Clg 1: Reading, Reviewing and Responding to Texts



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CLG 1: Reading, Reviewing and Responding to Texts

1. The following item should be answered upon reading the excerpt “Wanderlust” from the autobiography A Life on the Road by Charles Kuralt, which can be found at most local or school libraries.

“Wanderlust” is a memoir of Kuralt’s early life on the road with his father, his childhood experiences on the farm, and the memory of winning a journalistic contest at age twelve.

Based on the information in this excerpt, a reader can predict that the rest of the book will most likely be about Kuralt’s


  1. lifetime travels

  2. childhood heroes

  3. parental influence

  4. favorite baseball teams

2. The following item should be answered upon reading the excerpt “Wanderlust” from the autobiography A Life on the Road by Charles Kuralt, which can be found at most local or school libraries.

“Wanderlust” is a memoir of Kuralt’s early life on the road with his father, his childhood experiences on the farm, and the memory of winning a journalistic contest at age twelve.

Which of these ideas is most closely related to a theme developed in the essay?


  1. creative energy

  2. hope for the future

  3. family relationships

  4. desire for new experiences

3. The following item should be answered upon reading the excerpt “Wanderlust” from the autobiography A Life on the Road by Charles Kuralt, which can be found at most local or school libraries.

“Wanderlust” is a memoir of Kuralt’s early life on the road with his father, his childhood experiences on the farm, and the memory of winning a journalistic contest at age twelve.

In paragraphs 3 and 4, Kuralt most likely includes information about his parents to

  1. demonstrate his sympathetic nature


  2. explain why he is so knowledgeable

  3. provide background information

  4. shift the focus from himself to other people

4. The following item should be answered upon reading the excerpt “Wanderlust” from the autobiography A Life on the Road by Charles Kuralt, which can be found at most local or school libraries.

“Wanderlust” is a memoir of Kuralt’s early life on the road with his father, his childhood experiences on the farm, and the memory of winning a journalistic contest at age twelve.

Which pair of words best describes Kuralt’s father?


  1. quiet and comforting

  2. annoyed and frustrated

  3. demanding and uninteresting

  4. entertaining and instructive

5. The following item should be answered upon reading the excerpt “Wanderlust” from the autobiography A Life on the Road by Charles Kuralt, which can be found at most local or school libraries.

“Wanderlust” is a memoir of Kuralt’s early life on the road with his father, his childhood experiences on the farm, and the memory of winning a journalistic contest at age twelve.

Which statement best compares the difference between Kuralt’s experiences with the Marines and his experiences with the baseball players?


  1. He is less respected by the baseball players than he is by the Marines.

  2. He finds more companionship and approval with the Marines than with the baseball players.

  3. He experiences travel indirectly with the Marines and directly with the baseball players.

  4. He enjoys the excitement of the Marines’ stories more than the stories of the baseball players.

6. The following item should be answered upon reading the excerpt “Wanderlust” from the autobiography A Life on the Road by Charles Kuralt, which can be found at most local or school libraries.

“Wanderlust” is a memoir of Kuralt’s early life on the road with his father, his childhood experiences on the farm, and the memory of winning a journalistic contest at age twelve.

Which of these phrases from the excerpt best communicates a positive tone?


  1. wondered where the roads went (paragraph 2)

  2. wrapped in a cloud of companionship (paragraph 5)

  3. places I had trouble imagining (paragraph 6)

  4. entered contests that promised travel as a prize (paragraph 8)

7. Read the essay “The Architecture of a Soul.” Then answer the following item.

Here is a diagram showing the steps the author and her grandmother use to catalogue seashells.



What should be written in the empty box?



  1. Look for the best pictures of shells.

  2. Choose the shells that have Latin names.

  3. Identify each shell by comparing it to pictures.

  4. Search for each shell shown in the field guides.

8. Read the essay “The Architecture of a Soul.” Then answer the following item.

What is the most likely reason the author begins her essay with a list of names of shells?



  1. The shells are important to the author’s work as a naturalist.

  2. The author values the shells because they are all that remain of her childhood.

  3. The shells represent the memory of the author’s grandmother and the time they spent together.

  4. The author uses the shells to suggest the abundance of life forms that can be found in the sea

9. Read the essay “The Architecture of a Soul.” Then answer the following item.

Which of these words best identifies the tone created by the author’s description of her grandmother?



