A Cool Sip of Cocoa
Basant Birthday
The Spring Walk
Invaders!
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100

RI 4.4 What does the word fake mean as it is used in paragraph 10? 

A breakable

B pretend 

C shiny

D small

B pretend

100

RL 4.4 Which phrase from paragraph 20 helps the reader understand the meaning of the word jig?

A “...neighbors’ string.”

B “Amir danced...”

C “...drums pounding...”

D “...on the street.”

B “Amir danced...”

100

RL 4.3 Which choice describes the setting of the poem?

A breezy and cloudy

B chilly and brisk

C hot and dry

D sunny and bright

D sunny and bright

100

RI 4.2 What is the main idea of the text?

A Invasive species have become a concern in the Florida Everglades because of the damage they have caused to native plants and animals.

B Burmese pythons were the first invasive species discovered in the Florida Everglades, but they cause fewer problems than other invasive animals.

C Invasive species are removed from the waters of the Florida Everglades regularly because they eat too many of the native animals around the reef.

D Many different types of snakes have become invasive species in the Florida Everglades, and people are trying to find ways to get rid of them.

A Invasive species have become a concern in the Florida Everglades because of the damage they have caused to native plants and animals.

100

Invaders!

RI 4.1 Which group of animals became an invasive species after being brought to Florida as pets?

A Argentine black and white tegus

B Cuban tree frogs

C deer

D giant cane toads

A Argentine black and white tegus

200

RI 4.7 Which quotation from the text describes what is shown in the first photograph?

A “Its trunk sprouts football-sized fruits in colors of reddish brown, green, purple, or yellow.” (paragraph 2)

B “Each pod holds 20 to 50 large bean-like seeds, covered in a milky white pulp.” (paragraph 3) 

C “These seeds—also called cocoa beans—are where chocolate begins.” (paragraph 3)

D “The first cocoa eaters may have snacked on the pulp and thrown away the bitter seeds.” (paragraph 4)

A “Its trunk sprouts football-sized fruits in colors of reddish brown, green, purple, or yellow.” (paragraph 2)

200

RL 4.4 Read the sentence from paragraph 15.

"But while the sun still shone, thousands of multicolored kites swayed in the sky like a joyous swarm of birds."

What does the author mean by the phrase “like a joyous swarm of birds” in the sentence?

A There were many kites flying in the air together.

B People were happy seeing all the kites in the air.

C The birds in the air were just as beautiful as the kites.

D People could not tell the kites from the birds in the air.

A There were many kites flying in the air together.

200

RL 4.5 How do the structural elements used in the passage and the poem differ?

A To create rhythm, the passage uses rhyme scheme, while the poem uses sentences.

B To introduce each of the characters, the passage uses a cast list, while the poem uses description.

C To organize ideas, the passage uses paragraphs, while the poem uses stanzas.

D To describe the actions of the characters, the passage uses stage directions, while the poem uses dialogue.

C To organize ideas, the passage uses paragraphs, while the poem uses stanzas.

200

RI 4.4 Part A: What does the word predators mean as it is used in paragraphs 4 and 7?

A animals that feed on other animals

B animals that fight other animals

C animals that grow very large

D animals that live in an area

RI 4.1 Part B: Which phrase from the text best supports the answer to Part A?

A “...few raccoons, opossums, and deer remain in the Everglades.” (paragraph 4)

B “‘...also compete...’” (paragraph 4)

C “...grow around four feet long.” (paragraph 7)

D “...they eat alligator and crocodile eggs, young native gopher tortoises...” (paragraph 7)

A animals that feed on other animals

D “...they eat alligator and crocodile eggs, young native gopher tortoises...” (paragraph 7)

200

"Basant Birthday"

RL 4.7 How does the illustration help the reader understand the passage?

A The reader can see how the main character cut down her brother’s kite.

B The reader can see that the main character learned from her brother’s advice.

C The reader can see where the main character and her brother fought their kites.

D The reader can see that the main character watched her brother battle the neighbors.

