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by Lynnette Lambert
| 55 Questions
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Vocabulary
Directions Read each sentence. Mark your answer choice.

Sample:
No one ____________ the newspaper lying near the door.
A washed
B rewarded
C signed
D noticed


Question 1.
I threw the ball and my dog ____________it.
emptied
drooled
fetched
tossed
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After dinner, Jane and her mother sat around folding __________ .
jokes
coffee
dishes
laundry
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My aunt is __________ the skirt that I tore on the fence.
mending
sketching
arguing
adding
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The __________ howled in the distance.
coyote
telegram
festival
bracelet
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The fireworks _____________ us all.
snorted
amazed
blazed
sprinkled
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After the storm, the air was very ___________.
hungry
alert
slim
still
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We bought two books because they were a good___________.
surface
bargain
tablet
cottage
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The men looked down from the __________ cliff.
hammering
towering
blinking
darling
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Grandfather __________ living on a farm when he was a child.
pardons
reminds
recalls
prevents
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Many boats were tied up at the __________.
docks
shelves
gates
nets
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The _________ of flowers filled the air.
ounce
pitch
weight
scent
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Kevin _____________ for the warmth of spring.
waved
pounded
yearned
leaned
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We read about pioneers on the _____________.
chorus
prairie
bundle
melon
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We like to camp in the __________.
microphone
peppermint
wilderness
memory
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The baby was __________ in her crib.
selling
bawling
ranching
tattling
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The teacher is ________ a book for me to read.
warning
selecting
capturing
dismissing
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Tom's excuse for being late was ______________.
unbelievable
spreadable
plentiful
restless
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The geese are _________ to their winter home.
migrating
galloping
sauntering
packing
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The ___________ rose high above the cold water.
contest
control
glacier
lake
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The horse __________ flies with its tail.
connected
bundled
cradled
swatted
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A snake slept in the dry _______________.
shampoo
misery
riverbed
humor
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The team's record of twenty wins was ______________.
waterproof
unfurnished
seperate
impressive
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In the mountains, the high ___________ makes it hard to breathe.
ivory
merchant
luxury
altitude
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We took a __________ walk around the pond.
leisurely
violet
commercial
disgraceful
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Zack's dad was _______ to a new job.
promoted
crowded
gathered
multiplied
Reading
Directions
Read each selection and answer the questions that follow. Mark your answer choice beside the best answer to each question.

The Old Man and the Bear
This is a story about a surprising friendship. Years ago, an old man lived alone in the Maine woods. One day he returned to his cabin and saw a bear inside eating honey. The man stuck his head into the cabin’s window. “Out of my house, Bear!” he yelled. The bear ran out the door. He ran into the river where the man had been fishing and stopped a few feet from shore. The man had failed to catch his dinner. Now he had no honey. No wonder he was angry at the bear. The man watched as the bear raised a honey-covered paw into the air. Flies soon covered the paw. Next, the bear held his paw over the water. Fish jumped up to get the flies. Each time a fish jumped, the bear swatted it back to shore. The man was amazed. He was hungry too. When the bear had a pile of fish, he sat down on the shore and ate. As he did, he watched the old man watching him. Finally, the bear threw the last four fish toward the man and disappeared into the woods. From that day on, the man shared his honey with the bear, and the bear shared his fish with the man.

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Which word best describes the bear?
mean
lazy
fair
strong
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Where did the stroy take place?
on an island
on a farm
in a town
in a forest
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Which of these is part of the rising action in the story?
The bear disappeared into the woods.
The man discovered the bear in his cabin.
The bear threw four fish to the man.
The man cleaned and cooked this fish.
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Which of the following is the theme, or message, of the story?
A person's home is a castle.
Never invite a bear to dinner.
People and animals can learn to live together.
Wild animals would like to be friends with people.
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What was the author's main reason for writing this story?
to inform readers about bears
to tell a funny story about a bear
to explain how to frighten a bear
to persuade readers to trust bears
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Based on the story, what is most likely true of the bear?
He was better at fishing than the man.
He was hungrier than the man.
He was sorry for the damage he caused.
He never went near the cabin again.
Letter to a Friend

