“Ben Franklin and the Impossible Math Test” Unit 4 Week 3…Story 1
1. Why is Will worried that a poor grade would disappoint his family? O A.His parents and his brother are brilliant at math. O B.His parents think that perfect grades are important. O C.His father will be proud of him for earning a good grade. O D.His mother believes things that are worth learning take time.
2. Read this excerpt from the passage. “Sometimes things that are worth learning take time, Honey,” she responded serenely. “Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Why does Will’s mother compare learning math concepts to building a city? O F.Both activities are challenging. O G.Both activities are meaningful and rewarding. O H.Both activities require patience and hard work. O I.Both activities require a team working together.
3. What effect does learning about Benjamin Franklin have on Will? O A.It inspires Will to take charge of his studying. O B.It teaches Will that studying hard is rewarding. O C.It shows Will that math is easier than he thinks. O D.It helps Will to stop worrying about his math test.
4. Why is studying math every day challenging for Will? O F.He receives help from many different sources. O G.He struggles to understand new math concepts. O H.He has to turn down fun and interesting invitations. O I.He worries that his grades will disappoint his family.
5. Read this sentence from the passage. After three weeks of regular studying and turning down the temptation of many exciting invitations, I finally sat down to take the exam. The origin of the word temptation is the Latin word temptare, meaning “to try.” Which word most likely has the same origin as temptation? O A.attempt O B.temper O C.temperature O D.temporary
6. Read this sentence from the passage. “It’s better to light a candle than curse the darkness, you know.” What does this expression mean? O F.You need information to solve your problems. O G.You should take action to solve your problems. O H.Problems solve themselves if you leave them alone. O I.Problems are easier to solve when you see them clearly.
7. Tyler helps Will study for the test because… O A.Will is Tyler’s younger brother. O B.Will helped Tyler with his writing. O C.Tyler is worried about Will’s grades. O D.Tyler wants Will to be good at math.
8. What text evidence from the passage tells you the effect of Will’s studying? O F.After three weeks of regular studying and turning down tempting invitations, I finally sat down to take the exam. O G.Once I made my plan to spend time studying every day, everyone invited me for some new, interesting activity. O H.When I showed my study plan to Mrs. Garcia, my math teacher, she was impressed. O I.My brother and father greeted my grade with hearty congratulations.
9. Read this sentence from the passage. “Instead, you took the bull by the horns.” How does this expression affect the way readers see Will? O A.by showing that he asks other people for help O B.by showing that he faces his problems head on O C.by showing that he avoids dealing with his problems O D.by showing that he tries many ways to solve problems
10. Which of the following statements is a solution that Will finds for overcoming his difficulty with math? O F.Some problems are impossible to solve. O G.You can solve any problem if you have help. O H.Some problems are not worth the time and effort to solve. O I.You can solve any problem with hard work and determination.
11. What sentence from the passage explains why Hattie leaves her parents’ home? O A.Hattie had always known she was made for adventure. O B.After working for a year in her small schoolhouse, she met Edward. O C.Together, Hattie and Edward built up the ranch and started a family. O D.Then one night their house burned down in a grass fire.
12. Read this excerpt from the passage. Everyone for miles around knew Hattie as one of the original inhabitants of the Big Bend region of western Texas. But she had not always been a Texan. The origin of the word inhabitant is the Latin word inhabitare, meaning “to dwell in.” Which word most likely has the same origin as inhabitant? O F.cabin O G.habitat O H.inhale O I.inherit
13. Read this sentence from the passage. “Many hands make light work,” she liked to tell her husband as they worked side by side.” What does the expression “Many hands make light work” mean? O A.Women can work as hard as men. O B.Working on a ranch is exhausting. O C.Working as a team makes a job easier. O D.Women have to work hard on the frontier.
14. What text evidence from the passage tells you why Hattie always worked alongside Edward? O F.Their marriage had been a true partnership. O G.Hattie and Edward’s life had not only been work. O H.She and Edward married and moved onto his ranch. O I.Together, Hattie and Edward built up the ranch and started a family.
15. Read this excerpt from the passage. As Edward kicked angrily in the rubble, Hattie patted his hand. “It’s no use crying over spilt milk,” she said. What does the expression “It’s no use crying over spilt milk” mean? O A.It is dangerous to get too close to the fire. O B.Be very careful not to show your feelings. O C.It is alright to be unhappy when something bad happens. O D.Do not waste time getting upset about bad things that happen.
16. What caused Hattie and Edward to rebuild their home? O F.Their marriage was a true partnership. O G.Their first house burned down in a fire. O H.They sold their first house to a ranch hand. O I.They needed to make room for their children.
17. How does Hattie’s first job as a teacher help her with life on the ranch? O A.Their marriage was a true partnership. O B.Their first house burned down in a fire. O C.They sold their first house to a ranch hand. O D.They needed to make room for their children.
18. Why is Hattie able to thrive after Edward is gone? O F.She is happiest sitting on the porch. O G.She runs the ranch single-handedly. O H.She knows that she is made for adventure. O I.She is a strong woman who gets on with life.
19. Why does Hattie kick a trusted ranch hand off of her property? O A.He tried to join the army. O B.He let the cattle grow weak. O C.He let the house burn in a fire. O D.He tried to trick her into selling.
20. Read this sentence from the passage. She would place this new pillow on her sofa, embroidered with the phrase, “Home is where the heart is.” What does the saying, “Home is where the heart is” mean? O F.The place that you love best is your home. O G.The place where you were born is your home. O H.The place that you work hard for is your home. O I.The place where your family lives is your home.
U5W2 Essay Question “Ben Franklin and the Impossible Math Test” & “On the Porch” In the stories “Ben Franklin and the Impossible Math Test” and “On the Porch,” two characters, Will and Hattie, are determined to reach their goals. Write 2 paragraphs and include: O each character’s goal O 2 pieces of accurate, explicit text evidence from the stories to explain how each character works toward his or her goal O state the results of their determination.