ELA Spring '23 Benchmark Review

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16 questions
• Q1

Read the sentences and determine the MOST logical order for the numbered sentences. 1. Turns out that slimy mess was a dead jellyfish.

2. While walking along the beach, Sally's foot became tangled in slime and tentacles.

3. After applying a cold compress and ointment to her foot, Sally felt like taking another stroll along the shore.

4. In July, my friend Sally had an unfortunate encounter while on a trip to the beach with her family.

5. Even though it was dead, the tentacles still contained enough poison to sting Sally's foot.

Read the sentences and determine the MOST logical order for the numbered sentences.

5,3,2,4,1

4,3,2,1,5

4,2,1,5,3

3,1,2,4,5

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• Q2

Secret passages have often shaped important historic events. During the 1300s, a secret passage helped free an English king who was taken captive by his enemies. In the 1330s, Roger de Mortimer took young King Edward III of England captive in an attempt to take over the throne. After the king’s supporters learned of his kidnapping, they discovered a secret passage into Nottingham Castle. This passage allowed the supporters to slip past the guards and arrest Mortimer for his crime.Secret passages have often shaped important historic events. During the 1300s, a secret passage helped free an English king who was taken captive by his enemies. In the 1330s, Roger de Mortimer took young King Edward III of England captive in an attempt to take over the throne. After the king’s supporters learned of his kidnapping, they discovered a secret passage into Nottingham Castle. This passage allowed the supporters to slip past the guards and arrest Mortimer for his crime.

Judging by the organization and details of this paragraph, which concluding sentence would be most appropriate?

If secret passages hadn't been available, these kings would probably never have been rescued.

Secret passages work well as a metaphor of many secret events of history.

Some kings have thought it was beneath them to have to sneak away in such a manner.

Of course, these secret passages weren't necessarily designed for such purposes.

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• Q3

Imagine you are writing an essay on the proper ways to test lake water for pollutants.

Which structure would be the best way to organize the information in this essay?

a classification structure

a list of chronological/sequential steps

a cause and effect structure

a problem-solution structure

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• Q4

Which sentence from a research paper on currently popular fitness trends (like Crossfit) demonstrates how to directly quote a source (rather than how to paraphrase a source)?

Crossfire owner, Chris Brannon claims that "our enrollment has increased by 60% in the last six months alone."

While popular, not all fitness experts are pleased with the sudden rise of extreme fitness trends that are not appropriate for everyone.

The number of summer fitness boot camps and Crossfit openings have skyrocketed in major cities since 2010.

Similar to how fad diets occasionally sweep the nation, new fitness trends have arisen and become almost omnipresent on social media.

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• Q5

Which of these would use the most FORMAL language?

letter to a friend

movie review

journal entry

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• Q6

You are writing an essay on the importance of service dogs who visit the elderly in nursing homes. Which sentence would make the BEST concluding statement for your essay?

Service dogs come in many different breeds and personality types.

Service dogs provide companionship and love to the elderly patients they visit.

Service dogs can be easy to care for with food that isn't expensive.

Service dogs can be groomed at certain pet shops.

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• Q7

The little puppy had been begging to go outside for over two hours. _________ once the puppy had been outside in the 90 degree heat, it wanted to go back inside immediately.

Which word or phrase would most logically connect these two sentences together?

Still,

Because

However,

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• Q8

Which characteristic can be used to assess the credibility of a media source?

If he or she is a good writer

If he or she seems eager to be fair in his or her coverage

If he or she is non-argumentative

If he or she often interview high-placed politicians

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• Q9

Which sentence needs to be rewritten?

Caroline's mother was waiting at the end of the sidewalk for her daughter to be let off the bus.

After the school day ended, Abby got on the bus that afternoon to go to her afternoon soccer club.

Mrs. Martin had done many jobs in her life, but she loved being a schoolbus driver the best.

The bus driver pulled up to Virginia's home and let her out with a friendly wave.

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• Q10

The Most Dangerous Game

by Richard Connell

When the general, nursing his bruised shoulder, had gone, Rainsford took up his flight again. It was flight now, a desperate, hopeless flight, that carried him on for some hours. Dusk came, then darkness, and still he pressed on. The ground grew softer under his moccasins; the vegetation grew ranker, denser; insects bit him savagely. Then, as he stepped forward, his foot sank into the ooze. He tried to wrench it back, but the muck sucked viciously at his foot as if it were a giant leech. With a violent effort, he tore his foot loose. He knew where he was now. Death Swamp and its quicksand.

Which statement BEST assesses the relative reliability of the narrator of this selection?

The narrator is Rainsford himself and therefore should be considered reliable.

The narrator clearly hates Rainsford and therefore should be considered unreliable.

The narrator clearly had no investment or interest in how this conflict is resolved.

The narrator is not a character in the story and therefore should be considered reliable.

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• Q11

The Most Dangerous Game

by Richard Connell

When the general, nursing his bruised shoulder, had gone, Rainsford took up his flight again. It was flight now, a desperate, hopeless flight, that carried him on for some hours. Dusk came, then darkness, and still he pressed on. The ground grew softer under his moccasins; the vegetation grew ranker, denser; insects bit him savagely. Then, as he stepped forward, his foot sank into the ooze. He tried to wrench it back, but the muck sucked viciously at his foot as if it were a giant leech. With a violent effort, he tore his foot loose. He knew where he was now. Death Swamp and its quicksand.

In the passage above, suspense is created partly due to it being written in which point of view?

Third person omniscient point of view

Second person point of view

Third person limited point of view

First person point of view

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• Q12

Carson has a major project due in one month. Last summer he went to Charleston, SC and he loved seeing and learning all about the historical buildings and monuments. He realized he could use this trip and what he learned to create his independent project for history class. He wanted to create something that tourists could use to learn about each monument or building WHILE THEY ACTUALLY WALKED from place to place. He was anxious to get started. To achieve his goal, which is the BEST idea for Carson?

a narrated walking tour podcast of major monuments and buildings

a video collage of major monuments and buildings

a Powerpoint or Prezi presentation with pictures of his trip

a printed three-fold brochure with photos and descriptions

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• Q13

Phillip tried to _____ his feelings, but he couldn't find the right words.

Which word best completes this sentence?

Verbose

Diversity

Universe

Verbalize

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• Q14

The lab technician placed the blood sample under the microscope.

Identify the prepositional phrase in the sentence above.

placed the blood sample

under the microscope

The lab technician

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• Q15

Tom was happy when he saw the bold, red A+ scrawled on the top of his science report.

What sentence replaces the underlined adjective with an adjective that is the most prescise?

Tom was neutral when he saw the bold, red A+ scrawled on the top of his science report.

Tom was pleased when he saw the bold, red A+ scrawled on the top of his science report.

Tom was ecstatic when he saw the bold, red A+ scrawled on the top of his science report.

Tom was content when he saw the bold, red A+ scrawled on the top of his science report.

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