Be sure to read through all the directions carefully and double-check that you have answered all parts to a question. This test is assessing the following skills: central idea, textual evidence, poetic devices, poetry, inferences
Use the passage "Tomb Raiders" (below) to answer questions 1-4.
The main idea of this passage is:
A. Egyptians store food and drink in coffins.
B. Sarcophagi were coffins that hold Egyptian mummies.
C. Acheaologists recently found a hidden Egyptian tomb.
D. The remains of Nefertiti were found.
PART A: The central idea of the last paragraph is ________________
A. social status can be determined by the way someone was buried.
B. Nefertiti was the most beautiful of the Egyptian women.
C. Even though they do not know who is in the tomb, it is still an important discovery.
D. Scientists are hypothesizing who may be buried in the tomb.
PART B: Which sentence best supports your answer to Part A?
A. "Shaden says the mummies may be members of a pharaoh's court"
B. "some people have speculated that the tomb may hold the mummy of Nefertiti- one of Egypt's most beautiful and powerful queens."
C. "Even if the tomb doesn't hold Nefertiti's remains, it's still the find of a lifetime, archeologists say."
D. "' This cache... proves that the Valley of the Kings is not exhausted,' Mansour Bouriak, an Egyptian official, told reporters."
Egyptians stored food and drink in their tombs, because ________
A. they wanted to feed workers that were building the tomb.
B. tombs were cold and acted as refrigeration for ancient Egyptians.
C. they wanted to feed their dead as they enter the afterlife.
D. they wanted to preserve the food for later use.
Use the poem "What My Father Said" by Alan King to answer questions 5-12.
It was the day I helped dad 
clean out the shed, when Sly, Jay Bird
and Rashad darted to our fence
and, still panting, said
they needed a fullback
for our neighborhood league.
Back then, we’d snag any open turf. 
Uniforms were street clothes
our parents bought the year before.
It was the Saturday of our fantasy 
playoffs, two teams of teens
whose lack of coordination meant
the ball slipped through shaky
hands like our chances of making the school squad.
We dreamed of screaming stadiums, 
cheerleaders boogying their beautiful bodies,
fans stomping the stands every time
one of us dove toward the end zone.
We were at that age when bragging rights
shined brighter than Super Bowl rings.
They asked if I could kick up the field with them. 
An old argument is that to be a poem, the text must have a rhyme scheme. "What My Father Said" does not have a rhyme scheme, so why is it still considered a poem? Explain two reasons being as specific as possible.
The central idea of this poem is that a boy wants to play football with his friends, but is put to work by his dad.
PART A: What can you infer "frizzled" means in line 22?
"I frizzled when dad said, No, he’s busy."
A. He is upset that he can't join his friends.
B. He is overheating from all his hard work.
C. He is embarrassed by his father's words.
D. He is shocked by his father's words.
PART B. Which quote from the text best supports the answer to Part A?
A. "They asked if I could kick up the field with them." (Line 21)
B. "That was the Saturday Mrs. Brown mulched / her rose bush" (Lines 23-24)
C. "That was the day I heard my boys / laugh two yards over, yelling touch down!" (Lines 26-27)
D. "before I saw black billows of smoke / over the shed before Mrs. Brown" (Lines 30-31)
What poetic device is used in Lines 19-20?
"We were at that age when bragging rights
shined brighter than Super Bowl rings. "
Which line(s) from the poem is the best example of alliteration?
A. "Back then, we'd snag any open turf"
B. "chearleaders boogying their beautiful bodies"
C. "I watched Sly and Jay Bird break / under the sun's interrogative gaze"
D. "Rashad cried loud enough to scatter birds"
Stanza  is the best example of what two poetic devices?
"I watched Sly and Jay Bird break 
under the sun’s interrogative gaze. I watched
angry fingers aim blame at one another.
I watched, grateful dad said no,
that accusations weren’t huddled over me,
screaming: Why you lying!
You know you set that fire!"
A. metaphor & personification
B. onomatopoeia & repetition
C. allusion & alliteration
D. repetition & personification
R.A.C.E Response! Explain how the speaker's attitude towards not being able to play with his friends changes from the beginning to end of the poem. Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
Infer what happens next:
It had been a beautiful sunny day. Now George saw the clouds begin to roll in. The gentle breeze
of the day started blowing steadily. In the distance the blue sky was now a dark, angry purple. Far
away, but coming closer, George saw something that scared him. He ran to the house to tell his
mother that they needed to get into the storm cellar right away.
A. Godzilla stomps towards George's village.
B. A military unit of airplane bombers attacks George's village.
C. A tornado approaches George's house.
D. A flash flood causes damage to George's house.
PART A: Infer WHERE this passage takes place:
I arrived early for my appointment. The place was busy and smelled of chemicals. I found a place to sit and
wait. The lady next to me had a towel around her head. I heard a blow dryer in the distance. It was loud over
the music that was playing.
A. doctor's office
B. hair salon
C. veterinarian's office
D. public restroom
PART B: Provide a piece of textual evidence to support your answer to Part A (Questions 14).
Infer WHERE this passage takes place:
As I entered the door, I thought this was a great way to end the day. The chalkboard menu had a list of
specialties, like sundaes and banana splits. I looked at all the flavors. Chocolate is my favorite, but peppermint
sounded good, too.
A. candy store
B. old-fashioned diner
C. ice cream shop
D. ice cream truck
Prose writing must follow the rules of grammar while poetry does not.
What is the rhyme scheme of this poem excerpt?
Love and harmony combine,
And around our souls intwine.
While thy branches mix with mine,
And our roots together join.
Joys upon our branches sit,
Chirping loud and singing sweet;
Like gentle streams beneach our feet,
Innocence and virtue meet.
A- AAAA BBBB
B- AAAB CDDD
C- AAAB BCCC
D- ABCD ABCD
Poems are broken into sections, or paragraphs, known as __________________
Underline one piece of evidence that best supports this statement: Radiation is extremely dangerous to be around.
Underline one piece of evidence that best supports this statement: Ghulam Ali believes that God will ultimately decide whether or not they are successful.
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