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Read the this selection. Then answer the questions that follow it.

1 Look at this diagram of information from the selection.
[blank] -> [Squire] -> [Knight]
  Which word belongs in the empty box?
A King
B Prince
C Page
D Sire
8 Which sentence in the selection supports the idea that Curtis tries to avoid embarrassing Sir Berwin?
F “In the tension of the moment, it may have looked to Sir Berwin as if his arrow killed the boar, but that is Sir Eric’s arrow.”
G On the ride to the castle, Sir Berwin did not speak to Curtis or even look at him.
H Curtis obediently scurried to the kitchen, where he filled a bowl with steaming soup.
J The next day Curtis rode into the woods with Sir Berwin and the other knights who were taking part in the hunt.


2 What are paragraphs 10 through 12 of this selection mainly about?
F Sir Berwin mistakes Sir Eric’s arrow for his own.
G Sir Berwin kills the wild red boar.
H Curtis tells the king that it is Sir Eric who killed the boar.
J The king thinks that Sir Berwin is not telling the truth.
9 In paragraph 10, the author writes “Curtis’s heart felt leaden” to help the reader understand —
A the happiness Curtis feels knowing Sir Berwin will be punished
B the embarrassment Curtis feels at disappointing his knight
C the pride Curtis feels that Sir Berwin has won the prize
D the anxiety Curtis feels in choosing between loyalty and honesty


3 Based on information about knights provided in this selection, the reader can conclude that —
A it takes many years of training to become a knight
B the other knights think that Curtis should have kept quiet
C the king’s knights have tried to kill the red boar many times before
D the other knights do not like Sir Eric because they are jealous of him
10 Curtis was thrilled when his parents sent him to become a page in Sir William’s home because —
F Curtis knew it would give him the chance to be Sir Berwin’s personal servant
G becoming a page was the first step a boy took toward becoming a knight
H knights treated their pages much better than they did their squires
J Sir William was much kinder and more patient than Sir Berwin


4 In paragraph 6, the word deft means —
F injured
G large
H young
J skilled
11 In paragraph 6, the author creates a mood that is —
A suspenseful
B mysterious
C humorous
D lighthearted
5 Sir Berwin tells the king that he may have been mistaken because —
A he realizes that it was Sir Eric’s arrow that killed the boar
B he is afraid of the consequences of not answering the king’s question truthfully
C he decides to let Sir Eric claim the king’s prize since Sir Eric has been injured
D he wants to show King Richard that he is an honest and trustworthy knight
12 From information about squires provided in this selection, the reader can conclude that —
F pages are expected to serve squires just as squires serve knights
G the king also holds hunting competitions for squires
H each knight has two or three squires and several pages
J squires are given the title “Sir” when they become knights
6 From the king’s conversation with Curtis, the reader can conclude that —
F Sir Eric was once a squire to the king
G the king is impressed by Curtis’s behavior
H Sir Berwin is one of the king’s favorite knights
J the king holds many hunting competitions
13 Paragraph 1 is important in this selection because it helps the reader understand —
A why squires had to keep themselves clean
B what kind of person Sir Berwin is
C the purpose of training squires to become knights
D how knights chose boys to become squires


7 Why is paragraph 7 important in this selection?
A It shows the contrast between Sir Eric and Sir Berwin.
B It introduces the conflict Curtis must later resolve.
C It provides clues about how the story will end.
D It reveals important information about past events.

Read the next two selections. Then answer the questions that follow them.



Use the announcement to answer questions 14–17.

14 Thayer wrote Polar Dream probably to —
F encourage the reader to go on an expedition to the North Pole
G warn the reader of the dangers of polar bears in the Arctic
H describe what it was like to travel to the North Pole
J explain how to survive an attack by a polar bear
16 Paragraphs 2 and 3 of the announcement are mainly about —
F Thayer’s decision to take Charlie along on the expedition
G the contents of Thayer’s book about her adventure
H Thayer’s plans to journey to the South Pole in Antarctica
J the sled Thayer used to carry her supplies on the journey


15 Which of these is the best summary of the announcement?
A In 1988 Helen Thayer became the first woman to travel alone to the North Pole. Her book Polar Dream is available at City Bookstore.
B Polar Dream is Helen Thayer’s story of her journey to the North Pole. It includes a foreword by Sir Edmund Hillary, a fellow adventurer and friend of Thayer’s who has also made a polar expedition.
C Helen Thayer, the first woman to travel alone to the North Pole, will sign copies and read from her book Polar Dream at the City Bookstore on Saturday from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Polar Dream tells the story of Thayer’s 1988 Arctic adventure.
D Polar Dream is Helen Thayer’s personal story of her 27-day trek to the North Pole in 1988. It includes wonderful, detailed descriptions of the Arctic as well as the stories of her dangerous encounters with polar bears.
17 Thayer could not have written Polar Dream prior to 1988 because —
A no one had journeyed to the North Pole before then
B she was still busy planning her trip to the South Pole
C the Visiting Writer Series had already been scheduled
D she had not yet gone on her expedition to the North Pole



Use "Never, Ever Run" to answer questions 18–22. 

