by Amber Louise Trotman
| 40 Questions
Jacob the Great

Jacob the Great Jacob hated finishing things almost as much as he loved starting them. As a result, he had gotten into a million hobbies and activities, but he never stuck with any of them long enough to get any good. He begged his mother for months for a guitar so that he could play Black Eyed Peas songs to Angie, a girl he liked, but after he finally got one for Christmas, he found out that guitars don’t play themselves. He took a few lessons, but strumming the strings hurt his fingers and he didn’t like holding the pick, so now the five-hundred dollar guitar lives under his bed. After reading an ad in the back of one of his comic books, Jacob decided that he wanted a WonderSweeper 5000 metal detector, so that he could find buried pirate treasure. So he mowed lawns all summer and didn’t spend his money on ice-cream like his younger brother, Alex. He saved it all in a shoe box in his closet. Then he shoveled driveways all winter, and he didn’t spend his money on candy and chips like his classmates. By the time spring came he had saved $200, and he purchased the Wonder-Sweeper 5000 metal detector. He beeped it around the park for a while, be he soon found out that no pirates had ever set sail in his neighborhood, and if they had they didn’t leave any treasure. Even though he found a key ring, forty-seven cents, and all the bottle caps he could throw, he buried the metal detector in his closest. Given Jacob’s history with hobbies, it was no surprise that Jacob’s father was reluctant to buy him a magician’s kit for his birthday. “Geez, Jacob… You sure you wouldn’t rather I got you more guitar lessons?” He suggested. Jacob was insistent. “Dad, you’ve got to get me the magician’s kit. This time I’ll stick with it for real. I promise! Come on, Dad,” Jacob begged. Jacob’s father sighed and then replied, “Oh, I don’t know, Jacob. Things are awfully tight right now.” But Jacob’s father was reminded of his own youth long ago, when he quit football and started karate practice before hardly getting his equipment dirty. So when Jacob’s birthday came around, Jacob was both surprised and pleased to find the magician’s kit that he had desired so badly with a big bright bow on it. Jacob opened up the box and unwrapped the many parts in the kit. As he did so, he imagined sawing his pet cat in half and putting it back together to the amazement of his friends and family. He took the many fake coins, trick cards, and rope pieces of varying length on the kitchen table and imagined pulling rabbits out of his hat and turning them into pigeons with a mysterious puff of smoke. As Jacob continued pulling plastic thumbs, foam balls, and giant playing cards out of the magic kit, a commercial on the TV caught his attention. “Hey kids! Have you ever wanted to go to space? Experience what it’s like to be an astronaut? Do you want to explore the universe? Well, now you can.” As the commercial continued playing, Jacob walked away from the magic kit on the kitchen table and stared at the TV screen longingly. “For only $195 you can go to space camp and live life like an astronaut for a whole weekend. Enroll now for a once in a life time experience.” Jacob’s cry rang throughout the house as he yelled, “MOM!” He now knew what his true purpose in life was.
According to the text, why does Jacob stop playing the guitar?
A It hurt his fingers
B He’d rather play drums
C It was too easy.
D He failed math.
To whom did Jacob want to play Black Eyed Peas songs?
A Alex
B Angie
C Mom
D Dad
According to the passage, why does Jacob decide that he wants a metal detector?
A He sees a man at the park with one.
B His father had one as a child.
C He saw a TV commercial for one.
D He read an ad for one in a comic book.
How does Jacob get the Wonder Sweeper 5000 that he wants in the story?
A He asks his mom.
B He asks his dad.
C He shovels driveways and mows lawns.
D He does all of these things to get what he wants.
When did Jacob buy the metal detector?
A In the fall
B In the summer
C In the spring
D In the winter
True or False: The metal detector was a good investment for Jacob.
A True
B False
Why doesn’t Jacob’s father want to get him the magician’s kit for his birthday?
A Jacob failed math class.
B Jacob quits too many expensive activities.
C Jacob has been mean to his younger brother.
D Jacob went to the park without permission.
Why does Jacob’s father buy Jacob the magician’s kit?
A Jacob mowed the lawn.
B Jacob reminded his father of himself.
C Jacob bought ice cream for his brother.
D Jacob found his father’s key ring.
Which word is closest in meaning to the italicized word in the following sentence from paragraph four: “It was no surprise that Jacob’s father was reluctant to buy him a magician’s kit for his birthday”?
A Happy
B Willing
C Proud
D Hesitant
What distracts Jacob from the magician’s kit?
A A TV commercial
B His father
C The kitchen table
D A comic book
Which character trait best describes Jacob in regards to his hobbies?
A Dedicated
B Impulsive
C Committed
D Devoted
In what genre is this story?
A Fiction
B Nonfiction
C Folklore
D Poetry
Which poetic technique is used in the following line: “He beeped it around the park for a while”?
A Onomatopoeia
B Simile
C Personification
D Hyperbole
Which technique is used in the following line: “He had gotten into a million hobbies and activities”
A Onomatopoeia
B Simile
C Personification
D Hyperbole
Which technique is used in the following line: “The five-hundred dollar guitar lives under his bed.”
A Onomatopoeia
B Simile
C Simile
D Hyperbole

