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English Reading Literary Test

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The poor horse was very melancholy, and wandered up and down in the wood, seeking some little shelter from the cold wind and rain. Presently a fox met him: "What’s the matter, my friend?" said he. "Why do you hang down your head and look so lonely and woe-begone?" "Ah!" replied the horse, "justice and avarice never dwell in one house; my master has forgotten all that I have done for him so many years, and because I can no longer work he has turned me adrift and says unless I become stronger than a lion he will not take me back again; what chance can I have of that? He knows I have none, or he would not talk so."

Which idea is stated explicitly in the text?

The horse feels sad about his current situation. ****

The horse believes he has a chance to return to his master.

The fox is trying to trick the horse.

The farmer was sad to let his horse go.

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The poor horse was very melancholy, and wandered up and down in the wood, seeking some little shelter from the cold wind and rain. Presently a fox met him: "What’s the matter, my friend?" said he. "Why do you hang down your head and look so lonely and woe-begone?" "Ah!" replied the horse, "justice and avarice never dwell in one house; my master has forgotten all that I have done for him so many years, and because I can no longer work he has turned me adrift and says unless I become stronger than a lion he will not take me back again; what chance can I have of that? He knows I have none, or he would not talk so."

Which inference can be made about the farmer in this text?

The farmer has owned the horse only for a short time.

The farmer loved the horse dearly.

The farmer has not acted fairly towards the horse. ****

The farmer has no reason for letting the horse go.

Drag and drop the words into the correct locations.
The **theme** is different from the main events in a story because it is **not stated directly**

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Reid stood in the doorway of the kitchen and took a deep breath. Then he took another deep breath. Crystal, his little sister, was standing in the middle of what looked like a cloud of flour. Her face looked like it was about to crumble. "The bag fell when I was trying to get a box of cereal, and when I tried to clean it up I just made it worse!"

Reid walked to the broom closet and took out a broom, dustpan, and the vacuum cleaner. "Go get some towels and a bucket of water. It's okay. We will get this cleaned up together."

Crystal no longer looked like she would cry. "Thanks, Reid!" She ran to the linen closet to gather more supplies.

Which theme is developed in the excerpt?

It takes time to do a job well.

Big problems seem smaller with help.****

It is important to keep a clean home.

Being careless will cause unexpected problems.

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A gymnast suffers an injury and is unable to compete in the state meet. She spends the next year training even harder and overcoming many obstacles until she is finally healthy enough to compete again.

This passage is this most likely an example of which element?

a setting

an analysis

a theme

a main idea****

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Jacques reached the front of the line, where a midshipman was signing on men. He asked each man only a few questions, turning none of his prospects away. Apparently, the Orion was in need of hands—in a hurry. Jacques briefly answered a question about his work skills, and the midshipman nodded his approval. Jacques could join the crew of the Orion. "Sign your name or your mark here," the midshipman said, pointing to a spot in a record book.

Which important detail should be included in a summary of this paragraph?

Jacques answered questions.

Jacques joined the crew of the Orion.****

The midshipman asked Jacques to sign his name.

The midshipman approved of Jacques.

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Jacques joined a group of men carrying boxes and barrels up the gangway to the ship's main deck. The thick smells and earsplitting noises nearly made Jacques lose his balance. The deck of the Orion was like a small marketplace full of shouting men working and cleaning, and bellowing, frightened animals.

Which sentence best summarizes this paragraph?

Jacques was strong enough to help carry boxes.

Jacques joined a group of men.

Jacques carried boxes onto the chaotic deck.****

Jacques was startled by the loud noises on the deck.

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Daniella sat on her bedroom floor, her math book and scrap paper scattered around her. She buried her head in her hands. She couldn't wait until Jorge, her next-door neighbor and math genius, got there. She had texted him a few minutes ago asking if he could come help her study for her math exam, and, as always, he responded right away with an enthusiastic yes. He had helped her out so many times over the last few years.

"Hi!" Daniella said cheerfully, her stress melting away at the sight of her neighbor at her door.

"Hey," Jorge replied as he walked in her room. "Let's get to it!"