  1. grieving

  2. humorous

  3. puzzled

  4. sentimental

10. Read the essay “The Architecture of a Soul.” Then answer the following item.

Based on information in the essay, with which of these statements would the author most likely agree?


  1. Children need constant supervision during their leisure time.

  2. Walking on the beach detracts from a child’s good use of time.

  3. Souvenirs carefully preserved will increase in monetary value over time.

  4. A systematic and precise study of the natural world is a valuable way to spend time.

11. Read the essay “The Architecture of a Soul.” Then answer the following item.

Write a response that explains what the narrator learns from her grandmother. In your response, include details and examples from the essay to support your conclusion.

Use the space on page __ in your Answer Book for planning your response. Then write your response on the lines on page __.

12. The following item should be answered upon reading the poem “Good Hotdogs” from My Wicked Wicked Ways by Sandra Cisneros, which can be found at most local or school libraries.

“Good Hotdogs” is a poem about the memory of rushing to the store with a close friend to buy hotdogs after school. The speaker provides many sensory details to describe the experience.

Which of these phrases best identifies the main focus of the poem?



  1. a fond memory

  2. favorite foods

  3. a forgotten friend

  4. childhood beliefs

13. The following item should be answered upon reading the poem “Good Hotdogs” from My Wicked Wicked Ways by Sandra Cisneros, which can be found at most local or school libraries.

“Good Hotdogs” is a poem about the memory of rushing to the store with a close friend to buy hotdogs after school. The speaker provides many sensory details to describe the experience.

The poet’s use of short phrases and the absence of punctuation throughout the poem create


  1. anxiety

  2. confusion

  3. excitement

  4. humor


14. The following item should be answered upon reading the poem “Good Hotdogs” from My Wicked Wicked Ways by Sandra Cisneros, which can be found at most local or school libraries.

“Good Hotdogs” is a poem about the memory of rushing to the store with a close friend to buy hotdogs after school. The speaker provides many sensory details to describe the experience.

Read lines 9 and 10 from the poem.

What do these lines show about the children in the poem?



  1. They rarely do things together.

  2. They are generous to many people.

  3. They are good friends who share.

  4. They sometimes quarrel about money.

15. The following item should be answered upon reading the poem “Good Hotdogs” from My Wicked Wicked Ways by Sandra Cisneros, which can be found at most local or school libraries.

“Good Hotdogs” is a poem about the memory of rushing to the store with a close friend to buy hotdogs after school. The speaker provides many sensory details to describe the experience.

Read lines 30 through 32 from the poem.

What common experience is celebrated in these lines?



  1. a happy moment of companionship

  2. the enjoyment of entertainment

  3. the appreciation of fancy food

  4. a leisurely break from school

16. Read the article “Titanic’s Tempestuous Afterlife.” Then answer the following item.

The information in the article helps a reader consider the issue of



  1. exploring the ocean’s environment

  2. understanding the mysteries of the past

  3. benefiting from international cooperation
  4. finding volunteers to conduct explorations


17. Read the article “Titanic’s Tempestuous Afterlife.” Then answer the following item.

Which of these phrases best describes the author’s attitude toward the various studies of the wreck of the Titanic?



  1. fascinated by the new discoveries

  2. fearful of what the studies might reveal

  3. amused by the methods of the researchers

  4. disapproving of the disturbance of the wreck

18. Read the article “Titanic’s Tempestuous Afterlife.” Then answer the following item.

According to the information in paragraph 4, the use of technology enabled scientists to



  1. pinpoint the ship’s location

  2. raise the remains of the Titanic

  3. improve modern shipbuilding procedures

  4. determine the structural damage of the Titanic

19. Read the article “Titanic’s Tempestuous Afterlife.” Then answer the following item.

Which phrase explains why the author most likely includes the eyewitness account in paragraph 6?



  1. to show that there were survivors of the sinking

  2. to lessen the impersonal, scientific tone of the article

  3. to encourage readers to support additional research

  4. to clarify the actions of those still on the ship

20. Read the story “Winter Hibiscus.” Then answer the following item.

Which of the following themes is most strongly supported by the details of the story?



  1. working hard

  2. respecting elders

  3. adjusting to changes in life

  4. learning to appreciate nature

21. Read the story “Winter Hibiscus.” Then answer the following item.

Read these sentences from paragraph 24 of the story.


