Definition
Example
Synonym
Antonym
Inference
Elements of Fiction
Reading Comprehension
100

If the lightbulb is too dim to illuminate the room, it should be replaced. 

Using context clues, what does illuminate mean?

light up

100

I needed some extra support, in my math class. I didn't totally understand the problems.   

Using context clues, what does support mean?

help

100

The private files were marked 'confidential.'  

Using context clues, what does confidential mean?

private

100

My sister always sleeps with the door closed, but I prefer to sleep with it slightly ajar.  

Using context clues, what does ajar mean?

open

100

Because the author was so modest, she didn't make a big deal about her book being published.

Using context clues, what does modest mean?

shy, not liking to brag

100

A person, animal, or object who has a part
in the action of the story.

Which answer?
setting, character, plot, theme


character

100

Today is a special day for Bob. He was waiting at the bus stop with his dad. He is a little scared. He is meeting his second-grade teacher for the first time. He hopes he likes her. He hopes he makes new friends in his class, too.

What day do you think this is for Bob?


first day of school

200

We do not like how the animals in the circus are treated, so our plan is to boycott the circus.  

Using context clues, what does boycott mean?

refuse to support

200

The father and son collected kindling, so they could start a campfire. They got it from underneath a tree and broke it into little pieces. 

Using context clues, what does kindling mean?

dry twigs and sticks

200

Lisa will not eat seafood.  She detests tuna just as much as she dislikes shrimp.  

Using context clues, what does detest mean?

dislikes

200

I love chocolate cake, however I absolutely loathe vanilla icing.  

Using context clues what does loathe mean?

hate

200

Mary left her umbrella at her friend's house so she got drenched during the rain storm on her way home. 

Using context clues, what does drenched mean?

soaked, very wet

200

The struggle or problem between two characters.

Which answer?
plot, setting, character, conflict

conflict

200

Every student in class had to study the life cycle of an animal. Beth chose one she wanted to learn more about. She often saw it in the pond near her house. She was amazed, though, when she really followed one closely from it's beginning as an egg to a tadpole until its legs developed.


What animal did Beth study?

frog

300

The company had to demolish, the building to make room for the new parking lot. They used a wrecking ball. 

Using context clues, what does demolish mean?

destroy

300

In the past month we have had almost every type of condensation, including rain, sleet, snow, and hail.  

Using context clues, what does condensation mean?

rain, sleet, snow, and hail (weather types)

300

Lean fats are essential to a healthy diet. Vegetables are very necessary too.  

Using context clues, what does essential mean?

necessary

300

Last night I had copious amounts of homework, but tonight I don’t have any!  

Using context clues, what does copious mean?

A lot

300

The consequence of the rain was that the soccer game was cancelled.


Using context clues, consequence means...

result, effect, outcome

300

The series of related events that make up the story.

which answer?
plot, character, setting, conflict

plot

300

The old man was walking down the street slowly. Since he was a pedestrian, he stayed along the outer edges of the lanes and was careful to keep to the crosswalks as he crossed to other streets.


What does the word "pedestrian" mean in the paragraph above?


a walker

400

Anna has always wanted to become a doctor. She has had straight A's since pre-k. The best way to describe Anna is she is ardent.

Using context clues, what does ardent mean?

someone who works hard and is driven to succeed

400

We will be camping for 2 weeks. Are you sure we packed enough provisions?

 Using context clues what does provisions mean?

supplies

400

The old man ambled slowly down the path while his dog strolled next to him.  

Using context clues, what does amble mean?

walked

400

The Sahara Desert has scorching temperatures during the day; however, at night it can be quite chilly.  

Using context clues, what does scorching mean?

very hot

400

The effects of the tornado where catastrophic, and the town took a long time to rebuild.


Using context clues, catastrophic means...

causing great damage

400

The message/moral of the story/lesson learned is revealed in a work of literature.

theme

400

Do you carpool to school? Do you take a bus? It should be a requirement for everyone to either share a ride or walk to school every day. If we are serious about saving the planet, we must take steps to conserve energy and reduce fossil fuel emissions.

What is the authors purpose in writing this?

persuade

500

He made a lot of bad choices and knew that he may get in trouble with the police. He knew his future was precarious. 

Using context clues, what does precarious mean?

likely to fall apart

500

Lou was sent to the haberdashery to find a new suit. He needed to wear one for his uncle’s wedding.  

Using context clues, what does haberdashery mean?


a place where clothes for men are sold

500

It was an wonted house. Like the one next to it, it didn’t stand out.  

Using context clues, what does wonted mean?

doesn't stand out, normal

500

Our last principal was very lax with the rules, unlike our new principal who makes sure we follow them all.  

Using context clues, what does lax mean?

lenient, easy-going, not strict

500

With a few alterations I was able to make the old witch costume into a scary vampire costume.


Using context clues, what does alterations mean?

changes, fixes


500

This character is the main character in the story.

protaganist

500

Sarah knew time travel was impossible. Everything she’d learned in science told her it couldn’t be done. But as she looked around the street, noting the horse-drawn carriages and the women dressed in long dresses and hats, she realized she was in the nineteenth century. 


What is the authors purpose for writing this?

entertain

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