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Reading, Grade 6 - Perfection Learning

• strengthen test-taking skills and strategies

• build confidence in taking standardized tests

•learn to manage time

• develop study skills through practice

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Many of you may wish that you were better test takers. Doing well on tests, as with

anything else, takes practice. This Better Test Scores book will give you the practice

and confidence you need to become a better test taker. Here are the steps to follow to

use this book.

1. Take Tryout Test 1 and check your answers. Use the chart at the bottom of

this page to find out your strengths and weaknesses in the ten areas covered

on reading tests. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get all the answers right or

if you don’t understand some questions. Remember these hard questions.

They will be the types of questions you need to work on the most.

2. Work through the ten lessons that follow Tryout Test 1. These lessons will

help you with the kinds of questions you will be asked on reading tests. Each

lesson ends with a short practice test to reinforce your new skills. Fill in the

Score Card on page 51 as you complete each practice test.

3. After completing all ten lessons, take Tryout Test 2. Your score on this test

will show how much your test-taking skills have improved.

By following the steps outlined above, you will learn many of the skills you need to

take reading tests.

Chapter Tryout Test 1 Items Tryout Test 2 Items

1 Word Meaning 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

2 Word Analysis 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

3 Synonyms and Antonyms 12, 13, 14, 15 12, 13, 14, 15

4 Context Clues 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

5 Main Idea and Details 24, 25, 26 24

6 Constructing Meaning 31, 34 25, 32, 33

7 Drawing Conclusions 35 34

8 Evaluating Information 27, 33 26, 35

9 Characters and Plot 32 27, 30, 31

10 Reading Literature 28, 29, 30 28, 29


Test-Taking Tips

4

Top Ten Reading Tips

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Reading

Lessons


Test

Practice


Lessons and Tests

Tryout Test 1

Sample standardized test. Find out

what you know and don’t know.

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Vocabulary

1 Word Meaning

2 Word Analysis

3 Synonyms and Antonyms

4 Context Clues

Identifying the meaning of words

Recognizing prefixes, suffixes, and

word origins

Recognizing synonyms and antonyms

Using context clues to find word meanings

and to define multiple-meaning words

12

14

16

18

Reading Comprehension

5 Main Idea and Details

6 Constructing Meaning

7 Drawing Conclusions

8 Evaluating Information

9 Characters and Plot

10 Reading Literature

Finding the main idea and supporting

details in a reading passage

Relating ideas to interpret the

meaning of a reading passage

Using logical reasoning to analyze

a reading passage

Making judgments about what

you read

Understanding the characters

and plot in a story

Recognizing types of literature

and their characteristics

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26

30

34

38

42

Tryout Test 2

Keeping Score

Finding Percent

Sample standardized test.

Find out what you’ve learned.

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Each lesson in this book offers tips that will help you

answer the kinds of test questions taught in that lesson.

Here are some tips that will help you become a better

test taker no matter what kind of test you’re taking.

1 When you begin a test, quickly

scan all the questions. This will

help you see what the test is

about and how many questions

you will have to answer.

2 It is important to manage your

time while taking a test. Begin by

checking the number of questions

in the test and the amount of

time you have to take the test.

Try to complete about half of the

questions by the time you are

about halfway through the total

test time. Keep track of the time

as you work.

3 Read all DIRECTIONS very

carefully. Don’t begin answering

questions before you read the

directions.

4 If you feel nervous before a test,

try this: Close your eyes and take

several slow, deep breaths. Spend

a few minutes relaxing your

mind.

5 Try to answer ALL the test

questions. Do the easy ones first.

When you come to a hard

question, don’t spend too much

time trying to figure it out. Wait

until you have finished the easy

questions. Then go back and work

on the hard ones.

6 All tests have some hard

questions. They are meant to

stump you! It is best to make a

good guess at the answer. First,

find any choices that you know

are wrong. Then look at the

leftover choices and make your

best guess.

7 Mark your answers by filling in

the circle with a dark pencil

mark. If you make a mistake,

erase thoroughly. Then fill in the

circle next to the correct answer.

8 When you have finished the test,

go back and work on any questions

you skipped, or go back and check

your answers.

Remember, we all learn from our mistakes! When your test has

been scored, look over the questions that you missed. Go back and

study each one until you know why you missed it. If you still don’t

understand a question, ask for help. Then the next time you see a

question like the one you missed, you will know what to do.

