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OR 99-00 Reading Grade 8

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  • Which kind of writing does the story of Tasaku seem most like?


    A short story

    A fable

    A tall tale

    A newspaper article



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  • At the end of the story, how did Tasaku probably feel?


    Content

    Surprised

    Defeated

    Powerful



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  • Sometimes an author makes something happen differently from what the readers expect. In literature this is called irony. Where in the story of Tasaku do you see irony?


    When Tasaku is a mountain and a stonecutter begins chipping at his feet

    When Tasaku made violent storms and flooded the fields

    When Tasaku demanded that the spirit make him into a mountain

    When the spirit who lived in the mountain heard Tasaku and made him a prince



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  • According to the story, which statement below is true?


    Tasaku started out as a prince.

    The storms eroded the mountain.

    Tasaku became unhappy when he wasn't the most powerful.

    Tasaku had a lot of respect for nature.



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  • If you wanted to photograph Halley's comet, which of the following articles would be most useful?


    "Halley's Comet" in Popular Science

    "Sighting a Cosmic Celebrity" in Time

    "Here Comes Mr. Halley's Comet" in Omni

    "Halley's Comet in Stereo" in Sky and Telescope



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  • How many articles about Halley's comet appeared in the October issue of Sky and Telescope?

    Sky and Telescope?

    1
    3
    5
    None


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  • If you were interested in reading a magazine article about hairstyles to wear in the evening, which magazine would be best?


    Prevention

    New York Times Magazine

    Harpers Bazaar

    McCall’s



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  • Where in the library would you be most likely to find the book from which this selection is drawn?


    Fiction

    Reference

    Nonfiction

    Biography



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  • According to the author, which level of women's basketball has contributed most to its popularity?


    Neighborhood

    High school

    College

    Professional



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  • What does the author imply is the reason basketball hoops are ten feet off the ground?


    Dr. Naismith carefully planned it that way.

    It needed to be that height so women could play too.

    It just happened because that's where it was convenient to put the first basket.

    It is a requirement of the Olympic committee.



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  • The information in this selection best supports the idea that


    women's basketball is not as popular as men's basketball.

    basketball owes its popularity to the fact that it can be played in many different ways.

    the rules of basketball are easy to change.

    today's taller players have a negative effect on the game of basketball.



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  • The passage says some people argue that "nobody should tinker with what has been a successful game." As used here, the word tinker means


    to work with metal.

    to learn new rules.

    to alter dramatically.

    to try to improve.



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  • What do Marianne Crawford Stanley, Rene Muth Portland and Theresa Shank Grentz have in common?


    They all played at Immaculata College

    They all played on the Olympic team.

    They all coached at Immaculata College.

    They were the first females in the NBA.



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  • In the last paragraph, it says that “Tiny dickcissels swayed on top of the weeds.” Dickcissels are most probably

    Dickcissels are most probably

    cotton-like puffs.

    small twigs.

    flowers.

    birds.



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  • The father in this story tied a rope from the front door of the house to the door of the barn. He did this so


    the wolves couldn’t get into the yard.

    the children could play in the snow.

    he wouldn’t get lost when going to take care of the animals.

    the doors would stay closed in the blizzard.



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  • The child telling this story said that the winter was boring. Winter probably seemed this way mostly because


    the family was alone and the weather was bad.

    the child telling the story had been used to city life.

    the books from Aunt Addie weren’t for children.

    the little school had burned.



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  • For this story to be autobiographical, which of the following HAS to be true?


    The author is telling a story about someone else.

    It is a true story written by the person who lived it.

    The narrator uses stories from the past.

    There is a first-person narrator.



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  • Which of the examples below contains the figure of speech called a simile?


    The snow was so deep and the cold so terrible.

    Daddy said it looked like a blizzard.

    The wind was howling like wolves.

    I was starving for something to read.



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  • At the end of this selection the author mentions flowers, birds and gophers. The author’s purpose in doing this is to


    contrast these creatures with the farm animals in the barn.

    provide readers with images of returning life.

    show how different spring is in Maine from spring on the prairie.

    symbolize the harshness of nature.



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  • A training manager, while visiting a supplier’s office in Japan, is introduced to that company’s president. She should


    bow more deeply than the president.

    bow as deeply as the president.

    shake hands.

    allow the president to bow lower.



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  • If Jason is obsequious around Paula, Jason sees Paula as his


    best friend.

    superior.

    mother.

    bitter enemy.



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  • In the sentence, “It’s risky to try enunciating anything more complicated than ‘sayonara,’” enunciate means


    write down.

    investigate.

    planning.

    to say something clearly.



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  • If you were an American businessperson trying to deal with a large Japanese company, which of these is most important to remember? (Base your answer only on the information in the article.)


    The only person you’ll have to convince is the company president.

    The leaders of Japanese companies don’t have anything to do with the foreign business of their companies.

    The Japanese appreciate the aggressive nature of many American businesspeople.

    It’s probably important to understand the different customs of Japan.



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  • This passage is an example of what type of writing?


    Biographical

    Fictional

    Informative

    Persuasive



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