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NCSCOS Grade 8 ELA / Reading - Topic: Language Standards

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Grade 8
English
North Carolina Standard Course of Study

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Grade 8
English
North Carolina Standard Course of Study

8.L.4.a
8.L.5.a

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  • Q1
    Based on the sentences below, what does "saffron" mean? "But high up, their tops were green and caught the saffron light of the west. He remembered that when a boy, he had thought there was nothing more beautiful than the evening sunshine falling athwart the dark green fir boughs on the hills."
    yellow
    green
    west
    dark
    60s
    8.L.4.a
  • Q2
    In the sentence below, what is conveyed by comparing the sound of the wind to a murmur? "As he listened to the swish and murmur of the wind, the earth-old tune with the power to carry the soul back to the dawn of time, the years fell away from him, and he forgot much, remembering more."
    The wind is frightening.
    The wind is rolling.
    The wind is gentle.
    The wind is powerful.
    60s
    8.L.5.a
  • Q3
    Which phrase from the sentence below, helps the reader determine the meaning of the word 'subtle'? "Another more subtle change that is occurring, according to scientists, is the slow expansion of the entire island toward the mainland as winds and storms deposit sand on the island's west side."
    "entire island"
    "winds and storms"
    "deposit sand"
    "slow expansion"
    60s
    8.L.4.a
  • Q4
    What does the simile in lines 7-8 mean?
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    Dreams are like birds that are arrogantly beautiful.
    Dreams are pretty like a bird's tail feathers.
    Dreams are like a bird that talks too much.
    Dreams are like birds that pull out their tail feathers.
    60s
    8.L.5.a
  • Q5
    What is the meaning of the poem's extended metaphor?
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    One must wait patiently and seize the proper moment to fulfill one's dreams.
    Dreams can be easily ruined with a pinch of salt.
    Many times one thinks one has a dream, but then it flies away.
    Dreams must be chased and attacked until one finally catches them.
    60s
    8.L.5.a
  • Q6
    What does the phrase "a troublesome group of words that don't behave" mean?
    The words are misunderstood.
    The words are irritating.
    The words follow no established rules.
    The words create problems.
    60s
    8.L.5.a
  • Q7
    What does the author mean by linguistic as used in the sentence below? "We hang on to many of our oddest spellings because, for one thing, they reflect the English language's far-reaching linguistic ancestry."
    pertaining to grammar
    pertaining to language
    using jargon
    using a dialect
    60s
    8.L.4.a
  • Q8
    In the sentences below, what does "impressive" mean? "Anna Maria spent the next day sightseeing. She visited beautiful parks, an impressive monument of the 1989 revolution, and an estate of a Romanian artist."
    noticeable
    subtle
    superb
    intricate
    60s
    8.L.4.a
  • Q9
    In the second stanza of "A Wondrous City," what does "each telling a story of their own" mean?
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    The flower formations' beauty spoke for itself.
    The flower formations were created differently and wanted others to know how.
    The flower formations came to life and recounted how they were created.
    The flower formations spoke through their elaborate designs.
    60s
    8.L.5.a
  • Q10
    What word could replace enlivens in the sentence below? "Outdoor art enlivens every step down from the aquarium to the art museum."
    excites
    diminishes
    encourages
    crowds
    120s
    8.L.4.a
  • Q11
    In paragraph 3, what does the word "cascade" mean?
    hang down
    create a mess
    look unattractive
    clean up
    60s
    8.L.4.a

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