Read this excerpt from ‘Positively Magic.’So share freely your grin,let loose your laughter,and cast a spell of happiness on the world,How does this excerpt support the theme that everyone has their own positive magic?It encourages readers to use their own upbeat powers.It suggests that friends should laugh together.It explains the secret behind magicians’ shows.It indicates that the world needs to change.Read the excerpt from a student’s essay.Putting on a bike helmet is the most important part of preparing for a bicycle ride. Helmets protect the brain and neck. They have been proven to reduce injuries by over 50 percent. It is important that helmets fit properly and that fasteners work correctly. I wear a helmet with a spider-web design.Which is the best revision of the concluding sentence?Bike helmets are important because they protect riders when worn properly.Bike helmets with spider-web designs are the most effective.Bike helmets have been known to cause accidents.Bike helmets are expensive, but they are a good investmentRead and use the thesaurus entry to understand a new word.Main Entry: makeshiftDefinition: make-doSynonyms: alternative, expedient, hit-or-miss, provisional, slapdash, temporaryChoose the synonym that best clarifies the meaning of the underlined word in this sentence:The kids wanted to keep the lost dog safe, so they quickly gathered supplies to build a makeshift doghouse.expedientprovisionalslapdashtemporaryWhich event from The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling can be described as part of the exposition?Ten or eleven years have gone by, and Mowgli has had a wonderful life in the jungle.Mowgli learns that his life is in danger when Akela becomes too old for the hunt.Bagheera tells Mowgli that he needs to go to the village to get the Red Flower.Mowgli happily goes to the Council Rock after Tabaqui summons him.Which action from The Jungle Book best supports the claim that Father Wolf respects the Law of the Jungle?Father hunts and provides food for his wife and family.Father takes his cubs and Mowgli to be inspected at Council Rock.Father changes his hunting ground and goes into the village.Father teaches his cubs to listen to Shere Khan, not Akela.Which student would best be helped by using a thesaurus?Chloe needs to find an in-depth definition of unruly.Eric is looking for antonyms for the word boring.Sydney wants to see vibrant used in a sentence.Rico would like to pronounce unanimous correctly.School uniforms help students focus on schoolwork. I believe that a school uniform policy would help us become better students. Uniforms take pressure off kids to dress fashionably or expensively. Because everyone is dressed the same, uniforms help students to be less distracted by T-shirts or crazy styles. Uniforms take the attention away from what kids are wearing and focuses it on what they are learning.Which best states Monique’s position on school uniforms?School uniforms are a good idea.School uniforms are fashionable.School uniforms are expensive.School uniforms are a bad idea.Read the excerpt from Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Brothers.The dawn was beginning to break when Mowgli went down the hillside alone to the crops to meet those mysterious things that are called men.This detail best supports which theme?Love alone is the answer to all problems.Some hard situations must be faced alone.Beauty fades, but goodness lasts.Solutions to problems are found in nature.Read the excerpt from Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Brothers.The dawn was beginning to break when Mowgli went down the hillside alone to the crops to meet those mysterious things that are called men.This detail best supports which theme?Love alone is the answer to all problems.Some hard situations must be faced alone.Beauty fades, but goodness lasts.Solutions to problems are found in nature.Read this excerpt from The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling.’Ye choose and ye do not choose! What talk is this of choosing? By the bull that I killed, am I to stand nosing into your dog’s den for my fair dues? It is I, Shere Khan, who speak!’The tiger’s roar filled the cave with thunder. Mother Wolf shook herself clear of the cubs and sprang forward, her eyes, like two green moons in the darkness, facing the blazing eyes of Shere Khan.What does the imagery in this scene help the reader understand about Shere Khan?Shere Khan is very brave.Shere Khan is respected.Shere Khan is hungry.Shere Khan is very angry.Read this excerpt from ‘Positively Magic.’So share freely your grin,let loose your laughter,and cast a spell of happiness on the world,How does this excerpt support the theme that everyone has their own positive magic?It encourages readers to use their own upbeat powers.It suggests that friends should laugh together.It explains the secret behind magicians’ shows.It indicates that the world needs to change.Read this excerpt from ‘Positively Magic.’Once you’ve got something good in mind, smile.Let it shine, like the rays of the sun.How does the imagery appeal to the reader?This visual imagery offers factual details about nature.This visual imagery provides an picture of brightness.This sound image reminds readers to cheer up.This sound image imitates a familiar melody.Read this excerpt from ‘Postively Magic.’Let it shine, like the rays of the sun.Just like a song,that everyone likes to hear and can’t help but sing along.What is the rhyme scheme of this excerpt?X, A, X, A, XX, X, A, X, AA, X, X, X, AX, A, A, A, XRead this excerpt from ‘Positvely Magic.’Your smile is your wand,your laughter is your colorfulexplosion, your words are your spinning stars,Why does the author include this imagery?to suggest that anyone can perform a magic showto prove that a sense of humor is not importantto illustrate the power of being positiveto show how words can trick peopleRead this excerpt from ‘The Piñata’My mother sent me to his home every day in the summer to keep him company. ‘He has no one,’ she’d say, ‘since your nana passed.’He never said much to me. He only gave gruff instructions in broken English and a complaint here and there about how I didn’t know Spanish. It was my second summer with him, and I could see why he was always alone.Why is the narrator telling this tale?to criticize his family’s business practicesto