"What Comes Next" Reading Practice
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by Shay Anderson
| 8 Questions
Note from the author:
Reading Test Practice
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Select two ways that the interactions with other characters support the development of the narrator's character.
A. Cassie encourages her to hurry, and that eases the narrator's fears.
B. Cassie expresses her feeling that the ocean is beautiful, and the narrator realizes she is right.
C. The narrator's father encourages her to go beyond her comfort zone, and at the end she does.
D. Going to the ocean with her family as a child makes the narrator feel assured about exploring new places.
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What effect does the narrator's use of the phrase "eons in advance" have on her description of her father in paragraph 4?
A. The loaded phrase shows that the narrator believes her father's planning is funny.
B. The inaccuracy leads the reader to think that the narrator misinterprets her father.
C. The exaggeration reinforces the ideas that the father makes a lot of advanced plans.
D. The emotion in the phrase illustrates that the narrator expects her father to say something else.
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Which quotation shows the narrator's father's personality as humorous?
A. "'I think it would do you good to get away from home, he said. 'Out of your comfort zone..."'
B. "My father was going through a short-lived marine biology phase, and was determined to teach my mother and me about what he called "the inexplicable wonders' of the ocean."
C. "'Hey,' my father used to gently mock, 'save some for the fish!'"
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What connotation does apprehensive have in paragraph 14 of the passage?
A. It indicates neutral feelings.
B. It shows that the narrator is somewhat worried.
C. It implies that the narrator is tense but hopeful.
D. It conveys that the narrator is afraid, even terrified.
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Part A
Why does the author mention the horror movie Jaws and a nature show about sea creatures?
A. To show why the narrator is intimidated by the unknown.
B. To show that snorkeling in the ocean can be dangerous.
C. To reinforce the idea that the unknown can be challenging.
D. To help describe what the narrator sees while snorkeling.
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Part B
Select the detail from the passage that supports the answer to Part A.
A. "I wasn't one of those people who refused to take a bath for a month after seeing the movie Jaws."
B. "Who knew what lay beneath it all?"
C. "I had recently seen a nature show about the kinds of fish - if you could even call them fish - that inhabited the greatest depths of the oceans: grotesque, insect-like things with translucent bodies, huge eyes, and feelers that sprouted from their heads like some kind of alien appendages."
D. "I put on my mask and adjusted the snorkel along the side of my head as carefully as I could, knowing that I'd probably suck vast quantities of sea water through it just the same."
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Part A
Which is the central idea of the passage?
A. The sea is a place of danger.
B. Adolescence is a idifficult transition into a new life.
C. Parents usually know what is best for their children.
D. It is better to trust your own feeling than to trust friends.
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Part B
Which detail from the passage supports the central idea?
A. "I was certain that I had passed some boundary and entered a world where I did not belong."
B. "At one point during that snorkeling expedition, as I was paddling around thorugh the murk..."
C. "I could feel a correspoinding drop in the pit of my stomach..."
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