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Example Question #1 : 7th Grade Reading

Adapted from Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott (1880)

Margaret, the eldest of the four, was sixteen, and very pretty, being plump and fair, with large eyes, plenty of soft, brown hair, a sweet mouth, and white hands, of which she was rather vain. Fifteen-year-old Jo was very tall, thin, and brown, and reminded one of a colt; for she never seemed to know what to do with her long limbs, which were very much in her way. She had a decided mouth, a comical nose, and sharp, gray eyes, which appeared to see everything, and were by turns fierce, funny, or thoughtful. Her long, thick hair was her one beauty; but it was usually bundled into a net, to be out of her way. Round shoulders had Jo, big hands and feet, a fly-away look to her clothes, and the uncomfortable appearance of a girl who was rapidly shooting up into a woman, and didn't like it. Elizabeth—or Beth, as every one called her—was a rosy, smooth-haired, bright-eyed girl of thirteen, with a shy manner, a timid voice, and a peaceful expression, which was seldom disturbed. Her father called her "Little Tranquillity," and the name suited her excellently; for she seemed to live in a happy world of her own, only venturing out to meet the few whom she trusted and loved. Amy, though the youngest, was a most important person,—in her own opinion at least. A regular snow-maiden, with blue eyes, and yellow hair, curling on her shoulders, pale and slender, and always carrying herself like a young lady mindful of her manners. What the characters of the four sisters were we will leave to be found out.

The clock struck six; and, having swept up the hearth, Beth put a pair of slippers down to warm. Somehow the sight of the old shoes had a good effect upon the girls; for mother was coming, and every one brightened to welcome her. Meg stopped lecturing, and lighted the lamp, Amy got out of the easy-chair without being asked, and Jo forgot how tired she was as she sat up to hold the slippers nearer to the blaze.

"They are quite worn out; Marmee must have a new pair."

"I thought I'd get her some with my dollar," said Beth.

"No, I shall!" cried Amy.

"I'm the oldest," began Meg, but Jo cut in with a decided—

"I'm the man of the family now papa is away, and I shall provide the slippers, for he told me to take special care of mother while he was gone."

"I'll tell you what we'll do," said Beth; "let's each get her something for Christmas, and not get anything for ourselves."

"That's like you, dear! What will we get?" exclaimed Jo.

Every one thought soberly for a minute; then Meg announced, as if the idea was suggested by the sight of her own pretty hands, "I shall give her a nice pair of gloves."

"Army shoes, best to be had," cried Jo.

"Some handkerchiefs, all hemmed," said Beth.

"I'll get a little bottle of cologne; she likes it, and it won't cost much, so I'll have some left to buy my pencils," added Amy.

Why did Beth's father call her "Little Tranquility"? 

Possible Answers:

Beth's father called her "Little Tranquility" because she looked peaceful.

Beth's father called her "Little Tranquility" because she looked mad. 

Beth's father called her "Little Tranquility" because she looked happy. 

Beth's father called her "Little Tranquility" because she looked sad. 

Correct answer:

Beth's father called her "Little Tranquility" because she looked peaceful.

Explanation:

To help us answer this question, we need to locate the part of the passage where the author describes Beth. 

"Elizabeth—or Beth, as every one called her—was a rosy, smooth-haired, bright-eyed girl of thirteen, with a shy manner, a timid voice, and a peaceful expression, which was seldom disturbed. Her father called her "Little Tranquillity," and the name suited her excellently; for she seemed to live in a happy world of her own, only venturing out to meet the few whom she trusted and loved." 

Before we are told that Beth's father called her "Little Tranquility", we are told that Beth was shy and had a peaceful expression. Tranquil means to be quiet and peaceful; so, given our answer choices, "Beth's father called her "Little Tranquility" because she looked peaceful" is the best option. 