C The reader can see where the main character and her brother fought their kites.

300

RI 4.8 What point does the author make about when people used to drink cocoa?

A People used to drink cocoa only on important occasions.

B People used to drink cocoa in the morning each day.

C People used to drink cocoa only when they had special spices.

D People used to drink cocoa when the weather was sunny.


A People used to drink cocoa only on important occasions.

300

RL 4.2 Which choice provides a summary of the passage?

A A young girl wanted to participate in kite fighting during the celebration of basant. Her brother took her to buy kites, and then they went home to fight them on the roof. After having some of her kites cut down, she tried again and was able to cut down her brother’s kite.

B A young girl enjoyed watching the kite fights during the celebration of basant. She asked her brother to buy her some kites at the kite shop, and he agreed. After showing her how to fight the kites, she and her brother challenged each other to see who would win.

C A young girl did not know how to fight her kites during the celebration of basant. She tried to use smaller kites at first, but she lost every kite fight. After getting advice from her brother, she tried again and was able to win all of her kite fights the rest of the day.

D A young girl did not have any kites to fight during the celebration of basant. Her brother offered to take her to buy some kites, and she picked out a few different sizes. After losing a few fights with some of the smaller kites, she decided to try out a bigger kite instead.

A A young girl wanted to participate in kite fighting during the celebration of basant. Her brother took her to buy kites, and then they went home to fight them on the roof. After having some of her kites cut down, she tried again and was able to cut down her brother’s kite.

300

RL 4.1 Which set of lines from the poem supports the inference that the speaker finds it enjoyable to watch animals at play?

A “We saw four eggs within a nest, And they were blue as a summer sky.” (lines 9-10)

B “The lambs were racing eagerly— We never saw a prettier sight.” (lines 13-14)

C “We saw young rabbits near the woods And heard the pheasant’s wings go ‘whir’;” (lines 19-20)

D “And then we saw a squirrel leap From an old oak tree to a fir.” (lines 21-22)

B “The lambs were racing eagerly— We never saw a prettier sight.” (lines 13-14)

300

RI 4.6 How does the information in the text “Invaders!” compare to the information in the text “A Japanese Barberry and Lyme”?

A Both texts are firsthand accounts because they are written by people who have seen the damage that can be caused by invasive species.

B Both texts are secondhand accounts because they are written by people who once owned exotic pets that are now called invasive species.

C “Invaders!” includes firsthand accounts from experts who explain the dangers that different invasive species present to an area, but “Japanese Barberry and Lyme” is a secondhand account that only describes one particular invasive species.

D “Invaders!” includes firsthand accounts from scientists who studied the ways that invasive species are removed from an area, but “Japanese Barberry and Lyme” is a secondhand account that explains how people are removing an invasive plant.

C “Invaders!” includes firsthand accounts from experts who explain the dangers that different invasive species present to an area, but “Japanese Barberry and Lyme” is a secondhand account that only describes one particular invasive species.

300

Invaders!

RI 4.1 Which quotation supports the inference that people must know more about the native plants in their area to keep from bringing in invasive species?

A “As a result, dense stands of the trees crowded out native plants in former sawgrass marshes. Australian pines also destroyed nesting grounds for some turtles.” (paragraph 11)

B “Agencies now do a good job of controlling the two Australian trees so they don’t spread more. Control work for other species is underway, too.” (paragraph 13)

C “But that work takes time and money. And, as Johnson adds, ‘you have to remain constantly vigilant.’” (paragraph 13)

D “Learn all the facts about anything you plant. And spread the word about invasive species in the Everglades and elsewhere.” (paragraph 14)

D “Learn all the facts about anything you plant. And spread the word about invasive species in the Everglades and elsewhere.” (paragraph 14)

400

RI 4.3 According to the text, for which two reasons are cacao seeds fermented?

A to dry them more quickly

B to cause them to be softer

C to get them out of the pods

D to make them more flavorful

E to remove them from the shells

B to cause them to be softer

D to make them more flavorful

400

RL 4.1 Which quotation from the passage shows how the main character struggled at first to fight her kites?