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1 When answering questions about a reading passage, read

the questions first. That way, you’ll know what to look for

as you read the passage. Once you’ve read the passage, go

on to answer the questions.

2 In reading questions, look for key words, such as who,

what, when, where, why, and how. Key words tell you what

to look for when you read the passage.

3 Practice scanning a reading passage to quickly find key

words that will help you answer questions about details.

4 When answering questions about a reading passage, look

back at the passage to locate the answer. Don’t just rely

on your memory.

5 When you come to a word you don’t know in a passage, look

for context clues. Context clues are other words in the

sentence or paragraph that help define or explain the

unknown word.

6 For fill-in sentences, always read the entire sentence before

you choose an answer. Use context clues to help you find

the answer.

7 When choosing a word to complete a sentence, try out all

the answer choices in the sentence. Don’t rush to fill in the

blank. You might get tricked by words that are similar but

have different meanings.

8 When looking for word meanings, read all the answer

choices carefully. Don’t be fooled by words that only look

or sound like the correct answer.

9 When identifying order of events, look for key words that

signal time sequence. Some examples are first, next, then,

after, finally, and at last.

10 Watch out for negative words in directions, such as NOT

or OPPOSITE. These words tell you exactly what answer to

look for. Such words often appear in bold or italic type or

in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.

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This test will tell you how well you might score on a

standardized reading test before using this book.

Tryout Test 1

Time: 30 minutes

Directions: Follow the directions for each part of the test. Read each question

carefully and fill in the circle beside the answer you choose. The answer to the

sample question (S) has been filled in for you.

Questions 1–6. Choose the correct meaning

of the underlined word.

Questions 7–9. Choose the best meaning

for the underlined prefix or suffix.

S To generate is to —

7. assistant immigrant

A donate.

1 produce.

C honor.

D compensate.

A

B

C

D

filled with

without

in a way that is

one who

1. Bleak means the same as —

A common. C dreary.

B foolish. D fabulous.

2. A skiff is a type of —

A boat. C mistake.

B buoy. D sled.

3. To stifle is to —

A fortify. C chuckle.

B fluster. D suppress.

4. A comrade is a —

A revolt. C part of speech.

B planet. D friend.

5. Someone who is skittish is —

A slender. C busy.

B nervous. D grouchy.

6. Something that is beneficial is —

A useless. C favorable.

B funny. D harmful.

8. encircle endanger

A in C beyond

B not D again

9. poetic historic

A

B

C

D

between

opposite of

of or like

before

Questions 10–11. Choose the word that best

answers each question.

10. Which word most likely comes from

the German word werra, meaning

“combat”

A wept C warden

B war D whereas

11. Which word most likely comes from

the Middle English word gloumen,

meaning “to become dark”

A glob C glow

B glare D gloom

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Tryout Test 1 (continued)

Questions 12–15. Choose the word that

means the OPPOSITE of the underlined

word.

12. surprising variety

A uniformity C loudness

B diversity D complexity

13. hostile animal

A aggressive C amiable

B untamed D natural

14. desperate situation

A hopeless C testy

B sensitive D secure

15. excel greatly

A improve C thrive

B fail D grow

Questions 16–19. Choose the word that best

completes the sentence.

16. We settled many issues. It was our

most _____ meeting of the year.

A fruitless C senseless

B productive D subdued

19. Coach Martin didn’t need to _____

the team. Her players were already

excited to play the game.

A organize C motivate

B transport D watch

Questions 20–22. Choose the word that has

the same meaning as the underlined word.

20. Antoine’s father gave feedback that

helped Antoine improve his essay.

A stationery C snacks

B words D advice

21. Shelby asked Kevin to be precise when

describing the project.

A specific C noisy

B quick D vocal

22. Alice vigorously denied knowing about

the prank.

A quietly C quickly

B evenly D strongly

Question 23. Read the sentence in the box.

Then choose the sentence below that uses

the underlined word in the same way.

17. The steel is rust-proof, so it should

never _____.

23.

Fred toppled out just as the canoe

began to tip.

A shine C bend

B mature D corrode

18. Hampton Park is the most _____

location. It’s right around the corner.

A accessible C exotic

B massive D inconvenient

A

B

C

D

Dad always gave a good tip to the

waitress.

The lighthouse was built on the

outer tip of the island.

The lawyer gave his friend a free

legal tip.

