A reading comprehension assessment in ESOL HS Intermediate
A. DIRECTIONS: Read each question carefully and analyze your answers based on the details discussed in the selected readings (i.e. "Oranges" by Gary Soto and "The Chase" by Annie Dillard). Selected Response Questions 1-10 are based on the essay "The Chase"
Which of the following thoroughfares is mentioned in the story?
All of them are mentioned in the story.
Where does the story take place?
Charleston, South Carolina
From whose perspective is this story told?
An omnisicent third person narrator's
Which of the following describes the kind of literature "The Chase" is?
None of these answers are correct.
Which sports did the main character say that she played with her friends?
Baseball and football
Rugby and soccer
Football and lacrosse
Baseball and tennis
How old was the main character when the events of the story happened?
What happened directly or immediately after the children threw snowballs at the Buick?
The Buick stopped.
A man began to chase the children.
A man exited the Buick.
The Buick fell apart.
Where did the final part of the story take place?
A snow covered field
A frozen pond
An obscure hilltop backyard
Which of the following characters is still there by the end of the story?
What happened last in the plot?
The children decided to find a new target.
The children walked home.
Two of the children were given a lecture.
One of the children thought about being chased through the Panama Canal.
Explain the CONTRADICTION in this statement from the essay:
“I got in trouble throwing snowballs, and have seldom been happier since.”
B. DIRECTIONS. Read each question carefully and analyze your answers based on the details discussed in the selected readings (i.e. "Oranges" by Gary Soto and "The Chase" by Annie Dillard). Selected Response Questions 12-26 are based on the poem "Oranges".
The speaker's attitude towards the girl could be described as
affectionate but superior
shy and frightened simultaneously
passionate yet slightly jealous
romantic and eager to please
Readers can determine that this poem is set in another era in time because
the woman accepts an orange for a payment
the price of the chocolate was ten cents
a boy bought candy for a girl
the boy was kind
The imagery of the breath in lines 6-7 and in line 20 emphasizes
the coldness of the day
the nervousness of the speaker
the speaker's poor health
the couple's hunger
The speaker puts the orange on the counter because
he does not have another nickel
he wants the girl to notice how generous he is
he's aware of the lady's fondness for fruit
he has an extra orange and he simply wants to share
The imagery of the oranges in lines 50-55 is
strange because he still hasn't given it away
ironic because readers wouldn't expect a boy to enjoy fruit
symbolic because it represents the brightness of his mood
rude because the girl didn't share the candy with the boy
"Oranges" is a narrative poem because
it uses free verse instead of a traditional rhyme scheme
it conveys the boys feelings in a first person perspective
it describes a specific setting
it tells a story
Who is the speaker in the poem?
a 12 year-old girl
a 12 year-old boy
a saleslady witnessing a first date
Which line(s) from the poem demonstrates the girl's happiness?
the final line
What type of figurative language is used in lines 42-48?
hyperbole and metaphor
imagery and hyperbole
onomatopoeia and simile
onomatopoeia and metaphor
What does the speaker do to impress his girlfriend?
takes her out to dinner
buys her chocolate
takes her on a walk
takes her to a candy store
The form of the poem "Oranges" is
"Frost crackling beneath my steps, my breath before me, then gone..." is an example of
"light in her eyes" is an example of
"Tiered like bleachers" is an example of
Based on the final stanza, the reader can conclude that
there is a mutual attraction between the boy and the girl
the girl will never speak to the boy again
the boy will be arrested for shoplifting
the boy cannot enter the drugstore ever again
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