GENRES
FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE
AUTHOR'S PURPOSE
CONTEXT CLUES
POETRY
100
What is a text that gives information about a person's life, is written by another person, and gives facts from history?
biography
100
What figurative language is this? "The thunder boomed until the storm passed."
onomatopoeia
100
Jill ran up the hill with Jack. She was carrying a pail. Jack tripped over a rock and caused Jill to tumble down the side of the hill. She broke her arm and refused to talk to Jack for three weeks. Jack decided to make her a cake one day. He wanted to apologize. Jill accepted the cake and they were best friends once again. What is the author's purpose?
The author's purpose is to entertain the reader.
100
Evelyn held her baby close as the tornado swept by. Fortunately, she was strong enough to hold onto her child. The tornado was quite strong, too. Using the dictionary entry below, which definition best fits the way the word "strong" is used in the last sentence? STRONG \'strôŋ\ adj. 1. muscular 2. consisting of solid material 3. determined 4. moving rapidly or with force
4. moving rapidly or with force
100
Little Jack Horner Little Jack Horner (a) Sat in the corner, (a) Eating a Christmas pie; (b) He put in his thumb, (c) And pulled out a plum, (c) And said, "What a good boy am I!" (b) In the poem above, aabccb is an example of the ________ of the poem. a. alliteration b. rhyme scheme c. rhythm d. onomatopoeia
b. rhyme scheme
200

What is a text that teaches a moral lesson and usually has animals as characters? 

fable

200
What figurative language is this? "In the deep, dark dungeon, dread hovered."
alliteration
200
Cookies are a necessary food item in your life. First, they taste amazing, like sweet nectar that warms your tummy. Second, they come in all kinds of flavors. Even if you are a picky eater, there is surely a type of cookie that will please you. Finally, cookies make you happy. If you decide not to eat cookies, you will be miserable and cranky for the rest of your life. Eat them now! What is the author's purpose?
The author's purpose is to persuade the reader.
200

"What's for dinner?" Kyle asked Mom.  Their big dog Zeke jumped up exuberantly.  He understood the word dinner.  

What do you think exuberantly means? a. nervously b. harshly c. excitedly d. lazily

c. excitedly

200
ON TOP OF SPAGHETTI On top of spaghetti, All covered with cheese, I lost my poor meatball When somebody sneezed. It rolled off the table And onto the floor, And then my poor meatball Rolled right out the door! It rolled in a garden And under a bush Now my poor meatball Was nothing but mush The mush was as tasty As tasty could be Early next summer It grew into a tree The tree was all covered With beautiful moss It grew lovely meatballs In a tomato sauce So if you like spaghetti All covered with cheese Hold on to your meatballs And DON'T EVER SNEEZE! In the fourth stanza, what happened to the meatball? a. Somebody sneezed. b. It rolled out the door. c. It rolled off the table. d. It grew into a tree.
d. It grew into a tree.
300
What is a text that tells a story that was told in an ancient culture to explain a practice, belief, or natural occurrence?
myth
300
What figurative language is this? "The huge rock smiled with contentment in the warm sunshine."
personification
300
Brushing your teeth is very important. Some do not know the proper way to accomplish this task. First, you put a dime size amount of toothpaste on a toothbrush. Brush the top right side of your teeth, in a circular motion, all over the teeth. After 20 seconds, switch to the top left side of your teeth and repeat. Repeat four more times with the rest of your teeth. When done brushing, rinse your mouth clean with water. Make sure to clean the brush as well! You're finished! You now have beautiful, clean teeth. What is the author's purpose?
The author's purpose is to inform or explain something the reader.
300
Even though I am a great swimmer, I have a great deal of ambivalence about swimming because my uncle drowned several years ago. Which is the best definition for the word "ambivalence". a. uncaring b. mixed feelings c. anger d. joyful
b. mixed feelings
300

A poem, like "Casey at the Bat", that has short stanzas and tells a story is a _________. a. narrative poem b. free verse poem c. biographical poem d. humorous poem

a. narrative poem

400
What is a selection written for a performance by actors on a stage, on television, etc.?
Drama or Play
400
What figurative language is this? "He flew out the door like a bull out of the shoot at a rodeo."
simile
400
The rabbit's long ears, which can be more than 10 cm (4 in) long, are probably an adaptation for detecting predators. They have large, powerful hind legs. The two front paws have 5 toes, the extra called the dewclaw. The hind feet have 4 toes. What is the author's purpose?
The author's purpose is to inform the reader.
400
My mother goes to see Dr. Bixby regularly. My father said an immunologist might be able to heal her cancer. What does the word "immunologist" mean? a. a religious healer b. someone unable to change over time c. a person who is not able to change over time d. someone who has studied the immune system
d. someone who has studied the immune system
400
The STAAR Test You can only do your best on the mighty STAAR test. For you’ve worked diligently, unconditionally, Your knowledge now compressed. This poem is written in what point of view? a. first person b. second person c. third person limited d. third person omniscient
b. second person
500
What is a story that is not true, but includes some historical events that are true?
Historical Fiction
500
What figurative language is this? "The sparkling water was lightning bugs dancing in the moonlight."
metaphor
500
Dear Editor, Our principal refuses to let us chew gum in the gym. As students, we need to keep our rhythm when we play basketball. Chewing gum is the best way to do so. To ban us from chewing gum will make us lose our basketball games!! Is that what the people of the district want? If not, maybe the community can help us by calling into our principal so we can chew gum in the gym. Regards, The Basketball Team What is the author's purpose?
The author's purpose is to persuade the reader.
500
It was unanimous. After the vote was taken, it was apparent everyone wanted to go to SeaWorld instead of the museum. What does "unanimous" mean? a. all b. the majority c. leader rules d. sad
a. all
500

"This Is Just To Say" by William Carlos Williams, 1883 - 1963 I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast Forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold This form of poetry is called _________. a. rhyming b. biographical c. free verse d. none of these

c. free verse

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