“You what?” Her mother stared at her incredulously.

The details in paragraph 24 show that the word incredulously most likely means



  1. with joy

  2. with fear

  3. with disbelief

  4. with sympathy

22. Read the story “Winter Hibiscus.” Then answer the following item.

The words and actions of Saeng’s mother show that the mother is mostly



  1. critical

  2. disappointed

  3. thrifty

  4. understanding

23. Read the story “Winter Hibiscus.” Then answer the following item.

For Saeng, the hibiscus represents all of the following EXCEPT



  1. ability to overcome obstacles

  2. affection for her new country

  3. connection to her past experiences

  4. comfort in a time of disappointment

24. Read the story “Winter Hibiscus.” Then answer the following item.

Which of these conclusions about Saeng is best supported by information in the story?



  1. She has difficulty making new friends.

  2. She prefers gardening to school work.

  3. She values the uniqueness of tropical plants.

  4. She is comforted by memories of her homeland.

25. Read the story “Winter Hibiscus.” Then answer the following item.

Carefully examine the details of the photograph below.



Both the photograph and the story express all of these ideas EXCEPT



  1. seeming out of place

  2. adapting to circumstances

  3. being determined to survive

  4. being merely an object of beauty

25. Read the story “Winter Hibiscus.” Then answer the following item.

Read the last paragraph of the story.


When they come back, Saeng vowed silently to herself, in the spring,when the snows melt and the geese return and this hibiscus is budding, then I will take that test again.

Write a response that explains why the author concludes the story with this paragraph. In your response, include details and examples from the story that support your ideas.

Use the space on page __ in your Answer Book for planning your response. Then write your response on the lines on page __.

26. Read “Breakfast,” the first chapter from the novel Jim the Boy. Then answer the following:

Read this sentence from the first paragraph.

The extra number had weight, like a muscle, and Jim hefted it like a prize.

The comparisons in this sentence suggest that Jim feels his birthday represents all of the following EXCEPT


  1. authority

  2. generosity

  3. strength

  4. value

27. Read “Breakfast,” the first chapter from the novel Jim the Boy. Then answer the following:

Which word best describes Jim’s attitude toward his mother?



  1. angry

  2. grateful

  3. resentful

  4. understanding

28. Read “Breakfast,” the first chapter from the novel Jim the Boy. Then answer the following:

Jim is most likely part of his mother’s sadness because he



  1. refuses to help her

  2. reminds her of his father

  3. is difficult to take care of

  4. is growing up too quickly

29. Read “Breakfast,” the first chapter from the novel Jim the Boy. Then answer the following:

Which word best describes the tone of Jim’s conversation with his uncles?



  1. cheerful
  2. concerned


  3. indifferent

  4. puzzled

30. Read these sentences related to the story “Breakfast”, the first chapter from the novel Jim the Boy.

Occasionally the uncles grew cross with each other, and, for a few days, Uncle Al and Uncle Coran would retire to their houses immediately after supper. There they sat by their own fires, or on their own porches, and kept their own counsel until their anger passed.

These details are included to show that the uncles want to


  1. determine blame

  2. avoid arguments

  3. protect their privacy

  4. seek outside assistance

31. Read “Breakfast,” the first chapter from the novel Jim the Boy. Then answer the following:

Which word is most closely related to the theme of “Breakfast”?



  1. adventure

  2. freedom

  3. maturity

  4. memories

32. Read the screenplay Anna and the King. Then answer the following:

What is the main purpose of the information in the introduction to this scene?



  1. to describe the physical setting of the play

  2. to reveal the personalities of the primary characters

  3. to clarify the locations of the various scenes of the play

  4. to provide background for the interaction that follows

33. Read the screenplay Anna and the King. Then answer the following:

Read this line from the scene.

MONGKUT (eyes flashing): You do not set conditions, and you shall OBEY!

According to the stage directions, how should the actor playing King Mongkut deliver this line?



  1. angrily

  2. anxiously

  3. doubtfully

  4. suspiciously

34. Read the screenplay Anna and the King. Then answer the following:

Carefully examine the photograph of the actor who played the role of King Mongkut in a production of Anna and the King of Siam.


