1. Read the passage below. (501.8.9)
Owning a pet from the pound or Animal Rescue League has many advantages. First of all, a child feels good about rescuing an abandoned or abused animal and giving it a whole new life. Besides, if the animals from the pound aren’t adopted right away, they might be put to sleep. Having a pet also means lots of responsibilities. A child has to feed, clean up after, brush, and exercise the pet.
Another great advantage of having a pet from the pound is the price of these cute and cuddly animals. Pets from the pound cost only a few dollars while pets at a fancy pet store can cost hundreds of dollars.
Once you adopt a pet from the Animal Rescue League, it will quickly become a part of your family. If you are thinking of adopting a pet, you might consider choosing a dog or a cat. Dogs and cats can bring lots of happy times to a family, and they can be excellent companions for a person who lives alone or someone who has lost a loved one. Dogs are also a wonderful source of protection. Cats are funny, and they may help to calm people down when they are sad or mad.
Please consider adopting an animal. If you remember all of the advantages of adopting a pet from the pound, you might find the bird, mouse, hamster, dog, or cat of your choice.
The author wrote this passage to ___
A. inform the reader about a variety of places to find the perfect pet.
B. share feelings with the reader about the advantages of owning a pet.
C. entertain the reader with a story about different kinds of pets.
D. persuade the reader to adopt a pet from a pound or Animal Rescue League.
2. Read the passage below.
Seals and sea lions are both sea mammals that live in and around the ocean. Both seals and sea lions have flippers to help them swim in the water. But there are differences between seals and sea lions too. Sea lions can turn their back flippers around and use them to walk when on dry land. Seals cannot turn their back flippers around. When they are on dry land, they must use their front flippers to slide on their stomachs. Their back flippers cannot help them move on land.
What is the author's main purpose for writing this passage?
A. to persuade the reader to study sea lions
B. to entertain the reader with a fictional story about the life of sea lions
C. to inform the reader about the characteristics of sea lions
D. to share feelings about how sea lions behave in the ocean
3. Read the passage below.
If you have ever walked with bare feet on a rocky beach and stepped on something sharp, you may have found a barnacle. Barnacles are small animals that make their own sharp shells. They stick themselves onto rocks, boats, or jetties. When the water covers them, barnacles wave tiny feet to catch their food. Barnacles eat plants that are so small that we cannot see them.
The purpose of this passage is to
A. persuade the reader to beware of barnacles on beaches.
B. inform the reader about the dangers of barnacles.
C. teach the reader facts about barnacles.
D. entertain the reader with a passage about barnacles.
(501.4.1, 501.4.4 Sources of Information)
4. Keisha is doing research on African elephants. She needs some general information about this animal. Which is the best source for finding this information?
5. Selena needs to know the distance between Egypt and Sudan. What source of information should she use first?
6. Michael is doing a report on Mexico. He needs to know the country's average temperature in the summer. Which source would best provide this information?
7. Raven wants the latest medical news about the chicken pox. Which of the following would provide her with the most up-to-date research information?
8. Shayla wants to know how many syllables are in the word alfalfa. Which source would provide her with this information?
9. Miguel needs to find an antonym for the word obscure. Which would be the best source for this information?
Compound words, contractions, and abbreviations
10. The underlined word is a contraction for which two words?
If Marcus had made the basket, we’d be this year’s state basketball champions.
- we could
- we would
- we had
- we did
11. Which word in the sentence is a compound word?
Everything was demolished in the house fire that quickly spread to the lawn.
12. What is the correct way to abbreviate Asia’s address?
Asia Moore lives at 2345 Maple Avenue Memphis Tennessee 38115
- 2345 Maple Ave.
- 2345 Maple Avenue
- 2345 Maple Ave.
Memphis, TN 38115
- 2345 Maple Av.
Read the passage and answer questions 13-15.
You should think about changing the starting time of school from 8:30 to 9:30. If you did this kids wouldn't be so tired when they came to school in the morning. We would be able to sleep longer, and we’d have plenty of time to eat breakfast in the morning. We would have more energy. We would learn better.