You must tip the jar in order

to remove the marbles.

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Questions 24–35. Read each passage. Choose the best answer to each question.

Chocolate is a favorite treat of children and adults all over the world.

It comes in many different forms and has a variety of flavors. Many

people enjoy the rich sweetness of solid milk chocolate, while others

prefer sipping a steaming cup of hot cocoa. When thinking of fine

chocolate, European countries like Belgium and Switzerland may

come to mind. However, few people know that chocolate is

originally from Central and South America.

Chocolate is made of beans from the cacao (or cocoa) tree, which

grows best in warm climates. Scientists believe that these trees first

grew in the Amazon River basin. The Maya civilization of Central

America and later the Aztec civilization of Mexico both cultivated

cacao beans long ago, and the beans played a role in the traditions

and religion of both groups. To the Mayas, cacao beans symbolized

life, and they carved images of cacao onto the walls of their palaces.

The Aztecs believed that one of their prophets had gained wisdom

by eating the beans. Both cultures ground the beans to make a

thick, rich beverage called xocoatl, and each group used the beans

as money.

Cacao beans reached Europe in the early 16th century, at the end of

one of Christopher Columbus’s voyages. Some years later, the beans

and their many uses spread to Italy, France, and England. Today you

can enjoy your favorite types of chocolate throughout the world.

24. What is the main idea of this passage

A

B

C

D

Chocolate tastes good.

Christopher Columbus brought

cacao beans to Europe.

Chocolate, now popular worldwide,

originated in the Americas.

The Mayas and the Aztecs both

liked chocolate.

25. Which detail best supports the main

idea of this passage

A

B

C

D

Many people enjoy solid milk

chocolate.

Xocoatl was a thick, rich drink.

Images of cacao were carved on

palace walls.

The Mayas and the Aztecs both

cultivated cacao beans long ago.

26. What did both the Aztecs and Mayas

use cacao beans for

A

B

C

D

wisdom

money

good luck

wall carvings

27. The author wrote this passage

mainly to —

A

B

C

D

persuade people to buy chocolate.

entertain with a funny story.

give information about the history

of chocolate.

describe the voyages of

Christopher Columbus.

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Tryout Test 1 (continued)

My little brother bawls,

The dog howls at neighborhood cats,

The TV blares loudly from the den.

I grab my coat and a scarf and rush

Outside, to the winter night.

The street is empty, quiet,

Except for the sound of snow

Crunching beneath my feet

And wind whispering in my ear.

I hear nothing but the night’s mysterious music.

Around me bare branches hunch over like old men.

Cozy fires glow inside tiny houses.

As snow falls, everything becomes quiet and still, like a prayer.

Little snowflakes dance around the streetlights,

Twisting and pirouetting slowly to the ground.

I circle back to my front door,

Determined to take the quiet of the night inside with me.

28. Which word describes the speaker’s

mood in the first five lines of the

poem

A calm C joyous

B annoyed D sleepy

29. The phrase “bare branches hunch over

like old men” means that —

A

B

C

D

men are standing near the trees.

the trees grow straight and tall.

the trees are bent over.

the trees were planted by old men.

30. Which of these phrases is an example

of personification

A

B

C

D

cozy fires glow

wind whispering in my ear

everything becomes quiet and still

the dog howls at neighborhood cats

31. What does the speaker compare

snowflakes to

A music C dancers

B fires D streetlights

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I have auditioned for the play at our community theater every

summer. And every year, I get a part in the chorus while Layla

Clark plays the lead role and gets all the applause.

Well, this year I thought things would be different. The show

was to be about the exciting life of a brave knight. I was

convinced I would get the lead. After all, I’m a boy and

Layla is a girl. She was sure to be stuck in the chorus this

time. I had also been preparing a very special audition.

“Layla Clark, this is my turn in the spotlight!” I thought.

At the audition, I wore a helmet to look more like a

knight. I recited a poem while (and this was the best

part) doing a fencing routine at the same time.

Unfortunately, the helmet blocked my vision, and I

tripped. After knocking over a stack of chairs, I fell flat

on my face. I hoped no one noticed my missteps. I still

was convinced I could be a star.

The next morning, I went to check the cast list. My smile

faded as I made my way to the front of the crowd. The very

first name on the list was Layla Clark. Beside her name it

said Brave Knight. “There must be some mistake,” I

thought. “Layla is a girl! She can’t play the brave knight!”