18 Read the following dictionary entry for the word report.
  report \ri- 'port\ n 1. a verbal account of an event or story 2. a written work relating information about something 3. an official record or transcript 4. an explosive noise
  Which definition represents the meaning of the word report as used in paragraph 7 of the story?
F Definition 1
G Definition 2
H Definition 3
J Definition 4
21 From information about Helen Thayer provided in the story, the reader can conclude that —
A Charlie had gone on many other adventures with Thayer
B Thayer had never encountered a polar bear before
C Thayer and Charlie were also threatened by Arctic wolves
D Thayer had failed in a previous attempt to travel to the North Pole


19 The setting of the story is important because it helps the reader understand —
A what is important to remember when threatened by a polar bear
B how critical it was for Thayer to pack extra food
C the dangers and isolation Thayer faced on her journey to the North Pole
D how aggressive polar bears can be when protecting their young
22 From her actions in paragraphs 4 through 8 of the story, Thayer can be described best as —
F determined to keep the bear from attacking Charlie
G concerned for the safety of the mother bear and her cubs
H doubtful that she will be able to complete her expedition
J calm in the face of a challenging situation


20 What is the importance of paragraph 4?
F It shows that Thayer was prepared for a polar bear attack.
G It explains why Thayer decided to bring Charlie along with her.
H It demonstrates that Thayer is an experienced polar bear hunter.
J It describes Thayer’s daily routine during her adventure in the Arctic.



Use the announcement and "Never, Ever Run" to answer questions 23–26.

23 Why was the Inuit bear hunter mentioned in both the announcement and the story?
A He acted as Thayer’s guide in the Arctic.
B He helped Thayer write about her adventure.
C He gave Thayer important advice.
D He taught Thayer how to train a dog for an expedition.
25 In what way does the story help convince the reader to attend Thayer’s book signing?
A The story makes the reader interested in hearing more about Thayer’s adventures.
B The story invites others to join Thayer on her next expedition to the Arctic.
C The story shows how well Thayer writes about her experiences.
D The story makes the reader wonder what happened when Thayer encountered the
mother bear.


24 How does the description of Thayer’s
adventure in the story differ from that in the announcement?
F The announcement does not include information about Thayer’s encounters with polar bears.
G The story lets readers experience Thayer’s thoughts and emotions.
H The announcement includes information on how Thayer survived in subzero temperatures.
J The story does not tell about the help Thayer got from the Inuit bear hunter.
26 What is the most likely reason the Inuit bear hunter advised Thayer to take Charlie along?
F He thought Thayer would get lonely out on the ice.
G He thought the dog could alert Thayer to nearby polar bears.
H He was afraid Thayer would get lost without someone to guide her.
J He thought the dog would be helpful in pulling Thayer’s supply sled.


Read this selection. Then answer the questions that follow it.


27 Read this portion of an outline of information from this selection.
II. Smokejumpers
  A. Equipment
    1. Pulaski
    2. ___________
    3. Walkie-talkies
    4. Fire-resistant tent
  Which information belongs in the blank?
A Telescope
B Firebreak
C Shovel
D Compass
32 From information about our nation’s forests provided in this selection, the reader can conclude that —
F there is at least one smokejumper base located in every forest
G most of the forestland in the United States is located in the West
H most forest fires occur as the result of a lightning strike
J the largest forest in the United States is Lincoln National Forest


28 Paragraphs 8 and 9 are mainly about —
F the methods and equipment used by smokejumpers
G how smokejumpers build firebreaks to stop fires
H the forest ranger who invented the Pulaski tool
J the special lightweight uniforms worn by smokejumpers
33 Smokejumpers are usually not able to use water to control fires because —
A water would cause trees and vegetation to grow back in the firebreak
B there are no sources of water nearby and no pumping equipment
C water is not an effective method of putting out wood-fueled fires
D the tremendous heat would quickly burn through the fire hoses


29 Which sentence in the selection supports the idea that most forest fires occur during the summer?
A A fire spotter looks through a telescope at a plume of smoke rising into the summer sky.
B It is a hot, dry June day deep within the Lincoln National Forest.
C The fire must be contained before it blazes out of control.
D During the hot, dry summer months, they are always on call, ready to fly into hard-to-reach areas to do battle with fire.
34 Smokejumpers strip an area of trees, brush, and other vegetation to —
F store their supplies
G keep a fire from spreading
H build a shelter
J create a road for fire trucks