13. What is the purpose for writing this passage?
- To entertain readers about a bad school rule
- To inform parents that the starting time of the school day will change
- To convince the reader to change the starting time of the school day
- To persuade the reader to get more energy so learning can take place
14. For which audience was this passage written?
A. people who have grandchildren
B. people who have school-age children
C. students who want to get to school early
D. people who are school principals
15. Which would be the most appropriate title for this passage?
A. Many Changes Need to Be Made At Our School
B. Making Decisions That Help Students
C. Why Students Come to School Tired Everyday
D. It’s Time for a Change in America
Read the passage and answer questions 16-18.
Bobby was preparing to go to bed late one evening when he heard a shrill screech coming from the barn outside. Bobby was unsure what was making such an eerie noise so late in the night. He had trouble falling asleep and tossed and turned all night dreaming about the haunting sounds emanating from the barn. When Bobby awakened the following morning, he hurried out to the barn to discover what was causing such a peculiar noise the night prior. He gathered his courage and entered the barn but left befuddled when he could not find what was making such noise. That evening after dinner, as the sun was setting, Bobby grabbed a flashlight and set out for the barn.
“Where are you heading?” Bobby’s father asked.
“I am going to go find the monster that was making such a commotion last night,” Bobby replied.
“If you are going to look for a monster, you might need some assistance,” Bobby’s dad responded as he walked with Bobby out to the barn.
Bobby shined his flashlight into the barn, but he did not see anything. Bobby called out but only his echo returned. He walked into the barn but there was no monster.
“What did this monster sound like?” Bobby’s dad asked.
“It was a screeching noise,” Bobby said, “and it was coming from the barn. I know it!”
Bobby’s dad began to chuckle and he took the flashlight from Bobby. Shining the flashlight up at the roof of the barn, Bobby and his dad saw a small brown owl in the rafters of the roof.
“It was only a barn owl that you heard last night,” Bobby’s dad said. “They are nocturnal predators so that is why you only heard him at night. He must have been hunting for his dinner.”
Bobby was elated that it wasn’t a monster and thanked his dad as they walked back to the house. Just then they heard a loud screech and looked up to see the barn owl flying away into the night sky.
16. What is the purpose of this passage?
A. to entertain the reader with a nonfiction story about a monster in a barn
B. to convince the reader to be careful when entering barns at night
C. to inform the reader about nocturnal animals that live in barns
D. to entertain the reader with a story about an imaginary monster in a barn
17. Which audience would be most interested in this passage?
A. students who are studying nocturnal animals
B. girls who are afraid of imaginary monsters
C. boys who allow their imaginations to run wild
D. parents who think their children should beware of peculiar noises
18. Which would be the best title for this passage?
A. The Monster in the Barn
B. Bobby and the Haunted Barn
C. Strangers in the Dark
D. Scary Barn Animals
Read the passage and answer questions 19-21.
Bats smell, hear, taste, feel and see just like people do. The term "blind as a bat" isn't really accurate. Bats have perfectly good eyes for seeing in the daylight. The problem is that they do most of their hunting at night!
Instead of relying on their sense of sight for night-time vision, bats make rapid high-pitched squeaks called "ultrasounds". These sounds are too high for most people to hear. If these sounds hit something, they bounce back -- sort of like when you hear your echo in a mountain or a bathroom when you shout. The bat hears the echo and can tell where the object is. This is called "echolocation". Not every species of bat is able to echolocate, but most can.
19. What is the purpose of this passage?
A. to share feelings about how bats see in the daylight
B. to persuade the reader to learn more about bats
C. to inform the reader about interesting facts about bats
D. to entertain the reader with a fictional passage about bats
20. Which audience would be most interested in this passage?
A. people who are afraid of bats
B. people who think bats are like people
C. people who like to learn new things
D. people are fascinated with bats
21. Which would be the best title for this passage?
A. Bat Are Like People
B. Bat Senses
C. Bat Facts
D. Sensitive Bats
(501.1.4 Troublesome words)