I searched down the list for my name. It wasn’t there.

Tears welled up in my eyes. Suddenly I felt a hand on my

shoulder. It was Layla. “Congratulations, Donald!” she said.

“I’m not even in the show!” I replied.

“Sure you are,” she said. “You’re the court jester!”

32. Which word best describes how

Donald felt before the audition

A

B

C

D

nervous

confident

silly

hungry

33. Which of these sentences is an

opinion

A

B

C

D

Layla has the lead role.

Donald is not in the chorus

this year.

Layla is a very good actress.

The play is about a brave knight.

34. Why did Donald most likely get the

part of the court jester

A

B

C

D

His audition was funny.

He knows how to juggle.

Layla asked the director to give

him that part.

It was the only part left.

35. Which word best describes how

Donald might feel at the end

A

B

C

D

relaxed

timid

surprised

bored

Number Correct ⁄ Total = ______ ⁄ 35

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Context Clues

Using context clues to find word meanings

and to define multiple-meaning words

Directions: Choose the word that best completes the sentence.

A

The hiker was clearly _____. He stared longingly

at his companion’s canteen.

A hungry C tired

B thirsty D lonely

This type of question tests your ability to use context clues to

find the meaning of words. Context clues are the other words

in a sentence, or sentences, that can help you understand a

word’s meaning. In Example A, the main clue to the missing

word is “canteen.” Because the hiker is staring longingly at his

companion’s canteen, he must be thirsty. The hiker wouldn’t

stare longingly at the canteen if he were hungry, tired, or

lonely. Choice B is correct.

Now look at these examples.

Directions: Choose the word that has

the same meaning as the underlined

word.

B

The Indian cobra’s bite is lethal.

Without medical treatment, a

person can die in just a few hours.

A painful C deadly

B harmless D moderate

Directions: Read the sentence and

the question. Choose the word that

best answers the question and

completes the sentence.

C

Kim skated _____ toward the puck.

Which word suggests that Kim is

an energetic hockey player

A aggressively C sluggishly

B nervously D distractedly

To answer Example B, you have to use context clues to figure out the meaning

of the underlined word. The second sentence says that the Indian cobra’s bite can

cause a person to die in just a few hours, so lethal must mean “deadly,” choice C .

Example C involves word connotations. The exact meaning of a word is its

denotation. The word’s connotation is what the word suggests beyond its

explicit meaning. In this kind of question, every word choice may fit the context

of the sentence, but only one suggests a meaning that answers the question. The

word aggressively suggests that Kim is an energetic hockey player. It has a

positive connotation in the sentence. So the correct answer is A . On the other

hand, the words nervously, sluggishly, and distractedly have negative

connotations. They suggest that Kim is not an energetic hockey player.

18 Vocabulary


Directions: Read the sentence in the box. Then choose the

sentence below that uses the underlined word in the same way.

D

Dad went with me to deposit my paycheck in the bank.

A

B

C

D

The friends landed their canoes on the bank of the river

to eat lunch.

The plane made a sharp bank to the left.

Todd and Max spent all day playing in the snow bank.

Chris needs to get money from the bank before it closes.

This kind of question uses multiple-meaning words.

These are words that have several different meanings. You

must use context clues to figure out which meaning of a word

is being used. In the sentence in the box, the word bank means

“a place where money is kept.” The sentence in choice D uses

the word bank in the same way: “Chris needs to get money

from the bank before it closes.” Choice D is correct. The other

three sentences are incorrect because they use different

meanings of the word bank.

1 Context clues may not be in the same sentence as the underlined

word or the blank. Look at the sentences before and after the

unknown word too. (In Example A, all the answer choices could fit

the first sentence, but not the second.)

2 For sentences with fill-ins or unfamiliar words, try out your word

choice in the sentence to see if it makes sense. Watch out for words

that seem to fit the sentence but do not fit the context clues

exactly. (In Example B, the cobra’s bite may be painful, but this

word does not fit the context of causing a person to die in a few

hours.)

3 For questions involving word connotations, every answer choice

may fit the context of the sentence. Think about what each word

suggests beyond its explicit meaning. Choose the word that best

answers the question.

4 For multiple-meaning words, decide what the underlined word

means in the first sentence. Then try out the same meaning in the

other sentences. Make sure that the sentence you choose uses the

word as the same part of speech (for example, “a

bank” as compared to “to bank”).

