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4.11.A Summarize The Main Idea And Supporting Details In Text

Quiz by Texas Education Agency

Grade 4
ELAR (2009)
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

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Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

4.11.A: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Expository Text

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  • Q1
    What problem did people experience when ice cream was first made in America?
    The ice cream would melt inside the cone.
    The ice needed for making the dessert was difficult to find.
    The right spices were not available.
    The ice cream froze too quickly when being made.
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  • Q2
    Which of these is the best summary of the article?
    At a fair in 1904, people began eating ice cream in waffle cones. In the United States, National Ice Cream Month is celebrated during July. People also like to eat chocolate-covered ice-cream bars on sticks.
    Americans love ice cream as a treat. National Ice Cream Month is celebrated during July. The frozen treat is easier to get now than it was hundreds of years ago.
    Hundreds of years ago people began making different frozen desserts. Europeans brought the idea of ice cream to America. New ideas about how to make and serve the frozen treat have led to its wide popularity.
    Hundreds of years ago different ingredients were mixed with snow to make frozen treats. Some people traveled far to get the snow. Today many different flavors of ice cream are available.
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  • Q3
    Paragraphs 2 through 4 are mainly about —
    how fleas can be avoided by using the skin shed by rattlesnakes
    possible reasons that squirrels spread chewed snakeskin on their bodies
    a special protein that adult squirrels have in their bodies
    how female squirrels use snakeskin to protect themselves
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  • Q4
    Which of these is the best summary of the selection?
    Some squirrels have an unusual habit of chewing rattlesnake skin and applying it to their fur for protection. Scientists have discovered that adult squirrels do not need protection from rattlesnake venom. However, female and young squirrels chew and apply rattlesnake skin to their bodies.
    Scientists have discovered that some squirrels chew rattlesnake skin and apply it to themselves. There are several possible explanations for this behavior. Barbara Clucas conducted a study using a group of squirrels and discovered that it is likely that female squirrels and young squirrels use the snakeskin as protection against rattlesnakes.
    Some squirrels are known to look for the skin that rattlesnakes leave behind when they shed. Once the squirrels find the skin, they chew it up, spit it out, and put it on their fur. Scientists wonder about this behavior and have some possible explanations for it.
    Scientists developed a few theories to explain why squirrels chew rattlesnake skin and apply it to their fur. Barbara Clucas studied squirrels to find the answer. She numbered each squirrel in the study by using black hair dye.
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  • Q5
    Which of the following is the best summary of the section “Singing with Purpose”?
    The scientist Peter Narins studies frog calls. He records the calls, plays them back to other frogs, and observes the frogs’ responses. Narins has discovered different meanings in the frog calls.
    Peter Narins is a scientist who studies frogs and frog calls. By observing many frogs in nature, Narins has learned some interesting things about a species of frog in Puerto Rico.
    The scientist Peter Narins decided to study the sounds frogs make. He learned that frog calls are difficult for frogs’ enemies to copy. Some of these calls occur at the same time every night.
    Scientists study all kinds of things, including frog calls. One scientist who studies frog calls is Peter Narins. He is interested in learning about how frogs use their calls.
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  • Q6
    Read the diagram. Which of these best completes the diagram?
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    They repeat the noises of other animals.
    They return to the same place each day to sleep.
    They are most active at night.
    They sing loud songs along with other animals.
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  • Q7
    Having a loud call benefits frogs by —
    helping them scare away their enemies
    helping them locate other frogs that are far away
    allowing them to signal other animals when danger is near
    allowing them to tell other frogs where to find food
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  • Q8
    According to the article, what is one way Whaley achieves his goal of providing soccer instruction to children?
    He depends on teenagers to volunteer as coaches.
    He asks local food banks to provide locations for soccer camps.
    He trains schoolteachers to become qualified coaches.
    He asks newspaper reporters to inform others about soccer camps.
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  • Q9
    What was one benefit of Whaley winning the Readers’ Choice Hero of the Year award?
    He was able to use the prize money to help his organization.
    He was able to focus on a new career.
    He was able to choose an experienced president for his organization.
    He received advice about how to be an effective soccer coach.
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  • Q10