describe his relationship with his grandfatherto illustrate the differences between two culturesto explain a summer employment experienceRead this excerpt from ‘The Piñata.’The paste cracked and flaked on my arms and hands from the heat of the garage. The old man pulled a small pocket knife from his back pocket. He cut open the jugs and taped the balloons to them to make a piñata form. He looked at me once more, and I knew what to do next. I returned to the bucket full of paste and handed him strip after sticky strip.Why does the author include this imagery?It shows the narrator’s pride in his craftsmanship.It reveals the uncomfortable, tedious nature of the routine.It illustrates the loving bond between grandfather and grandson.It proves the grandfather’s unkindness to his family members.Which detail from ‘The Piñata’ supports the theme that hard work yields rewards?My mother sent me to his home every day in the summer to keep him company. ‘He has no one,’ she’d say, ‘since your nana passed.’He had bags of colorful rubber balloons stashed all around his garage. He took two of them and blew them up.I got up from my place at the bucket and grabbed two empty milk jugs from the hundreds that were lined up in neat rows. I handed them to him.’Tomorrow you’ll put on the paper and the decorations; you remember how I showed you?’Which detail from ‘The Piñata’ best supports the theme that people express love in their own way?He looked like a daddy-long-legs spider with his skinny arms and legs sticking out from his short round body. I shook my head as I sent the orange cylinder down with a thud against the garage floor. The paste inside bubbled and burped.I got up from my place at the bucket and grabbed two empty milk jugs from the hundreds that were lined up in neat rows. I handed them to him. A smile started at the edges of his mouth as he labored on his creation. He called me over. ‘Mijo, get my colors and the glue.’Read this excerpt from ‘Just Another Sunday.’Jay flipped his hair so that it was out of his eyes. I could tell he was trying to act cool, but he must have been shaking on the inside.’You don’t have to,’ I said.’What do you know?’ Pete said. ‘Mr. Soccer with his fancy jersey.’ My mom had just bought this new soccer jersey for me. At the start of the day, Jay had said how much he liked it, but now he was laughing right along with Pete. Then I watched as Jay walked over to the red car, kicking his feet out as he walked like Pete did, and tore off the antenna.How does the narrator’s role affect the characterization in this excerpt?The narrator’s knowledge of soccer allows him to describe Jay’s skills.The narrator’s distance allows him to reveal everyone’s thoughts.The narrator’s friendship with Jay allows him to consider Jay’s feelings.The narrator’s history allows him to explain Jay’s childhood.Read this excerpt from ‘Just Another Sunday.’Jay and I were kicking a soccer ball. We had decided early in the summer to work on our skills. We were hoping to make the middle school team that fall. Jay and I had started playing soccer in first grade, and we practiced on Sunday afternoons.This is the story’sexposition.rising action.climax.falling action.Read this excerpt from ‘Just Another Sunday.”Where are we going?’ I asked, not wanting to go, but not wanting to make Jay go alone with Pete either.’You’ll see.’I tried to catch Jay’s eye, but he was looking straight ahead like he’d already forgotten I was there.Why does the author include this plot detail?to show the narrator’s sense of adventureto reveal how the boys joke aroundto show how Jay is starting to changeto reveal the narrator’s confusionRead this excerpt from ‘Just Another Sunday.’I was grounded from seeing Jay for a month. Sometimes I would see him in the hallway, and he’d give me a small, embarrassed smile. Every day I could see him changing: His hair was growing longer, and he’d ripped his jeans like Peter’s.Which statement best describes the pacing of this excerpt?The fast pace moves the story forward to reveal the narrator’s progress.The fast pace moves the story forward to reveal Jay’s transformation.The slow pace allows the author to reveal Jay’s thoughts and feelings.The slow pace allows the author to reveal the narrator’s embarrassment.Read this excerpt from ‘Just Another Sunday.”What do you know?’ Pete said. ‘Mr. Soccer with his fancy jersey.’ My mom had just bought this new soccer jersey for me. At the start of the day, Jay had said how much he liked it, but now he was laughing right along with Pete.Why does the author most likely include this plot detail?to show that Pete does not know how to play soccerto show that Pete is trying to get attention by telling jokesto show that Pete does not like to wear nice clothes like the narrator’sto show that Pete is undermining Jay’s friendship with the narratorRead this excerpt from ‘The Prediction.’His mood darkened, and he felt dismissed. He felt like all the eyes in the room danced around him.How does this detail best support the theme that people fulfill their own predictions?It suggests that the crowd is not welcoming an outsider.It proves that the narrator is working hard to succeed.It shows that the narrator is creating his own negativity.It reveals the narrator’s fear of the dark.Read this excerpt from ‘The Prediction.’The numerous terrifying ways the many terrible things that could go wrongdistracted him as he got ready, and he showed up with his jacket wrinkled. He left his glasses, and squinted at everyone.Which statement best describes the narrative point of view in this excerpt?The first-person narrator tells a personal story about his day.The second-person narrator describes the details of a day to an audience.The third-person limited narrator lists the events of a boy’s day.The third-person omniscient narrator offers insights about a boy’s day.Which themes are presented in the poem ‘The Prediction’? It is hard to judge people’s impressions, and it is challenging to exceed your own expectations.It is hard to try new things, and it is challenging to share personal information with strangers.It is hard to decide the right thing to wear in public, and it is challenging to say no to temptation.It is hard to leave your friends behind, and it is challenging to forget the mistakes you have made.
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