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Unit 1: Collection 2

Selection Test Reading and Literature

Powder Tobias Wolff

Comprehension Circle the letter of the best answer to each of the following.

  1. Which time is part of the story’s setting?

    1. Just before Christmas

    2. Christmas Day

    3. New Year’s Eve

    4. New Year’s Day

  1. The characters of this story are

    1. A girl and her mom

    2. A boy and his mom

    3. A boy and his dad

    4. A mom and dad

  1. One conflict of this story is

    1. The dad’s bad driving

    2. The mom kidnapping her own son

    3. The mom’s drinking problem

    4. The dad not bringing his son home on time

  1. What activity were the characters involved in?

    1. Ice fishing

    2. Skiing

    3. Skating

    4. Shoveling snow

  1. Why did they stop at the diner?

    1. To call a tow truck

    2. To wait until the police left

    3. To get hot chocolate

    4. To get directions

  1. The older character in the story is

    1. A free spirit

    2. Disabled

    3. Strict and a bit mean

    4. Clueless

  1. The younger character in the story is

    1. Immature

    2. A thoughtful person who plans ahead

    3. Wanting to escape his home life

    4. Usually lazy except for the situation he finds himself in

  1. The younger character thinks what about the older character?

    1. That he is clueless

    2. That she will never recover

    3. That she isn’t very careful

    4. That he is a great driver

  1. In the end, the characters got home in time

    1. To welcome in the New Year

    2. To see the police leave their house

    3. To make it for dinner

    4. To see the sun rise on a new day

  1. “If you haven’t driven fresh powder, you haven’t driven.” What does this sentence mean in a FIGURATIVE sense (not literally).

Everyday Use Alice Walker

Comprehension Circle the letter of the best answer to each of the following items.

11. Maggie’s shyness arises mainly from—

A) her fear of her sister

B) the sudden attraction she feels toward Hakim-a-barber

C) a trauma she suffered when the house burned down

D) the ridicule her family heaps on her

12. The mother is reluctant to let Dee have the quilts because the mother—

A) has promised them to Maggie

B) distrusts Hakim-a-barber

C) knows the quilts have great monetary value

D) is angry with Dee for leaving home

13. Why does the mother finally decide to give the quilts to Maggie instead of to Dee?

A) She thinks Dee will sell them.

B) Hakim-a-barber makes insulting remarks about the quilts’ designs.

C) Dee changes her mind about wanting them.

D) She is touched by Maggie’s vulnerability and deep sense of family.

14. Which of the following statements best describes the story’s main conflict?

A) Dee argues with her mother over the butter churn.

B) The mother wants Maggie to be more outgoing and confident like Dee.

C) Dee wants the quilts, but her mother has promised them to Maggie.

D) The mother does not approve of Dee’s choice of men.
15. When Dee tells her mother “you just don’t understand” the statement shows the reader that—

A) it’s actually Dee who doesn’t understand

B) Dee is more clever than her mother

C) Dee thinks her mother is being mean

D) Dee understands her mother and Maggie

Unit 1: Collection 2 Selection Test continued

Vocabulary Development Match the definition on the left with the vocabulary word on the right. On the line provided, write the letter of the correct vocabulary word. You will use one word more than once.

16. secretive

17. crouching or hiding in shame or fear

18. to hold down unjustly; to burden

19. to move in a slow, sideways manner

20. trying not to be seen
A) sidle

B) furtive

C) cowering

D) oppress

Vocabulary Skill Choose the best meaning of the underlined word. Look for context clues in the sentence to help you determine the word’s meaning.

21. The two men cursed out and insulted each other.

A) made rude remarks

B) cured

C) complimented someone

D) calmed someone

22. I can kill and clean a hog as mercilessly as a man.

A) kindly

B) helpfully

C) pitilessly

D) correctly

23. They were impressed with the hard work he put in his project.

A) indifferent

B) awed

C) frightened

D) upset

24. But even the first glimpse of leg out of the car tells me it is Dee.

A) exhibit

B) inspection

C) peek

D) gawk

25. Her face had a kind of dopey, hangdog look.

A) lethargic

B) angry

C) sour

D) ecstatic

Unit 1: Collection 2 Selection Test continued

Literary Focus Circle the letter of the best answer to each of the following items.

26. Which of the following sets of character traits best describes Dee?

A) Big boned, awkward, sentimental

B) Shy, uncertain, homely

C) Attractive, educated, independent

D) Pretty, kind, modest

27. Which of the following statements is the best example of how a character’s traits are revealed in the story?

A) “When she comes, I will meet—but there they are!”

B) “I can kill a bull as mercilessly as a man.”

C) “Cows are soothing and slow and don’t bother you.”

D) “Well, soon we got the name out of the way.”

28. When Dee compares Maggie’s brain to an elephant’s, she means that Maggie—

A) is like an animal

B) thinks only of food

C) has a big brain

D) has a good memory

Reading Focus Circle the letter of the best answer to each of the following items.

29. Dee probably changes her name because she—

A) wants to hurt her family

B) wants to connect with her African roots

C) never liked the sound of it

D) thinks a new name will enhance her career

30. Which of the following lines of dialogue best shows how Dee feels about herself?

A) “How do you pronounce this name?”

B) “You know as well as me you was named after your aunt Dicie.”

