was due to arrive. He was about to walk out the door when he realized that he had
forgotten his homework. As he ran up the stairs, he heard the sound of his bus as it drove
away without him.
11. What prediction can you make about what Jason will do next?
A. Ask his school bus driver to wait.
B. Ask someone to take him to school.
C. Look all over to find his homework.
D. Stay late after school this afternoon.
12. If Jason is late for school what will probably happen to him?
A. He will be late again tomorrow.
B. He will decide to go home.
C. He will be marked as late.
D. He will be on time tomorrow.
13. What is the meaning of the term plot?
A. The final outcome of a story
B. The high point of a story
C. The arrangements of events in a story
D. A guess about what is going to happen next in the story
14. Which of the following aspects of a story is most likely to move the action of a story
A. A unique and interesting title for the story
B. A happy ending with the issues resolved
C. The arrival of a character with new information
D. A friendship between characters that has lasted a long time
15. Identify the climax in the following example.
A boy sees a snake lying still in the road. He bends close to look at it. Suddenly, the
snake moves. The boy jumps back.
A. A boy sees a snake lying in the road
B. The snake is lying still in the road
C. The boy bends close to look at it
D. Suddenly the snake moves
15. Which term refers to how a writer creates and develops characters?
C. point of view
16. Which of the following shows the characterization of an absent-minded person?
A. “I wish Jack would hurry. He’s always so slow,”
B. “You know Lisa. She gets angry at the smallest thing.”
C. “If I know Lisa, she is still hunting for shin guards.”
D. “Tell Jack that this is the last time I will help him with his math homework.”
17. Which of the following best describes a character who laughs uncertainly and speaks
A. The character is confident.
B. The character is very sad.
C. The character is joyful.
D. The character is insecure.
18. Which word best describes a character who cares for an injured bird?
19. An expression that is not meant to be understood literally is a(n)
20. Which of the following does not contain an idiom?
A. The test was a piece of cake
B. My brother is the most hard0headed person I know
C. Can I lend you a hand?
D. I need to sleep before I make a decision.
Read the selection. Then, answer the questions that follow.Richard must have looked at
the clock twenty times before he finally heard the last bell ring. As soon as he heard it,
Richard grabbed his coat and books. As usual, was the first one out the front door.
21. What can you infer about the setting of the passage?
A. Richard is at home.
B. Richard is at school.
C. Richard is at the gym.
D. Richard is in the library.
22. What can you infer about Richard from the selection?
A. He is tired.
B. He is excited.
C. He is impatient.
D. He is lazy.
23. Which story situation is an example of a human in conflict with nature?
A. A character cannot decide whether to learn to ski or to learn to scuba dive.
B. Two characters disagree about what to do with $1,000 in reward money.
C. A teenager wants to try skydiving, but he is not yet eighteen years of age.
D. An explorer is in danger as the waters rapidly rise in the cave she is exploring.
24. In literature, what kind of a conflict occurs when there is a struggle between a character
A. Internal conflict
B. Natural conflict
C. Intense conflict
D. External conflict
25. Which one of the following sentences expresses a conflict you might find in a short
A. Don works at the bank on Elm Street.
B. Both Don and Fred want to marry Sue Ellen.
C. Don and Fred are related to each other.
D. Both Don and Fred like to eat hamburgers.
26. What is meant by the term theme in a narrative?
A. Theme is the central message of a story.
B. Theme is the music that goes with the story.
C. Theme is the setting and action of the story.
D. Theme is the conclusion of the story.
27. Which of the following would make the best theme for a short story?
A. Some types of snakes can be poisonous.
B. It is easy to prepare a quick, healthful meal.
C. Kindness, in the long run, will be rewarded.
D. Many tall buildings sway a little in the wind.
28. Which of the following sentences would most likely express the theme of a story?
A. Pesticides are used less often today than they once were
B. Honesty is the essential foundation of a relationship
C. Dublin, Ireland, makes an interesting setting for a story.
D. Spring 1998 was the beginning of Winnie’s education.
29. Which of the following would make a good theme for a short story?
A. a family’s history
B. the history of the Civil War
C. the definition of kindness
D. honesty is valuable