Vocabulary 19


Test Practice 4: Context Clues

Time: 12 minutes

Questions 1–6. Choose the word that best

completes the sentence.

Questions 7–12. Choose the word that has

the same meaning as the underlined word.

1. The popular candidate was _____ by

a huge majority.

A provoked C discouraged

B elected D banished

7. Tony was distressed about losing his

favorite baseball card.

A elated C upset

B fearless D indifferent

2. Mark’s magazines stopped coming

because he forgot to _____ his

subscription

A cancel C renew

B reassure D restrict

3. The naval _____ prevented ships from

trading with the island.

A blockade C uniform

B submarine D culture

8. Shannon’s uncle was the last member

of her family to immigrate to the

United States.

A detain C arrive

B colonize D relocate

9. Matt faced the dilemma of choosing

between his two favorite sports:

basketball and hockey.

A preference C problem

B recreation D satisfaction

4. Alice loved the _____ cabin because it

was peaceful and quiet.

A secluded C urban

B decayed D modern

5. The farm produced _____ crops this

year. The surplus would make up for

last year’s poor harvest.

A insufficient C dairy

B agricultural D plentiful

6. The town’s _____ gives the mayor

emergency powers.

10. The veterinarian told Tom to discipline

his dog when it chewed on the chair.

A reward C approach

B prepare D punish

11. The judge was objective when she

considered her verdict.

A impartial C resolute

B unsteady D biased

12. The midfielder was able to elude

his defenders and score a goal.

A confuse C avoid

B pursue D frustrate

A charter C capital

B border D commerce

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Questions 13–15. Read the sentence and

the question. Choose the word that best

answers the question and completes the

sentence.

Questions 16–18. Read the sentence in the

box. Then choose the sentence below in

which the underlined word is used in the

same way.

13. The Stingrays _____ defeated the

Tigers.

Which word would suggest that

the game was not close

A

B

C

D

barely

handily

cleverly

evidently

14. Tina faced a _____ situation —

the flood had collapsed the bridge.

Which word would suggest that the

situation was terribly dangerous

A

B

C

D

thrilling

peculiar

refreshing

dire

15. The singer was _____ cheered

when she returned to the stage.

Which word would suggest that

most of the audience cheered

A

B

C

D

roundly

harshly

hardly

never

16.

17.

18.

The result is simple if you correctly

use the order of operations.

A

B

C

D

A

The order of monks lived in total

seclusion.

I have no idea what to order off

this menu.

The sheriff worked hard to

maintain law and order.

The encyclopedia volumes were

shelved out of order.

David and Sue always root for teams

from Texas.

B

C

D

A

That plant’s main root grows

straight down.

Milo’s pigs love to root in the mud.

Why don’t you ever root for the

underdog

Zachary and Drew finally got to

the root of the problem.

The senate debated the issue for

hours.

B

C

D

There’s a great article in the latest

issue of that magazine.

Taxes are always the most

important issue in the elections.

The president will soon issue his

executive order.

Water will issue continuously from

the underground spring.

Number Correct ⁄ Total = ______ ⁄ 18

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This test will tell you how well you might score on a standardized

reading test after using this book. If you compare your scores

on Tryout Tests 1 and 2, you’ll see how much you’ve learned!

Tryout Test 2

Time: 30 minutes

Directions: Follow the directions for each part of the test. Read each question carefully and

fill in the circle beside the answer you choose. The answer to the sample question (S) has

been filled in for you.

Questions 1–6. Choose the correct meaning

of the underlined word.

Questions 7–9. Choose the best meaning for

the underlined prefix or suffix.

S To radiate means to —

A speak up.

B orbit.

C spin.

1 send out.

1. An accord is an —

A offer. C embrace.

B agreement. D occupation.

7. outward windward

A in a way that is

B in the direction of

C the condition of being

D in opposition to

8. extrasensory extraordinary

A between C beyond

B against D before

9. merriment excitement

2. To implore is to —

A say aloud. C beg urgently.

B wish for. D leave behind.

3. Someone who is dynamic is —

A

B

C

D

the condition of being

one who studies

in favor of

in opposition to

A energetic. C inactive.

B famous. D dangerous.

4. To jettison is to —

A fly over. C replace.

B throw away. D strengthen.

5. A hybrid is a —

A right angle. C steam engine.