A “They all got cut away in no time, plummeting to the street to be chased down by rowdy children. I teetered back and forth, trying to protect my kites.” (paragraph 16)

B “‘Oy!’ Amir grabbed my arm. ‘Stop running around like a chicken or you’ll fall off the roof.’” (paragraph 17)

C “‘Still and strong,’ I told myself. ‘Still and strong.’ My gudda caught the wind and became one with it.” (paragraph 21)

D “Slowly, I let the string out, the kite soaring higher with each tug. Squinting to see the two strings, I tugged as they touched.” (paragraph 23)

A “They all got cut away in no time, plummeting to the street to be chased down by rowdy children. I teetered back and forth, trying to protect my kites.” (paragraph 16)

400

RL 4.6 Which statement correctly compares the points of view from which the passage and the poem are told?

A Both the passage and the poem are told by first-person narrators who share details about their personal experiences.

B Both the passage and the poem are told by third-person narrators who describe the characters’ actions and feelings.

C The passage is told by a third-person narrator who describes what the characters experience, but the poem is told by a first-person narrator who describes a walk.

D The passage is told by a first-person narrator who explains her thoughts about kites, but the poem is told by a third-person narrator who describes the characters’ actions.

A Both the passage and the poem are told by first-person narrators who share details about their personal experiences.

400

RI 4.8 BONUS 200! Which two quotations from the text support the author’s point that humans are responsible for invasive species in the Florida Everglades?

A “‘Sssssseventeen Feet!’ said the South Florida Water Management District’s Twitter post. In December 2017, hunter Jason Leon caught a 17-foot Burmese python in the Everglades.” (paragraph 1)

B “The snakes and some other problem species ‘are not here through any action of their own,’ says Carli Segelson at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. People are to blame.” (paragraph 2)

C “Now few raccoons, opossums, and deer remain in the Everglades. The snakes ‘also compete with larger predators such as the federally protected Florida panther,’ Segelson says.” (paragraph 4)

D “In 2016, University of Florida researchers captured a Nile crocodile in the Everglades. More African crocs were likely still out in the Everglades, said Kenneth Krysko of the Florida Museum of Natural History.” (paragraph 6)

E “Giant cane toads were brought to Florida to control grubs that eat sugar cane. ‘In many cases, they didn’t do their job and control those pests. The toads themselves became pests,’ Johnson says.” (paragraph 8)

B “The snakes and some other problem species ‘are not here through any action of their own,’ says Carli Segelson at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. People are to blame.” (paragraph 2)

E “Giant cane toads were brought to Florida to control grubs that eat sugar cane. ‘In many cases, they didn’t do their job and control those pests. The toads themselves became pests,’ Johnson says.” (paragraph 8)

400

"A Cool Sip of Cocoa"

RI 4.5 What overall text structure does the author use in the text?

A The author uses cause and effect to explain why people decided to add new flavors to cocoa and drink it hot.

B The author uses chronological order to explain that the ways people eat cocoa have changed over the years.

C The author uses compare and contrast to explain how hot cocoa and chocolate candy bars are similar and different.

D The author uses problem and solution to explain that chocolate candy was created so that more people could afford to eat cocoa.

B The author uses chronological order to explain that the ways people eat cocoa have changed over the years.

500

RI 4.2 PART A: What is the main idea of the text?

A  Although they may not look like something to eat, cacao pods can be cooked in different ways to make delicious cocoa.

B  In order to make cocoa taste delicious, one must start with the freshest cacao seeds and get all the right ingredients to flavor it.

C  Throughout history and even today, all cocoa and chocolate are still made the same way by starting with cacao seeds.

D  After much research, it has been discovered that cocoa was originally made from cacao trees located in hot and damp areas.


BONUS 200

RI 4.1 PART B: Which quotation from the text best supports the answer in Part A?

