Context Clues
Making Inferences
Plot
Fact & Opinion
Main Idea
100

1. Poor Farmer Chevez labors sixteen hours a day and never has time for a vacation. He deserves better! Everyone should have at least one day a week for rest and relaxation.

A. plays
B. eats
C. works
D. unions



C. works

100

Turner almost wished that he hadn’t listened to the radio. He went to the closet and grabbed his umbrella. He would feel silly carrying it to the bus stop on such a sunny morning.

Which probably happened?

a. Turner realized that he had an unnatural fear of falling radio parts.
b. Turner had promised himself to do something silly that morning.
c. Turner had heard a weather forecast that predicted rain.
d. Turner planned to trade his umbrella for a bus ride.

c. Turner had heard a weather forecast that predicted rain.

100

The plot of a story is a series of _____________ that happen.

events

100

An opinion is a statement that cannot be _________.

proven

100

What is a pyramid?  It is a huge building of heavy stone.  Each pyramid has triangle-shaped sides.  It is pointed at the top and flat on the bottom.  The sides are flat, and there are no windows.  Pyramids were built long ago in the desert.  They were used as tombs for the kings and queens of Egypt.

The main idea in this passage is:

a.  the size of the pyramid

b.  a description of a pyramid

c.  pyramids were built of sand 

d.  why kings were buried in pyramids


b.  a description of a pyramid

200

Brea and Elizabeth are having a dispute over which radio station to play at work. It would be so much simpler if they both liked the same kind of music.

A dispute is a __________.

a. musical instrument
b. choice of music
c. discovery
d. disagreement

d. disagreement

200

“Larry, as your boss, I must say it’s been very interesting working with you,” Miss Valdez said. “However, it seems that our company’s needs and your performance style are not well matched. Therefore, it makes me very sad to have to ask you to resign your position effective today.”

 What was Miss Valdez telling Larry?

a. She would feel really bad if he decided to quit.
b. He was being fired.
c. He was getting a raise in pay.
d. She really enjoyed having him in the office.

b. He was being fired.

200

The _________ action are the events that happen after the exposition and lead up to the climax.

rising action

200

Choose TWO statements below that are facts. 

A. With dark blue mesh and bright orange text, the Chicago Bears have the ugliest uniform in the NFL.

B. Aroldis Chapman threw the fastest pitch recorded in a major league game at 105 MPH.

C. Mary Lou Retton was the first American to win the gold medal in the Women’s All-Around event.

D. Women’s basketball games are not as aggressive or exciting as men’s basketball games.



B. Aroldis Chapman threw the fastest pitch recorded in a major league game at 105 MPH.

C. Mary Lou Retton was the first American to win the gold medal in the Women’s All-Around event.

200

 Charles Lindberg was born in 1902.  He loved anything mechanical.  He loved airplanes.  When he heard of a contest to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, he decided to try.  He built his own plane.  He flew non-stop from New York to Paris.  He won the prize and he became famous for flying across the ocean.  Lindberg died in 1974.

The main idea in this passage is:

a.  a definition of the word airplane

b.  an example of a famous plane

c.  a biography of Charles Lindberg

d.  a fiction story about a flight across the ocean


c.  a biography of Charles Lindberg

300

When they heard the good news about the court’s decision, the angry crowd cheered and then began to disperse. “It looks like everyone is going home,” one reporter stated.

Which would be the opposite of “disperse”?

a. come together
b. smile
c. fly like a bird
d. sing

a. come together

300

No, Honey, I don’t want you to spend a lot of money on my birthday present. Just having you for a husband is the only gift I need. In fact, I’ll just drive my old rusty bucket of bolts down to the mall and buy myself a little present. And if the poor old car doesn't break down, I’ll be back soon.

What is the woman implied message to her husband?

a. I don’t want a gift.
b. Buy me a new car.
c. The mall is fun.
d. I’ll carry a bucket for you.

b. Buy me a new car.