    Paragraph 4 is important to the selection because it provides information about how the Care Bags project —
    identifies which toys children prefer
    shares information with its volunteers
    relies on people to support its goals
    estimates how many bags will be needed
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  • Q11
    Which of these is the best summary of the selection?
    After hearing about a family that had to leave their home suddenly and left some things behind, Annie Wignall decided to create the Care Bags project. The project provides bags containing toys and other items to children who need them. Project volunteers have helped thousands of children all over the world.
    Annie Wignall gathered some items in a bag for children in need and decided to start the Care Bags project. The project has now helped children all over the world by putting together many more similar bags. Wignall still directs the project’s activities.
    After talking to her parents, Annie Wignall started a project called Care Bags. People who work with children contact Wignall’s group about children who need help. Volunteers for the project then fill bags with toys and other items.
    Annie Wignall wanted to find a way to help other children. After talking to her parents, she decided to gather items that children needed and put them in bags for delivery. Many people volunteered to help Annie with her project, which became known as Care Bags.
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  • Q12
    According to the selection, the main goal of a Barkitecture event is to —
    encourage people to become pet owners
    create interest in building doghouses
    raise money to help animals
    identify animals that need shelter
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  • Q13
    What do the details in paragraph 6 explain about Barkitecture events?
    The events offer more than interesting doghouses.
    Leaders of pet organizations plan the Barkitecture events.
    The events are intended for small dogs.
    People can build houses for their dogs at the events.
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  • Q14
    The selection “Prince of Central Park” is mostly about —
    how red-tailed hawks care for their babies
    where people go to see red-tailed hawks
    why some people did not want hawks to live near Central Park
    what happens when two hawks make a nest near Central Park
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  • Q15
    What is the best summary of the selection?
    A hawk named Pale Male and his mate built a nest near Central Park. Before long, they were raising baby hawks in their nest. Some people had a problem with the hawks and wanted the family of birds to find a new home.
    People were happy when a hawk chose to make his home in a city where hawks are not commonly seen. Some residents living near Central Park were upset when the hawk and his mate built a nest on their building. Finally New Yorkers found a solution that worked for humans and hawks.
    A hawk named Pale Male found a mate and built a nest near Central Park. Soon the hawks had a family. The bird-watchers in the area were thrilled to have a hawk family to observe. They cheered while viewing the hawks and wanted to help them stay.
    Some people in New York City were upset about a hawk family that lived near them. After they complained, building owners tried to make the hawks move away from Central Park. But the hawks rebuilt a nest in the same place.
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  • Q16
    According to the selection, a paintbrush can be used when building a sandcastle in order to —
    pack the sand
    add decorations
    carve details
    correct errors
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  • Q17
    Which detail from the selection supports the idea that people enjoy watching the Puppy Bowl?
    The Puppy Bowl can be seen on the same day as the Super Bowl.
    Animals are filmed months before the Super Bowl takes place.
    The Puppy Bowl is seen by as many as 12.4 million viewers every year.
    Animal shelters throughout the country send pictures of animals.
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  • Q18
    What do all the Puppy Bowl participants have in common?
    They are all the same breed.
    They are all the same size.
    They are all used to playing games.
    They are all available for adoption.
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  • Q19
    What is the best summary of the selection?
    The cable channel Animal Planet created the Puppy Bowl to air on the day of the Super Bowl. The show brings together animals from shelters across the country so they can participate in a football game. Viewers are encouraged to adopt the show participants.
    When the cable channel Animal Planet realized that viewers were leaving the channel to watch the Super Bowl, a show was created to bring viewers back. The show is called the Puppy Bowl. It features puppies and other animals.
    The Puppy Bowl gathers animals from across the country and films them for as how that airs on the cable channel Animal Planet. The 2013 show included puppies, kittens, hamsters, and hedgehogs playing a kind of football game.
    The Puppy Bowl is filmed in a studio for the cable channel Animal Planet. Puppies are filmed playing a version of football. Kittens, hamsters, and hedgehogs have also been featured on the show.
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  • Q20
    Dylan and Jonah use the phrase “so chocolate bar” to describe —
    ways to make someone feel better
    experiences that they enjoy
    places that sell Dylan’s book
    events that raise money for Jonah
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