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NY Released Test - Grade 8 English Language Arts (2018)

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Grade 8
English Language Arts
Common Core

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Measures 10 skills from
Grade 8
English Language Arts
Common Core

RL.8.3
RL.8.4
RL.8.2
L.8.4
RL.8.6
RI.8.4
RI.8.6
RI.8.2
RI.8.3
RI.8.5

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21 questions
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  • Q1
    What does paragraph 4 MOST reveal about the mother?
    She has a hard time relaxing.
    She has devotion for animals.
    She is tireless.
    She is responsible.
    120s
    RL.8.3
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  • Q2
    The personification of the sky as "sulky" in paragraph 9 suggests the sky is
    northern
    unpredictable
    snowy
    gloomy
    60s
    RL.8.4
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  • Q3
    What does paragraph 9 MAINLY reveal about the narrator?
    She loves language and has a vivid imagination.
    She pays attention to yearly patterns.
    She thinks of nature as calming
    She is attached to familiar things and is close to her family.
    60s
    RL.8.3
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  • Q4
    Which idea would be MOST important to include in a summary of the story?
    "I took off my apron and was running across to the barn for the pickup before Dad had taken his hat from behind the door:' (paragraph 17)
    "She stood there untying her bandanna and I watched her as though I didn't know her face better than my own:' (paragraph 14)
    "It might go higher along toward Christmas, but we couldn't wait for that:' (paragraph 2)
    "We had to sell our wheat this month and not hold it over; that is, we did if I was going to the university that fall:' (paragraph 2)
    60s
    RL.8.2
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  • Q5
    In paragraph 19, what does the phrase "like a monument" MAINLY suggest about the elevator?
    It is a landmark.
    It was designed by an architect
    It is a beautiful building.
    It is an old building.
    60s
    RL.8.4
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  • Q6
    What is the BEST definition of "spoiled" as used in paragraph 21?
    decreased the value of
    made greedy by giving too much
    took away an opportunity
    made unfit for use
    60s
    L.8.4
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  • Q7
    How does the author MANILY develop the narrator's point of view in the story?
    by exaggerating how harsh the winter months are
    by using elements of humor
    by showing how the narrator interacts with her family
    by sharing the narrator's thoughts
    60s
    RL.8.6
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  • Q8
    Read this sentence from paragraph 1. "Mr. Baum's stories were pure fantasy, so when he walked down the street in his finely tailored suit, children clamored in his wake." What is the effect of the author's word choices in this sentence?
    It hints that Baum was a serious person who told silly stories.
    It indicates how much children admired Baum and his stories.
    It hints that Baum was a serious person who told silly stories.
    It shows how rarely Baum told his stories to others.
    120s
    RI.8.4
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  • Q9
    Read this sentence from paragraph 2. "Unlike stories told by parents, Baum's were not merely lectures in disguise." Based on this sentence, what is the author's point of view about Baum's sto ries?
    They are different from children's stories of today.
    They are enjoyed more by children than by adults.
    They are more entertaining than educational.
    They are good at providing a strong moral.
    60s
    RI.8.6
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  • Q10
    How does paragraph 3 develop a central idea in the article?
    by listing characters that appeared in Baum's books
    by emphasizing that many books Baum wrote were forgotten
    by describing the work for which Baum is best known
    by explaining that other authors continued Baum's work
    60s
    RI.8.2
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  • Q11
    In paragraph 4, what inference can be drawn from the information about Baum's early childhood?
    Baum's older siblings influenced his approach toward education.
    Baum's home education affected how he felt about other children.
    Baum's constant reading of fairy tales influenced his later writing.
    Baum's health problems affected how he felt about his family.
    60s
    RI.8.3
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  • Q12
    Read this sentence from paragraph 6. "No road to success was ever more winding than Baum's." How does this sentence contribute to the struct ure of the article?
    It gives the cause for the events in the remainder of the article.
    It summarizes the first five paragraphs of the article.
    It contrasts the first half of the article with the second half.
    It serves as the topic sentence for the remainder of the article.
    60s
    RI.8.5
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  • Q13
    Which sentence states a central idea of the article?
    Baum lived for several years in a small prairie town.
    Baum had to overcome many difficulties throughout his life.
    Baum was devoted to his wife and family
    Baum wrote a play and acted in the starring role.
    60s
    RI.8.2
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  • Q14
    What benefit did Baum's stories offer to listeners, readers, and to Baum himself?
    They offered an exciting way to learn about the world around them.
    They offered a chance to invent new and exciting characters and places.
    They offered a new perspective on how adults and children should behave.
    They offered an entertaining distraction from the harsh realities of life.
    60s
    RI.8.3
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  • Q15
    What does paragraph 2 most reveal about Eliza?
    She gets easily distracted.
    She thinks her father knows best.
    She has a strong imagination.
    She seldom misspells a word.
    120s
    RL.8.3
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  • Q16
    In paragraph 12, how does the description of the nightmare MAINLY affect the tone of the story?
    It suggests that Eliza is unwilling to compete in the bee.
    It suggests that the bee seems unreal to Eliza.
    It suggests that the bee is stressful for Eliza.
    It suggests that Eliza doubts she will win the bee.
    60s
    RL.8.4
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  • Q17
    Which quotation BEST expresses a central idea of the story?
    "She wants to win with a word so difficult her father will have to admit that he was wrong, that the letters are already guiding her." (paragraph 1)
    "The judge's voice is ever neutral, revealing nothing." (paragraph 21)
    "Eliza finds herself bracing for the next blow, but none comes." (paragraph 10)
    "Eliza wants to see herself through the judge's eyes." (paragraph 22)
    60s
    RL.8.2
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  • Q18
    The ideas in paragraphs 22 and 26 MOSTYLY contribute to the reader's understanding of Eliza by revealing
    her discomfort standing in front of the audience
    her inability to understand the judges
    her difficulty with spelling the assigned word correctly
    her concern about impressing her father
    60s
    RL.8.3
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  • Q19
    What does paragraph 31 MAINLY reveal about Eliza?
    her intelligence
    her confidence
    her patience
    her enthusiasm
    60s
    RL.8.3
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  • Q20
    Which detail would be MOST important to include in a summary of the story?
    Eliza empties her mind and sees the letters come up as images.
    Eliza is one of seventeen spellers in this round of the spelling bee.
    Eliza knows that difficult words follow easy words at spelling bees.
    Eliza gets a word that means a kind of fabric with a twill weave.
    60s
    RL.8.2
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