Who would win in a fight, a lion or a tiger? Well, if size has anything to do with the matter, the tiger would win. That’s because tigers are the largest of all cat species. They grow up to eleven feet long and weigh as much as 670 lbs. This makes tigers the third largest land carnivore. The only larger land carnivores are polar bears and brown bears. Tigers are not only large, they are also fast. They can sprint as fast as 40 miles per hour for short distances and leap as far as 30 feet horizontally. This makes for an extremely dangerous pounce. You might not think that such large, fast, and ferocious creatures need help to survive, but they do. The tiger is an endangered species.
Despite all of the tiger’s strengths, the future of the species is uncertain. Tigers face a very high risk of extinction. It is estimated that at the start of the 20th century, there were over 100,000 tigers living in the wild. By the turn of the century, the number of tigers outside of captivity dwindled to just over 3,000. Interestingly, the most serious threats that tigers face come from a much smaller species, one with an average weight of around 140 lbs. That species is Homo sapiens, better known as humans. Humans threaten tigers in primarily two ways: hunting and destroying habitat.
Tigers are hunted for many reasons. People have long valued the famous striped skins. Though trading tiger skins is now illegal in most parts of the world, tiger pelts are worth around $10,000 on the black-market. Though the fur would be incentive enough for most poachers, other parts of the tiger can also fetch a pretty penny. Some people in China and other Asian cultures believe that various tiger parts have healing properties. Traditional Chinese medicine calls for the use of tiger bones, amongst other parts, in some prescriptions.
Tigers have also been hunted as game. In other words people hunted tigers solely for the thrill and achievement of killing them. Such killings took place in large scale during the 19th and early 20th centuries, when a single maharaja or English hunter might claim to kill over a hundred tigers in their hunting career. Though this practice is much less popular today than it was in the past, it has not ceased entirely.

Humans have done considerable damage to the world’s tiger population through hunting, but perhaps more damage has been caused through the destruction of habitat. Tigers once ranged widely across Asia, all the way from Turkey to the eastern coast of Russia. But over the past 100 years, tigers have lost 93% of their historic range. Instead of spanning all the way across Asia, the tiger population is now isolated in small pockets in south and southeastern Asia. This is because humans have drastically changed the environments. Humans have built towns and cities. Road and transit systems were created to connect these towns and cities. To feed the people living in these areas, forests and fields have been cleared to create farmland. Large tracts of land have been strip-mined to yield metals and other materials used in manufacturing. All of these activities have consumed habitats that at one time supported tigers.
A major obstacle to preserving tigers is the enormous amount of territory that each tiger requires. Each wild tiger demands between 200 and 300 square miles. Tigers are also both territorial and solitary animals. This means that they are protective of the areas that they claim and they generally do not share with other tigers. Because tigers need so much territory, it is difficult for conservationists to acquire land enough to support a large population of tigers. Even when such these considerable spaces are allocated, it is even more difficult to patrol such large areas to prevent poaching. There is no easy way to preserve the wild tiger population without making large sacrifices.
Though tiger population faces many threats and obstacles to recovery, there have been some successes in conservation and preservation efforts. For example, Save China’s Tigers, an organization working to restore the wild tiger population, successfully rewilded a small number of South China tigers. These tigers were born into concrete cages from parents who were also captive and unable to sustain in the wild.

