The article tells us that scarecrows have been used for over three thousand years.
This is probably because
that’s when the materials for making the scarecrows became available.
the crow population increased rapidly at that time.
no one is sure why they were invented, so they picked a time long ago.
that’s about when people began to farm crops.
The article tells you that scarecrows “often represent sinister spirits in myths and legends.” What does the word sinister mean when used this way?
The author begins this article by pretending that you, the reader, are driving through the country. What is the author’s purpose for beginning this way?
The author knows you see scarecrows best from a car.
The author wants readers to feel like a part of the story.
The author likes scarecrows.
The author wants you to know the difference between the city and the country.
The people who worked as bird scarers were small boys, old men and sometimes girls. These people had the bird-shooing job because
they were quick and could chase most birds away.
they were not able to do regular farm work.
they had enough patience to wait for the birds to land.
they could not be relied upon to finish their jobs.
The article tells you that the people who worked as human scarecrows “had only crude huts” for shelter. This means that
their shelters were made of an oily tar.
the shelters could be moved from place to place.
the shelters were small and primitive.
people built their own shelters.
Which of the following does this article try to teach you?
Some history and facts about scarecrows
Some ways people farmed three thousand years ago
Some stories about famous scarecrows
Some different ways you can make a scarecrow
The introduction to this story tells you that it is from a book called Journey of the Shadow Bairns. Which statement is true about the part of the book you have just read?
It is probably part of a chapter from the book.
It is probably most of the book.
It is probably the ending of the book.
It is probably not important to the story.
The author tells readers that Mama was sitting by a small fire and coughing. Why do you think that the author does this?
To tell readers how much Elspeth liked her old home
So that readers will begin to worry about Mama
Because it makes the story seem longer
To show how much Robbie loves Mama
Where did Elspeth and Robbie’s father work during this part of the story?
In the shipyards
On a small farm called a croft
At first Elspeth does not want to take Robbie downstairs to play. Why does she change her mind?
She decides to get some sunshine.
The trains will be going by soon.
At home in an office upstairs
She begins to feel unhappy and trapped indoors.
Who do Elspeth and Robbie see when they go down the stairs to the passageway?
By reading this story, you know that
Elspeth's family is poor.
Papa and Mama are strict.
Robbie and Elspeth will soon run away.
there are a lot of things for a child to do in Glasgow.
Based on the information given on books about Mercury, which one of the statements listed below is true?
They are all written by Americans.
They are arranged alphabetically by title.
They can be found in paperback.
They are arranged alphabetically by the last name of the author.
Under which heading would you look if you wanted to find out if there is a museum near you?
The Solar System
More Books About Mercury
Places to Visit
Which of the following is an accurate statement about how the selection LEARNING ABOUT MERCURY is organized?
It is organized by the kind of help you want to find.
It is organized according to the page numbers in the book.
It is organized using the traditional Dewey Decimal System.
It is organized by alphabetizing all of the information.
Look at the sentences under the For More Information About Mercury heading. What is the attitude that the author has toward his readers in these three sentences?
The author acts as if he is much smarter than the readers.
The author is helpful.
The author is bossy.
The author doesn't care about the readers.
The second paragraph tells you that Dr. Burton has “shed some new light” on Loch Ness. This means that Dr. Burton has
provided a new explanation.
used powerful lights to explore.
actually been to the lake.
finally photographed the monster.
This selection would probably be most useful to someone interested in becoming a
These paragraphs probably came from a
book of fairy tales.
Which of the following is an accurate example of a cause-and-effect relationship described in the story?
People taking pictures at Loch Ness cause Nessie to appear.
Playful otters cause water-soaked branches to sink.
Nessie’s movements cause logs to float to the surface.
Rotting branches cause gas bubbles to form.
This story is fiction. We can say that because
the author made up the characters.
the characters don’t act like real people.
it is about an important time in our country’s history.
readers have to use imagination to see the scenery.
Sarah and the others have a lot of fun sliding on the dune. The author chose to tell about this part of the story so that readers would believe that
the family won't have to work as hard now.
Sarah might be happy in her new home.
Caleb and Anna will be able to go to Maine.
Papa thinks that Sarah is foolish.
The dune that Anna's father built was
inside the hay loft of the barn.
outside near the house.
outside near the barn.
near the ocean.
Why did Papa pile some loose hay below the hay "dune"?
He wanted to make the hay dune taller.
He wanted to make a soft spot to land on.
It was needed to climb to the top of the dune.
He wanted to make a bed for the animals.