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L.7.4/L.7.5: Understanding words in Context

Quiz by Jessica Anderson

Grade 7
English Language Arts
Common Core

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English Language Arts
Common Core


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  • Q1
    Barney tells Fred that he “never could make heads or tails of sums or spelling.” What does this sentence mean?
    Barney thought it was difficult to understand subjects at school.
    Barney tossed a coin to decide what to study first.
    Barney had trouble learning how to spell “heads” and “tails.”
    Barney disliked learning about animals.
  • Q2
    Read the sentence: My brother has a hard and fast rule against others using his things when he is not home. What does the idiom "hard and fast" mean in the sentence?
  • Q3
    Read the sentence: While waiting for the results of my math test, I paced the hallway restlessly. What feeling does the word "restlessly" suggest?
  • Q4
    Why is “human wave” enclosed in quotation marks in paragraph 2?
    It is a direct quotation spoken by a character.
    It is the meaning of a specific nautical term.
    It is the name of a group of surfers well known for their skills.
    It is the name for a specific fan activity at athletic events.
  • Q5
    In the context of paragraph 5, what is the meaning of "unveiled"?
    removed a head covering
    revealed for the first time
    not clearly seen
    wore a sweater
  • Q6
    Based on the context of paragraph 11, what is antagonism?
    friendly gesture
    energetic action
    active hostility
    open cooperation
  • Q7
    According to the selection, why is there controversy over the creation of the wave?
    Rob Weller and George Henderson both claim to have invented the wave in October of 1981.
    The Husky fans continued to participate in the wave throughout the season.
    The Oakland A’s lost their game, and the wave did not catch on.
    ESPN’s Jim Caple claims to have created the wave in the 1970s.
  • Q8
    Why did the author include the subheading “The Science of the Wave”?
    to show that the wave can be started by as few as 35 people
    to show that the wave gained popularity at the 1986 World Cup
    to show that the wave is a unique event that merits scientific study
    to show that scientists have studied the wave and understand how it works
  • Q9
    How does the first sentence affect the reader’s understanding of the rest of the selection?
    by giving the reader a detailed history of the wave
    by capturing the reader’s attention with a startling statistic
    by specifying the scientific reasoning for the wave’s origin
    by beginning with the outright statement that George Henderson performed the wave first
  • Q10
    Which statement gives support to the assertion that George Henderson created the wave?
    “ ‘The A’s season ended on October 15, 1981, and there I am on this video leading the wave.’ ”
    “Rob Weller claims he led the world’s first wave on October 31, 1981. . .”
    “ ‘The Wave was a very intimidating thing for awhile until everyone copied us.’ ”
    “The wave became widespread in the 80s and early 90s . . .”
  • Q11
    What is the summary of the section “The Science of the Wave”?
    There are no consistent features in a human wave.
    There is a systematic way in which a human wave is produced.
    The human wave is a fad that is no longer popular in Mexico.
    At any given sporting event, a human wave will be different.

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