2 1. Which sentence best states the theme of this passage? A. Even people who come from different places can have a lot in common. B. You should not judge a person until you know more about him or her. C. You should try to get along with people, even if they seem very different. D. You should try to have conversations with your classmates.
3 2. Read this excerpt from the passage. “The traffic is absolutely awful. It’s a pretty big jam.”Which definition fits the word jam as it is used in the excerpt above?F. Fruit preserveG. Traffic stoppageH. Push or squeezeI. Stop from working
4 3. Read this sentence from the passage. “As soon as my parents started giving me an allowance, I used to blow the whole thing on Astro Bob comics every week.”Which definition fits the word blow as it is used in the sentence above?A. To exhale airB. To make a soundC. To spend wastefullyD. To move with the wind
5 4. Read this statement from the passage. I felt myself turning as crimson as the cherry- colored sports car stuck in the next lane.Why does the narrator compare himself to a cherry-colored sports car?F. To show that he is paleG. To show that he is embarrassedH. To show that he wants to go fasterI. To show that he likes the sports car
6 5. Which homograph in the passage can mean ‘waste time by being lazy”? A. Bore B. Carpool C. Jam D. Loaf
7 6. Which action by a character best develops the theme of the passage? F. Ari climbs into the minivan to go to camp. G. Parker tries to have a conversation with Ari. H. Ari tells Parker that he likes Astro Bob comics. I. Parker notices that the traffic jam has cleared up.
8 7. Which sentence from the passage best expresses the theme 7. Which sentence from the passage best expresses the theme? (from Question 6)A. Ari was the sports king of Anson Middle School. B. Suddenly, Ari looked a whole lot less alien to me. C. I had nothing to say about sports, and Ari had nothing to say about science. D. Honestly, it would have been easier to chat with an alien from another planet.
9 8. How are Parker and Ari alike? F. They enjoy the same subjects at school. G. They find it difficult to talk with new people. H. They are both excited about going to camp. I. They are both fans of science fiction and fantasy.
10 9. Read this sentence from the story. In the middle of a lively discussion about which book in the Space Explorers series was the best, I noticed that the traffic had cleared up and the minivan was now moving at a good, swift clip.Which definition fits the word clip as it is used in the sentence above?A rate of speedA glancing blowA type of fastenerA scene from a movie
11 10. Read the following sentence from the passage. Soon we would arrive at Camp Saginaw, and I was surprised to realize I was no longer in such a hurry to get there.How does this sentence support the theme?F. It shows that Parker is glad the trip with Ari is finally over.It shows that Parker has changed his opinion about the camp.It shows that Parker wants to go to camp now that he has a friend.It shows that Parker is happy now that he has a connections with Ari.
12 11. Read this sentence from the passage. “I’m glad to see that so many members of our community are present to discuss the future of the music program,” she said.Which definition fits the word present as it is used in the sentence above?Display somethingHere in this roomIntroduceA gift
13 12. Which homograph in the passage can mean “cheer in support”? F. FanG. FairH. DuckI. Root
14 13. What message does the author want to give the reader? A. People who share a passion should work together. B. People do not need a shared passion to work together. C. It can be difficult to find people who share your interests. D. It is important to stick with people who share your interests.
15 14. Read this sentence from the passage. Then he went on to lay out the case for cutting back music classes and eliminating the choir.Which definition fits the word case as it is used in the sentence above?F. ExampleG. ArgumentH. Box or containerI. Truth of a situation
16 15. Read this sentence from the passage. “I know some people in this room will object to this plan because they want to continue our wonderful music program without changes.”Which definition fits the word object as it is used in the sentence above?GoalOpposeFocus of attentionSomething seen or touched
17 16. Which action by a character in the passage best conveys the author’s message? (from Question 13) F. Ayellah leaps to her feet during the meeting. G. Ayellah speaks to the school board from her heart. H. Ayellah, Julia, and Tegan say the same thing all at once. I. Ayellah, Julia and Tegan learn what they have in common.
18 17. What text evidence from the passage best expresses the author’s message? (from Question 13) A. Ayellah realized that she had heard three voices, her own and two others, speaking the exact same words. B. Unable to sit still for a moment longer, Ayellah shot to her feet and exclaimed, “That’s just wrong!” C. Ayellah smiled at the other girls and was pleased to see the confidence in their eyes. D. “I play trumpet,” Tegan replied. “I don’t know what I’ll do if they cut band classes.”
19 18. Read this sentence from the passage. Now that she knew other people shared her passion, Ayellah felt a torrent of ideas flooding her mind.What does this metaphor in the sentence above mean?F. Ayellah is happy to have met the other girls.G. Ayellah is thinking of ways to save the program.H. Ayellah is angry that the program may still be cut.I. Ayellah is confused about the outcome of the meeting.
20 19. Which word best describes Ayellah, Julia, and Tegan? A. Enthusiastic B. Frightened C. Furious D. Indifferent
21 20. Read this sentence from the passage. “Now that I see how excited you are about the music program,” he said, “I believe we may be able to avoid the worst of the cuts.”How does this sentence support the theme?F. By showing how excited the girls are about the music programG. By showing why the principal wants to save the music programH. By showing that the principal is happy the girls are working togetherI. By showing that the girls can make a different by working together
22 Vocabulary 1. Which word has the opposite meaning of the word sturdy? A. GuardedB. PowerfulC. SecureD. Weak
23 Vocabulary Which word has the opposite meaning of the word nomadic? F. ActiveG. AttentiveH. StationaryI. Traveling
24 Vocabulary 3. What does the word chattering mean? A. Talking in a quiet, slow voiceB. Speaking formally for long periodsC. Making quick, speech-like soundsD. Revealing personal details of others
25 Vocabulary What does the word reunites mean? F. Disconnects G. Does repeatedlyH. Brings together againI. Occurs between two events
26 VocabularyWhich word has almost the same meaning as the word adjustment?A. AdaptationB. DamageC. DepressionD. Reduction
27 Vocabulary 6. What does the word ember mean? F. A dying fire G. A violent windH. An intense stormI. A shimmering light
28 Vocabulary7. Which word has almost the same meaning as the word mentor?A. CompetitorB. GuideC. PioneerD. Student
29 Vocabulary 8. What does the word rapport mean? F. A denial or refusal of involvementG. A dispute or quarrel over a transactionH. An authorization or acceptance of an actionI. A relationship or connection of understanding
30 EssayCompare the main conflicts in “Astro Bob to the Rescue” and “Worth Saving.” What problem do the characters face in each passage? How do they solve their problems? Include accurate, explicit text evidence from both passages that shows how the conflicts are resolved.