 

Example Question #2 : Comprehension

Adapted from Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott (1880)

Margaret, the eldest of the four, was sixteen, and very pretty, being plump and fair, with large eyes, plenty of soft, brown hair, a sweet mouth, and white hands, of which she was rather vain. Fifteen-year-old Jo was very tall, thin, and brown, and reminded one of a colt; for she never seemed to know what to do with her long limbs, which were very much in her way. She had a decided mouth, a comical nose, and sharp, gray eyes, which appeared to see everything, and were by turns fierce, funny, or thoughtful. Her long, thick hair was her one beauty; but it was usually bundled into a net, to be out of her way. Round shoulders had Jo, big hands and feet, a fly-away look to her clothes, and the uncomfortable appearance of a girl who was rapidly shooting up into a woman, and didn't like it. Elizabeth—or Beth, as every one called her—was a rosy, smooth-haired, bright-eyed girl of thirteen, with a shy manner, a timid voice, and a peaceful expression, which was seldom disturbed. Her father called her "Little Tranquillity," and the name suited her excellently; for she seemed to live in a happy world of her own, only venturing out to meet the few whom she trusted and loved. Amy, though the youngest, was a most important person,—in her own opinion at least. A regular snow-maiden, with blue eyes, and yellow hair, curling on her shoulders, pale and slender, and always carrying herself like a young lady mindful of her manners. What the characters of the four sisters were we will leave to be found out.

The clock struck six; and, having swept up the hearth, Beth put a pair of slippers down to warm. Somehow the sight of the old shoes had a good effect upon the girls; for mother was coming, and every one brightened to welcome her. Meg stopped lecturing, and lighted the lamp, Amy got out of the easy-chair without being asked, and Jo forgot how tired she was as she sat up to hold the slippers nearer to the blaze.

"They are quite worn out; Marmee must have a new pair."

"I thought I'd get her some with my dollar," said Beth.

"No, I shall!" cried Amy.

"I'm the oldest," began Meg, but Jo cut in with a decided—

"I'm the man of the family now papa is away, and I shall provide the slippers, for he told me to take special care of mother while he was gone."

"I'll tell you what we'll do," said Beth; "let's each get her something for Christmas, and not get anything for ourselves."

"That's like you, dear! What will we get?" exclaimed Jo.

Every one thought soberly for a minute; then Meg announced, as if the idea was suggested by the sight of her own pretty hands, "I shall give her a nice pair of gloves."

"Army shoes, best to be had," cried Jo.

"Some handkerchiefs, all hemmed," said Beth.

"I'll get a little bottle of cologne; she likes it, and it won't cost much, so I'll have some left to buy my pencils," added Amy.

Why did Jo think she should buy their mother a Christmas gift? 

 
Possible Answers:

Jo thought she should buy her mother a Christmas gift because she had the most money. 

Jo thought she should buy her mother a Christmas gift because she didn't need anything. 

Jo thought she should buy her mother a Christmas gift because her father told her to take care of their mother when he left. 

Jo thought she should buy her mother a Christmas gift because she is the oldest. 

Correct answer:

Jo thought she should buy her mother a Christmas gift because her father told her to take care of their mother when he left. 

Explanation:

Based on the text, Jo thought she should buy her mother a Christmas gift because her father told her to take care of their mother when he left. 

They are quite worn out; Marmee must have a new pair."

"I thought I'd get her some with my dollar," said Beth.

"No, I shall!" cried Amy.

"I'm the oldest," began Meg, but Jo cut in with a decided—

"I'm the man of the family now papa is away, and I shall provide the slippers, for he told me to take special care of mother while he was gone."

 

Example Question #1 : 7th Grade Reading

Adapted from Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott (1880)

