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The Mona Lisa is a painting by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci. It was painted between 1503 and 1506. Today, it is thought to be the most well known painting in the world. You can see the Mona Lisa at the Lourve Museum in Paris, France. About 6 million people view the painting each year. 



Of all the animals in the zoo, the lion is the fierce.


In paragraph 1, the details about E. B. White’s childhood support the idea that he - 

A  was a very talented writer.

B  always enjoyed writing. 

C  would write children’s books.

D  began writing at an early age.



Read this selection. The caracal is one of more than 30 species of small wild cats. Most caracals grow about three feet long and can weigh over 40 pounds. The feline is usually most active after sunset. To catch its prey, the caracal crouches in the tall grass, eyeing a bird perched on a nearby shrub. Suddenly the wild cat bursts from her hiding spot and bolts toward the fowl. As the bird takes off, so does the caracal. She leaps up six feet and swats her prey with her paw, causing it to fall to the ground. Then the cat scoops up the bird in her mouth. It’s dinnertime. A reader could conclude that the main idea of this article could be— 

A. the caracal is a heavy sleeper B. the caracal is the strongest of wild cats C. the caracal has superior skills that it uses for hunting D. the caracal is a dangerous animal



The beloved children's book writer, Shel Silverstein is will known for his three books of children's poems. The first book, Where the Sidewalk Ends was published in 1974. The second book, A Light in the Attic, came out 7 years later in 1981. The final book, Falling Up, was published in 1996. 



Think of a COLLECTIVE noun for "bees". Write your answer in the form of a question. 


The photograph and caption are included in the selection to show - 

A  why E. B. White is such a popular writer

B  how E. B. White inspired people

C  what E. B. White sounds like 

D  when E. B. White wrote Charlotte’s Web



Despite his wonderful writing skills, the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, was never a very confident public speaker. When he had to speak publicly, he frequently mumbled and spoke in a very low inaudible voice that made it very difficult for people to hear him. That’s not to say that his speeches were not well written and meaningful. He was just not able to give the speeches in front of crowds. John Adams once said, “During the whole time I’ve known him, I never heard him utter three sentences together.” A reader could conclude that Thomas Jefferson— 

A. didn’t like the sound of his voice B. was more of a talker than a thinker C. was good friends with John Adams D. wasn’t elected President because of his great animated speeches



Moths and Butterflies often look similar. Both have large wings and long, thin bodies, and both live their lives like caterpillars. However butterflies usually have brighter colors on their wings than moths. Also, butterflies are most active during the day, while moths are generally creatures of the night. 

Compare and Contrast


There are ten teams, and _______ has its own team colors.

A) each

B) every

c) some



Write a QUESTION you could ask another reader about paragraph 5. 


Around 1905, “Nickelodeons”, or 5-cent movie theaters, began to offer an easy and inexpensive way for the public to watch movies for the first time. Nickelodeons helped the movie industry move into the 1920’s by increasing the popularity of film and by making more money for filmmakers to create more films. Movie theaters were also a great way for people to see the latest news about WWI on a big screen and not just the radio. After World War I ended, movie theaters and Hollywood were on the rise and people were addicted to seeing movies at theaters. A conclusion for this article might be that— A. Nickelodeons were more about news than movies. B. Movies theaters were not accepted at first. C. Nickelodeons were too costly for the average person to attend. D. Movie theaters were used to inform people



In the 1600’s William Penn, an Englishmen, established the town of Philadelphia as a place where people could find religious freedom. It later became known as the “City of Brotherly Love.” William Penn wanted the city to be known as a place to find peace. By the mid-1700’s, the city was the center of colonial efforts to win independence from Great Britain.


Correct the following sentence.

the Shoes my mom bought me were the bestest ones ive ever had susan said


Select two reasons the author included the facts about E. B. White’s wife in paragraph 5.

A to explain why they moved to Maine 

B to suggest she helped him become a successful writer 

C to emphasize how she changed his life

D to show how he began writing children’s books

E  to address why he did not like many children’s books

A and D


During the fall of 1918, Walt Disney attempted to enlist for military service. However, he was rejected because he was under age, only sixteen years old at the time. Instead, Walt was able to join the Red Cross and was sent overseas to France, where he spent a year driving an ambulance and chauffeuring Red Cross officials. His ambulance was covered from stem to stern, not with normal military camouflage, but with cartoons. According to the text — 

A. Walt Disney felt a duty to serve his country. 

B. Walt Disney liked cartoons more than any other reading material. 

C. Walt Disney was quite cowardly. 

D. Walt Disney was unhappy at home and wanted to get away by joining the service.


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