300

The __________ action are the events that happen in response to the climax and lead to the end of the story.

falling action

300

Choose TWO statements below that are opinions.

A. It is wrong to hunt bald eagles because they are a threatened species. 

B. A low carbohydrate diet is the best way to lose weight.

C. The periodic table of elements arranges elements by atomic number. 

D. The solar system is located in the Milky Way. 

A. It is wrong to hunt bald eagles because they are a threatened species. 

B. A low carbohydrate diet is the best way to lose weight.

300

1.  A fish’s tail presses first to one side and then the other.  The tail of a whale moves up and down.  Eels and sea snakes move in an S pattern, bending their bodies.  Scallops flap their shells, squeezing out water to push them along.

Which sentence below could be a TOPIC SENTENCE for the paragraph above?

a.  The tail is an important part of a fish’s body.

b.  Ocean animals use a variety of methods to get from here to there.

c.  Animals crawl, run, and swim to get from place to place.


b.  Ocean animals use a variety of methods to get from here to there.

400

Fortunately, the dizzy spell was transient. He was able to continue playing within seconds and had no trouble winning the match.

When you describe an event as “transient,” you are saying that __________.

a. it sounds like a train
b. it is quite harmful
c. it helps you win
d. it doesn't last long

d. it doesn't last long

400

Bill and Jessica were almost done taking turns choosing the players for their teams. It was Jessica’s turn to choose, and only Kurt was left.


Jessica said, “Kurt.”

We can infer that ________

a. Kurt is not a very good player.
b. Jessica was pleased to have Kurt on her team.
c. Kurt was the best player on either team.
d. Jessica was inconsiderate of Kurt’s feelings.

a. Kurt is not a very good player.

400

The ___________ is the turning point in the story where there is the most suspense. 

climax

400

Is the following statement a fact or an opinion?

“Doing something challenging teaches you a lot about yourself,” said Rachel.

Opinion

400

Many people throw out their garbage without thinking about where it ends up.  Often it is dumped in the ocean and the animals in the ocean try to eat garbage.  Often they get sick or die.  Turtles eat plastic bags.  Fish and birds get tangled in soda can rings, and dolphins and seals choke on bottles.

Which sentence below could be a TOPIC SENTENCE for the paragraph above?

a.  Trash is dangerous to ocean animals.

b.  Your garbage goes a long way.

c.  Sharks are unlike other fish.


a.  Trash is dangerous to ocean animals.

500

Your cousin claimed to be late because the doors of his house were frozen shut. Even though I have my doubts, his explanation is plausible. It got really cold last night. I'll just have to take his word for it.

If a statement is plausible,  __________.

a. you must always believe it
b. it's believable enough to possibly be true
c. it's hard to understand because it makes no sense
d. you should never believe it

b. it's believable enough to possibly be true

500

     Kim wants to drive her three kids and their two friends to the soccer game. The problem is that her shiny new SUV only has room for five passengers including the driver.
    Kim misses her old eight passenger SUV but she’s still thankful that the new one gets much better gas mileage.

1. Which of the following statements is false?

a. Kim’s new vehicle is not meant to carry six people.
b. Kim’s old SUV had seating for more passengers than the new one.
c. Kim won’t be able to take her kids to the soccer game.

c. Kim won’t be able to take her kids to the soccer game.

500

The __________ is the beginning of the story where the reader learns about the setting, characters, and background information.

exposition

500

Is the following a fact or an opinion?

Cesar Chavez signed a contract with the farm owners providing them with improved work conditions.

Fact

500

 A satellite is a spacecraft that orbits the earth.  Scientists use satellites to look at the universe.  They use them to look into the oceans too.  Spies use them to find secret information.  We may use satellites to talk on the phone and we sometimes use them to watch T.V.  Satellites are also used by G.P.S. receivers that tell us where we are located on the earth.

This paragraph is mostly about _________.

a.  TV satellites

b.  scientists

c.  G.P.S.

d.  satellites

d.  satellites

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