"Thank you so much. I know I can always count on you to help me out!". Daniella said as she put her arm around Jorge.

Jorge smiled. "I'm happy to help. Math is sort of my thing, you know."

What do the events and the dialogue reveal about Jorge?

Jorge is courageous.

Jorge is quiet.

Jorge is reliable.****

Jorge is dishonest.

Which sentence contains an example of a metaphor?

The trees were her shield from the predators of the forest. ****

Charlie tiptoed into the room as quietly as a whisper.

The bare trees were like antlers sticking up from behind the roof of the house.

The bird, as dark as the night sky behind him, flew to his perch on the tree.

Which sentence contains an analogy?

The spelling bee is to Sam as the World Series is to a baseball player. ****

Sam is the new Babe Ruth.

Sam is a human spell-checker.

The spelling bee is Sam's favorite event of the year.

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"The Gift of the Magi" was a sad story about a couple at Christmas time. The woman had long beautiful hair that she cut off to buy a present for her husband. They couldn't use the gifts they exchanged, so their holiday was ruined.

In three to five sentences, suggest how to make this summary more effective. Use details from the story to support your answer.
**For this just write about how the parts about the womans hair are not needed and something more important could have been added**

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Melanie walked out onto the stage, and her stomach dropped like a free-falling elevator. She crept slowly over to the podium and bent the microphone toward her mouth, like the straw in her pink lemonade. She gathered up all of her courage and began to speak, her voice an impostor as it boomed through the microphone. She flinched at its unfamiliarity and scanned the room for her mother's face.

In three to five sentences, identify two examples of figurative language from the passage above and explain what each example of figurative language means.
**For this just include at least 2 of the litterary areas in to about 2 setences then in the third sentence talk about what these mean.

Use the paragraph to answer the question.

My grandmother, whom we affectionately call Nani, is the best baker I know. If Lebron James is the king of the basketball court, then she is the queen of the kitchen. Her soft, warm chocolate chip cookies are better than Mrs. Field's or Rachel Ray's. Her key lime pie is the perfect delicate balance between sweet and savory. Her recipe box is her treasure chest, full of secret recipes handwritten on colorful notecards. Nani mixes and stirs and measures with as much care as a scientist in a lab. Everything tastes better if it's made by Nani, for everything she bakes is made with love.

In three to five sentences, explain the writer's word choices, including analogy and allusion. Explain the effect of word choice on the tone.
**For this just write about how the analogies used are to ttell the reader about how good the writer thinks his grandmas baking is and for a thrid setence talk about how its to give the reader a sense of god it is and how passionate the grandma is or how passionate the writer is about how he feels about her baking.**

Use excerpt from the book Mysterious Island by Jules Verne to complete the activity.

Everything was white, from the top of Mount Franklin to the coast—forests, prairie, lake, river, beach. The waters of the Mercy ran under a vault of ice, which cracked and broke with a loud noise at every change of tide. Thousands of birds—ducks and wood-peckers—flew over the surface of the lake. The rocks between which the cascade plunged to the borders of the Plateau were blocked up with ice. One would have said that the water leaped out of a huge gargoyle, cut by some fantastic artist of the Renaissance. To calculate the damage done to the forest by this hurricane would be impossible until the snow had entirely disappeared.

Spilett, Pencroff, and Herbert took this opportunity to look after their traps and had hard work finding them under their bed of snow. There was danger of their falling in themselves; a humiliating thing to be caught in one’s own trap! They were spared this annoyance, however, and found the traps had been untouched; not an animal had been caught, although there were a great many footprints in the neighborhood, among others, very clearly impressed marks of claws.

Herbert at once classified these carnivora among the cat tribe, a circumstance which justified the engineer’s belief in the existence of dangerous beasts on Lincoln Island. Doubtless these beasts dwelt in the dense forests of the Far West; but driven by hunger, they had ventured as far as Prospect Plateau. Perhaps they scented the inhabitants of Granite House.