Write a response that explains how the photograph represents King Mongkut as he is portrayed in the scene from the screenplay Anna and the King. In your response, support your conclusion with appropriate details from both the photograph and the screenplay.

Use the space on page __ of your Answer Book for planning your response. Then write your response on the lines on page __.

35. Read the screenplay Anna and the King. Then, read “A Historical Look at Anna” about the real Anna Leonowens. Then answer the following:

The details in these paragraphs mostly show that the screen and stage versions of Anna Leonowens' experiences


  1. are representative of cultural differences

  2. have been altered from those of her real life

  3. are an interesting part of Thailand's history

  4. have motivated young women to become teachers

36. Read the poem “Foul Shot.” Then answer the following:

Which feature most clearly identifies “Foul Shot” as a poem?



  1. the title of the text

  2. the length of the text

  3. the opening line of the text

  4. the arrangement of the text

37. Read the poem “Foul Shot.” Then answer the following:

Which phrase best describes the organization of the poem?



  1. a description of the boy followed by a description of the crowd

  2. a description of the crowd followed by a description of the foul shot

  3. a description of the boy's actions followed by a description of the ball's movement

  4. a description of the ball's movement followed by a description of the crowd's reaction

38. Read the poem “Foul Shot.” Then answer the following:

In line 4, the poet uses the phrase “squeezed by silence” to describe the effect of


  1. the time clock on the crowd

  2. the spectators on the player

  3. the player's hands on the ball

  4. the size of the court on the game

39. Read the essay “Yes, I Can!” Then answer the following.

What is the author's main point in paragraphs 1 through 10?



  1. Children learn to overcome their limitations.

  2. A college education makes people more realistic.

  3. As students grow older, they lose their desire to learn.

  4. As people age, they are less willing to risk embarrassment.

40. Read the essay “Yes, I Can!” Then answer the following.

The author gave his son the “possibles bag” to



  1. encourage his son to pursue his dreams

  2. prepare his son for survival in the woods

  3. reward his son for his good work in school

  4. remind his son to enjoy his homemade possessions

41. Read the essay “Yes, I Can!” Then answer the following.

This essay would most likely encourage a reader to



  1. begin a new educational program

  2. develop a more responsible attitude

  3. appreciate the traditions of other cultures

  4. recognize the importance of positive thinking

42. Read the essay “Yes, I Can!” Then answer the following.

When the author says the frontiersmen's “real possibles were contained in a skin bag carried just behind their eyeballs,” he is suggesting that the frontiersmen



  1. carried extra possibles bags

  2. were secretive about their possibles bag

  3. used intelligence and imagination to survive

  4. depended on their eyes and ears to avoid trouble

43. Read the essay “High Tide in Tucson.” Then answer the following.

Which word best describes Buster in “High Tide in Tucson”?



  1. adaptable

  2. curious

  3. peaceful

  4. protective

44. Read the essay “High Tide in Tucson.” Then answer the following.

Which phrase best explains the purpose of paragraph 2?



  1. to describe natural beauty

  2. to create a suspenseful mood

  3. to establish a humorous tone

  4. to provide background information

45. Read the essay “Ghost Crab.” Then answer the following.

Which word best describes the author's attitude toward the ghost crab?



  1. frightened

  2. indifferent

  3. respectful

  4. satisfied

46. Read the essay “Ghost Crab.” Then answer the following.

Which of these lines from the essay best expresses a theme of “Ghost Crab”?



  1. The shore at night is a different world…

  2. The blackness of the night possessed water, air, and beach.

  3. It was the darkness of an older world, before Man.

  4. The little crab alone with the sea became a symbol that stood for life itself…

47. Read the essay “Ghost Crab.” Then answer the following.

Reading this essay would most likely encourage a reader to



  1. compose a poem about crabs

  2. enjoy the sounds of the ocean

  3. think about how animals get their names

  4. consider the significance of small creatures

48. Read the essay “Ghost Crab.” Then answer the following.

Carefully examine the details of the two photographs below.

Write a response that explains which photograph more effectively clarifies the images and ideas expressed in the essay “Ghost Crab.” In your response, support your conclusion with appropriate details from both the essay and the photograph you choose.

Use the space on page __ of your Answer Book for planning your response. Then write your response on the lines on page __.



49. Read the essay "Starwalking with Sarah."

After reading this essay, a reader would most likely conclude that parents should




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