Dear Will,
Oh, wow! Summer is almost over. What did you do? Did you have fun?
I played on a softball team. That was in the first part of the summer. I played third base. My dad was our coach. Next year I want to be our pitcher. Dad said I will have to practice this winter. I don’t mind. I like to play outside, even when it is cold. And softball is the best game to play. I am always sad when we play our last game of the year.
In July I went camping with my family. We went to the mountains. That was a nice change from where I live. The summers here are hot. On our vacation, we hiked and swam. We also took lots of pictures. I am sending you one of me in a tree. I had a great time.
My cousins came to visit in August. They taught me to play soccer. It was fun to try something new. When school starts, I will play soccer in gym class.
I am reading a book about dinosaurs. I got it from the library. Mom said I should get a book to make sure I didn’t forget how to read. (I didn’t!)
I hope you are doing well. Write soon.
Your friend,
Maria
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Which event happened first?
Maria went to the mountains.
Maria played softball.
Maria read a book.
Maria played with her cousins.
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What was Maria's main reason for writing the letter?
to persuade her friend to visit her
to entertain her friend with a funny story
to inform her friend about her summer
to describe her hometown to her friend
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Which sentence from teh letter is an opinion?
And softball is the best game to play.
My cousins came to visit in August.
We went to the mountains.
Summer is almost over.
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Which statement best describes Maria?
She worries often.
She is good at all sports.
She likes a lot of activity.
She is usually bored in winter.
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Based on her letter, how did the mountains differ from where Maria lives?
The mountains had trees.
The mountains were prettier.
It was rainy in the mountains.
It was cooler in the mountains.
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Based on the story, what did Maria most likely do when she visited the mountains?
photographed them
climbed them
read about them
wrote about them
Fourth Graders Write a Book
by Jake Riverton
The students in Mrs. Morse’s fourth grade have written a book. It is about our town’s history. The title is We Remember When.
The students gathered information from many people in town. They talked to people who have lived here for a long time, some for as many as ninety years. Then they wrote the chapters. Next they took pictures for the book. They used a computer to combine the words and pictures. Only then did they choose a title. Finally, they made the book’s cover.
One person in the book is Mrs. Rosa Gonzales. She is ninety-six years old. That makes her the town’s oldest person. Mrs. Gonzales has lived here all her life. In the book, she tells what it was like here in the 1920s. Most people were farmers. The town was very small. It had just two shops and one restaurant. There were only fifteen students in Mrs. Gonzales’s school. The school had one teacher and one room.
You can read the memories of Mrs. Gonzales and eleven other people in We Remember When. The school library has three copies. At first the students made only one copy. However, last week they added two more because so many people wanted to read their book. Mrs. Morse’s fourth graders should be proud of their book.
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What is the main idea of the article?
Mrs. Morse's fourth graders wrote a book.
Mrs. Rose Gonzales is the town's oldest person.
The school library has three copies of We Remember When.
Students interviewed many people for their book.
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Which sentence from the article states an opinion?
She is ninety-six years old.
Most people were farmers.
That makes her the town's oldest person.
Mrs. Morse's fourth graders should be proud.
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Why did the students make more copies of their book?
The first copy got lost.
They were proud of it.
Many people wanted to read it.
More information was added to it.
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According to the selection, what was the last step taken by the class?
choosing a title
making a cover
gathering information
taking the pictures
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How had the town changed since Mrs. Gonzales was a child?
It became smaller.
There were fewer places to stop.
More people became farmers.
It had grown larger.
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What made Mrs. Gonzales a good person to interview for We Remember When?
She was the town's first librarian.
She knew what it was like to be a fourth grader.
She had lived in the town a very long time.
She had also written a book about the town.
How to Welcome New Students
Our city is growing. That means that many new students are coming to our school. We should all do our part to make them feel welcome. Here are some ways to do that.
• When a new student comes to your class, think about how you would feel if
you were in that person’s place. Be friendly and helpful.
• Ask your new classmate to eat lunch with you and your friends.
• Ask him or her to join you in activities during recess.
• Show a new student how to get to the library, the gym, and so on.
• Find out what the new student likes to do. If you know someone who likes
the same things, introduce the new student to that person.
• Respect differences. New students, like you or some of your classmates, may have come from other countries. English may be new to them. They may have studied different subjects. Show a respectful interest in them and in learning who they are.

A Note to New Students
• When you have questions, please ask your teacher or a classmate. They understand that it can be hard to come to a new school. After all, they were all new here at one time.
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What is the main idea of the selection?
Improve language skills.
Be respectful of differences.
Help new students adjust to their new school.
Play games that new students like to play.
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Which sentence from the selection is an opinion?
We should all do our part to make them feel welcome.
That means that many new students are coming to our school.
New students may have come from other countries.
Here are some way to do that.
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Why are new students coming to the school?
They want to learn English.
Their old school closed.
The city is growing.
The school is friendly.
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Which sentence states a generalization that can be drawn from this selection?
Students enjoy meeting one another.
New students need time to adjust to a new school.
New students usually like gym class best.
Few students are from other countries.
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How are all the students and teachers at the school alike?
They all came from smaller schools.
They all came from other countries.
They all enjoy the same activities.
They all were new to the school at one time.
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What is the main purpose of the information in the last paragraph?
It helps new students help themselves.
It helps new students understand their teachers.
It helps new students find places in the school.
It helps new students learn a new language.
The Crow with Peacock Feathers
Long ago, a young crow lived in a park with many kinds of birds. People came to the park to feed and admire the birds. They loved the peacocks with their large, colorful feathers.
The birds all kept to their own kind. One of the crows, though, longed to live among the peacocks. One day, he found some peacock feathers that one of the birds had shed, and he had an idea. He stuck the peacock feathers into his tail and began to strut about. Soon he strutted in among the peacocks and pretended to be one of them. The peacocks could see that he was a crow, of course. They laughed at him, pulling the peacock feathers out of his tail, and told him to go back to his fellow crows.
The other crows, from their perches high in a tree, had seen the whole thing. “You think you’re too good for us!” they called out as their former friend came near. “You don’t want to be a crow, so go away and leave us alone!”
The crow had learned his lesson. He told the other crows that he was sorry and that if they would take him back, he would be proud to be a crow. And so they did, and so he was.
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Where does the story take place?
in a park
in a zoo
in a forest
in a town
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Which word best describes the crow at the beginning of the story?
funny
jealous
lonely
happy
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Which of these events happened last?
The crow appologized to the other crows.
The crow found some feathers.
The crow was scolded by the other crows.
The crow was laughed at by the peacocks.
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What is the main problem in the story?
a peacock loses its feathers
a crow gets lost
a park has too many birds
a crow wants to be a peacock
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Why did the crow want to live with the peacocks?
because the peacocks were beautiful
because the peacocks were kind
because the crows had to live in trees
because the other crows were selfish
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What did the crow learn?
It is wrong to steal.
Live and let live.
Be happy with who you are.
There is a time for everything.
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