B mammal. D combination.

6. A vague response is —

A unclear. C precise.

B lengthy. D well-researched.

Questions 10–11. Choose the word that best

answers each question.

10. Which word most likely comes from

the Middle English word braullen,

meaning “to quarrel”

A brave C breathe

B brake D brawl

11. Which word most likely comes from

the Latin word macer, meaning “thin”

A mighty C meager

B matter D mackerel

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Questions 12–15. Choose the word that

means the OPPOSITE of the underlined

word.

12. flawed plan

A botched C perfect

B detailed D foolish

13. absolute misery

A reward C anguish

B poverty D bliss

14. eternal gratitude

A fleeting C infinite

B sincere D false

15. fully cooperate

A oppose C understand

B unite D produce

Questions 16–19. Choose the word that best

completes the sentence.

19. A puppy _____ the football game by

running onto the field.

A disrupted C avoided

B watched D initiated

Questions 20–22. Choose the word that has

the same meaning as the underlined word.

20. Philip was so frugal that he refused

to buy anything that wasn’t on sale.

A charitable C hungry

B noble D stingy

21. The rescue helicopter honed in on

the ship’s beacon.

A signal C engine

B anchor D cargo

22. The affluent entrepreneur owned

two businesses and an airline.

A destitute C irrational

B foreign D prosperous

16. Paul was a _____ writer. He always

came up with imaginative plots.

A quick C solemn

B boring D creative

17. Trees flamed like matches as the _____

from the volcano flowed downward.

A rock C ash

B lava D heat

18. Jamie is an _____ student who always

writes down what his teachers say.

A attentive C inept

B ordinary D unobservant

Question 23. Read the sentence in the box.

Then choose the sentence below that uses

the underlined word in the same way.

23.

They painted their house’s largest

support beam a bright red color.

A

B

C

D

The sailboat was 20 feet across at

the beam.

A powerful laser beam is used in

eye surgery.

Lisa began to beam as she read her

test scores.

The construction workers lifted

the beam into place.

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Tryout Test 2 (continued)

Questions 24–35. Read each passage. Choose the best answer to each question.

You’ve probably heard of the famous midnight ride of Paul Revere. But there’s

another heroic story that you may not have heard about—the ride of Sybil Ludington.

In 1777, the Americans were in the middle of the Revolutionary War, fighting for

independence from Britain. On the night of April 26, 1777, a sixteen-year-old girl

named Sybil Ludington heard a messenger arrive with news for her father, a colonel

in the local militia. The messenger told Colonel Ludington that 2,000 British troops

had marched to the nearby town of Danbury where they were

setting fire to houses and supplies. Colonel Ludington knew

he needed to gather his men quickly to hold off the British.

Someone would need to ride through the countryside, calling

his soldiers together.

Sybil was chosen for this important and dangerous

mission. She might have felt nervous, setting off on that

stormy night. But she bravely rode her horse, Star, through

the countryside, stopping at every farm or inn to shout “The

British have burned Danbury! Muster at Ludington’s!” By the

time Sybil returned three hours later, the militia was ready at

the Ludingtons’ home. Colonel Ludington’s militia marched 20

miles and won the battle with the British, thanks largely to

Sybil’s summons. Although Sybil’s story remained untold for

many years, in the 1900s she finally began to get the

recognition she deserved.

24. What is this passage mostly about

26. Which of these sentences is a fact

A

B

C

D

the cruel actions of the British

the battles of the Revolutionary

War

a brave heroine named Sybil

Ludington

Colonel Ludington’s militia

25. Which event happened first

A

B

C

D

Sybil Ludington was the bravest

girl in the countryside.

Sybil’s ride was more dangerous

than Paul Revere’s ride.

Sybil was sixteen when she made

her ride.

Colonel Ludington’s militia was

the best in America.

A

B

C

D

A messenger arrived at Sybil’s

house.

Colonel Ludington’s militia

marched to fight the British.

Sybil rode through the countryside.

Sybil returned home after a threehour

ride.

27. Why did Sybil make her night ride

A

B

C

D

She loved riding a horse at night.

She needed to gather the soldiers

for battle.

Her father paid her to make

the ride.

She was scared of the British.

