MAP 4th Grade Reading : Literature: Craft and Structure

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Example Question #1 : Literature: Craft And Structure

Adapted from "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll (1865)

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, 'and what is the use of a book,' thought Alice 'without pictures or conversation?'

So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her.

There was nothing so very remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so very much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually took a watch out of its waistcoat-pocket, and looked at it, and then hurried on, Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit-hole under the hedge.

In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.

The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down a very deep well.

What was Alice doing right before she saw the rabbit? 

Possible Answers:

Reading with her sister

Deciding whether or not she wanted to take a nap

Looking at the clouds 

Deciding whether or not she wanted to pick daisies  

 

Correct answer:

Deciding whether or not she wanted to pick daisies  

 

Explanation:

To answer this question, we need to find the part of the passage where Alice saw the rabbit, and then read the sentence(s) right before that point because we are looking for what Alice was going before she saw the rabbit. 

"So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her."

Based on this information, Alice was deciding whether or not to make a "daisy-chain" and go pick daisies right before she saw the rabbit.

She did say that she was tired, but she didn't mention taking a nap. The passage also does not mention Alice looking at clouds. She was reading with her sister, but that came before she was deciding whether or not to pick daisies. 

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