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Select the most likely CAUSE for the following EFFECT: Steven cut his finger.
a) Outside Steven walked around.
b) In the house Steven ate pizza.
c) Yesterday Steven ran.
d) Steven picked up broken glass

What does the word civil mean as used in this sentence?No matter how much the old woman yelled at him about not receiving her check, the mailman stayed calm and remained civil.
a) calm
b) uninterested
c) bored
d) happy

Like burnt-out torches by a sick man's bed
a) hyperbole
b) simile
c) metaphor
d) euphemism

5. I do not care to talk to you although / Your speech evokes a thousand sympathies,
a) hyperbole
b) euphemism
c) oxymoron
d) metaphor

After going to the zoo, the mall, and the movies, Cassie was sick of bending over backwards to entertain her nieces. Which best express the meaning of bending over backwards as used in the sentence?
a) Cassie was doing very little to entertain her nieces.
b) Cassie was making small efforts to entertain her nieces.
c) Cassie was trying very hard to entertain her nieces.
d) Cassie was not trying at all to entertain her nieces.

Chess is called the game of kings. It has been around for a long time. People have been playing it for over 500 years. Chess is based on an even older game from India. The chess we play today is from Europe. What is the central idea of this text?
a) Chess is originally from India.
b) Chess has been around for a long time.
c) Kings play chess.
d) Europeans created chess.

Read the recipe: 1)Slice six cups of apples. (2)Put the crust in the pie plate. (3)Spread the sliced apples over the crust. (4)Put the sugar and butter on top of the apples. Which of the following directions could be added between sentences 3 and 4?
a) Get out the sugar and the butter.
b) Put the pie in the oven.
c) Cut the pie into six pieces.
d) Put a crust on top of the sugar and butter.

What does the word particle mean as used in the sentence? John was so hungry that he didn’t leave a single particle of the muffin on the plate.
a) slab
b) crumb
c) part
d) drop

Even though John had a good job and a nice family, he yearned for more. What word can replace yearned?
a) moved
b) participate
c) desired
d) imagined

What is the author's purpose? The first issue of Wolverine, published by Marvel in 1982
a) Persuade readers to believe in the Wolverine.
b) Inform readers about the Wolverine
c) entertain readers with the comic book based on the adventures of Wolverine
d) entertain readers about The year 1982

What is the author's purpose? A pamphlet explaining how an unborn child may be affected when a pregnant mother smokes
a) persuade mothers not to smoke
b) entertain readers about smoking
c) inform mothers about how smoking affects an unborn child
d) Persuade cigarette makers to tell mothers not to smoke

You don't always have lots of time to think when playing chess. There is a type of chess with short time limits. It's called blitz chess. In blitz chess, each player gets ten minutes to use for the whole game. How is blitz different from chess?
a) Each player has two kings.
b) Players are blindfolded.
c) Players only have ten minutes to play.
d) Players start from a random position.

It has been around for a long time. People have been playing it for over 500 years. Chess is based on an even older game from India. The chess we play today is from Europe. What country did the game of chess that we play today come from?
a) Europe
b) America
c) India
d) all of these

The author's purpose of a novel about a young girl who learns a lesson about bullying other students on the internet be to entertain
a) it is an informative essay
b) It is a novel and novels are written to entertain the reader
c) it persuades the reader not to participate in bullying
d) it gives information about bullying

What is the author's purpose? A speech written by Isiah Thomas urging young people to stay in school
a) Persuade students to stay in school
b) inform students of the affects of dropping out of school
c) entertain readers about the importance of school
d) persuade teachers to stay in their current jobs

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