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Alex shivered and snuggled into the blankets. She rolled over and closed

her eyes, but she couldn’t fall asleep. Something had made a noise

somewhere in the house. It sounded like fingernails scratching a

chalkboard, and then tiny footsteps. Alex sat up in bed, her heart beating

fast. She knew that her parents were fast asleep. If she woke them up, they

probably would tell her it was just the wind. So again she tried to fall

asleep, but it was no use. Alex was up late wondering about the sounds.

The next day at school during lunch, she told her friends what she had

heard.

“Do you think it was a prowler” asked Eliza.

“I bet it was a ghost!” said Miko. “That’s so cool!”

“I don’t know what it was,” Alex said, “but it sure was weird. And I’m

going to need your help to figure it out.” Her friends nodded their heads in

agreement. “Emergency sleepover party at my house tonight,” Alex said.

“We’re going to get to the bottom of this mystery.”

That night Eliza, Miko, Becky, Sarah, and Olivia came to Alex’s house.

The girls had a taco dinner together and watched a movie. Afterward, it was

time to go up to Alex’s room and get ready for bed. When they all were

finally lying down, the girls became quiet and listened. They heard nothing

for a long, long time. Miko declared that she was bored. Just then, they

heard a scratch. Scratch, scratch, scratch. The girls listened closely and

then made a plan to explore the house in pairs. That way no one would have

to be alone.

Becky and Eliza carried a flashlight into the cold, dark basement. Sarah

and Olivia searched the attic. Miko and Alex started in the living room.

They were the first to hear the scratching sounds again. Miko almost

screamed, but Alex clamped her hand over Miko’s mouth.

“Shhhh,” she said. Then they heard tiny footsteps.

We’re being followed!” said Miko. Alex shushed her again.

They heard what sounded like soft voices. Miko’s eyes grew

wide.

“OK, I’ve had enough of this,” said Alex as she flipped on

the light. The two girls stopped in their tracks.

There on the table were two

squirrels, eating left-over corn

chips from the girls’

dinner. Miko and Alex

looked at each other.

Then they burst into

nervous laughter.

“Well,” said Alex,

“there’s our ghost!”

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Tryout Test 2 (continued)

28. What kind of story is this

A

B

C

D

science fiction

a mystery

a fairy tale

historical fiction

29. This story mostly takes place in —

A

B

C

D

Eliza’s house.

the school gym.

a basement.

Alex’s house.

30. What is the main problem in this

story

A

B

C

D

Alex can’t get enough sleep.

Some squirrels need a warm place

to stay.

Alex’s friends don’t believe her

story about the noises.

Alex is troubled by mysterious

noises in her house.

31. Why doesn’t Alex wake up her

parents

A

B

C

D

They really need to sleep.

They are scared of strange noises.

They will say the noises are just

the wind.

They will get very angry at her.

32. Which of these events happened first

in the story

A

B

C

D

Sarah and Olivia searched the

attic.

The girls ate tacos and watched a

movie.

Alex and Miko discovered the

squirrels.

Alex told her friends about the

strange noises.

33. What was causing the noises in the

house

A

B

C

D

a person scratching on a

chalkboard

two squirrels inside the house

Alex’s brother playing a practical

joke

a neighbor’s cat inside the house

34. Which word best describes how Alex

probably felt after finding the

squirrels

A relieved C excited

B angry D tired

35. Which of these sentences is a fact

A

B

C

D

Alex was braver than Miko.

The noises were very scary.

Alex had a sleepover party at

her house.

Alex’s friends were great

detectives.

Number Correct ⁄ Total = ______ ⁄ 35

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Tryout Test 1

Number

Correct

Total Percent

Number Score

/35 %

1. Go to the Number

Correct box and fill in

the number of test

questions you got

right.

Test Practice 1

Word Meaning

Test Practice 2

Word Analysis

Test Practice 3

Synonyms and Antonyms

Test Practice 4

Context Clues

/12 %

/12 %

/12 %

/18 %

2. Use the Finding

Percent chart on page

52 to figure out your

Percent Score. Then

fill in the % box.

3. Compare your Percent

Scores for Tryout Tests

1 and 2. See how much

you’ve learned!

Test Practice 5

Main Ideas and Details

/8 %

Test Practice 6

Constructing Meaning

/8 %

Test Practice 7

Drawing Conclusions

/8 %

Test Practice 8

Evaluating Information

Test Practice 9

Characters and Plot

Test Practice 10

Reading Literature

/8 %

/10 %

/10 %

Tryout Test 2

/35 %

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