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PARCC - English Language Arts / Literacy - Grade 9 - Practice Test

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Grades 9-10
English Language Arts
Common Core

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  • Q1
    In paragraph 9, what does the phrase "a desire not to appear green" suggest about George?
    that he wants to be well-mannered throughout his trip
    that he wants to appear healthy and energetic
    that he wants other people to think he is clever and mature
    that he wants other people to learn from his high moral standards
  • Q2
    Which quotation provides evidence that CONTRADICTS the answer to Part A?
    "All through his boyhood and young manhood George Willard had been in the habit of walking on Trunion Pike." (paragraph 4)
    "On the station platform everyone shook the young man's hand." (paragraph 7)
    "Tom Willard carried his bag. The son had become taller than the father." (paragraph 6)
    "One looking at him would not have thought him particularly sharp." (paragraph 13)
  • Q3
    Which statement describes George's interaction with the townspeople in paragraphs 7 and 8 of the story?
    The townspeople wish George well, but their attention makes him uncomfortable.
    The townspeople and George will miss each other, but he is comforted by their heartfelt goodbyes.
    The townspeople eagerly await George's departure, and he is glad to be seeking new adventures elsewhere.
    The townspeople support George's ambitions, and he resolves to fulfill their hopes for him.
  • Q4
    Which statement BEST describes a central theme of the story?
    Leaving home is a common rite of passage that can be marked by a variety of emotions.
    Major life changes are generally accompanied by a focus on important events in one's life.
    Leaving familiar surroundings can prompt one to place added importance on family and friends.
    People who choose to pursue a new life elsewhere can cause resentment in those who stay behind.
  • Q5
    What does the term "endless drudgeries" mean as it is used in paragraph 37?
    continuous deep poverty
    ongoing personal needs
    constant unpleasant chores
    unresolved family conflicts
  • Q6
    Which quotation shows the BEST example of "endless drudgeries" as defined in Part A?
    " ... he could hear a woman's fretful voice and the impatient jerk and jar of kitchen things, indicative of ill-temper or worry. " (paragraph 37)
    "'I'll be in soon's I strain the milk and wash the dirt off my hands.,,, (paragraph 44)
    " ... he stood there, ragged, ankle-deep in muck, his sleeves rolled up, a shapeless old straw hat on his head." (paragraph 42)
    "A sickening chill struck into Howard's soul as he looked at it all." (paragraph 31)
  • Q7
    How does the author MOST develop Howard's character over the course of the passage?
    through Howard's reactions to his past memories and present events
    through Howard's longing to see his mother again
    through Howard's interactions and conversations with William
    through Howard's responses to the setting during his journey to Grant's house
  • Q8
    Which is a theme reflected in BOTH the passage from "Departure" and the passage from "Up the Coolly"?
    One's upbringing can greatly impact relationships with others.
    There is often a vast difference between memory and reality.
    Nature can provide a peaceful place for reflection.
    Sometimes it is comforting to be left alone.
  • Q9
    Which idea introduced in the first two paragraphs is developed throughout the article?
    The War for Independence followed years of conflict that colonists could not resolve peacefully with England.
    The Declaration of Independence expresses timeless democratic principles.
    The War for Independence began two years before the Declaration of Independence was created.
    The delegates to the Continental Congress acted heroically when they signed the Declaration of Independence.
  • Q10
    Which detail BEST supports the answer to Part A?
    "In May 1774, in retaliation for the 'Boston Tea Party,' Parliament closed the port of Boston and virtually abolished provincial self-government in Massachusetts." (paragraph 6)
    "During the winter of 1774-75, while Parliament mulled over conciliatory measures, colonial militia units prepared for war." (paragraph 9)
    "The first declared that the American colonists were entitled to the same rights as Englishmen everywhere and denounced any infringement of those rights." (paragraph 8)
    "In a sense the Continental Congress acted with restraint, for while it was in session the situation in Massachusetts verged on war." (paragraph 9)
  • Q11
    What does the use of the word "extralegally" in paragraph 5 indicate about colonial activities in the period before the American Revolution?
    Colonists were able to gain unanimous support for their demands to the English monarchy.
    Colonists acted in ways to hide their actions from the British.
    Colonists wanted to gain European support for their independence from England.
    Colonists first attempted to voice their complaints through legitimate political means.
  • Q12
    Which statement is evidence of the behavior identified in Part A?
    Colonists disagreed on the validity of English taxes and laws. (paragraph 7)
    Settlers were disgruntled with limitations on the frontier. (paragraph 4)
    The Massachusetts lower house secretly invited all 13 colonies to attend a convention. (paragraph 6)
    Violators of the embargo were punished and ridiculed. (paragraph 8)
  • Q13
    According to the author of this article, what resulted from the meeting of the First Continental Congress?
    a decision that colonists' next step should be to dissolve their local governments and demand colonial representation in the Parliament of Great Britain
    a focus on using economic power to force the British government to treat colonists as if they were English citizens living in Great Britain
    an acknowledgment that political and financial remedies had been exhausted and that the next step would have to be military action
    the belief that the colonies benefited from their ties with Great Britain and therefore would have to accept their limited political rights
  • Q14
    According to the article, why did the British fear local colonial governments in the buildup to the Revolutionary War?
    Colonial governments actively resisted British policies.
    Colonial governments seized British military supplies.
    Colonial governments threatened British self-government.
    Colonial governments allied themselves with Britain's enemies on the western frontier.
  • Q15
    Which piece of evidence BEST supports the evidence to Part A?
    "The next month, Massachusetts patriots, openly defying royal authority, organized a Revolutionary provincial assembly as well as a military defense committee." (paragraph 9)
    "Reluctant to sever ties of blood, language, trade, and cultural heritage, none yet openly entertained the idea of complete independence from Great Britain." (paragraph 7)
    "Sharing though they did common complaints against the Crown, the Delegates propounded a wide variety of political opinions." (paragraph 7)
    "Frontier settlers and speculators were irked at restrictions on westward expansion and the Indian trade." (paragraph 4)

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