English II Reading STAAR EOC Review (2021) Question Preview (ID: 59141)


Review For The Reading Section Of The English II STAAR EOC.

In paragraph 8 of the excerpt from The Piano Shop on the Left Bank, Luc suggests that the narrator —
a) trust his ability to make decisions
b) reflect on the commitment of buying a piano
c) H be willing to consider other pianos
d) think about playing different instruments

In paragraph 1 of the excerpt from The Piano Shop on the Left Bank, which idea is introduced?
a) The power of intuition
b) An unachieved goal
c) Impractical choices
d) The wisdom of experience

In the excerpt from the article “Those Old Piano Blues,” how does the author mainly organize his ideas?
a) He lists the benefits of owning a piano by referencing a magazine article about musical instruments.
b) He lists the benefits of owning a piano by referencing a magazine article about musical instruments.
c) He argues against getting rid of old pianos by explaining how important they once were.
d) He discusses trends in piano ownership by describing his experience trying to get rid of an old piano.

Which word from the excerpt from the article “Those Old Piano Blues” means “an approximate amount”?
a) peak (paragraph 1)
b) substantial (paragraph 3)
c) H roughly (paragraph 4)
d) treacherous (paragraph 5)

In the excerpt from The Piano Shop on the Left Bank and the excerpt from the article “Those Old Piano Blues,” with which statement would both authors most likely agree?
a) Old pianos offer a great deal of emotional value to their owners.
b) Old pianos are constructed from better materials than new pianos.
c) People can learn a lot about the history of pianos from musicians.
d) People should learn to play on an acoustic piano before moving to a digital one.

What is one notable difference between the two excerpts?
a) The selection from The Piano Shop on the Left Bank explains why someone wants to play piano, while the selection from the art
b) The selection from The Piano Shop on the Left Bank describes evaluating and buying an old piano, while the selection from the
c) The selection from The Piano Shop on the Left Bank emphasizes the craftsmanship of a new acoustic piano, while the selection
d) The selection from The Piano Shop on the Left Bank shows how rare it is for someone to appreciate an old piano, while the sel

What feeling is conveyed by both the excerpt from The Piano Shop on the Left Bank and the excerpt from the article “Those Old Piano Blues”?
a) Amusement
b) Ambition
c) Attachment
d) Awe

Which quotation best shows that the author of the excerpt from the article “Those Old Piano Blues” is relieved someone wants his old piano?
a) The song had gone from major to minor, but we pressed on. (paragraph 4)
b) Then the song shifted to the saddest of blues. (paragraph 4)
c) But like many a blues song, this piano riff ends with hope. (paragraph 6)
d) And to be sure, many older pianos have reached their coda. (paragraph 7)

In paragraph 17 of the excerpt from The Piano Shop on the Left Bank, how does the narrator feel about playing the Stingl piano in the piano shop?
a) He needs Luc to help him build confidence in his musical ability.
b) He hopes Luc will believe that he is worthy of the Stingl.
c) He feels oddly comfortable playing in front of Luc.
d) He enjoys showing Luc that he can play different types of music.

In the excerpt from the article “Those Old Piano Blues,” what is the primary purpose of paragraph 7?
a) To explain why letting go of pianos is acceptable at times
b) To state the reasons why pianos are still important
c) To detail the life cycle of pianos
d) To describe pianos in a historical context

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