22. Which sentence correctly uses the underlined word?
A. I really need too find my watch before we leave the house.
B. There are far two many people on this train.
C. This is too good an opportunity to miss.
D. For all these years, I’ve been trying too find the lost city.
23. Which sentence correctly uses the underlined word?
A. I have no idea whom was standing at the bus stop when the accident happened.
B. With whom is she going to the party?
C. I just can’t think whom might have done such a thing!
D. We may never know whom was really responsible for the damage.
24. Which sentence correctly uses the underlined word?
A. The soldiers are not sure where their going.
B. Is there anything in there?
C. The two lost boys found both they’re way home in the end.
D. There books were left in the classroom.
(Commas, colons & semicolons)
25. Which sentence is written correctly?
A. The soup contained: peas, tomatoes, and beef.
B. The soup contained peas, tomatoes and beef.
C. The soup contained; peas, tomatoes, and beef.
D. The soup contained peas, tomatoes, and beef.
26. Which sentence is written correctly?
A. My favorite breakfast cereals are: corn flakes, frosties and golden nuggets.
B. These are my favorite breakfast cereals: corn flakes, frosties, and golden nuggets.
C. My favorite breakfast cereals: corn flakes, frosties and golden nuggets.
D. These are my favorite breakfast cereals, corn flakes, frosties, and golden nuggets.
27. Which sentence is written correctly?
A. The new house was: modern, spacious and luxurious.
B. Our new house looked: modern, spacious, and luxurious.
C. I like a new house to be all of the following: modern, spacious, and luxurious.
D. All the houses on the new estate were: modern, spacious and luxurious.
(Quotation marks & commas in direct quotes)
28. Which sentence is written correctly?
A. William exclaimed, “I can’t believe we are finally here”!
B. William exclaimed, “I can’t believe we are finally here!”
C. William exclaimed “I can’t believe we are finally here.”
D. William exclaimed, “I can’t believe we are finally here?”
29. Which sentence is written correctly?
A. The beach said Dad “is more beautiful than ever.”
B. The beach, said Dad, “is more beautiful than ever.”
C. “The beach,” said Dad, “is more beautiful than ever.”
D. “The beach said Dad, is more beautiful than ever.”
30. Which sentence is written correctly?
A. “No I only planted beans and melons” answered Ashley.
B. “No I only planted beans and melons,” answered Ashley.
C. “No,” “I only planted beans and melons,” answered Ashley.
D. “No, I only planted beans and melons,” answered Ashley.
Alvarado, Lisbeth. Building Your Own Butterfly Garden. Montrose Press, 2005.
31. What information is missing from the bibliography entry above?
- the year the book was published
- the number of pages in the book
- the name of the publisher
- the place of publication
Sebastian's teacher wanted a book with two authors listed in the following format in a bibliography: Author (last name first) and second Author (first name first). Title. City of Publication: Publisher, copyright date.
32. Which entry is correct?
- Mt. Olympus and Its Heroes by Smith, Samuel and Arturo Avilla. New Orleans: St. Mary's Publishing House, 2001.
- Smith, Samuel and Arturo Avilla. Mt. Olympus and Its Heroes. New Orleans: St. Mary's Publishing House, 2001.
- New Orleans: St. Mary's Publishing House, 2001. Smith, Samuel and Arturo Avilla. Mt. Olympus and Its Heroes.
- New Orleans: St. Mary's Publishing House, 2001. Mt. Olympus and Its Heroes. Smith, Samuel and Arturo Avilla.
33. A bibliography will include all but which of the following information about a book?
- author's name
- year of publication
- number of pages
(Correctly spelled words)
34. Which two words are misspelled in the sentence below?
My grandparents put there house on the marcket to sell.
- "there" and "marcket"
- "house" and "sell"
- "grandparents" and marcket"
- "there" and "house"
35. Which rule helps with the spelling of the following words: dolphins, elephants, phones, photo, tough, alphabet, enough, trophy?
- The sound of /k/ can be spelled c, k, or ck.
- Kn, gn, wr, and mb have silent letters.
- The sound of /f/ can be spelled by f, ff, gh, or ph.
- Sometimes double consonants stand for only one sound.
36. Which choice gives the correct spelling of the word that fits into the sentence?
Mom paid for the groceries, and the cashier gave her the ________ for her purchases.