A “Deep in the shady forests of Central America, there grows a funny-looking tree called the cacao [kuh-kow]. Its trunk sprouts football-sized fruits in colors of reddish brown, green, purple, or yellow.” (paragraph 2)

B “No one knows who first had the idea to eat cacao seeds. The first cocoa eaters may have snacked on the pulp and thrown away the bitter seeds. But eventually, someone discovered that roasting the seeds makes them delicious.” (paragraph 4)

C “To make solid chocolate, ground beans are mixed with sugar, dried milk, extra cocoa butter, and other ingredients.” (paragraph 14)

D “We’ve changed how we make and eat cocoa, but all chocolate still comes from seed pods that are harvested, fermented, roasted, and ground up.” (paragraph 15)

A  Although they may not look like something to eat, cacao pods can be cooked in different ways to make delicious cocoa.

B “No one knows who first had the idea to eat cacao seeds. The first cocoa eaters may have snacked on the pulp and thrown away the bitter seeds. But eventually, someone discovered that roasting the seeds makes them delicious.” (paragraph 4)

500

RL 4.3 PART A: How did the main character respond after her sharlas were cut down?

A She watched the other children fighting their kites and then started a kite fight with her brother.

B She became frustrated that her brother had her use smaller kites and decided to try a bigger kite in her next kite fight.

C She spent some time watching her brother carefully and saw how he moved his kite during a kite fight against others.

D She felt angry that she lost and hoped her brother would show her how to win in her next kite fight.


BONUS 200

RL 4.1 PART B: Which quotation from the passage best supports the answer to Part A?

A “I sighed. How would I ever cut down another kite if I couldn’t take my eyes off my own?” (paragraph 18)

B “I watched him calmly maneuver his kite upward, leaning back, keeping his body still and strong, never stepping out of the rectangle. His fingers and right elbow did all the work.” (paragraph 20)

C “I fell into a rhythm and began swaying with my kite. In my trance, I forgot to worry about being cut down.” (paragraph 22)

D “Then I found my kite flapping close to Amir’s. Slowly, I let the string out, the kite soaring higher with each tug. Squinting to see the two strings, I tugged as they touched.” (paragraph 23)

C She spent some time watching her brother carefully and saw how he moved his kite during a kite fight against others.

B “I watched him calmly maneuver his kite upward, leaning back, keeping his body still and strong, never stepping out of the rectangle. His fingers and right elbow did all the work.” (paragraph 20)

500

RL 4.2 Part A: What is the theme of the poem?

A It is fun to walk through fields with many colorful flowers.

B Sometimes animals may hide themselves from view.

C It is enjoyable to tell others about the beauty of nature.

D Taking long walks through nature can be exhausting.


BONUS 200

RL 4.1 Part B: Which set of lines from the poem best supports the answer to Part A?

A “Across the bridge by the watermill, By the woodside and up the hill;” (lines 3-4)

B “And if you listen to what I say, I’ll tell you what we saw today.” (lines 5-6)

C “Where daisies opened to the sun, In a broad meadow, green and white,” (lines 11-12)

D “As it sang somewhere out of sight, And tried to find it, but the sky” (lines 16-17)

C It is enjoyable to tell others about the beauty of nature.

B “And if you listen to what I say, I’ll tell you what we saw today.” (lines 5-6)

500

RI 4.9 How does the information in the additional text add to the information in the text “Invaders!”?

A The additional text explains that scientists do not know how some invasive species entered the country.

B The additional text provides information about another invasive species located in a different part of the country.

C The additional text explains that invasive species can come in many different colors and shapes.

D The additional text provides information about a popular plant that was once considered an invasive species.

B The additional text provides information about another invasive species located in a different part of the country.

500

RL 4.9 How are the main character in the passage and the speaker in the poem similar?

A Both the main character and the speaker treasure quiet moments after being busy.

B Both the main character and the speaker appreciate the beauty of their surroundings.

C Both the main character and the speaker enjoy spending time with family members.

D Both the main character and the speaker like watching colorful birds fly through the sky.

B Both the main character and the speaker appreciate the beauty of their surroundings.

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