Figurative Language Skills Vocabulary Strategies Mystery

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What is A. "When I walked outside, I was as cold as an ice cube."
Which sentence includes an exaggeration? A. "When I walked outside, I was as cold as an ice cube." B. "The entire dance class was standing in a line on top of our boxes." C. "Oh my, I missed my partner's box altogether and slipped!" D. "What an experience!"

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What is D. "In these kinds of animal conversations, half the fun is in trying to figure out what the animals are saying to each other!"
Which sentence is an opinion? A. "Chimpanzees groom each other to show affection." B. "Dogs also bark, whine, growl, and howl to communicate." C. "For example, when male white-tailed deer rub their antlers against trees, glands on their heads leave a scent behind." D. "In these kinds of animal conversations, half the fun is in trying to figure out what the animals are saying to each other!"

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What is C. unsafe.
"Winds may be hazardous. Remain indoors." What does the word "hazardous" mean? A. fast B. cold C. unsafe D. steady

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What is A. appear again.
Knowing the prefix "re" helpd the reader know that "reappear" means A. appear again B. not appear C. appear out of thin air D. appear loudly

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What is D. without motion.
"I lay there, motionless, for about an hour." What does "motionless" mean in this sentence? A. with motion B. moving slowly C. moving backwards D. without motion

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What is B. Too Tall Sally and So Short Tom
Which of these lines from a poem includes examples of alliteration? A. They were as different as night and day. B. Too Tall Sally and So Short Tom C. She got what she needed and nothing more. D. Why two such folks would choose to wed

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What is D. "But in the 1900s, Mozart again was known as the greatest composer of all time."
Which sentence shows an example of exaggeration? A. "The young Wolfgang heard the music of many famous composers while he was on this trip." B. "These were successful years for Wolfgang, so he didn't have much reason to leave home." C. "Then, in 1790, he took another trip, this time to Frankfurt, Geormany." D. "But in the 1900s, Mozart again was known as the greatest composer of all time."

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What is B. not done under your control.
"It's not something you do actively: it's involuntary." What does the word "involuntary" mean? A. not visible B. not done under your control C. not done in a healthy way D. not happy

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What is D. difficult.
"Such trips were often hard, though." Which meaning of the word "hard" is used in this sentence? A. firm B. stern C. solid D. difficult

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What is D. "He always has good luck."
Which phrase shows an example of an opinion? A. "The ground was white with a blanket of snow." B. "Peanut disappeared from his yard two days ago." C. "He could see tracks made by tiny bird feet and by large deer hooves." D. "He always has good luck."

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What is B. "We stared at the biscuits. They stared back, daring us to eat them."
Which line from the passage contains an example of personification? A. "On weekdays, there is only enough time for cereal and maybe some toast." B. "We stared at the biscuits. They stared back, daring us to eat them." C. "You can imagine how happy we were to have Dad home." D. "Even fried bread is probably better than left over spaghetti."

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What is A. to tell a story
Why did the author most likely write the story of the 3 Little Pigs? A. to tell a story B. to inform about pigs C. to persuade readers to build brick houses D. to warn readers about wolves

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What is D. left.
"Louisa pushed it open and entered the garden." Which word is the opposite of the word "entered?" A. crashed B. ran C. arrived D. left

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What is A. the opposite of advantages.
Knowing the prefix "dis-" helps the reader understand that "disadvantages" means A. the opposite of advantages B. big advantages C. having advantages D. full of advantages

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What is C. time.
What determines setting in a story other than place? A. characters B. plot C. time D. conflict

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What is B. whatever he was interested in
Read these lines from the poem: "With So Short Tom it was much more chancy/ He'd pick up whatever struck his fancy." What does "whatever struck his fancy" mean? A. whatever physically hit him B. whatever he was interested in C. whatever he needed D. whatever someone gave him

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What is B. "Being able to see is more important than being able to hear or smell."
Which sentence contains an opinion? A. "A thorough eye examination involves many different steps." B. "Being able to see is more important than being able to hear or smell." C. "Is it time to rest from the test?" D. "So let's proceed to the glasses you need."

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What is A. fix.
"In some cases bifocals or trifocals are necessary to correct the vision of a patient." In this sentence, the word correct means A. fix B. right C. change D. judge

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What is C. This recipe for French toast has special meaning.
"Grandma Bea learned this recipe from her mother, and she has passed it on to each of her children." What does this sentence suggest about Bea's French toast? A. It is easy to make. B. Anybody could make this kind of French toast. C. This recipe for French toast has special meaning. D. This French toast tastes terrible.

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What is B. having success.
"Jack now had a successful song." Knowing the suffix "-ful" helps the reader understand that "successful" means A. failing B. having success C. able to have success D. someone who has success

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What is D. Bea's French toast tastes really good
"Bea's French toast is the best invention since sliced bread!" What does this mean? A. Bea's French toast was invented after sliced bread B. Bea's French toast is better than sliced bread C. Bea's French toast is a new invention D. Bea's French toast tastes really good.

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What is B. it takes years of study to know enough to give an eye examination.
"It often takes about an hour to complete, and it requires a specially trained doctor called an ophthalmologist." From this sentence, the reader can infer that A. anybody can give an eye examination B. it takes years of study to know enough to give an eye examination C. many people try to become ophthalmologists D. ophthalmologists ususally have good vision

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What is B - It is raining out
"The rain ran off my umbrella as I stepped into a huge puddle." What can you infer was happening during this sentence? A. It is a sunny day. B. It is raining out. C. It is a school day. D. Umbrellas come in different sizes.

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What is B. not possible.
"Did Peanut come through the gate? No, that was impossible." What does the word "impossible" mean? A. very possible B. not possible C. full of possibility D. state of possibility

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What is D. alliteration.
"Don't forget to eat a brain boosting breakfast!" This contains an example of A. simile B. metaphor C. personification D. alliteration

3rd Grade Reading PSSA Skills

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