This organization brought these tigers to South Africa and helped them learn the necessary skills for a predator to survive in the wild. Current evidence indicates that the project was been successful. While this is just a small step, it shows that restoring the world’s tiger population is possible.
Which of the following is not a reason in the article explaining why tigers are hunted?
A Because tiger skins are worth a lot of money
B Because tiger parts are used as medicines in some cultures
C Because some tigers attack local villages
D Because tigers are hunted for enjoyment by some people
Which animal does not grow larger than the tiger?
A Brown bear
B Lion
C Polar bear
D All of these animals grow larger than a tiger
Which number is closest to the estimation of the wild Tiger population in 2003?
A 3,000
B 100,000
C 140
D 30,000
Which of the following best describes the author's main purpose in writing this article?
A To provide readers with interesting information about the lifestyles of tigers
B To persuade readers to help the world's tiger population and to offer ways to help
C To entertain readers with stories about how tigers hunt and are hunted
D To explain to readers why the world's tiger population is endangered
Which best explains why tigers have lost so much of their habitat according to the text?
A Because humans are afraid of tigers
B Because tiger skins are extremely valuable
C Because humans have changed the land
D Because tigers need so much space to survive
Based on information in the text, which best explains why tigers are poached?
A Poachers hunt tigers to protect their families from dangerous animals.
B Poachers hunt tigers for medicine to cure sick family members.
C Poachers hunt tigers because they enjoy killing dangerous animals.
D Poachers hunt tigers to earn large amounts money.
Which best explains why it is so difficult to preserve the wild tiger population?
A Tigers do not get along with most other animals.
B Tigers must make their homes close to rivers and the world's rivers are evaporating.
C Tigers require a lot of space.
D Tigers hunt in large packs and there are too few tigers left to make these packs.
Which of the following is an opinion?
A Tigers can grow up to eleven feet long.
B Saving the wild tiger population is important.
C South China tigers were brought to live in South Africa.
D Humans have endangered the world's wild tiger population.
Based on context, which best defines the term "rewilded" as used in the last paragraph
A To preserve animals by keeping them in zoos
B To teach animals to coexist with humans
C To teach humans to coexist with animals
D To bring animals born in zoos back to nature
What does this idiom mean: "other parts of the tiger can also fetch a pretty penny"?
A The fur is the only valuable part of the tiger.
B Other parts of the tiger are worth a lot of money.
C The tiger is a very beautiful animal.
Tigers can be trained to do tricks like in the circus.
I ..... tennis every Sunday morning.
A playing
B play
C am playing
D am play
Don't make so much noise. Noriko ..... to study for her ESL test!
A try
B tries
C tried
D is trying
I think I ..... a new calculator. This one does not work properly any more.
A needs
B needed
C need
D am needing
What time .....
A the train leaves?
B leaves the train?
C is the train leaving?
D does the train leave?
I ..... for my pen. Have you seen it?
A will look
B looking
C look
D am looking

Find the correct spelling :

A Abbreviate
B Abreviate
C Abrrviate
D Abbreviat
Find the correct spelling :
A Aceelerate
B Acelerate
C Accelerate
D Acellrate
Find the correct spelling :
A Accesary
B Acessarry
C Acessary
D Accessary
Which sentence is correct?
A Some people work best in the mornings; others do better in the evenings.
B Some people work best, in the mornings others do better in the evenings.
C Some people work best in. the mornings others do better in the evenings.
D Some people, work best in the mornings others do better in the evenings.
Which sentence is correct?
A The girls father, sat in a corner.
B The girl's father sat in a corner.
C The girls father sat in a corner.
D The girls, father sat in a corner
Which sentence is correct?
A In the words of Murphy’s Law ‘Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.’
B In the words of Murphy’s Law ‘Anything that can go wrong will go wrong’
C In the words of Murphy’s Law Anything that can go wrong will go wrong
D In the words of Murphy’s Law: ‘Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.’
Which sentence is correct?
A What are you doing next weekend...
B What are you doing next weekend?
C What are you doing next weekend.
D What are you doing next weekend!
Find the correctly spelt word.
A Efficient
B Treatmeant
C Employd
Find the correctly spelt word.
A Foreign
B Foreine
C Fariegn
D Forein
Find the correctly spelt word.
A Ommineous
B Ominous
C Omenous
D Ominouse
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