30 From information about controlling forest fires provided in this selection, the reader can conclude that —
F smokejumpers use firebreaks only as a last resort
G lookout towers are located throughout large forests
H fires often go out on their own before smokejumpers arrive
J smokejumpers are used to fight only very small forest fires
35 Why does the ranger in charge wait for other towers to report the fire before sending the spotter plane out?
A The lookout who works in Lookout Tower 7 is too far from the fire to tell where it is.
B The fire must be large enough to be seen from at least two towers before a plane can be sent out.
C Lookout Tower 7’s azimuth indicator is old and may not be working properly.
D Readings from more than one lookout tower are needed to determine a fire’s exact location.


31 In paragraph 11, what does the word replenish mean?
A Get below
B Break through
C Live within
D Fill again
36 What can the reader conclude about smokejumpers?
F Smokejumpers must be in excellent physical condition.
G Edward Pulaski was the Forest Service’s first smokejumper.
H Smokejumpers work as spotters before becoming firefighters.
J Hotshots are teams made up of the very best smokejumpers.



Read this selection. Then answer the questions that follow it.

37 In paragraph 5, what does the word interloper mean?
A An investigator
B A student
C An intruder
D A prisoner
43 The author probably wrote this selection to —
A give the reader a complete history of the Great Wall
B entertain the reader with ancient Chinese legends
C describe the emotional experience of walking on the Great Wall
D persuade the reader to visit the Great Wall in the near future


38 What causes the narrator to remember the legend of the young prince?
F The narrator reads a story that is similar to the legend.
G The narrator has a dream about the young prince and his wife.
H The narrator hears a mysterious, mournful cry.
J The narrator longs to see friends and family back in Texas.
44 In paragraph 1, the narrator feels disoriented because —
F he is nervous about all the bicycles on the road
G he has not adjusted to the time difference between Beijing and Houston
H he is not used to the heavy traffic in Beijing
J he is worried that Mr. Lao is ignoring the instructions of the traffic police


39 In paragraph 5, the word secluded means —
A hidden or separated
B beautiful
C strong and determined
D primitive
45 How does the narrator’s view of the wall change by the end of the selection?
A The narrator is more impressed by the overwhelming size of the wall after seeing it in person.
B The narrator understands that the wall is nothing more than stones and mortar.
C The narrator considers the wall one of China’s greatest accomplishments.
D The narrator regards the wall as a memorial to those who built it.


40 What word describes the mood that the author establishes at the beginning of paragraph 7?
F Eerie
G Peaceful
H Indifferent
J Joyful
46 What can the reader conclude from the narrator’s statements about the Great Wall?
F The narrator is a Chinese American whose ancestors built the Great Wall.
G This is the first time the narrator has visited the Great Wall.
H The narrator has visited historic places similar to the Great Wall.
J The narrator is not very impressed by the Great Wall.


41 The author’s use of the first-person point of view helps the reader understand —
A why the narrator wanted to visit the Great Wall
B the thoughts and feelings of the narrator
C Mr. Lao’s attitude about the Great Wall
D how the Chinese peasants felt about the
47 In paragraph 8, what does it mean when the narrator says “the human cost was more stirring than the wall itself ”?
A The narrator doesn’t believe the wall is really the longest structure ever built.
B The narrator believes that the wall is not as remarkable as the sacrifice of the people who built it.
C The narrator thinks that the trip to see the wall was not worth the cost.
D The narrator thinks the wall didn’t cost very much to build because it was built by peasants.


42 Which sentence from this selection supports the idea that the author knew something about the Great Wall before this visit?
F I remembered reading that Chinese peasants had been forced to build the wall, carrying in stones and other materials on their backs.
G We had been told that very few Chinese people owned cars, but you wouldn’t have known it by looking at the roads.
H As if reading my mind, Mr. Lao pointed out the stone hearths used to communicate across great distances.
J I found myself thinking about the legend Mr. Lao had told us earlier that night.
48 Which sentence in this selection supports the idea that the narrator is sympathetic to the hardships faced by the peasants who built the wall?
F There was practically no sound, no night birds singing, no leaves rustling in the breeze, only my footsteps echoing off the surrounding mountains.
G A new millennium had dawned, yet we still knew so little about the people, the culture, or the history of China.
H The long stone serpent, as the peasants refer to it, was built to protect the Chinese Empire from invasion by foreign enemies.
J I stopped and looked out over the side, feeling terribly insignificant and small in this place, this final home to generations of past souls—soldiers and slaves, peasants
and princes.



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