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Example Question #1 : Fluency And Comprehension

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.

Based on the text, what does the word "curiosity" mean?

Possible Answers:

To think about something

To do something

To wonder about something 

To follow something

Correct answer:

To wonder about something 

Explanation:

To help us answer a vocabulary question within a sentence, we need to look a the sentence and the surrounding sentences to see if we are given any clues. 

"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."

We know from reading the paragraph that Alice is following the rabbit, and she was fortunate enough to see the rabbit go down a rabbit hole. Because it says fortunately, she wanted to see were the rabbit was going; thus, curiosity means to wonder. 

Example Question #1 : Fluency And Comprehension

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 were Alice's feelings at the beginning of the passage? 

Possible Answers:

Hungry 

Happy 

Bored

Sad

Correct answer:

Bored

Explanation:

We are told in the first sentence what Alice's feelings are. 

"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?'"

When you are tired of doing something and having nothing to do, you are bored; thus, bored is the correct answer. 

Example Question #1 : 4th Grade Reading

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.

Why didn't Alice like her sister's book? 

Possible Answers:

The book had no pictures 

Neither of the choices are correct

The book had no conversations

Both of the choices are correct 

Correct answer:

Both of the choices are correct 

Explanation:

In the first sentence we are told why Alice didn't like her sister's book. 

"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?'"

Both of the options are correct. 

Example Question #4 : 4th Grade Reading

Select the type of sentence that is provided:

I got an A+ on my science project! 

Possible Answers:

Imperative

Declarative

 

 

Exclamatory

Interrogative

Correct answer:

Exclamatory

Explanation:

Looking at our answer choices, there are four types of sentences:

  1. declarative sentence is a sentence that tells the reader about something, and it will always end with a period.
  2. An imperative sentence is a sentence that is a command, it tells someone to do something. This type of sentence will end in either a period or an exclamation point. 
  3. An interrogative sentence is a sentence that asks something, it's a question. This type of sentence will always end with a question mark.
  4. An exclamatory sentence is a sentence that shows excitement, surprise, or a strong emotion. This type of sentence will always end with an exclamation point.

Let's look at the sentence from the question:

I got an A+ on my science project! 

This sentence ends in an exclamation point and it is showing excitement; thus, this sentence is an exclamatory sentence.  

Example Question #1 : 4th Grade Reading

Select the type of sentence that is provided:

Take the garbage outside. 

Possible Answers:

Exclamatory

Interrogative

Imperative

Declarative

Correct answer:

Imperative

Explanation:

Looking at our answer choices, there are four types of sentences:

  1. declarative sentence is a sentence that tells the reader about something, and it will always end with a period.
  2. An imperative sentence is a sentence that is a command, it tells someone to do something. This type of sentence will end in either a period or an exclamation point. 
  3. An interrogative sentence is a sentence that asks something, it's a question. This type of sentence will always end with a question mark.
  4. An exclamatory sentence is a sentence that shows excitement, surprise, or a strong emotion. This type of sentence will always end with an exclamation point.

Let's look at the sentence from the question:

Take the garbage outside. 

This sentence ends in a period, so we can eliminate "exclamatory" and "interrogative". This sentence is telling someone to do something, take out the garbage; thus, the correct answer is imperative. 

Example Question #6 : 4th Grade Reading

Select the type of sentence that is provided:

Will you go get the mail from the mailbox? 

Possible Answers:

Exclamatory

Imperative

Declarative

Interrogative

Correct answer:

Interrogative

Explanation:

Looking at our answer choices, there are four types of sentences:

  1. declarative sentence is a sentence that tells the reader about something, and it will always end with a period.
  2. An imperative sentence is a sentence that is a command, it tells someone to do something. This type of sentence will end in either a period or an exclamation point. 
  3. An interrogative sentence is a sentence that asks something, it's a question. This type of sentence will always end with a question mark.
  4. An exclamatory sentence is a sentence that shows excitement, surprise, or a strong emotion. This type of sentence will always end with an exclamation point.

Let's look at the sentence from the question:

Will you go get the mail from the mailbox? 

This sentence ends in a question mark; thus, this sentence is an interrogative sentence.  

Example Question #2 : 4th Grade Reading

Select the word from the sentence provided that is a preposition:

The balloons floated above the mailbox.  

Possible Answers:

above

floated

mailbox

balloons 

Correct answer:

above

Explanation:

Prepositions are words that come before a noun or pronoun, and connects it with the rest of the sentence. A Preposition is often referred to as "connecting word". In most cases, prepositions tell time, placement, or movement. 

Let's look at our sentence and identify the nouns and or pronouns:

The balloons floated above the mailbox.

We know that the preposition has to come before one of those nouns, and it will most likely be a time, placement, or movement. "Above" is the choice that falls in that category, and is the correct answer. "Above" is telling the placement of the balloons over the mailbox, connecting "mailbox" to the rest of the sentence. 

Example Question #2 : Grammar

Select the word from the sentence provided that is a preposition:

The dog in the park is very friendly. 

Possible Answers:

friendly 

park

very

dog

in

Correct answer:

in

Explanation:

Prepositions are words that come before a noun or pronoun, and connects it with the rest of the sentence. A Preposition is often referred to as "connecting word". In most cases, prepositions tell time, placement, or movement. 

Let's look at our sentence and identify the nouns and or pronouns:

The dog in the park is very friendly. 

We know that the preposition has to come before one of those nouns, and it will most likely be a time, placement, or movement. "In" is the choice that falls in that category, and is the correct answer. "In" is telling the placement of the dog, connecting "the park" to the rest of the sentence.

Example Question #1 : 4th Grade Reading

Select the word from the sentence provided that is a preposition:

David asked his dad to check for monsters under his bed. 

Possible Answers:

his

under

dad

David

Correct answer:

under

Explanation:

Prepositions are words that come before a noun or pronoun, and connects it with the rest of the sentence. A Preposition is often referred to as "connecting word". In most cases, prepositions tell time, placement, or movement. 

Let's look at our sentence and identify the nouns and or pronouns:

David asked his dad to check for monsters under his bed

We know that the preposition has to come before one of those nouns, and it will most likely be a time, placement, or movement. "Under" is the choice that falls in that category, and is the correct answer. "Under" is telling the placement of the monster, connecting the "bed" to the rest of the sentence.

Example Question #1 : 4th Grade Reading

Select the word that matches the definition provided. 

To be excited about something.

Possible Answers:

Eager 

Orchard 

Complete 

Noble 

Correct answer:

Eager 

Explanation:

To be excited about something, means to be eager. 

To use eager in a sentence, "I was eager to receive my final grades for the semester." 

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