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What is the central idea of the section “A Bustling Town”?
a) Coal mining is dangerous and deadly. b) Nobody realized that the fire underneath Centralia was emitting poisonous gases. c) Once Centralia’s coal mines closed, residents had a hard time earning a living. d) The coal mines brought people to Centralia and also created an environment for fire to thrive.
Based on the article, what would most likely have happened if Todd had not fallen into the sinkhole in 1981?
a) No one would have known the fire was there. b) The ground would have collapsed under someone else. c) The governor would never have ordered a mandatory evacuation. d) Centralia would be thriving today.
You can infer from the graph that in the U.S.,
a) we used less electricity in 2011 than in 2013. b) natural gas is a renewable source of energy. c) most electricity is generated by petroleum. d) coal is used more than any other resource to generate electricity.
Which quote from the article best supports your answer to question 4?
a) “All that was left to do was get everyone out.” b) “Meanwhile, a vicious debate raged among residents and politicians.” c) “Today, Centralia is a ghost town.” d) “ . . . perhaps it was only a matter of time before disaster struck.”
Consider this sentence from the article: “Ominous signs warn curious visitors about sinkholes and poison gases.” Context clues reveal that ominous means
a) dreary b) shocking c) unfriendly d) threatening
“When Coal Was King” is an example of which literary device?
a) hyperbole b) foreshadowing c) metaphor d) simile
Which sentence from the article is an opinion?
a) “Then the area that would become Centralia was wild and lush.” b) “But Earth’s climate was changing.” c) “ ‘It was awful scary,’ Todd told reporters.” d) “Mining is brutal work.”
Why does the author likely include information about the history of coal?
a) to describe how humans figured out they could use coal for energy b) to persuade the reader that coal is necessary for survival c) to provide context for the existence and importance of the coal mines in Centralia d) to raise the question of whether the coal mines in Centralia were necessary
What is the main idea of the section “A Bustling Town”?
a) Coal mining is dangerous and deadly. b) Nobody realized that the fire underneath Centralia was emitting poisonous gases. c) Once Centralia’s coal mines closed, residents had a hard time earning a living. d) The coal mines brought people to Centralia and also created an environment for fire to thrive.
Coal has NOT been used for which of the following?
a) electricity b) heat c) fuel for cars d) power for trains
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