C) “She did all this stitching by hand. Imagine!”

D) “I couldn’t bear it any longer, being named after the people who oppress me.”

31. When Hakim-a-barber does not eat the collards and says that pork is unclean, you can infer that he—

A) comes from a different background than Dee

B) is allergic to vegetables

C) says this to make Dee angry

D) is generally hard to please


    Alex flopped down at the kitchen table, dropping his backpack in the dog's water bowl. His mom did not move or speak, so he let out a deep, long sigh. His mom, who was putting the finishing touches on the birthday cake, turned around and, with a slight grin, asked, "Am I to assume that something is wrong?"
     "Yeah," said Alex, "I'm getting old."
     "Now, Alex," his mom responded as she tried to stifle a giggle, "We both know that that is absurd. You're fifteen years old, and you've only been fifteen for six hours."
     "Yeah, but it's already been two years since my bar mitzvah," replied Alex, "so I'm already deep into adulthood."
     "Is that so?" said his mom, deciding that she would play along with him. "Which of your adult responsibilities is troubling you the most?"
     "Well," said Alex, "It's more that I see my life changing all the time. I just started high school, so I have to start thinking about college. In order to get into a good college, I have to start working on my grades and extra-curricular activities. In a year or so, I'll be old enough to drive, so I need to take driver's ed. I also need to get a job in order to save up money for a car. All of that will lead to marriage and children. . . ."
     "Wait just a minute!" his mom screamed. "You're not even allowed to think about having children until you're thirty!"
     "You make jokes because you don't get it, mom. Being a teenager isn't like it used to be. We have a lot of heavy-duty stuff to think about."

     "Oh, you're right," his mom said as she laughed a little bit, "Kids have a lot more pressure on them than they did back in 1752, when I was fifteen. Life was so much easier before the Revolutionary War. I understand what you're saying."

     Alex, having ignored everything his mom said except "I understand what you're saying," replied, "I'm glad somebody does," and walked away.


What dialogue shows that Alex's mom is not taking him seriously?


"Which of your adult responsibilities is troubling you the most?"


"I just started high school, so I have to start thinking about college."


"You're not even allowed to think about having children until you're thirty!"


"In a year or so, I'll be old enough to drive, so I need to take driver's ed."


Which statement from the passage leads the reader to believe that Alex is taking life a little too seriously?


" I'm already deep into adulthood."


"We both know that that is absurd."


"I understand what you're saying."


"...easier before the Revolutionary War."

Escape from the Sitting Room

     "Mistress Carlette! I declare, you is in for it now! You done took down that pretty hairdo Miss Jeannine worked so hard on for you!" The plump old woman bustled around the bedroom and scolded her charge.

     "Awww, Hattie, my hair keeps coming loose! I hate those heavy combs pulling on it."

     "Carlette Kelsey! Why must you act like a ragamuffin boy? How many times have we told you ain't proper for a lady to walk around with wild hair? Your Aunt Charmaine. . . ."
     Carly laughed over her shoulder at the woman who had been her nursemaid since birth. "Never mind, Hattie, I know what Aunt Charmaine would say. Now, I've got to go over to the stables and groom Centaur."
     Fleeing the bedroom, she tripped over the hem of her new evening gown and nearly plunged headlong down the staircase into the musicale she had slipped away from. She didn't care if Uncle Morgan became governor in 1811. She had no intention of becoming one of that bunch of stuffy, high-class matrons. She would not spend another boring hour trying to make pleasant chatter. She'd rather be down in the stables or fishing in the bayou.
     She waved to Jeannine as she slipped down the hall. Carly liked the young woman who her aunt employed as a hairdresser and seamstress. She knew Jeannine understood and would not tell on her for leaving.
     Unfortunately, Emma turned just in time to see Carly. Carly could read Emma's disgust as she took in her unmade hair and wrinkled dress. Emma and Carly were the same age, and they used to play together as little girls. Then, something happened when Emma turned 15. She began to spend more time with the ladies in the sitting room than with Carly and the boys outside. Now, Emma angled her nose into the air and turned away from Carly while whispering something to Aunt Charmaine.
adapted from The Last Pirate by Marti Phillips


What does the dialogue in the beginning of the story reveal about Hattie?


She is too old to take care of Carly.


She cares more about Jeannine than Carly.


She does not have a good education.


She lies to Carly to make her behave better.


Which word best describes the relationship between Jeannine and Carly?










From Carly and Hattie's comments, the reader can tell that Aunt Charmaine is


funny and caring.


smart and talented.


strict and proper.


helpful and bossy.


The author depicts Carly tripping over her gown in order to show that


Carly needs to dress like the other girls.


Carly wears very unattractive clothes.


Carly is too clumsy to ride her horse.


Carly is uncomfortable in fancy clothes.


Carly and Emma are about the same age. However, they are different in that Carly likes to spend time outdoors, while Emma


has a horse named Centaur.


tries to win an election.


wants to be a proper lady.


does not like Aunt Charmaine.


Based on information in the passage, which word best describes Carly?










C"You're not even allowed to think about having children until you're thirty!"


A" I'm already deep into adulthood."


CShe does not have a good education.




Cstrict and proper.


DCarly is uncomfortable in fancy clothes.


Cwants to be a proper lady.



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