In a complete, well-reasoned essay, identify the theme of the excerpt and explain how you determined that theme.
**I believe the theme is that, even though a place may be plentiful, it does not mean that you can have something from that place. I came to this conclusion because of this quote, "and found the traps had been untouched; not an animal had been caught.". The author also uses quite a bit of visual representation. By saying "Everything was white, from the top of Mount Franklin to the coast—forests, prairie, lake, river, beach.", it shows that it is a landscape that once could have been showered in abundance, but is now cold and dead.**

Note: Sorry I don't have question 11, I actually had a really hard time with that one and actually skipped it and later forgot about it but it was this if someone knows the answer could they write it in the comments or something?-

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Now Lana steered the little boat toward the dock by the hut where Martin lived with his two little brothers. When she saw Martin wasn’t waiting out in front, she heaved out a sigh, yelling, “C’mon, Martin! We need to go—now!”

“All right, all right.” Martin appeared, lugging an empty box. “Listen, I had a thought. You know how I’ve been talking about how these fuel runs are a dead end?”

“You’re backing out on us now?” said Jessie.

“No, no—but while we’re inland, I want to scavenge for a few other things.” Smiling, Martin jumped into the boat. “I have a plan.”

In one to two sentences, describe a theme of the excerpt.

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  1. You overload tutors with information. It would also help if each question was numbered or lettered to allow easy designation of comments.

    Of the first 5, I agree with all except 4, which I think should be "theme". (I think it was 4.) I got tired of trying to keep track of which question was which, so I stopped there.

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  2. @PsyDAG Alright, thanks for the feedback.

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  3. once I do this I'll give all the right answers

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  4. So anyone know the correct answers?

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  5. 1. Engaging with a text
    2. Science fiction
    3. The horse is sad
    4. Theme, not stated
    5. A main idea
    6. The midshipman asked
    7. Jacques carried boxes
    8. Jorge is reliable
    9. A narrative skips around in time, flashing to scenes
    10. Trishna is compared to a night owl to show that they both can stay awake
    11. The spelling bee is to Sam as the
    12-15 is writing

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  6. theres a lot missing

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  7. kk so im in 8th grade ela b i dont know what you guys are in but yee

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  8. are those correct?

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  9. I'm not trying to risk putting those answers

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  10. @dog water they are right I got all the questions right. So these answers are all right

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  11. ok im gonna see if they're right

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  12. I'll let you all know the real answers if those ones arent correct

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  13. 1.B
    2.C
    3.D
    4.theme, not stated directly
    5.A
    6.C
    7.D
    8.D
    9.D
    10.A
    11.D
    12. believe that one of the themes is treating everyone equally I say this because in a certain paragraph you see "A farmer is as good as any other man; and where there's no room for a farmer, there can be no room for me."

    14. In three to five sentences, identify two examples of figurative language from the passage above and explain what each example of figurative language means.

    A simile compares two things using "like" or "as". In this situation, the story thinks about bending the microphone to bending a straw in lemonade.

    "Her voice an impostor" = Personification, describes an item with human-like characteristics, in this case, a voice can't be an impostor as it's anything but a living individual.

    15. The author decided to utilize words like affectionately, sweet and savory, Treasure chest, and Delicate to show that the tone is sweet and gentle. At the point when the writer uses these words, it makes the reader believe that they are in a casual environment and causes them to feel like they are at their grandmother's home. You could likewise say it gives the reader an Illusion that they are more comfortable

    GL on ur test and don't copy and paste 12-15 or you'll get in trouble. use this site: paraphrasing-tool.com also sorry for not answering 13 idk that one

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  14. amongus doing gods work <3

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  15. yah he is correct

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  16. or sorry he is not they changed the answers

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  17. hope you realize that they switch up the answers so you kinda have to type it out

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  18. LEMU EMU... and Doug here...

    Soooo they like to switch up questions in your tests the older and smarter we all get so switch it up. But if you're confident enough, try it on your own :)

    @amongus@ is doing well and I think most of his answers are right, but check each one separately to be sure and get 1 or 2 wrong. Plus, they can't say you cheated if you used your own words and accidently got only 1 wrong.

    Good luck students!

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  19. for number 11, the theme is basically if your a farmer or the VP your still a human, and all humans are the same.

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