Margaret, the eldest of the four, was sixteen, and very pretty, being plump and fair, with large eyes, plenty of soft, brown hair, a sweet mouth, and white hands, of which she was rather vain. Fifteen-year-old Jo was very tall, thin, and brown, and reminded one of a colt; for she never seemed to know what to do with her long limbs, which were very much in her way. She had a decided mouth, a comical nose, and sharp, gray eyes, which appeared to see everything, and were by turns fierce, funny, or thoughtful. Her long, thick hair was her one beauty; but it was usually bundled into a net, to be out of her way. Round shoulders had Jo, big hands and feet, a fly-away look to her clothes, and the uncomfortable appearance of a girl who was rapidly shooting up into a woman, and didn't like it. Elizabeth—or Beth, as every one called her—was a rosy, smooth-haired, bright-eyed girl of thirteen, with a shy manner, a timid voice, and a peaceful expression, which was seldom disturbed. Her father called her "Little Tranquillity," and the name suited her excellently; for she seemed to live in a happy world of her own, only venturing out to meet the few whom she trusted and loved. Amy, though the youngest, was a most important person,—in her own opinion at least. A regular snow-maiden, with blue eyes, and yellow hair, curling on her shoulders, pale and slender, and always carrying herself like a young lady mindful of her manners. What the characters of the four sisters were we will leave to be found out.

The clock struck six; and, having swept up the hearth, Beth put a pair of slippers down to warm. Somehow the sight of the old shoes had a good effect upon the girls; for mother was coming, and every one brightened to welcome her. Meg stopped lecturing, and lighted the lamp, Amy got out of the easy-chair without being asked, and Jo forgot how tired she was as she sat up to hold the slippers nearer to the blaze.

"They are quite worn out; Marmee must have a new pair."

"I thought I'd get her some with my dollar," said Beth.

"No, I shall!" cried Amy.

"I'm the oldest," began Meg, but Jo cut in with a decided—

"I'm the man of the family now papa is away, and I shall provide the slippers, for he told me to take special care of mother while he was gone."

"I'll tell you what we'll do," said Beth; "let's each get her something for Christmas, and not get anything for ourselves."

"That's like you, dear! What will we get?" exclaimed Jo.

Every one thought soberly for a minute; then Meg announced, as if the idea was suggested by the sight of her own pretty hands, "I shall give her a nice pair of gloves."

"Army shoes, best to be had," cried Jo.

"Some handkerchiefs, all hemmed," said Beth.

"I'll get a little bottle of cologne; she likes it, and it won't cost much, so I'll have some left to buy my pencils," added Amy.

Based on the passage, select the word that most accurately describes the sisters. 

Possible Answers:

Selfish 

Happy

Tired

Selfless

Correct answer:

Selfless

Explanation:

Most of this passage is about the girls discussing getting a gift for their mother. They have decided instead of getting gifts for each other, or using their money on themselves, they will use their money to do something nice for their mother. 

Let's look at our answer choices: 

Selfless means to care or worry about someone else, as opposed to yourself. 

Selfish means to care for yourself, no one else. 

Tired means to be sleepy. 

Happy means to be excited about something. 

Based on these definitions, and what we know from the text, "selfless" is the best answer choice. 

Example Question #1 : 7th Grade Reading

Select the sentence with the correctly placed comma(s). 

Possible Answers:

Because the roads were covered in ice the police department recommended that people stay off of the roads. 

My parent's wedding anniversary is on April 4, 1987. 

My little brother's birthday is on July 7 2007. 

My mom had to run to the store because she needed bread milk, and eggs. 

Correct answer:

My parent's wedding anniversary is on April 4, 1987. 

Explanation:

Let's look at our answer choices:

"My little brother's birthday is on July 7 2007." This option is not correct because when writing a date, a comma must always be placed between the day and the year. 

"My mom had to run to the store because she needed bread milk, and eggs." This option is not correct because commas must be placed between items in a list. There should be a comma between "bread" and "milk. 

"Because the roads were covered in ice the police department recommended that people stay off of the roads." This option is not correct because a comma must be placed between a dependent clause and an independent clause. "Because the roads were covered in ice" is a dependent clause because it starts with the word "because". There should be a comma after "ice". 

"My parent's wedding anniversary is on April 4, 1987. " This is the correct option because the comma is appropriately placed between the day and the year. 

Example Question #1 : Grammar

Select the sentence with the correctly placed comma(s). 

Possible Answers:

My family got our dog on January 5 2015. 

Because I received all high grades on my report card my parents took me out to a fancy dinner. 

