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  • Read this sentence from paragraph 1 of the passage.

    "It was lined with rubies, diamonds, topaz, turquoise and many others."

    In which sentence below does the word lined have the same meaning as in this sentence?


    Her face was lined with concern for her father.
    People lined up to buy tickets for the show.
    I lined my paper in order to write straight.
    The yard was lined with evergreen trees.


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  • Why was the turtle confused when she was talking to the elder?

    because she did not understand why he was upset
    because she did not understand why he thought she was beautiful
    because she did not understand why he would not give her more jewels
    because he was speaking in a tribal language that she did not understand


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  • How did the turtle change in this story?

    She learned that she was beautiful because of what she did, not how she looked.
    She came to believe that the elder was much wiser than she had originally thought.
    She learned to trust the other animals, whereas she had formerly avoided them.
    She finally understood that all the wealth in the world could not bring her true happiness.


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  • How do the emotions of the turtle change from before she discovers her jewels are lost to after she realizes this fact?

    joyful to spiteful
    distressed to jovial
    depressed to mirthful
    cheerful to sorrowful


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  • How is the turtle’s problem solved?

    The elder reminds the turtle that she was always beautiful.
    The turtle decides to live without a shell.
    The pack rat gives back the jewels he took.
    The Gila monster finds more jewels for the turtle.


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  • Which of the following best suggests a theme of the passage?

    Governments and individuals ought to support prison libraries.
    Anyone can learn to read and write better.
    A dictionary is very useful to one’s education.
    One’s limitations can be overcome by will and effort.


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  • “In my slow, painstaking, ragged handwriting, I copied into my tablet everything printed on that first page, down to the punctuation marks.” (paragraph 3)

    Which of the following is the best definition for painstaking?


    careless
    labored
    elaborate
    effortless


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  • “I suppose it was inevitable that as my word-base broadened, I could for the first time pick up a book and read and now begin to understand what the book was saying.” (paragraph 7)

    Which of the following is the definition for inevitable?


    unpredictable
    unexpected
    unfavorable
    unavoidable


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  • Which of the following characterizes the narrator’s sense of determination?

    Over and over, aloud to himself, he read his own handwriting.
    Anyone who has read a great deal likely has a broad wordbase.
    His penmanship is so poor, he can’t even write in a straight line.
    Talking with visitors—usually Ella and Reginald—was very important to him.


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  • Which of the following describes the effect of the statement, “You couldn’t have gotten me out of books with a wedge”? (paragraph 7)

    It depicts the narrator’s newly found passion for reading.
    It reinforces the narrator’s acknowledged difficulties with reading.
    It underscores the prison library’s lack of interesting books to read.
    It describes the narrator’s exhaustion from his efforts at self-education.


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  • Which of the following illustrates irony in the passage?

    An author, who was in prison, says he had never been more free in his life.
    An author’s self-education creates a vivid mental picture in the reader’s mind.
    The description of the author’s self-education has been heightened for emphasis.
    The author says that the dictionary is a complete source of knowledge.


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  • Which thematic statement best applies to this passage?

    Experience is more important than knowledge.
    Good can come out of bad situations.
    Learning is principally for children.
    Decision-making is very difficult.


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  • “I spent two days riffling uncertainly through the dictionary’s pages. I’d never realized so many words existed! I didn’t know which words I needed to learn. Finally, just to start some kind of action, I began copying.” (paragraph 2)

    Which of the following is the best summary of the excerpt given above?


    Malcolm X knew that reading and copying the dictionary would change his life.
    Malcolm X thought that the best place to begin was in the middle.
    Malcolm X was confident thathe could eventually learn toread.
    Malcolm X did not know where to begin his learning.


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  • The main contrast established between the two birds in the poem is best described as

    one bird can sing and the other bird is silent.
    one bird knows how to fly and the other bird does not.
    one bird has opportunity and the other bird has been denied it.
    one bird has held on to its dreams of flight and the other bird has not.


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  • Which of the following most likely suggests the author’s purpose in describing the two birds?

    to portray the two birds as being similar

    to let the reader decide which is the better bird

    to show that one bird is not superior to the other
    to contrast the free and the caged bird


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  • “But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage” (stanza 2)

    Which of the following best describes the effect of the metaphor in the stanza above?

    It explains that the bird that is trapped may


    break the bars that confine it.
    not hope to see the outside world.
    soon grow to accept the situation.
    be consumed by its own anger.


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  • “A free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wing in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky.” (stanza 1)

    Which of the following most closely means the same thing as claim?


    to take as one’s own
    to wish ardently for
    to work hard for
    to explore a new territory


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  • According to the information given in the poem, the bird that stalks down its cage (stanza 2) is most likely moving in which of the following ways?

    lightly
    grimly
    joyously
    indecisively


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  • Which of these subheadings would most accurately reflect the information in paragraphs 1 and 2?

    Effects of the Yellowstone Fire
    Tourism Since the Yellowstone Fire
    News Media Dramatically Reports Fire
    Biodiversity in Yellowstone Since the Fire


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  • Why does the passage open with the line, “What a difference a decade makes”?


    to highlight how quickly time passes

    to highlight the difficulty of post-fire recovery

    to highlight the cycle of nature

    to highlight the limitation of natural processes



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  • Which of the following is a detail from the passage intended to convey that the population of such wildlife as three-toed woodpeckers actually increased after the fire?


    After the danger passed, wildlife returned.

    Downed trees created a habitat that sustained a food chain.

    Tourism decreased, minimizing the danger to woodpeckers.

    After the fire, predators of birds abandoned the forest floor.



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  • Based on paragraph 9, which of the following would the author support?


    increased spending on fire fighting in national parks

    periodically setting “controlled fires” in national parks

    viewing fire as the enemy and discovering ways to fight it

    educating people about the dangers of wildfires when they visit national parks



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  • The passage uses the word ornithologist (paragraph 11). The suffix “-logist” comes from Latin and Greek and it means “the study of.”

    Which of the following things does an ornithologist study?


    elk
    deer
    birds
    bears


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  • According to paragraph 8, you can infer that lodgepole pines


    are the oldest of all pine trees.

    provide a natural habitat for insects.

    were totally destroyed by the fires.

    have seeds that are best distributed by fire.



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  • Which of the following best describes Codrescu’s audience?


    immigrants waiting to become American citizens

    the children of recent American immigrants

    people who have just become American citizens

    people studying to become American citizens



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  • With which of the following would the author most likely agree?


    New Americans should leave their old ways behind.

    New Americans are no different than any other Americans.

    New Americans require more education than other Americans.

    New Americans help revitalize America.



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  • The story of the exchange between the author and the bus driver is intended to convey which of the following?


    The author was lonely and missing his family.

    The author’s clothes did not fit him.

    The author was ambitious and had many ideas for success.

    The author did not yet speak English well.



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  • The author advises new Americans to


    try to become like their neighbors.

    hold on to the opinions they formed in their native countries.

    remember the difficulties of living in their native countries.

    forget the hatreds and problems they had in their native countries.



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  • The author implies that America has changed since he came here. Which of the following best describes the change he implies?


    America has become a more comfortable place to live.

    America has become even more diverse and culturally rich.

    More immigrants from Europe have arrived.

    The children of immigrants behave differently.



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  • Which of the following best restates the meaning of the last line of the speech (“It’s your turn.”)?


    New Americans have the chance to help shape America.

    New Americans should try to become as successful as possible.

    New Americans need to teach their children about their “old” customs and habits.

    New Americans have the obligation to share their customs with other Americans.



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