Reading
Comprehension 1
Reading
Comprehension 2
Main Idea
Compound & Complex
Sentences
100

You walk into a room and this is what you see: blood on the floor, an empty birdcage, and a happily purring cat. 

What can the reader conclude?

a) The bird escaped

b) The cat ate the bird

c) The bird is upset

b) The cat ate the bird

100

Carrie heard footsteps behind her. The hair on the back of her neck stood on end. She began to quicken her pace, hoping that whoever was following her wouldn't notice, but at last she gave in to a run. 

What can the reader conclude?

a) Carrie is late

b) Carrie is cold

c) Carrie is frightened

 

c) Carrie is frightened

100

What is the main idea of this paragraph?

Adults tend to eat a lot of fast food, and that’s often not a healthy choice. For instance, a typical fast-food bacon cheeseburger with all the trimmings has 790 calories with 39 grams of fat, and a large order of fries has 380 calories and 18 grams of fat. Add a soda, and one meal adds up to more than 1,100 calories.

a) 1,100 calories is a lot

b) Fast food is not always healthy

c) Adults eat a lot of fast food

b) Fast food is not always healthy

100

Is the following sentence a compound or complex sentence?

Because you did not pay attention to my teaching, you failed the test miserably. 

Complex

200

The sun was low in the sky. Kay's body ached. Blisters had formed on her hands. She set the rake down on the big pile of leaves and headed for home. 

What can the reader conclude?

a) Kay had worked a long time

b) Kay had been feeling sick

c) Kay dislikes raking leaves

a) Kay had worked a long time

200

Ben slammed down the phone. Why did Steve always have to be right? Why didn't he ever listen?

What can the reader conclude?

a) Ben and Steve had an argument

b) Ben regrets speaking rudely

c) Steve is never wrong

a) Ben and Steve had an argument

200

What is the main idea of this paragraph?

It is important to be prompt to class. If you are late, you miss out on the beginning of the lesson and will be behind. You will also start to develop bad habits of being tardy. You also are a distraction to the class when you arrive late.

a) You should try to be always on time to class

b) Tardies can distract a class

c) Tardiness can get you behind in class

a) You should try to be always on time to class

200

Which part of the following complex sentence is the independent clause and which is the dependent clause? 

Since there is too much lightning, we are not able to play the football game. 

Independent Clause: we are not able to play the football game.

Dependent Clause: Since there is too much lightning

300

As usual, Jim left for school ten minutes later than he should have. His shoelaces were untied and his backpack was unzipped. He had traveled only one block when he heard his mother shout his name. He looked back and saw her waving his brown lunch bag.

What can the reader conclude?

a) Jim is disorganized and forgetful

b) Jim is in the 4th grade

c) Jim takes the bus to school

a) Jim is disorganized and forgetful

300

By the time Amy arrived at the café, John was drinking his third cup of coffee. "I'm so sorry," she called out when she saw him and gestured to her naked wrist where her watch used to be.

What can the reader conclude?

a) John is patient

b) Amy is late

c) John loves coffee


b) Amy is late


300

What is the main idea of this paragraph?

Football and basketball have some similarities and differences. They are both broken up into 4 sections of time with a half time; however, in basketball the time is broken up into periods, while in football it is broken up into quarters. Football and basketball can both be played either indoors or outdoors.

a) You can play football and basketball wherever.

b) Football and basketball are the same in some ways and different in others.

c) Football takes longer to play than basketball.

b) Football and basketball are the same in some ways and different in others.

300

Where should I add a comma in the following sentence and what type of sentence is this?

I am craving a burrito so intensely so I will go to Stripes during lunch to get one. 

Add a comma after intensely

This is a compound sentence 

400

Rubin made a mental checklist: Do laundry. Go to supermarket and get groceries. Clean house. Fix hallway light. Change the bed sheets in guest room. Wrap presents. His parents were coming in the morning and he didn't know how he would get everything done. He is pacing around the house in worry.

What can the reader conclude?

a) Rubin is stressed

b) Rubin is forgetful

c) Rubin’s parents are strict

a) Rubin is stressed

400

"This is my last tardy to class," Hal said for the millionth time.

What can the reader conclude?

a) Hal is never tardy

b) Hal cares about doing better

c) Hal is late to class often

c) Hal is late to class often

400

What is the main idea of this paragraph?

For a growing number of kids, an active lifestyle is not as common as it once was. The attractions of television, computers, and video games keep children spending far more time sitting at home than running around in the great outdoors.

a) Children love video games.

b) Children are less active than they used to be.

c) An active lifestyle is a healthy lifestyle. 

b) Children are less active than they used to be.

400

How can you best combine the following two sentences to create a compound sentence? 

Sentence 1: I wanted a burger all day.

Sentence 2: I got a pizza for dinner.

I wanted a burger all day, but I got a pizza for dinner. 

500

"You don't know what you're missing," Susan shouted into the phone over the loud music of the party.

"Nah, I'm too tired," Tim said.

"Well, suit yourself, but you'll be sorry," Susan replied.

What can the reader conclude?

a) Susan wants an apology

b) Tim is sorry

c) Susan wants Tim to come to the party

c) Susan wants Tim to come to the party


500

Joe is falling asleep in my first period class. He is usually very attentive, but today is different.

What can the reader conclude?

a) Joe hates school

b) Joe stayed up late the night before

c) Joe does not like his teacher


b) Joe stayed up late the night before

500

What is the main idea of this paragraph?

The cold, probably the most common illness known, has no safe or effective cure. Colds are produced by viruses, in particular a group of viruses called rhinoviruses. Because colds can be caused by different types of viruses, it’s nearly impossible for scientists to find one remedy that kills them all.

a) The cold is a common illness.

b) There is no cure for a cold.

c) Colds are caused by rhinoviruses. 

b) There is no cure for a cold.

500

Create an example of a compound sentence that uses the following two words: "storm" and "afraid"

Answers will vary. Example: "I am afraid of the storm, so I am hiding under my bed covers with my teddy bear." 

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