I realized that I forgot to pack sunscreen, a towel, and sandals. 

My dad had to go to the store because he needed cereal milk, and eggs.

Correct answer:

I realized that I forgot to pack sunscreen, a towel, and sandals. 

Explanation:

Let's look at our answer choices:

"My family got our dog on January 5 2015." This option is not correct because when writing a date, a comma must always be placed between the day and the year. 

"My dad had to go to the store because he needed cereal milk, and eggs." This option is not correct because commas must be placed between items in a list. There should be a comma between "cereal" and "milk. 

"Because I received all high grades on my report card my parents took me out to a fancy dinner. " This option is not correct because a comma must be placed between a dependent clause and an independent clause. ""Because I received all high grades on my report card" is a dependent clause because it starts with the word "because". There should be a comma after "card. 

"I realized that I forgot to pack sunscreen, a towel, and sandals." This is the correct option because commas are correctly placed after each item in this list. 

Example Question #3 : 7th Grade Reading

Select the sentence with the correctly placed comma(s). 

Possible Answers:

My family got our dog on January 5 2015.

My dad had to go to the store because he needed cereal milk, and eggs.

Because I received all high grades on my report card, my parents took me out to a fancy dinner.

I realized that I forgot to pack sunscreen a towel, and sandals.

Correct answer:

Because I received all high grades on my report card, my parents took me out to a fancy dinner.

Explanation:

Let's look at our answer choices:

"My family got our dog on January 5 2015." This option is not correct because when writing a date, a comma must always be placed between the day and the year. 

"My dad had to go to the store because he needed cereal milk, and eggs." This option is not correct because commas must be placed between items in a list. There should be a comma between "cereal " and "milk. 

"I realized that I forgot to pack sunscreen a towel, and sandals." This option is not correct because commas must be placed between items in a list. There should be a comma between "sunscreen " and "a towel.

 "Because I received all high grades on my report card, my parents took me out to a fancy dinner." This option is correct because a comma much be placed between a dependent clause and an independent clause. There is a a comma placed between the dependent clause and independent clause. 

Example Question #1 : Print Concepts

Complete the analogy provided:

Eat is to hungry and drink is to __________. 

Possible Answers:

thirsty 

water

glass

tired 

Correct answer:

thirsty 

Explanation:

An analogy shows a relationship between two pairs of words. 

Let's look at the first part of our analogy:

"Eat is to hungry"

We know that we eat when we are hungry, so why do we drink? Based on our answer choices, "thirsty" is the best choice. 

We eat when we are hungry and we drink when we are thirsty; thus, eat is to hungry as drink is to thirsty. 

Example Question #2 : Print Concepts

Complete the analogy provided:

Sleep is to bed as sit is to __________. 

Possible Answers:

chair

walk

stand

tired

Correct answer:

chair

Explanation:

An analogy shows a relationship between two pairs of words. 

Let's look at the first part of our analogy:

"Sleep is to bed"

We know that we sleep in a bed, so where do we sit? Based on our answer choices, "chair" is the best choice. 

We sleep in a bed and we sit in a chair; thus, sleep is to bed and sit is to chair. 

Example Question #3 : Print Concepts

Complete the analogy provided:

Umbrella is to rain as coat is to __________. 

Possible Answers:

forest

summer

sun

winter

Correct answer:

winter

Explanation:

An analogy shows a relationship between two pairs of words. 

Let's look at the first part of our analogy:

"Umbrella is to rain"

We know that we use an umbrella in the rain, so when do we use a coat? Based on our answer choices, "winter" is the best choice. 

We use an umbrella in the rain and a coat in the winter; thus, umbrella is to rain as coat is to winter. 

Example Question #1 : Vocabulary

Select the word that matches the definition provided.

To suffer for an extended period of time with patience.  

Possible Answers:

Authentic

Ponder

Radiant

Endure

Correct answer:

Endure

Explanation:

To endure means to suffer for an extended period of time with patience. 

To use endure in a sentence, "The wounded solider will have to endure a lot of rehab to walk again." 

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